Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel
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... can't get any wifi, so the Irish Australian says to the two Irishman, "I can't get any internet so can I Google you guys"?
Anyway, a great story, We went to the corner pub in Adare and starting chatting to the two locals at the bar because none of us could get any internet. So Div thought, forget this, he went and sat in the middle of them and said " can I Google you two, I want to find out the 'real deal', where do we go to see the ...
... I decided I should hand over the whopping 140 euro since I figured they would better inform my research. I’m very glad I went. Our teachers, Ian Lee and Brian Mullen, are two men with very different backgrounds but both highly knowledgeable in Irish traditional music. One, from Dublin, works for RTÉ Radio na Gaeltachta and the other, from Derry, has worked for BBC Radio. Both agreed to meet me for an interview later in the week, which I am deciding to do ...
... a girl just wants to get out! So I flipped through my handy Rick Steves travel guide book, searching for a place I have not yet been. Kilkenny. Sounds grand.
As per my usual travel planning, I perused the Bus Eireann website to plot my trip out there. According to the site, I would catch a bus in town, take it to another town, wait for about 20 minutes, and catch another bus to my destination. Then I would have over four hours to play in Kilkenny, which ...
... The problem was that he was the furthest from gangster I've seen (white, baby face) and had an Irish accent. In a Mexican gangster voice with an Irish accent, he asked his friend, "Do you know where she is from? She is from da wood!" He meant "da hood," and was obviously clueless to why I was busting up laughing so much.
Saturday was far less eventful. I finished a major assignment looming over my head from before I left for Ireland ...
From Quin we went to a place called the Craggaunowen Project, but it was closing so we couldn't go in. However, in the outlying fields we saw some rare sheep that molt, and aren't sheared. We were entertained by a large pinto-marked horse and a donkey playing with each other. It reminded us of how our Roxy and Chris ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel Adare
The place is nice, its a bit far out from Adare and its a dangerous road to walk. I would recommend it to people with a car. We went for a nice relaxing weekend, and thats what we got. The room was nice and big, but found the walls a bit thin!
The food was fab (breakfast, lunch and dinner), the swimming pool and gym facilities are great. Apart from the fire-alarm going off 4 times during the nights we were staying, it was great!
Loved the Woodlands House!
Stayed five nights and loved it! The staff were very pleasant and helpful, the acomodations clean, the food very good and plenty of it. The food service staff cooked my family turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, and dressing for us for our american Thanksgiving dinner! Will definately stay here again when in Adare.
Good value 3 star
We recently stayed here for 3 nights over a bank holiday weekend (2 adults and 2 young children).
We left it late to book but got a 3 night package which wasn't bad value. We were not happy with the room we were given so we were moved to a bigger cleaner room and in fairness the staff couldn't have done more. A bowl of fruit and mineral water was sent to our room as well as balloons for the kids. Food was not bad but just not very keen on Cissy Macs - basically an old fashioned irish bistro trying to create an old world feel but could do with a face lift - although the foreign tourists probably like it. We judge hotels alot by the service and the staff and there was good and bad but mostly good. Courtesy with a smile doesn't cost anything but can sometimes be hard to find. Mostly Polish staff but no problems with the language and again, courtesy was the rule with the rare exception.
Pool & beauty facilities are good and the kids liked it. The kids club is ok - 2 young girls in a converted bedroom but was adequate.
Overall it is a good value 3 star hotel - nothing more nothing less. Probably wouldn't go back but that would be on the basis of that there are too many other places to try out !!
My husband and I have just returned from a three-night stay at the Woodlands. The hotel is ideally placed being a 45-minute car journey from Shannon Airport, and only a couple of minutes from the picturesque village of Adare.
We were impressed with the size of our room and the friendliness of the staff. We were delightfully surprised to receive a complementary fruit basket and helium balloons (we had mentioned on arrival that my husband was celebrating his 40th birthday).
The range of choice and the quality of the food in Timmy Mac's Bistro were very good, at night at least. We were less impressed with breakfast, which is cooked in large batches and tends to sit about for quite a while before it gets to your plate.
The facilities in the leisure spa were excellent and made for a most relaxing experience.
All in all we had a very enjoyable stay.
Excellent family-run hotel!!
I stayed at this hotel last week for five nights and found it excellent. My wife and three children were also very pleased with our stay.
The 'superior' type room was perfectly adequate for our stay and the en-suite was spacious and well supplied each day with any towels/toiletries etc. that were needed. The self-service breakfast is served in Timmy Mac's bistro and there is a large variety of food available. We had all our meals in the hotel and all were superb.
There is a leisure club which also contains a super pool which my children really enjoyed.There is a large bar/lounge on the premises which was ideal to relax in after a busy day.
The crowning glory of this hotel though has to be it's efficient and super-friendly staff. I intend to return later in the summer and I would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone.
What a dump!
To start with the staff was rude in greeting us. At 4:pm the room was clean or ready. They couldn't find our reservation. The room furniture (chairs and bedspread) and carpet were thread bear and dirty. This hotel had seen better days. No charm or warmth. The food was not much better and to make thing worse..it is out in the middle of no where!! I think the staff wins the award for being so rude!! Think twice before booking this one!
Excellent service and great value
We stayed for 2 nights recently after securing a special offer direct from the hotel.
The one thing that stands out was the excellent service we received from all the staff throughout the hotel.
Sure enough many are not irish but thats just a fact of life in modern ireland and to be honest these days many irish people are just plain rude so it didnt bother me in the least.
The Leisure centre was excellent and ranks up there with any I have used before. We didnt eat in the restaurant but used Timmy Mac's bistro instead and I have to say the choice and the food was excellent.
The location is about a mile or two outside Adare village so you may need transport to get in and out.
And so to the room. When we got the deal we were told we would be given a room close to the function room. They seem to have a block of B&B type rooms in a seperate corrider. These rooms are very basic (no bath / sink in bedroom) but they were spotlessly clean. Unfortunately you can hear the music from the function room as clear as day .
The hotels main bedrooms are located well away from the function room and we had a peep at some of them when walking by and they all look very large and to a very good standard.
To be fair to the hotel they informed us of the type of room we were getting but because it was a very very good deal we stuck with the room we had.
The hotel seems ideal for kids also.
Very nice comfortable hotel good food
We spent a very enjoyable January weekend at the Hotel. Two adults and 2 kids 9 + 6. Room was their standard room but much larger than normal hotel room. Food was top notch and reasonably priced. Leisure centre was enjoyable. Had expected a kids club and was slightly dissapointed when it wasnt open Friday or in the evenings, as this is the period when one wishes to enjoy the restaurent. Was informed though that it does open on a more regular basis in busier periods,
Middle of the road, lacks character
big hotel, good facilities, lacks personal touch in decor. That said the family who run it are very evident around the hotel (check out the portrait in the foyer) We had a few issues around choosing a bottle of wine at dinner (from a small wine list our four four choices for a bottle of red were out of stock- we changed our order to beers!) Rooms are a good size, enormous beds, and jacuzzi baths (we were in an executive type room). Avoid breakfast, it is very greasy, nearly all deep-fried, although good selection of teas etc. We attended a wedding and the service was excellent at the reception. Pity the hotel is now so big that it has very little character
I had a very enjoyable stay in August 2003. The hotel is set in the countryside and has very pleasant gardens. The room I was given was spacious and above average size. The room was clean and pleasantly decorated and felt quite homely. The bathrooms looked quite new and there was a jacuzzi function in the baths themselves. There is onsite Timmie Mac's bar which seemed popular and served good food. All in all it made for pleasant and relaxing stay just a couple of miles from Adare described as Ireland's best village!