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A Dublin Disappointment
Given the glowing reviews posted pre'04, we decided to try this out for our family vacation. Our party of 5 (2couples and a single) booked 3 rooms. Upon arrival, the couples rooms seemed fine, but the single was a dark cell at the top of the first flight of stairs, literally no room for an occupant plus a bag...let alone for a 70 year old widow. We were told by the staff-person present that no other rooms were available, so we asked for a recommendation of a place to go to find a more suitable room.
We have yet to find that address...after asking for clarification 3 times. Luckily we found another hotel on our own. ..that was problem#1 and an omen of things to come.
Over the course of our stay:
1. A place specifically recommended for Easter Dinner by a staff member was closed, though I had asked them to check weeks in advance.
2. A promised space to safely park our rental car had been over-promised to other guests, forcing us to park on the street ($$$).
3. Though breakfasts are generous, the staff could not keep up with the volume of guests. If you need to be somewhere in less than an hour, forget it.
4. The staff over the Easter weekend was generally pleasant but not at all helpful in recommending restaurants or sites to see.
Kilronan is not worth the hype...go to Longfields a few blocks down.
Chose Kilronan House because of the reviews on this website! The location was great - 3 mins walking distance to St Stephens Green - just as well as they have some major road works in dublin just now!
Beds were amazingly comfy - now I understand the fuss! Breakfast was fantastic - sadly had an early departure on our last day so missed it, and it couldnt be provided at that time, although noticed others got continental in room, but we werent offered that :( Recommendations for pubs and food were perfect. It was also the first week of smoke-free pubs - brilliant! hope it comes here soon!
I think this is a case of people staying at such lousy places that the first place they stay that isn't a hovel seems like heaven. The rooms were okay, but a double bed isn't a double bed here, but two twins pushed together, with blankets and sheets that don't really fit. The shower was about 2.5 feet square; try turning around in that space. The food wasn't very good, just lots of it. The staff was friendly, unless you had a problem and then they weren't very helpful. We rented a car and asked if we could park in the driveway (there is lots of vandalism in Dublin), and they were all smiles when we asked. But that night, they had no room in the driveway afterall (I had asked twice and reminded them again that day) and weren't very apolegetic at all. There is lots of noise from the street and parking lots all around. Finally, one of our party was offered a room that was literally 6' X 10' (the door wouldn't open all of the way because of the bed!), and they wouldn't change the room or offer a refund. Keep looking for places (Longfields!); you can easily find a better one.
Wouldn't rave about it
We decided to stay here to treat ourselves even though it was a bit pricey. Unfortunately we were offered the small, dark room on first floor at the top of the stairs on the landing. The bathroom was tiny with the sink in the bedroom ... If they offer you this room, ask to see another one!
Wonderful Bed and Breakfast in Dublin
Kilronan House was a great bed and breakfast. We stayed for four nights with our two children (ages 14 and 15) over the Christmas holidays (2003). We all enjoyed our time here. Terry Masterson, the innkeeper, was a great help and a great host. He helped us plan our schedule while in the Dublin area and made wonderful suggestions for our tours.
Breakfast is a real treat here. There is something for everyone. We looked forward to the cheery breakfast room each morning with our coffee and orange juice. The inn is cozy and warm as are the staff. We have taken our children to Europe six times and this is one of our favorite hotels. It is in a quiet area of Dublin yet still within walking distance of all of the major sites. We will definitely stay here again!
Terry is Great!
Nice place, clean, comfortable rooms. Terry and his staff/family are great and very helpful. Breakfast was outstanding and a lot to choose from. Rooms got a little warm but could not figure out how to adjust that. It's a bit of a walk to Trinity College, Temple Bar, etc. but it's nice. Listen to Terry, Samantha, etc. They give great advice on restaurants/pubs. We loved The Barge, Pier 32, Temple Bar area.
Kilronan House, felt right at home
We stayed at Kilronan House for a long weekend and felt right at home there. The rooms are clean and fresh, with a high standard of basic requirements and ample storage facilities. The staff were excellent, really friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The guesthouse is well located, only a few mins walk to St Stephens Green
Very nice guest house
We stayed just one night at Kilronan House. It was very nice. Terry is very friendly and really tries to get a handle on your wants so he can provide advice. Our son traveled seperately and arrived early in the day, Terry made a room available to him so he could sleep until we arrived after his 8 time zone journey. The breakfast is great, quality and quantity. Don't miss The Barge, the local pub, Terry will tell you how to walk the 2-3 blocks to find it.
We loved it
Took the whole family so, needed two rooms. Stayed the first and last nights. Beautiful house; great dining.
Comfortable, convenient, and cozy
My daughter and I stayed there for 3 nights in January, 2003. The location couldn't be better. Convenient and quiet. We walked everywhere.
We had a very comfortable room, with a bright, new bathroom. The beds were comfortable, and breakfast was to die for.
I had the 'full Irish breakfast' the first morning, I ate French toast the second morning, and ordered 'half an Irish breakfast' our last morning. It was the perfect amount.
Terry is delightful and knows his wonderful city. We will stay there on our next visit to Dublin.
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Friday morning we had a large and scrumptious breakfast at the B&B in Glendalough. I had poached eggs, potatoe waffles, brown bread, toast, OJ, and tea. After signing the guestbook, we caught the later bus from Glendalough to Bray, then the DART from Bray to Dublin. It was about a 20 minute walk to the hotel by St. Stephen's Green to drop off …
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