Stayed here with extended family in September 2012.
From the start, the staff (especially in the bar/restaurant) were excellent. Even with two bus-loads of tourists arriving for lunch into the bar/restaurant at the same time, the few staff that were on duty kept their heads and managed things well, and all the while staying professional and friendly to all the customers.
The hotel, while in need of some investment (room fittings are old, the TVs are litle 14" portables, there are no room safes, and the room keys are exactly that - no security swipes here), was a nice place to stay and use as a base to explore the Burren. Although if you are looking for a real Irish experience, you can't beat the many B&B's and guesthouses all around the area.
Kinvara is a nice little town, with a lot of pubs and a castle on the edge of town. €6 admission charge for the castle does feel a little steep. I'd recommend you consider saving your money to see the best castle in the country (Bunratty) and its folk park - it's more than €6 but there's no comparison between the two experiences. Bunratty is no more than an hour away from Kinvara, if you take the N18 road. If you decide to go via N67, it will take you about 3 days (N67 is narrow and slow)!
Back to the hotel: The food in the bar was excellent. The breakfast in the restaurant was fine - selection was not immense though and at €10 per person (if it's not included in your room rate), a bit pricey for this part of the country.
The hotel is currently up for sale by auction but the staff will keep the show on the road until new owners come in and hopefully make this hotel even better.
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