Old Bank House
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOld Bank House Kinsale
smaller rooms than it appears in literature and bathrooms really tiny and pretty dated/tub needed work etc
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old Bank House Kinsale
The Old Bank House- a gem!!
I stepped inside the Old Bank House and knew I was in for a special experience. After a long day in the car, I was looking forward to peace and quiet and the feeling of being pampered . I was not disappointed. Centrally located in downtown Kinsale, it is a mixture of Irish friendliness and old world European charm. The furnishings are lovely with great attention to detail. The beds are VERY comfortable and the rooms tastefully decorated and very clean. The staff was great- knowledgable about where to go and what to do in Kinsale and more than willing to make dinner reservations, suggest things to do and places to visit in the surrounding area. I am a breakfast person and I can say that breakfast here was a truly memorable experience. I would definitely say that this was a GREAT place to stay.
Nice B&B, Get a room in back or plan on hearing the road!
Overall nice accomodations. Our group rented three rooms; two were in back and one faced the main road in front. The room in front of the B&B was very noisy. Please request a room in the back side of the building if you stay at the Old Bank House!
Loved the Old Bank Hotel
The hotel is situated centrally in the town and the hotel staff immediately inform you of the nearest free parking. The hotel welcome is superb, introducing themselves, showing you your rooms and issuing a map of the local area and pointing out places of interest. The hotel is B&B only, but they have sample menu's of many local restaurants for you to browse in their beautiful and comfortable lounge. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and very comfortable, the beds are the biggest I have seen!
Great hotel in a perfect location!
We were greeted by very friendly staff upon our arrival. They were sure to give us a map with instructions on what to see and do during our stay in Kinsale. Our room (I can't remember the number) was on the 3rd floor with a view overlooking the center of town and the harbor. Breakfast was delicious; we ordered the french toast which was a welcome change from the standard Irish full breakfast. Wish we had more time at the Old Bank House in Kinsale.
If your concept of luxury includes a tiny room with a lumpy bed, paper thin walls, a 5 AM wakeup from the trucks delivering to the grocery store located right next door, and the exquisite views that you came to Ireland for --a parking lot hangout for local kids, then the Old Bank House is for you. Otherwise, steer clear. This was the most expensive place we stayed in Ireland, and by far the worst. It is a classic case of a bad 2 star pension using a nice website to masquerade as a good 4 star hotel.
Had a great time here
The Old Bank House
Just though I'd send in a review following a most enjoyable stay in the Old Bank House in wonderful Kinsale. Our airy bedroom was exquisitely decorated as well as being extremely comfortable. Given our location in the centre of town I was initially concerned that there might be noise from outside, but thanks to the double glazing we ended up sleeping soundly. Being so centrally located was a joy - Kinsale is such a charming town to stroll around. The staff were wonderfully helpful and I cant wait to return.
Good location, very quaint
Above average for the location. The elevator is definitely a 2 person affair...maybe just a little TOO quaint for me..everything is just a little creaky...floorboards, elevator. The breakfast was nice, not quite as good as some we had, but certainly adequate and then some. The bathroom was very old fashioned, which is probably the point at which I considered it a little too quaint. Would I use it again? Maybe. I certainly didn't see anything else that I liked better. I look for location and some combination of interesting and comfortable. I would probably give the Old Bank 2 stars.
Charming, Great Location
I stayed at the Old Bank House with my family. The rooms were nicely decorated with modern bathroom facilities. We had two rooms and everyone agreed that the beds and pillows were very comfortable. The sitting room on the first floor is cozy and inviting. After quickly checking us in and giving us a brief overview of the city the owner, Michael, suggested we have dinner at Crackpots. It was a wonderful recommendation. The breakfast the following morning was very good. They served anything you could possibly want. Kinsale is a delightful town and our stay at the Old Bank House made it even more special.
Fabulous Location and Service
The Old Bank house is right on one of the main streets of Kinsale, a town that I fell in love with at first sight. We only stayed one night and wish that we could have stayed longer. The very friendly owners greeted us personally, helped us with parking regulations, and also with directions to our next destination. Room was pretty and airy; very high ceilings with nice details (crown moldings/sconses). Bathroom was also very nice, although it took us awhile to figure out how the shower worked.
We had a fantastic dinner down the street at "The White House" and also packed a picnic lunch from the gourmet cheese shop across the street. Breakfast was great/ lots of choices. We cannot wait to go back.
The Best in Kinsale!
Just returned from our third trip to wonderful Kinsale and our second stay at the truly superb Old Bank House. There's plenty of really good accommodation to be had in Kinsale, but The Old Bank has the edge on all the rest.
Our trip was to celebrate my partner's 30th birthday. She didn't know where we were going until the day, and when she found out it was Kinsale and, most importantly, The Old Bank House, there were tears in her eyes. The welcome was warm, the breakfasts plentiful and absolutely delicious. We stayed in the oversized Postmaster's Suite which, whilst not exactly cheap, has to be one of the nicest rooms we've experienced (and that includes the Savoy and the Waldorf Astoria!). Robes, mineral water, fruit and jelly beans in the suite all added to the feeling of this place being just a little bit more special than the rest of the crowd.
At the managements' thoughtful suggestion they arranged for flowers and champagne to be brought to the room shortly after our arrival. These were delivered by the owner himself who even treated us to an impromptu performance of 'Happy Birthday'! Truly wonderful and highly recommended.
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... as glass since the wind was no longer blowing.
Upon returning to the B&B, we spoke for a minute with a couple from the northern part of Ireland that were watching TV in the small sitting room. They had very strong accents that were hard for us to understand, so we excused ourselves to head back to the room.
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... few minutes!
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