Trim Castle Hotel
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Sunday, Celine packed us up and brought us to see Trim Castle. Trim is the most complete remaining Norman fortress in Europe. It's also where Braveheart was filmed. The castle is amazing. Every piece of it was built to defend those inside. The planning put in to it was extremely detailed and very effective. One thing for sure, I will never see …
OK, I'll be the first to admit that I'm late with this last entry of our travel blog. Bill and I really were exhausted when we reached Trim. We checked in early to the hotel, went to lunch in the lobby Barista Bar (very tasty lunch specials) and then went back to our room for a short nap.
The weather was very chilly, windy and slightly …
After sleeping in till.....ashamed to admit! Still getting acclimated to the Long days. Well.. we started slow. But ended up with a fantastic walk around Trim Castle grounds and a wonderful picnic.
A little Irish boy on top of his Dad's shoulder said "That's a nice picnic!". So cute! Can't get the Irish accent on the page, but you get the ...
... to head back to the hostel and get a good night sleep for the day ahead of us.
We woke up at 9:00am, just in time for breakfast and our tour. Breakfast was a step up from the last hostel. I had some toast and yogurt. After we ate, we walked down to City Hall, where we had our "free" walking tour. Our tour guide was Robbie and he was awesome. He taught us so much about the Irish history and knew so much ...
... that. They bring in a bunch of guest speakers and hold debates and all kinds of other things. I probably won't be too active in either of these, but they'll give me some cool opportunities. I also signed up for American football, volleyball, and basketball. I ended up not having a chance in basketball, but I'll probably be on the volleyball team here and if football fits my schedule, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
We only stayed here for one night but for the life of me, I can't figure out why the Irish Hotel Assoc. gives this property four stars. The rooms are nice, the people helpful but the amenities are few. No pool, jacuzzi, gym, business center, practical gift shop or spa facilities are either on site or available. While we were there, the nice restaurant, Jules, was not open. The Baileys Bar was sufficient for pub grub and drinks but that was about all. The Barista Bar was great for lunch, surprisingly tasty and good food.
The front desk computer was terribly slow, so much that it couldn't print out directions to the Dublin Airport. Our receipt for expenses paid was completely unreadable on the right hand side due to printer malfunctions. And don't even try to use the pay by the second internet connection in the lobby, it is slower than a 240 baud modem! That particular annoyance cost me 6 euro just to print out our boarding passes!
You can get a voucher for wi-fi in your room or use of a leisure club down the street a bit. The breakfast was something we never got to try because we had to leave the hotel at a very early hour but they did prepare a small continental breakfast for us (at 4:00 am) to eat in the lobby lounge. They were also very good with the 3:30 am wake up call.
I was completely satisfied with what we had but was underwhelmed with the offerings available.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.