Have just returned from a 2 night stay here with my boyfriend.
Overall we loved the hotel and had a good time - it is a beautiful building in lovely grounds. The staff were extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. My favourite area of the hotel is the entrance hall with a roaring log fire and a gorgeous staircase. The wooden floor is very attractive.
I was a little disappointed with our room (room 62). The bathroom was very tired and in need of updating. The shower was poor and took me ages to wash my long hair. The carpet in the room was very thin, rucked up in places and threadbare in other places. We thought we had booked a king size bed but in fact it was 2 singles pushed together - uncomfortable seam right down the middle if you want to cuddle up in the night! We specifically booked a room with sea view, but actually all we could see was a tiny sliver of blue as there were many huge tall trees in the way. That said, the room was very clean and had all the amenities we needed (even hot chocolate sachets which lots of hotels don't, but should!).
Breakfast was good and plentiful. There was no selection of pastries as stated at the buffet, but then I didn't ask and maybe they were available on request.
We had dinner one night in the restaurant. Good food - very fancy! I asked for my beef to be just barely pink, but it was very rare throughout. Chocolate fondant dessert was amazing (but should have been hotter as was served luke warm).
On our final morning the glass light fitting fell off the bathroom ceiling and smashed all over the tiled floor. Thank god neither of us were in there (we had been literally 15 seconds previously!). Not sure if it was loose or a ghost!? But the hotel staff were great and cleared it up thoroughly immediately. They even brought us a complimentary breakfast tray of tea and toast to the room.
I know it sounds like I have complained a lot here - I hope Tinakilly see it as constructive criticism because we really did have a good time here despite the issues I've raised.
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- Built in 1883 for Captain Robert Halpin, Tinakilly is a beautiful Country House Hotel with 51 bedrooms set on 7 acres of mature landscaped gardens overlooking the Irish sea ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tinakilly Country House Hotel And Restaurant
- Tinakilly Country House Hotel & Restaurant Ireland/Rathnew, County Wicklow