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“Hotel nothing but dinner excellent” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Cliff House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ardmore
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
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136 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Hotel nothing but dinner excellent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed here on the DB&B package for a special occasion and enjoyed it. The good points are it's in a nice village with nice walks over the cliff and the staff are excellent. All rooms have good views overlooking the sea with a lovely bathroom. Dinner in the restaurant was excellent and well worth it's Michelin star rating. Lovely amuse bouche to start and great flavours throughout. The negatives were breakfast was very poor after such a great dinner, the rooms are nice but for the price you pay definitely not worth it. The pool area is fine but you could find similar in most hotels but the outdoor hot tub is cool. Overall for me the hotel is nothing too special so not worth the huge price you pay. Yes I would go back for dinner but not stay here again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 18, 2013
Dear nryan33

Thanks for your review.

Best wishes

Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Celbridge,Co Kildare
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Waited 30mins for a seat in the bar, even though I counted 8 free tables (16+ seats) eventually got fed up and just sat down! Ordered a drink, totally wrong order! ! Staff appeared not to know what they were doing, nervous and afraid to speak with customers!very unsatisfactory for a 5*Hotel, views gorgeous though!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank d-host
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear d-host

Thanks for your review - would love a bit more detail about when exactly this happened - please email me directly......abartels@thecliffhousehotel.com and I would be happy to discuss it with you.

Yours sincerely

Adriaan Bartels
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Co Kildare
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

What a relaxing treat. This hotel is stunning from the minute you enter into reception, the glass windows overlooking Ardmore Bay are amazing. I could not fault anything, the meal, the room, the spa & the staff were fantastic. I would highly recommend this hotel for that special treat !

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DeirdreBarry
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2013
Dear DeirdreBarry

Thanks for your lovely review - really glad that you were well looked after and hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards

Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Dublin, Ireland
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50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Stunning views regardless of weather, friendly personable staff, luxurious rooms with real character and Michelin star food" to die for" in the restaurant.
This was our second visit and it won't be our last. Extremely busy weekend but the staff coped admirably and were still smiling the next morning.
If you deserve a special treat I can think of nowhere nicer. Oh yea, did I mention the food........

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Derek148
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear Derek148

Thank you for your very kind words, we very much appreciate your positive review especially after our busy Bank Holiday!

Glad that you enjoyed your second visit and we look forward to the pleasure of having you for your third visit some day soon.

Kind regards
Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Merstone, Isle of Wight
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25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

Lovely Hotel with stunning views of the ocean. Pure luxury rooms, especially the en-suites. Extremely friendly staff who can't do enough to make your stay special. Bit pricey but you get what you pay for and can't wait to go to Ireland again and stay at this Hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pauline C
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear Pauline C

Thank you for your lovely review. I hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back some day.

Kindest regards
Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Ireland
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We wanted to impress our Canadian visitors with some Irish "fine dining," so since the Cliff is just up the road what better place for a bar lunch
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We booked a table for four, and imagine our surprise when we were shown a table at the back of the room away from the sea view. "Oh no "the frosty faced blonde lady said"the tables at the front were for couples" and no they could not push two together.

All four of our party ordered the asparagus salad with walnuts and the extra option of smoked salmon. Which was just as well, because what arrived was four sticks of the thinnest asparagus any of us had ever seen,a few salad leaves and no walnuts in sight.

"I will bring you some more bread" said the lovely Polish waitress.

Frosty face arrived to ask the usual was everything ok?l,"where were the walnuts? our Canadian relative asked. Back came frosty face with a ramekin of finely crushed nuts,banged them on the table with"walnuts"and stomped off.

The desserts were excellent, and to be fair there was a reduction on the final bill.But all too late. After past disappointments enough is enough,we won't be back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bravo33
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Dear Bravo33

I would really appreciate it if you could kindly contact me directly to discuss your feedback.

My email address is abartels@thecliffhousehotel.com or please call me at 024 87800.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Cork, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

Will always remember this spot. Views are amazing and the hotel facilities are all stunning. Would really recommend will always be a special spot to us. A walk along the coastline is recommended along with a few golf shots to the ocean..

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CSTravels1
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Adriaan_Bartels_13, General Manager at Cliff House Hotel, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Dear CSTravels1

Thank you for your short but sweet review.

Look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kindest regards
Adriaan Bartels
General Manager
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Property: Cliff House Hotel
Address: Middle Road | Ardmore Bay, Ardmore, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Waterford > Ardmore
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ardmore
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cliff House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cliff House Hotel.A Hotel For Seaside Luxury Regarded as one of the finest small luxury five-star hotels in Ireland, The Cliff House Hotel is a 39-room Irish seaside boutique hotel in the traditional fishing village of Ardmore. Our privately owned hotel also features an intimate Irish destination spa as well as the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Ireland outside Dublin. The building seems to defy gravity, clinging to a cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay where there has long been a fishing village. From sun-drenched terraces and private balconies it is possible to see Ardmore’s golden sands, lobster pots and dolphins that play out on the water. All our luxury rooms and suites are sea facing while many are interconnected to provide family-friendly configurations. Our intimate destination spa, The Well, is a key attraction. ... more   less 
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