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Historical Traveler Reviews Carton House Hotel & Golf Club Maynooth
Stayed for a quick break September 1st. It was still a bit of a building site then but I can forgive that as I was aware that works were still ongoing. I couldn't forgive the works going on until 8pm however in what seemed to be rooms above us and hadn't stopped after 2 calls to reception. Noise not really a huge problem but the responsiveness of staff was.
Carton House is the ancestral home of the Earls of Kildare and was built in the seventeeth century. The old house, in which some of the suites are located, is simply stunning. The Dining Room and Drawing Room ceilings are without equal in any country house. The grounds are magnificent and contain two great golf courses. The main hotel is adjacent to the old house and has been designed in a linear fashin to preserve the integrity of the architecture. This has one drawback in that the distance from your room (in the old house) to the leisure centre is nearly 1Km of a walk through hotel corridors. However, the staff seem to have got over their earlier problem with service and are friendly and efficient. The rooms, both old and new, are spacious and comfortable. The food is ok (nearly 4 star), piece of plastic found in soup indicates it came from a container!
Myself and a girlfriend stayed 1 night in Carton house and thoroughly enjoyed it. The hotel is beautiful, the restaurant was very nice and the atmosphere was excellent for a hotel restaurant...very lively. The service was a little slow in the restaurant and not 100% attentive but we were chatting and in no hurry so it didn't really matter. The set menu priced euro 42 was fair value we felt. We didn't use the spa but it looked very nice and spotlessly clean. The bedroom was excellent, each one has a king size bed which was easily made up to a twin room by seperating the beds which I thought was a great idea. Breakfast was very nice and the quality of the food was good. The hotel was very quiet on the night we were there - there was no wedding but there was a Christmas party taking place and it did not interfere with our stay at all - let's hope it stays that way and doesn't go with all the other Irish hotels that allow weddings and their guests to ruin relaxing weekend retreats for non-wedding hotel guests.
Travelled to Carton House for a three-night weekend break. The hotel's grounds as you approach the entrance can be described as nothing other than fantastic; green lush grass, golf courses and a river running through the grounds also. The landscaping project is not complete, yet this doesn't matter, as you could only tell if you spent time actually exloring the grounds fully, on foot.
A Lot to Learn
Carton House is only open a few months and is still finding its feet. We found the hotel staff very friendly but in need of some serious training. The grounds are just stunning and if you are into golf a visit is a must. Old and new have been brought together here but, they are still working on the old house. I would give Carton House Hotel another few months to get their act together, but once they do I believe it will be a fantastic hotel.
Had the pleasaure of staying in Carton House recently, and can say that it was everything I expected. Beautiful setting, modern, cosy rooms, friendly staff, nice food. We joined a tour of the grounds in golf buggys which gave us an insight into the history of the estate(check out the shell cottage - wonderfully weird). Dont play golf, but the courses looked lovely. Food really good in the restaurant, didnt try room service. Porters and check-in staff seemed tuned in to what we required(eg as our bags were brought to the room, we were ushered to the bar to unwind with a glass of wine. Perfection!
Some colleagues of mine had stayed in this hotel, and had raved about the scenery, location, luxurious rooms, food and the overall style of the hotel. I decided to book a weekend there on a whim with high expections - and to my delight, they were all met.
Poor service lets Carton House down.
Carton House has a beautiful setting and the modern accomodation is comfortable just as you would expect. However, it is in dire need of staff who know what it is to anticipate and meet guests needs. Attention to detail is lacking from the reception through the restaurant / banqueting and even the map of the walkways through the grounds ( impassable with a stroller ). If the management care about their guests and the hotels reputation they will surely need to pay more attention! In contrast the staff at the golf club were excellent. I don't think that I would choose to part with my hard earned money for poor service at Carton again.
The good life
Just back from a wonderful long weekend break at this newly opened hotel. Still a few minor problems to be fixed eg room not ready even though we checked in at 4pm, restaurant running out of chicked wings, but these are easily overcome. Staff were all very efficient and friendly. We ate at night in the Kitchen Bar and the food was excellent. Breakfast in the Linden Room was great - you could eat as much as you wanted.
The golf courses looked good if that is what you are interested in.
You could also pick from 3 different walks around the grounds and they are amazing.
This hotel can only get better and once the spa opens I am sure they will get even more business.
Stayed there for a weekends golfing after the hotel had just opened; considering it was not open long my wife & I thought it was very good although they were still putting the finishing touches to it, and the full facilities were not yet available (spa etc); the resturant was only opened a few days previously, but the food was very good and have since heard it is now excellent,
Especially liked the airiness of the dining room over breakfast,
Rooms spacious & comfortable, nice AV systems,
Overall very good, expecting we will upgrade our rating to "excellent" next time we stay there
ps the Golf courses are first class, if you are a golfer you'll really enjoy them, though they may frustrate you! Also the grounds are wonderful to explore,