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I'm afraid this was the most disappointing night of our whole trip. The hotel lobby is fine and the pool/leisure facilities made it bearable but our room was very shabby with a faintly musty smell. The bathroom looked positively unhygenic - both could've done with a good scrub and a lick of paint. We didn't eat in the resturant but the breakfast was horrible and tasted like it had been reheated several times.
Clean, comfortable rooms
The Actons hotel was clean, comfortable, and convenient to the Jazz Fest. It is not spectacular looking, but it isn't awful either. It's just a good deal, good location and clean. The front desk people were great and extremely helpful. And nobody made us spell our Irish last names once while there, like they do in the states!
Felt like we'd been ripped off
The hotel itself is in a good location, has a good size car park and a lovely leisure facility. I can't comment on the restaurant but the breakfasts were ok, nothing fantastic. There's a heated serving unit which one member of the hotel staff serves you from and if there are a few people waiting it takes some time.
I paid for a harbour front room as it was a special occasion which cost £320 approx for two people for two nights, I'd consider this to be expensive but was willing to pay because I thought the rooms and hotel looked so nice on the web site. THE WEB SITE PICTURES ARE VERY DECEIVING.
The reception was very nice but that's where it stopped. The carpets were shabby, the decorating was very shabby especially in the hallways and it continued into the bedrooms. The decor & furniture in the bedroom was very plain and cheap looking, in fact I can honestly say I have stayed in a better Travel Lodge. The bathroom had a bad case of mould all around the bath and shower area and the shower, well I could have got wetter if I'd had my boyfriend throwing tap water at me from the hand basin.
Overall I think Actons need to spend some money on decorating, furnishings and get some decent power showers PLEASE!!!!! I would have expected to pay around £100 per night at the most for the level of accommodation. Very, very disappointed indeed!!
Pleasant break with a toddler
Just had a reasonably priced 3 day break with a 2 year old, and would happlily choose to stay at the hotel again. Overall great place, with only one or two niggles. Staff were friendly & helpful, although I was disappointed that most were not even Irish. Public rooms and bedrooms were well presented and with good standard fittings - just been refurbished. We had a front facing 1st floor room which had lovely views over the harbour - didn't ask for it (or pay extra) so this was a nice, unexpected touch. Pool was great, bar and bar food OK. Dinner in the restaurant was good standard, but given that it is part of the good food circle, I hadn't expected a pretentious, laminated menu with no specials board (I was looking forward to a simply prepared catch of the day). Seafood platter (35 euros) was tasty but not enough of it. Breakfast was standard hotel fare. A toy corner would have been welcome too. Oh, but the town was mobbed, so the hotel car park was greatly appreciated!!
A great weekend in Actons and Kinsale
My Girlfriend and I recently spent a lovely weekend in the 'gourmet capital of Ireland'. The decision to stay in Actons was an easy one. They offered reasonable rates and had very good reviews (not least on this site). On arrival at the hotel we found the staff to very helpful and courteous. My girlfriend had never been to Kinsale and so was rather inquisitive about the local area and the staff helped her with this. Our room was clean and spacious with a lovely veiw of the marina. We wasted no time in getting down to the leisure centre and especially enjoyed the outdoor hot tub which is a lovely touch!
In the evening we dined at the Captains Table in the hotel which I must say was fantastic. I am a huge fan of seafood and the 'Derek Davis' steamed seafood platter did not dissapoint! The sticky toffee pudding finished it off nicely!!
Over the course of the weekend we found the hotel to be nothing but top notch. We even got to catch a bit of Jazz in the waterfront bar before we left, which my girlfriend was thrilled with!
I would recommend Actons hotel to anyone, they really made our weekend a pleasure!
