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Another beautiful sunny day in Ireland. We Left Cashel this morning enroute to Kinsale, Cork County, Ireland. First stop was Cahir with it's magnificent Cahir Castle on the River Suir. Within walking distance along the river was the charming Swiss Cottage, a 19th century summer cottage of the first Earl of Glengall. - just stunning!
We continued driving south to Lismore and the Lismore Castle (are you seeing a theme here?) ...
... m sorry!) After we left the castle, the line was about twice as long as when we started, so lucky we went there when we did! We left the grounds and went out to the Blarney Hotel for lunch. We had a quick lunch (I had these field mushrooms with caramelized onion, spinach and goats cheese, which were amazing!) then headed back to the bus. The bus wasn't there yet so we went into a shop which was claimed to be "the largest Irish shop in the world". it ...
... e.g. Tv, laptop etc.) off the solar panels; buy guidebooks, Aire books, language books; buy a sat nav.; buy a bike for James; James re-wired our CD player & fitted the speakers properly; buy an electronic breathlyser; buy a memory foam mattress topper for the bed; buy a new water pump & fitted it; fixed the tap which was leaking; fitted four new tyres; put it ...
... is a great view.
After we saw St. Finbarr's we walked to St. Anne's which is near the city centre and around a 10 minute walk from St. Finbarr's.Along the walk to the top on the different floors, the history of the church is explained including the fact that the bells still bear their original inscriptions, including the following:
"When is you ring we'll sweetly sing" "Since generosity ...
To keep busy during the week, I've been going to the gym (Mardyke Arena). It is a beautiful and huge facility. The view while on the treadmill, elliptical, or bike over looks the playing field. So it makes time go by faster while working out if there is a game going on! Another thing I have noticed is that pretty much all the Irish guys shorts are shorter than the Irish girls shorts.. takes a little ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maryborough Hotel & Spa Cork
We had read some of the latter reviews on this site before staying at the hotel and were concerned. I mentioned this to the receptionist, Kate, on confirming booking. She was very reassuring, and advised that there were two weddings booked and yes, there are external developments taking place. During our stay Kate was regularly making sure our stay was comfortable. She is very professional at her job. The room was super with garden views and just as you would expect from a four star. On the Friday evening we ate at the hotel. It was super all round, from the quality of food to the servers. We got two great nights sleep. Both my partner and I felt that the bed and room temperature were the best we had come encountered in any Irish hotel. We couldn't hear any wedding noise as the function area is removed from the sleeping area and the builders were on quiet work!! The breakfast was also lovely.We didn't get time to sample the Leisure Centre but it looked great. All in all we could not fault the hotel.Has a very sensible childrens policy, which as parents, we would have no problem with. The bar area is brilliant. No music or muzak. You can have a conversation. Ideal for a break or longer stay. The best bit is we feel we got real value for money.We will return.
I feel like I was robbed!!
My wife and I were surprised that when we arrived into our room at 4pm the curtains were drawn. we soon found out why. The room we were allocated was directly overlooking a building site (see the photo if you don't believe me). I was told on two occasions that it was hotel policy not to inform guests when they made reservations that the hotel was under construction. I find this astounding, it shows the regard they hold for their customers. I feel like I was tricked.
The construction work is only starting here, I advise anyone thinking of staying here to reconsider, for the next few years anyway.
Posh but under construction
We stayed in the Maryborough for a friend's wedding, for more money than we could really afford. For the price, the rooms were not that impressive, with our initial room overlooking a construction site. The uniformly polite staff were accomodating about switching us to a different room, but it took much longer (over an hour) than we expected to get into the new room, and our bags hadn't been brought up when we arrived. This wouldn't have been a problem, except that they knew we were waiting for the room to get dressed and ready for the wedding very shortly after. The second room was better, but still nothing special. Food and drinks at the residents' bar were quite expensive.
My wife and I stayed at the Maryborough for two nights recently. Whilst we were reasonably impressed with the first night, the second left a lot to be desired. The hotel is popular for weddings at weekends and the party for the second night was exceptionally rowdy to say the least and we got little sleep. The staff were apologetic but that was as far as it went. All in all we were disappointed considering the lack of sleep we got, and the cost of the accommodation especially given some of the claims on the website. We also saw no sign of the "Complimentary Irish liquer " as listed on the website. All in all, we consider this hotel to be just another of those overpriced over-hyped places that we occasionally visit but rarely return to. And be warned - check for weddings before you book!
Excellent service and beautiful environment.
Spent three delightful nights in the Maryborough house hotel. Found the service was excellent with all staff friendly and helpful. The hotel is located on beautiful parkland with amazing gardens; moreover its only ten minutes drive from the city and ten minutes from the airport.
Rooms are very comfortable; mine had a balcony with a view of the garden. The food was excellent, well priced and lots of choice. Overall a premier hotel with everything a modern traveller could want. A truly wonderful experience, I would strongly recommend staying here to anyone travelling to Cork.
Very Noisy too many loose children
We were a small business group staying in Mayborough Hotel recently and left very unimpressed with the amount of Children left run wild in a so called business Hotel!!
There was a wedding and apparently they take many,in full swing and no control by the Hotel Management or staff over the kids running loose. We were also dissappointed with the amount of foreign staff in an Irish Hotel. The Restaraunt was also of a minimum We all felt the Hotel was overrated and have informed our company that this is not a hotel for business people...sorry Maryborough but thats the truth. Fintan Reeves
Stayed there for the weekend and I can't praise it enough. The staff are lovely, the food beautiful and the rooms are excellent. One thing I didn't like was that their website says you get a bottle of Irish Liqueur but we didn't get one so I rang reception and asked and they said it was an extra and not standard which was disappointing! Other than that though it ws brilliant!
What all hotels should be like..
This is a bit of gem as far as I am concerned. Excellent service, friendly staff, accomodating, good food, nice location and grounds...could not fault it.
Also, the service is helpful and friendly and not overbearing or precious.
This is a really good hotel, great staff, very professional, great decor, food is excellent, rooms are really nice and spacious, great place for weddings, treat yourself to a stay here - its worth it.
Stayed in the hotel for one night last week, great size room, really nicely decorated. Nice touches - bottles of water and small bottle of baileys complimentary in room. Ground floor rooms have a door in the beautiful gardens. Upstairs rooms have long windows but one section of the upstairs rooms have terraces if you can swing one of those. Hotel bar is lively, always a wedding or another function on. Is about 3-4 miles outside Cork so easy travelling distance if you require something a bit more lively. Beautiful hotel, great renovations under taken, lovely lesiure centre and most helpful and attentive staff. Great breakfast as well !!