Carlton Kinsale Hotel & Spa

Rathmore Road, Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland | 4 star hotel
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Kinsale - History and Beauty

A travel blog entry by terry.graue.9


Upon arriving at Kinsale, we checked into our hotel, the Carlton Kinsale. Then we were off for a walking tour of Kinsale. This tour was truly amazing. I saw and learned so much! Our guide Barry was a fountain of enthusiasm and information.

First of all, the Lusitania was sunk off shore of Kinsale 98 years ago. Who knew?!

We …

Driving through Ireland

A travel blog entry by pmzchenry


... off and it was a bit of a white knuckle ride for me. The streets are small, very windy and very hilly and hemmed in by tall shrubbery and the other lane looks to be 6" away from you. When we got to Kinsale the streets had cars parked on both sides, with barely room for a car to pass and it was still a 2 way street. You had to wait at the start of the street and hit it when it was clear. We drove right past the entrance to our B and B, The Presbetery, and had ...

Friday, learning the history of Kinsale

A travel blog entry by drbrn60


... a place in Cork city that might carry the item. Ultimately, she booted her 7 year old daughter off the lap top so she could make sure she gave Diane the right directions and name. Everyone seems to go beyond the norm to help others here.

After our shopping, we decided to go visit Charles Fort which is about a 5 minute drive out of town. The fort is situated on a hill over the harbor and it was built as one of two forts meant to protect the city. The fort was built in ...

Small, Serene, Spectacular!

A travel blog entry by katherine_quinn


... cool! There was a jewelry store on the corner, and as weird as it sounds, we met another person originally from America! She worked at the store and had lived in Ireland for about 7 years (if I remember correctly..) She was originally from NJ, met an Irish man on a trip to Ireland in Limerick, Ireland, got married and moved to Ireland where she now lives! It was really cool, and really weird all at the same time! She had a lot of great advice about studying here and was very excited ...

To the Coast!

A travel blog entry by kwichman


... if there is another car coming in the opposite direction you must stop and wait for them to pass before heading through. I bought myself an Irish Rugby jersey while shopping. I'm excited to wear it :) For dinner we went to an Italian restaurant. We decided one day of our vacation we would eat something other than Irish food. Then, we called it an early night and headed back to our hotel to relax. Tomorrow, we will do some exploring of the ...

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This 4 star hotel, located on Rathmore Road, Kinsale, is near Kinsale Walking Tour, Old Head Golf Links, Desmond Castle & International Museum of Wine, and James Fort.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsCarlton Kinsale Hotel & Spa

    Reviewed by terry.graue.9

    Could have been better

    Reviewed Jul 14, 2013
    by (8 reviews) Los Angeles , United States Flag of United States

    Our group experienced several problems here. Plus, it was extremely hot and the hotel air conditioning didn't seem to be working. The location was nice. Sorry we had problems there but our tour director mentioned that he'd had problems there previously.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Carlton Kinsale Hotel & Spa

    Delighted Wedding Guest


    Having just attended my brothers wedding reception held at the Carlton Hotel, Kinsale I felt a need to write this review. When my brother told us he was holding his wedding at the Carlton, my husband and I looked it up on this site. We were very alarmed to read some of the other reviews and were not looking forward to the visit. I have to say that the service we recieved when staying and the comments of the other guest are not reflected on this site. It really was second to none, a 5 star instead of the 4 stars it has been awarded. The staff could not have been more accommodating and friendly, the building and grounds are beautiful and we shall definatley be returning in the near future.

    Lovely location, problems with dinner reservations


    my partner booked the Carlton for us for a romantic night away. we know the Kinsale area quite well and found the road sign for the hotel quite confusing. it is on the right hand side of the road and appears to be pointing towards kinsale itself, whereas the sign is supposed to indicate a left turn, the sign is positioned just after the left turn.



    Myself and my Husband arrived on a wet evening with our three young children. We had booked a "Chalet" which is a three bedroom house type seperated from the hotel. We unpacked our bags from the car and took the kids inside to check in. We were told at the desk by a rather rude lady that our room would be ready in ten mins and to go to the bar for a refreshment. We did this and found the bar quite small, also there was no real kids menu and when i asked the waitress she didnt seem to understand what i was talking about.

    Great hotel staff


    Stayed on the 31st Jan 07. Girls night away. having read other reviews I am shocked that some have mentioned they found it difficult to find....I thought not a problem! directions on net very good.

