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Well it was a toss up whether we went to the Aran Isle and the cliffs of mohar or to Killarney and part of the ring of Kerry. But with the on off wet weather and because we had a car we opted to go south and set off to reach Tralee and go on to Killarney where we hoped to see the "Celtic Steps" show in the evening. Motorways block the …
We stopped on our trek northward from Killareny to Doolin in a town called Adare. It was named one of Ireland's prettiest and most picturesque towns. We spent the middle of the day exploring Adare. It lived up to its billing. The downtown area was quite pretty. Most of the houses had thatched roofs with luscious flower gardens in front. There were also several churches and abbeys scattered throughout the town. There was also a ...
... saying. Neither did my friends. They both borrowed the girl’s fiddle and played a few tunes themselves. Even though the night was clear, I was slightly cold, shivering and clenching my jaw, but when I could consciously relax, I felt better before seizing up again in the shivers. I sat rather quietly, just listening to the music around me and laughing at the pirate singing, except when I would sometimes try to talk to these nutters. This session ...
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... castle and Limerick history, concluding in a very low budget, hilarious film. It really wasn't hilarious, but I laughed and took a few sneaky photos. This isn't Hollywood, folks. Then I emerged outside in soggy mist and had a romp around the castle courtyard, which had a few little replicas from the olden days like a trebuchet, a hay pile scattered, and a gallows strewn seemingly randomly at various parts of the courtyard. This isn't Disneyland, ...
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Loved this place, including the Irish men who sang at the TOP of their voices in the yard in the middle of the night.
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Simple tasty delicious lunches
Just passed through Adare and stopped at the Dunraven Arms for lunch- Great- it is hard to find- in Ireland -a simple tasty lunch but the Dunraven has it. They have a brief lunch menu (with not a chicken nugget in sight!) but everything on it is fresh and tasty and reasonably priced and service is speedy and attentive. Try it!
A good hotel
We were very pleased with the Dunraven Arms when we stayed there last week. An older hotel, it was nevertheless well maintained and had a lot of charm. Our rooms (our daughter had a separate room) were very large and had magnificent views of the garden. Beds were comfortable with feather pillows and the rooms had all the special touches one expects from a first class establishment. This is a large, rambling, property, complete with a health club for those so inclined, and we were intrigued by the numerous lounges scattered throughout. There's even a "greenhouse" lounge, which I imagine would be great in the summer. Although we didn't eat dinner there, breakfast was well done and the service impeccable. The town of Adare is small but very charming, with thatched roof buildings and upscale shops. The hotel's thatched roof restaurant across the street from the main buildings was closed when we were there, but looked charming. The people at the front desk were very professional and helpful. We would definitely come back.
Lovely hotel in a lovely little town
We stayed here in January 2006. We were upgraded to a suite from a room (I suppose January isn't a very busy month!). The room was beautiful with a four-poster bed, very clean, really nice attention to detail. The pool is great with a steam room and a very good gym. The staff are very friendly and polite. We ate in the Restaurant in the hotel (The Maigue) and the food was really excellent, if more at Dublin prices than Limerick prices. The bar is also great with a warming fire. The breakfast was also excellent.
Adare is a nice little town, I would imagine that in the tourist season the coach loads of tourists are all herded here, but in January it was nice and quiet. It's all thatched cottages and craft shops.
Definitely visit this hotel, it's really worth it.
Mostly overated hotel
Sometimes we will find a hotel in Europe that tourbooks just totally miss. Dunraven Arms is such a hotel. It wouldn't rate a AAA two diamond in the US. Yes, it's old and historic but the furniture and mattresses are in terrible disrepair. Old doesnt' necessary translate into comfortable. The hotel front desk is not Irish and can be hard to understand at times. The hotel food is overpriced and overrated. The housekeeping staff was very nice and prompt but trying to get any tourist information from the front desk was like pulling teeth. The village of Adare is very small and there is hardly anything to do. The highway runs right through town and you have to be vigilant if you don't want to get run over. The Adare Manor seemed like a good bet if you want to spend similar dollars and get your money's worth from golfing. I would try Ennis if you're interested in any type of shopping or variety of restaurants.
Good, but not as good as advertised
Overall a nice hotel (big facility) with a friendly staff. I was unaware that it was right on such a busy road. Additionally, it was a long walk to my room from the front desk and the side doors were not usable so I could go back and forth to the parking lot easily. The room was big but could use some updating especially in the bathroom (loose boards on the floor). Much more a hotel atmosphere than what I expected.
A nice hotel, but I wouldn't stay there very long as there is not much to do in Adare unless you like to ride horses.
My husband and I just returned from a 6 night stay. I was pleased by the friendliness of the staff throughout the hotel. It felt more like a B&B than a hotel. Nice indoor pool and exercise room, beautiful gardens, adorable little village. I was dressed in riding attire for most of my days, and did not feel the least bit uncomfortable. We really enjoyed the staff in the pub and the Inn Between- great service and fun personalities!! My only complaint is I became a little tired of the dinner selections in the restaraunt ,after so many meals, and would have been happy to have a soup and salad buffet.
Charming hotel, great for relaxing break
I stayed at this hotel on the night of a wedding recently- it was truly fabulous. The staff are very welcoming, the decor is old and romantic, there are four poster beds in the room and the bedcovers are not made from the same fabric as the curtains. The rooms our party stayed in were all decorated differently. The hotel has a cosy pub and good facilities including leisure centre. Perfect for a romantic break or a chill out weekend! (and excellent for wedding receptions too)
Outstanding hotel ina charming town
I simply can not say enough about this wonderful hotel. The rooms were beautiful. The service was outstanding in every way. The staff was extremely polite and helpful. The food in the hotel's restaurant was excellent. The village of Adare is charming. The hotel referred us to a driver/guide who made our trips wonderful and fun. This is an elegant hotel that lived up to our very high expectations. I would stay there again in a minute, and in fact I will be verydisappointed if I don't stay there sometime in the future.
Horselovers' hotel heaven
The Dunraven met every expectation: I visited in August 2002 and found it to be the right size (small); the right location (adorable, ancient village); the right staff (well trained international); the obliging owners (affable Irish horsemen); the rooms and decor (foxhunter ambiance, quiet, charming); an interesting history (18th century and surrounded byeven older buildings); walking distance to good things (pubs, shops, riding tack shop, castle, other restaurants, music shop) and none of it was stuffy. I could wear my breeches and boots in the dining room for breakfast and in the pub for lunch. If you love horses and history, charm and the countryside--go!
The Dunraven Arms is a fine hotel. We (family of 4 - 2 teenaged boys)stayed there in Summer, 2001. We had two rooms. The rooms are spacious and clean. The staff is very helpful and friendly. The amenities are fine. The Maigue Restaurant is excellent. I would recommend this hotel.
One word of caution: we used Adare as a base for a six-day golfing trip of western Ireland. This was too long a stay in such a small town. I would recommend staying in Adare for 3 days at most if you are traveling with children.