Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKilkenny Hibernian Hotel
Basically a renovated bank, this hotel excels in charm and frustration. Nothing quite works or fits, but it tries. Great staff and location. Restaurant poorly organized for large groups. The "Little Engine that Couldn't Quite".
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
Nice One Night Stand
We didn't come as prepared as we should have, so we drove around quite a bit trying to find the hotel (streets aren't very well marked). The Hibernian is right in the center of town, across from the Bank of Ireland, within easy walking distance of shops, pubs, restaurants, and historic sites like Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral. Parking is in a public deck up the block which is a little inconvenent for check-in and check-out (carrying luggage).
Staff is extremely cordial, helpful, nice. Very hospitable. Older part of the hotel is converted from an old bank building - very large, elegant rooms with high ceilings and huge bathroom and tub (ours was formerly the bank manager's office). The downside was sheer curtains across the street from parking garage, so we asked for a different room. Staff was very accommodating - gave us a room with much more privacy in newer section of the hotel. Not as large, but nice. Towel warmers in the shower.
Adjacent restaurant, Jacob's Cottage, is convenient, and food is good - staff seemed very busy with tour groups, and, as the manager mentioned, he is the only one who speaks English well. Nice breakfast included with room rate... full Irish breakfast cooked to order, or continental. Table by the window looking out on Ormonde Street was very relaxed and nice way to start the day.
Overall, the Hibernian is a good place to stay in Kilkenny - the staff in particular make it a very nice experience.
Central location but....
Stayed at the Hibernian this May (2005) and while we had a good deal on room and food but I found the hotel to be dark and uninviting. The rooms were dingy and drab and had the feel of a NY transient hotel. Both dinner and breakfast were actually not bad and were included in the deal. The bar, where we had tea, was fun and had a bit of style. It is right in the heart of Kilkenny but the Butler House is right up the street and offers an amazing view of the castle and has a great deal more charm.
Got a great deal through their website
I made a reservation for the Hibernian Hotel through their website and got a great special offer - we stayed on a Sunday night (our last night in Ireland) and got a lovely room for only 30 euro each for bed and breakfast.
We had also looked at a few of the other hotels and some of their prices were ridiculous.
The hibernian hotel was really nice and the food was good.
Excellent value offers
I stayed in the Hibernian Hotel Kilkenny and found it to be excellent. This hotel is located right in the centre of the city. It is a beautiful building with a lovely front bar and very pleasant staff. I ate in the Hibernian Bar on 2 occassions and found the food to be excellent and well priced.
I would definitely return to Kilkenny as there is so much to do and see and I would definitely stay in the Hibernian Hotel again.
Beautiful Hotel - Ideal Location
I travelled to Kilkenny recently with my wife for a weekend break and we decided to stay in the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel. We could not have been more central as the hotel is just off the main street and only around the corner from the famous Kilkenny Castle.
We found the staff to be ever so polite and helpful. We ate in the hotel restaurant, Jacobs Cottage, on our second night and our only regret was that we did not eat there the first night aswell - it was delicious and very well priced.
A choice of bars, a wonderful restaurant, beautiful bedrooms and overnight parking - what more could one ask for???
Our break in this hotel in Kilkenny was wonderful.
Rip-off bar food
We didn't stay here but stopped by one evening for bar food. Served rubbish. There was a yellowish crust on the mash and the food in general had the taste of nuked food left over from the lunch period. Had two main courses, 1 pint of beer and a coke. Guess how much ... almost thirty Euro. NEVER AGAIN
In the heart of Kilkenny
This was indeed a very nice hotel. We were able to get a good mid-week rate which made it more enjoyable. The lobby is quiet and attractive, the breakfast room was very pleasant, and the rooms were well-decorated, comfortable, with sufficient room for two people and large bags. The staff was very responsive and professional as well. One of the best aspects of this hotel though is that it is located right in the heart of Kilkenny, near the castle and the craft center.
Noise from street & Multi story Parking.
Hotel is of good standards, restaurant was nice and the staff friendly. We where given a double room (think it was room 216) appearance was excellent.
No in-room tea/coffee making facility.
The noise from the night club/pub and multi story parking straight across from our window was terrible. It went on until 04:00 - 05:00 am.
Make sure you don't get the rooms at the side of the hotel, facing the multi story parking.
Hope this helps:)
Lovely but noisey
Lovely hotel, wonderful service, fantastic restaurant! We stayed in a junior suite which was really lovely, however... between the hours of 1 and 5 in the morning (especailly if its not raining) the noise from the street was unbelieveable. People leaving pubs and clubs woke me every night without fail. I believe the rooms at the back of the hotel and the penthouse do not suffer from this problem. No tea/coffee facilities in room, but you can call room service for free tea/coffee at any time - didn't do this as often as we liked as we didn't want to be a complete pain. No hotel Parking but you can use the city centre car park from 6 in the evening until 12 noon for free... thereafter you have to pay for it. Restaurant is wonderful, great food and service. If you like leather, brass, open fires and waiters in black and whites, then you'll love the bar!
Spent Thanksgiving night here
Nice hotel right in the center of town. The building was previously a bank, and our room had tall ceilings (12+ ft), and a nicely appointed room. Bathroom was huge - probably 100 sq ft, with a large tub and separate shower. Kilkenny is not very big, but this is probably the nicest hotel in town. Room for two, including breakfast (off season) was 120 euro. Trendy pub as well as a more traditional upscale hotel pub in the hotel. Did not have dinner at the restaurant, but had the traditional Irish breakfast there in the morning. Nice room, about what you'd expect from a fairly luxurious hotel.
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... and took some pictures outside because the tours were not available. Then we all went to dinner, but everyone wanted Indian food, which Javi and I do not eat, so we went somewhere else and had an amazing Pasta Carbonara.
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