Rochestown Park Hotel
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Keep it up
We had our wedding reception in the Rochestown Park Hotel over 10 years ago and our friends still tell us it was one of the best weddings that they ever attended. We go back for a break most years, to "The Cork Hotel" as the kids call it, and our stay is always enjoyable. It's great to see how the place has developed over the years but it's refreshing to still receive the same quality of service that made us choose the Rochestown Park to begin with. Keep it up.
Rochestown Park Hotel - Superb
I have stayed several times in the Rochestown Park hotel - both for business and pleasure. I have always found my room to be of the highest standard. The staff are extremely pleasant and helpful.
The dining room offers top rate service and exquisite food.
To relax, the hotel offers a superb leisure centre and I have always found the Thalassotherapy centre to be a real treat. A walk in the beautiful landscaped gardens is also a good way to unwind.
I would highly recommend the Rochestown Park Hotel.
Stay as far away from here as possible
My advice to anyone who would even dare book or stay in this Hotel is simple. DON'T. It is an absolute joke for a four star hotel. The rooms are small and cramped and I found the staff to be just plain ignorant.
Be warned!!!! Stay well clear.
Not worthy of 2 star
I am a little puzzled by the Irish Tourist Board allowing this Hotel to be 4 star when it really is a weakened 2 star.
A Monday evening I arrive and the apparently General Manager and some other younger so called Manager outside the Hotels main entrance smoking and using foul langauage( this was a great first impression) I was told by the check in girls who they were. This so called General Manager whose name he likes plasted everywhere should review the Hotels grading and feel so bit embarrassed by its extremely poor standards.Pokey rooms, badly serviced rooms, no turn down, cheap shampoo etc, bad tv reception, stained carpets, stinking of cigarettes (non smoking room) some young girls from a ball getting sick outside my window at 3.30am and loud noise and screaming. The saddest breakfast (and cooked about 2 hours previous) no fresh orange juice, no fruit and a big line of people before me queing ( a cheap paying bus tour). This Hotel is genuinely a night mare and is terribly operated!!!!!!!!!
A large industrial hotel
Having stayed in the Rochestown a number of times, I have held off writing a review until now. The hotel boasts great facilities, with an excellent leisure complex. However the hotel has grown out of all proportions and is now a large industrial complex. The rooms as noted in other reviews can be in poor condition. The rooms in the newer parts of the hotel are in mediocre/good condition. However the food is of limited quality, and high price. I have also found on my last three visits, that the noise during the night is the most disturbing, with staff moving items noisely around the corridors at 2-3 in the morning. I use the hotel for business purposes, and it is fine (there are better in Cork) but for a restful holiday I am not so sure
I stayed in the Rochestown Park Hotel and i must say it was excellent. The staff were very friendly. The accomadation staff were most helpful and attended to my every need. At the evening time when i requested more towels and had my laundry delivered the night staff was most cheerful, friendly and efficent,thank you Shauna. Reception staff were very welcoming esspecially Micheal and Karen. Thank you for a wonderful stay and i recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a night relaxing break away.
Rooms vary hugely in quality
The room you are allocated in the Rochestown Park Hotel will very much influence your opinion of this hotel - I've given 3/5 based on our experience, but it would have been lower if we hadn't been allocated the room we were given.
We stayed there for one night, and were very impressed with our room: very spacious, with one king-size and one single bed, beautiful old free-standing wardrobe, seating area with armchairs and table, television, ironing board, trouser press... pretty much everything you could need. The room looked out onto a lovely little courtyard with a small fountain, and was very peaceful. The bathroom was large, with separate shower and bath, and spotlessly clean - though my only quibble would be that it was also equipped with a speaker linked to the television (fine if you need to make a quick dash in the middle of a good programme, but if you want a relaxing bath you're at the mercy of whoever is watching tv). All in all, though, exactly what you would expect from this grade.
However, when we were heading to breakfast the next morning we caught a glimpse inside some of the rooms further along the corridor, and these were NOT good at all: tiny, and quite grubby looking. If you book here, ask for Room 224 (where we stayed) or an equivalent, otherwise you'll be very disappointed. Also, request that you are not allocated a room overlooking the very busy National Road behind the hotel - not the most inspiring view, and probably noisy.
Breakfast was average. The dining room is a rather soulless place (they seem to cater more for the corporate crowd) and we got the impression that service with a smile must be an extra that we didn't pay for.
As for other amenities, we didn't try the Leisure Centre so I can't comment on that. The bar area was fine, but a few too many large screen televisions and way to many raucous business-types on junkets (though that could have been the night we arrived). You'll find nicer pubs in Douglas, just a short stroll away. The food in the restaurant is average, but way overpriced. Try Eco in Douglas or Zings in Maryborough House Hotel instead, while lunches in nearby Barry's Pub, also in Douglas, are great - huge portions and good value.
Overall impression? We we lucky with the room we were allocated, but the hotel is a soulless place with disinterested staff and average food at above average prices. We liked the room, but would not return.
Avoid if possible
Shabby rooms, unhelpful staff, average food. Very poor value for money
Waste of money.
Stayed for one night in dec 2003. The room was very shabby and not very clean. The bathroom was in particularly poor condition. Breakfast was mediocre. When leaving we expressed our dissatisfaction at front desk and their response was almost rude. They definitely couldn`t care less.
Enjoyed the stay
I really enjoyed one night at this well located 4 star hotel. The Spa is very relaxing and good for a break after work and before dinner.The stuff at the restaurant have been very friendly and chaty and the food was the best 4 course dinner I ever had in Ireland.Unfortunately the hotel do not have any internet access what has been very disappointing for a 4 star hotel.
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