    No Personality


    Booked a 3 night stay in Jan for myself , wife and 15 month baby. We arrived after having to go to the tourist info centre in Kinsale because the signage for the hotel is poor. The road leading up to the hotel is very bad and dangerous and needs serious attention. The hotel is very modern with great rooms, our first room was facing the front looking at builders fixing the fountain so we asked to be moved to a room facing over the Bay, We were informed it would cost an extra 30 euro a night on top of 130 euro we were already paying per night, remember this is January and the hotel was empty ( Great customer service) The front desk staff were very unhelpful and robot like. We are dinner in the bar that night and boy was that an experience, I had a rubber steak sandwich and my wife had the So called chef special Thai Chicken green curry with rice, it turned out to be a small overcooked breast of chicken and the rice was so stuck together she could not cut through it. The leisure centre was top class except for people looking at you from the gym. We ate dinner the following night and again awful, the breakfast buffet was the only good thing about the food. Needless to say we checked out early and moved to a different hotel. For a new hotel it needs serious attention to detail Rooms 4 stars Food and Beverage 2 stars GET A NEW CHEF.

    Nearly perfect, some small glitches


    I stayed at the Carlton Hotel with my partner on a special midweek break package including 3 nights and one evening meal.

    Lovely hotle but very poor restaurant management


    I booked the Carlton Hotel Kinsale for a January break for my boyfriend's birthday. The directions were good enough to the hotel but the roads are in a very bad condition when driving off the main road for the turn off for Charlesfort. The directions mentioned something about a boat at the crossing and no matter how hard we looked we couldn't find it until the next day when driving into the town we saw a small dinghy by the side of the road full of dirt! Hardly a boat by any means. The decor at the hotel is really modern, bright and very thoughtfully designed overall. The bedroom was very spacious and very tastefully decorated. The bathrooms are gorgeous with a separate bath and shower. Although the hotel is very impressive with beautiful views overlooking Oyster Haven bay, we thought it lacked character and an athmosphere and this we felt was due to the staff. The reception staff were very helpful and friendly and in particular the male receptionist who came down to our room to show us how to use the heating system. However some of the staff in both the restaurant and the bar were both unfriendly and unhelpful. We had one dinner included in our special weekend price and there is a set menu for this package which we felt was petty and mean. The restaurant manager greeted us at the door of the restaurant by completely ignoring us for about ten minutes. Then after my boyfriend asked him was there a problem he said that they were overbooked. That was fine by us but he was so rude to ignore us before telling us this. The restaurant was fine and the food was gorgeous but other couples who were clearly left waiting for their orders were also fed up waiting and one couple actually got up and walked out. We thought this was down to the restaurant manager's lack of communication and social skills! My boyfriend said he was like agent Smith out of the Matrix!! We do understand that this is a new hotel but they should make an effort to be friendly with customers and if they are overbooked in the restaurant its not the customers fault!! Overall definitely worth a visit, a beautiful hotel for couples of any age.

    Great Hotel


    After reading some of the reviews, I was really surprised at how much We really enjoyed this hotel. The staff were extremely friendly and I couldn't really complain about any of the service we received. The health spa was always empty because its only recently been opened - very nice. Our room was nice aswell but calling it a seaview is pushing it a bit. Its still a nice view - its overlooking nice landscape and you can see the edge of the bay. Maybe calling it a seaview raises peoples expectations. Nice robes in the room was a good touch. Lovely bathroom. Very modern and nice interior design.

    Dull average hotel


    We were really quite disappointed with the hotel- its about 3miles away from the town of Kinsale.. Apon arrival the reception staff were unfriendly, unhelpful and slow- there were four behind the desk all chatting but noone seeming to do anything. The foreign staff were better than the locals... No turndown service and diggers all around the outside of the hotel (sea view side). For a brand new hotel the rooms were pretty average, and the breakfast wasn't 4 star standard (buffet with tiny scrumpled sausages). The waiter in the restaurant was a bit manic and rude to other staff members and cleared our plates before we finished eating.. For such a beautiful place as Kinsale, the hotel and staff really let it all down.

    A hide away in the hills


    Stayed for one night mid week, paid €160 for sea view room, not really worth the extra €30. its worth comparing rates, we got a better rate online than over the phone. Great setting for a hotel. It was built around a forested area so the grounds are pretty well developed. The road from the main road to the hotel is in very bad condition. MASSIVE POT HOLES presumably from the heavy traffic during construction of the hotel. The hotel itself is very modern, fantastic decor, great hanging lights in the reception area, couches and comfy seats in the lobby. Bedroom was a nice size. separate shower and bath, both big enough for 2 people!!! the TV allowed you to surf the web, select music, play games, view your bill and pay per view movies. €12 per movie though! The spa was not open when we stayed but the leisure center was. Reception staff were not as friendly or helpful as you would expect. we only ate in the bar in the evening as we had lunch in Fishy Fishy (it was great). breakfast was good. Over all it was a good experience, it is still a bit rough around the edges but is only open 2 months. worth a visit!

    TripAdvisor Reviews Carlton Kinsale Hotel & Spa

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent