Travel Blogs from Bantry
... both ways and Doug secured the table in the window for the evening. We continued on to the Eagle Point campsite at Ballylickey and had the most magnificent pitch over-looking Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island. We had about an hour to get ready and then Chris and Doug joined us to sample my Birthday bottle of Bucks Fizz, courtesy of Russ and Anna. Thanks guys it was scrummy! The taxi arrived early and we got down to the restaurant in record time ...
... of the place though. Working our way up and through the castle to the top terrace and the stone. Health and safety would have a field day as you pop out from the spiral staircase there is little holding you back from the waisthigh ledge. Moving on to the making out with the stone this time there is nothing but a man (and probably laws of physics regarding leverage) preventing you plumetting head first. Assuming the position we went in for ...
... It lead us down a paved road, then a dirt road past some houses and finally into a field. We had to climb over the farmers fence (a ladder was provided) and a sign warned us to mind the cattle-leave only but footprints. It was the most random path but we enjoyed walking through the fields that had the ocean to our left and mountains to our right. We finally came out to the main road that would take us back to town, but we weren't ready so we headed back the way ...
... Pass, just great with scenery and tunnels, and I'm astounded that I have never come across mention of it in travel books and forums.
Dinner back on the Quay in Bantry (four restaurants right in a row so if you are there long enough you can eat your way down the street). This time it was The Brick Oven. We went international with one Chicken with Linguini, one Quesadilla, one Pizza and one order of Prawns. Cheesecake for dessert.
... park we explored Muckross Abbey, Muckross House and it's gardens. The gardens are filled with blooming rhododendrons in pinks, reds and oranges. There are over 50 acres of gardens with flowers all year. All of this is surrounded by a mountain setting.
Torc Falls was our next point of interest. Instead of biking we decided to experience a jaunty. the jaunty ride was like something out of a movie. We were driven ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Maritime Hotel Bantry
Will be nice but still a bit of a building site!
Great location, staff are supper, the most friendly and helpfull people you could find, but the hotel is still under construction in many ways.
Rooms are nice, pretty functional and they look good.
Breakfast was a bit lame, they ran out of pastries!
Problems with the water supply, it tool ages for hot water to come through to the bath / shower, and the preasure was really too low for a hotel.
Just back from a Weekend in Bantry we were only to stay 1 night but the hotel was so luxurious we stayed for a second night. I could not fault this hotel in any way definately the nicest hotel i have ever stayed in and could not believe that it was such good value!!!
The room was very spacious the bed and pillows were so comfortable. The Food in the hotel was so tasty and melt in your mouth. We found the service to be perfect any request we had was immediately dealth with.
I would definately recommend this hotel to all my friends and family it really made our stay in Bantry and will definately go back again sometime in the near future!!
Nice new hotel
This is a nice new hotel,opened only in March 07.Very comfortable rooms ,nice decor and a modern ensuite.Plasma t.v. and a lovely view over the river.The staff were friendly and the service was good.The Ocean rstaurant in the hotel was nice too and the food excellent and reasonably priced.The bar is modern and also serves bar food and a carvery.The hotel also boasts a Gym and Pool.Plenty to see around Bantry and the little towns close by,Ballylickey,Glengarriff and Mizen head.Enjoyed the rest.
We'll be back!!
This was one of the better hotels I have stayed in Ireland, The value and standards are hard to bet. We stayed there in July 2007 for a total of three nights. Then staff could not be more helpful and very welcoming. Its close location to the centre of the town was such a plus. The rooms were spotless and had all the mod cons, views to die for. We'll be back!!!
Good value & location....a little bit to go.
Great value for your € here, and the location is terrific - with full access to Bantry (close to cinema for a rainy day) and a choice of beautiful locations to visit - in particular Sheep's head.
The room we had was super sized, and had beautiful views over Bantry Bay from the room's large balcony - and the room was very well equipped (yes, there is some work in progress along the sea front in front of the hotel.) - with flat screened TVs throughout etc.
The hotel is a bit confusing to navigate - involves changing lifts - and noticed a few guest somewhat bewildered.
The front of house staff, and particular the elderly porter, are still finding their feet, and yes, the pool was a little chilly, and the bedrooms were extememy hot on arrival - but these were the only negatives, and they did not really affect our over overall stay.
The breakfast was terrific - and yes, I would stay again - especially if the current room price is sustained.
Loved the Interior & the food
We have just returned from a 3 night stay in The Maritime Hotel (2 adults and 2 children under 2) and thoroughly enjoyed our break. The hotel is only open 3 months so is not quite finished so there is still some ongoing work. Indeed they were only putting the name sign up when we were there and the car park isn't open yet, which is a bit of a pain as there is limited parking across the road but we got a space each time. There is construction work going on across from the hotel and you could hear this in the morning but it didn't interfere with our stay.
