Lyrath Estate Hotel, Spa & Convention Centre

Address: Paulstown Road, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland | 5 star hotel
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          Historical Traveler Reviews Lyrath Estate Hotel, Spa & Convention Centre Kilkenny

          Lovely but lacking


          We stayed in this hotel on July 31/August 1.

          Overall this is a very nice hotel, with very friendly staff, and beautiful grounds.

          The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable - which is to be expected since this is a new hotel.

          Food: Breakfast was really good, however the evening meal didn't live up to our expectations... felt more like wedding / hotel food, rather than 5 star quality.

          That being said we got a good deal of 2 nights B&B plus one evening meal for €310 in total.

          Lunches are not great, with very little variety... and as has been said in other reviews here... bangers and mash isn't very inspiring ! Also, the lunch service was very very slow.

          The spa is of a very high (and expensive) quality, so if that is what you are after you will not go wrong here.

          Staff were very friendly, no complaints.

          The hotel really needs a leisure centre... but I believe a swimming pool is being built (although I didn't see any sign of this).

          Overall I'd rate this as a 4 star hotel trying hard to be 5 star.

          Lyrath Estate-great breakfast


          My boyfriend and I stayed at Lyrath for one night only in June 2006. We stayed in one of the superior rooms which was more a suite than a room. We found the room comfortable and very pleasant. We had a light evening meal in the bar which we didn't rate as super. As this place is fairly new, it looks like they are just getting off their feet. The staff in the bar seemed a little unsure of things.

          The best part about staying here was the breakfast! In my opinion, it was as good as, if not better than any hotel where I've stayed before. There was a great selection of pastries, fruit, cereals, breads and any combination from the hot buffet. In general, a relaxing hotel if you just want to relax, eat and unwind.

          Bangers and mash


          We went for lunch and were very disapointed with the service and the food. Since when did Wild Boar become bangers and mash, I am new to this game we just assume it is to do with five star lunches!!!!!!!

          Kilkennty Cats

          Just about alright


          Stayed at Lyrath recently. Entrance to the hotel is awful. It looks like the entrance to a train station. They should have used the entrance at the old house. Much more elegant. The inside of the hotel is lovely, bright, airy, modern, clean and elegant. Reception staff didn't know anything about the general area and what to do. Nice drawing rooms and bars. Restaurant staff and the room were really nice HOWEVER the food was not up to the standard of Euro 55 per person. There are many nice restaurants in Kilkenny and I would suggest that you go there instead.

          Nothing else to do in the hotel except drink or go to bed. No leisure facilites, there is a spa that will only take you if you have booked in advance... usual story...

          You are so far out of town that you can't walk the journey.. the ground aren't lit up enough so you can go for a stroll in the evening... I would much rather go to Mount Juliet for the same money.

          Great Hotel, Great Estate, Great City


          I took my girfriend away to the Lyrath Estate Hotel last weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin and had a wonderful break. A colleague of mine in the Law Society had stayed there a number of weeks ago and had spoken very highly of the hotel.

          The hotel is set on a massive estate which was blossiming with daffodils and other flowers when we arrived. My girlfriend is an amateur photographer so she spent many hours over the weekend in the gardens taking photographs whilst I enjoyed the fishing, go-carting and local pub scene (in that order)!

          I can't comment on dinner within the hotel but breakfast and lunch was excellent. For dinner, we went out both nights to a restautant in Kilkenny City. It was great on Saturday night-just before I left 'Tynans' pub (just over the bridge on John St.), I called Lyrath Hotel to organise a taxi. 'Ray' the ever-helpful porter had a taxi around to us in minutes and within 10 minutes of the call I was back in the Lyrath Estate Dublin taxis any day.

          Both my girlfriend and I had a wonderful break in this very fine hotel. I would highly recommend it to anyone that wants to get a really nice break in the very lovely Kilkenny City. We will be back in Kilkenny for the Andrea Bochelli concert in June and have already booked our rooms at Lyrath Estate Hotel.

          Lackimng atmosphere and activities


          Stayed at the Lyrath Estate Hotel on the weekend of 8th & 9th April, was very confused by the different view and experiences expressed on these reviews and went there with a little trepidation.

          This is a very well appointed hotel the interior designer was excellent, as a new hotel it is certainly having major operational issues, the bedrooms are lovely, the food was good but the service standards really lets them down, it needs a considerable amount of work.

          The hotel lacks atmosphere, the facilities are very limited there is no swimming pool nor gym which I thought was very unusual for a hotel operating in the five star market. The hotel is set in a parkland setting about a ten minute drive (half hour walk) from Kilkenny, lacks any outdoor activities and doesn't even have any walking tracks around the estate, so make sure and bring plenty of reading material as there is nothing else to do. My husband spent most of his time in the bar, not what the weekend was supposed to be about. This hotel is not suitable for children.

          One observation, management presentation is very poor; many of the managers were very scruffy looking indeed, one female manager wore on make-up and had very greasy hair, certainly not five star.

          This hotel is open since January; my advice is to stay clear for about six to eight months.

          Certainly a long way off five star


          This is a beautiful property with excellent bedrooms and very comfortable, the food was excellent but the service was appalling, the spa is overpriced and this so called five star hotel doesn't even have a swimming pool, they offer you the use of a pool in another hotel in town.

          Over all very disappointing, facilities are very limited there are much better place to spend your money in as this hotel if far from cheap and is a long way off five stars.

          Very unimpressed with Lyrath estate Hotel


          Certainly not a five star hotel, When we visited spa was not open, there was no room service, power failure frist morning so no hot breakfast, no hot water that evening. Like a Faulty Towers, but advertising as a five star with prices to match is not acceptable.

          Irelands Best Hotel


          My wife and I recently stayed at this spectacular new resort hotel on the outskirts of Kilkenny. It is a mix of an old mansion house and a modern building. First impressions amazing arcitecture and interiors, but it does not stop there, very impressive and attentive service, great food and facilities. The Oasis spa uses H20 plus products, the only spa in Ireland to do so, this is a nice change from the usual spa brands you see everywhere, they need to push this fact and the product more though in the spa. However, we found the treatments great and loved the outdoor/indoor infinity pool.

          You can get lost in the huge rooms with seperate showers and baths in the bedrooms, I just loved the dreamy quilts and pillows.

          Other hotels take note, the Lyrath is on its way to being the best 5 star in Ireland!

          Seeing Red and not five stars


          I recently visited this so called "five star" hotel on our trip to Kilkenny, we stayed in their sister property the Kilkenny River Court Hotel which was wonderful.

          Went to visit Lyrath the service was dreadful, the staff didn't have a clue, waited almost fort-five minutes for a sandwich. When we went to complain there was no manager available to see us.

          This hotel is at best a badly managed 2* property and should be avaided.

          TripAdvisor Reviews Lyrath Estate Hotel, Spa & Convention Centre Kilkenny

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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