An awful experience: Acton Hotel, Kinsale, Ireland
After reading the glowing recommendations for the Acton Hotel, we booked and paid for a 2-bed smoking room, April 2nd and 3rd, at the Acton in Kinsale. We paid for this several months in advance. Our driver got us there about 6 p.m. after a long day on the road, and we were anticipating a kind welcome and a good meal at their highly recommended restaurant. We are two senior ladies and one of us was limping from a painful heel problem. The clerk informed us that all smoking rooms had been taken and more or less told us to take it or leave it, even though we paid for this long in advance. We were sent up to a 3rd floor room which certainly could not be classified as acceptable in a 3 star hotel. Both beds had broken down mattresses and one bed even had a noticeable dip in the center. The bathroom door was rotten at the bottom and appeared to have been in a flood. The room was depressing. We were also informed that we could not get into the restaurant, although we noticed at least 4 empty tables. The clerk could have cared less that we were unhappy with the entire situation. He advised us to walk about six blocks to some restaurant. It was not possible for one of us to walk that distance; however, we found a hamburger in a place near by. We didn't come to Kinsale to eat hamburger. Complimentary newspapers were available to us at all of the hotels we booked in our 14 day stay in Ireland. Well, the Acton didn't provide that either. This was our one and only bad experience in Ireland. We are not whiners and complainers as we were more than pleased and very happy with all of our other accommodations. I have to say that we did not feel welcome, ached all over from the horrible beds, never got a chance to eat at the famous restaurant and were very happy to get out of there.
We love Actons
We often go to Kinsale and if we can afford it will always stay at Actons.The short break deals are excellent value for money. The staff are always friendly and helpful and nothing's too much trouble.The views from the front rooms (slightly more expensive but worth the extra) are fantastic. They've got a lovely pool and a hot tub set outside.The restaurant food is fantastic. A couple of years ago we had booked to stay at Actons and through no fault of our own (airline cancelled flight) had to cancel our trip the day before we were due to arrive.Instead of charging us 50% of the first night which they were perfectly entitled to do they took the line of |"sorry your trips been cancelled, hope to see you soon". Its that sort of attitude rather than the "It states clearly in the smallprint should you not...." that made us head straight back as soon as we could.
Jo Nevin, Battle, UK.
Nice to be pampered
Having spent last week in Co Kerry we travelled down to Kinsale and spent Sat & Sun nights in Actons Hotel. Reasonable rates. It was wonderful to look out our window over the harbour and stroll the narrow streets of this untypical Irish town - it has a continental feel to it. having had lunch in the town we ate in the hotels 'Captains Table' restaurant which is part of the local Gourmet Good Food Circle - now I know why. Sunday morning we enjoyed the outdoor hot tub in the sunshine before breakfast. One of the highlights was the Sunday jazz session in the bar (the Cork Jazz Band apparently plays this gig every Sunday).
Now back home and the diet is starting tomorrow.
Fell In Love with Acton's
The town of Kinsale and Acton's hotel truly made the journey to Ireland worth it. The service was impeccable, the acommodations crisp and clean, and the location superb. Anyone considering a travel experience in southern Ireland should look into this area, particularly this hotel and the surrounding environs.
A gourmet food lovers hotel.
A full service hotel with great rates. Superior service with a staff willing to please. Now for the best part, the award winning restaurant. We took advantage of an online special which included a nights stay, a gourmet dinner, and breakfast for a fantastic price. The meal alone was worth the full price. Forget about the speak you may of heard about Irish food being bland and tasteless. I've eaten at many fine restaurants and can honestly say that I have eaten my best meal at Actons. My wife agrees. Whether you stay at the hotel or not, I suggest you visit the Captain¬ís Table restaurant.
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This morning we take our time getting ready. Chris is feeling better and he's up for some activity; since Kinsale is only a half hour away we opt for that. When we arrive in town the tidal flats are empty of water. Boats are sunk deep into the wet dark mud. Birds rest in the cool mud scrounging for worms.
Rick Steves recommended Fishy Fishy Cafe as one of the best seafood restaurants in Ireland so we make our way there for lunch. We are not disappointed, ...
... and pubs all closing as we had gotten there. We walked up and down the harbour and then drove up to the Charles Fort, a star shaped bastion built in 1677 and in use until 1922. From here we captured a few amazing views of the Kinsale harbour and then made our way back to the Littles house in Clonmel for dinner, and a long chat over ...
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... entrance fee. While there, the receptionist-- a very nice Irish lady-- explained the history of the fort. The fort was constructed in the late 17th century, and when looking from above, it can be seen that it is somewhat in the shape of a star (a classic fort type apparently). It is one of the largest military forts in the country and has been associated with many events in Irish history including the Williamite War and the Irish Civil War. She mentioned that it was a fort for ...