The hotel is beautifully decorated (no expense spared) and is probably the trendiest hotel I have ever stayed in. It has a feeling of luxury about it, from the curtains to the lighting. The staff are very warm and friendly.
The dinner in the restaurant was gorgeous (we ate there twice) despite the fact that there were cracked wine glasses on our table on both nights. I think they were trying to keep me off the wine but it didn't work!
The pool was great for the kids although we found it quite cold. I believe they are opening a Spa which will be another added bonus but I'm not sure when this is due for completion.
We stayed in a 1 bedroomed suite which was like an apartment. Good sized bedroom and then a separate lounge and kitchen. There was a table, chairs, sink, microwave and fridge so this was really handy for us as we were sterilising baby bottles and making up formula. You could buy your own food to make the holiday cheaper but we didn't. There was a sofa bed in the living room but we didn't use it as we had 2 cots in the bedroom. All rooms have views of Bantry Bay.
Bantry is an ideal touring base and the scenery in the surrounding areas is stunning. Take in the Sheeps Head route and Gougan Barra is definitely worth a visit.
We loved the hotel and got a good deal on a 3 night bed and breakfast and 2 dinner package. Will definitely return again. Obviously as The Maritime is still so new there are teething problems in terms of no welcome booklets and the staff are still getting to grip with things particularly in the restaurant which has only opened in the last month. However taking all this into account nothing really bothered us. However if you are very fussy lots of little things will niggle you so wait a few months until things settle!
Service & Hotel Amazing
I would also like to defend The Maritme Hotel. I stayed there last week and it was amazing. The Hotel Decor is breath-taking and I found the service impecible. The Food in The Maritme Bar mouth watering and the Leisure Centre relaxing.
The staff were helpful, kind and always smiling.
The reception staff helped us in every way they could by recommended local sites and giving us directions.
Overall it was a fabulous hotel.
Had to write a short piece to defend the Maritime from a previous very harsh review . We recently spent a night in the hotel and would recommend it to anyone as we found it to be of the highest standards throughout . The decor is fabulous , the rooms are splendid , balconies have fabulous view over the harbour (granted there is work ongoing across the road ),breakfast was nice and served with a smile . Overall we really enjoyed our stay and again would highly recommend it .
Not yet finished
A new hotel with 4 star style but 1 star service
We have just returned from our trip around Ireland, in which we stayed in five different hotels. The maritime was the most disappointing. Although brand new and with a very stylish interior, there are some clear faults with this hotel that have yet to be ironed out, so do stay here.. but wait until next year.
1. We booked online, paid a deposit and received our confirmation number, but the hotel had no details of our booking. Luckily they had a room for us. We later saw the receptionist take new telephone reservations down on a piece of paper; no wonder they lose them
2. The bedroom did not have a hotel services book, which is standard in every hotel I have ever stayed in. Consequently, we had to find out about local amenities ourselves and had no idea what the hotel had to offer in terms of room service etc..
3. When we entered the room, we had access to a separate living area and another bedroom through a side door. As we only booked for a double room, I called reception who informed me that they had made a mistake and would lock the door later in the day - luckily no one was staying in the other room. This doesn't say much for hotel security.
4. As it was a typically wet night in Ireland we fancied watching a DVD. However our TV services were not working. We called reception, who said they would look into it and call us back. We had to call them back twice, and 1hour later we had no resolution on the issue. The TV services were not fixed for the duration of our stay, although we were offered an alternative room.
5. We fancied breakfast in bed; however the hotel has not yet got room service door tabs. We placed the order at reception. However, the breakfast did not arrive. We called reception and they had no record of our request, even though I saw it being written down in a diary. Breakfast was subsequently sent up, but over 45minutes late.
6. On check out we mentioned all of the problems above to the receptionist, Nicole, however she showed no interest in the problems of the hotel. I asked her to pass these messages onto her manager, but I am not confident that she will. I will be writing a letter of complaint and will update this post with any response I receive.
Other niggly negatives;
Bantry Bay harbour is undergoing construction work directly outside of the hotel and we were awoken by drilling early in the morning. The double glazing of the hotel did little to reduce the noise. There is also no hotel parking, so you will have to leave your car in the local square. The pillows of the bed were way to hard, but we were unable to find out if alternatives were available (due to no service book)
Room and bathroom decor is luxurious, with Gilchrist bathroom products and steam free mirror. Room had a good view of the bay.