Waterford Castle Hotel

Address: The Island, Ballinakill, Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland | 5 star hotel
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This 5 star hotel, located on The Island, Ballinakill, Waterford, is near Waterford Crystal Visitors Centre, Waterford Treasures at the Granary Museum, Waterford Castle Golf Club, and Kilkenny Cineplex.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsWaterford Castle Hotel

    Reviewed by beachfnatic


    Reviewed Jul 18, 2014
    by (1 review) Manhattan Beach , United States Flag of United States

    Such a great place up stay

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Waterford Castle Hotel

    Waterford Castle not five star quality


    Waterford Castle was the most disappointing of all the five star places we visited in Ireland. Although the staff was very gracious and hospitable the Castle itself was outdated with its furnishings. We stayed in a suite that was large but very plain. Our bedspread was old and needed replacement The bathroom although it had lovely fixtures was highly impractical. When you took a shower all the water went outside the tub and you had the clean the bathroom for fear of falling or slipping. It was certainly not worth the amount of money we paid. If you want to stay in a castle, Ashford Castle was far better for the price.

    Charming, impressive!


    If ever travelling to the Waterford Area in Ireland you need to book at least 1 evening at this charming castle hotel outfitted with all modern facilities. The Dining room is elaborately decorated and features local products prepared as you would expect at a 5 star restaurant. The staff is professional and well trained. The grounds of the castle are well maintained and the hotel features a 18 hole championship golf course. To add to the features the hotel and golf course are on its own island that you take a 4 minute ferry ride. For the features, professionalism the value is outstanding.

    Definitely Worth the Money


    I cannot say enough about the wonderful Waterford Castle. We arrived in Waterford when they were having some of the highest water levels in years. It was raining hard as we boarded the ferry for the short trip to the island. We were lucky we made it in time because the ferry was in danger of shutting down due to the high water levels. We were met by hotel staff as we reached the island and were told that we must take an alternate route up to the hotel. The scene was absolutely magical as the rain came down and we drove up to the castle among the thick blanket of trees. We rushed out of the rain into the cozy lobby with tapestries and a roaring fire. The hotel staff was very accommodating and took our bags to our rooms while we got settled. The two rooms we had were very large. The bathrooms had antique fixtures and tile. The bathrooms were equipped with toiletries, plush robes and hairdryers. We joined other hotel guests in the lounge where we sipped on the best Irish coffee we had during our entire stay in Ireland. The thunder and lightning continued outside but it just added to the charm of staying in an old castle next to a warm fire. We stayed in the lounge much longer than other guests but didn't feel rushed by the staff at all. The next morning we ate the wonderful full Irish breakfast in a solarium/sun room that looked out over the lush green property. The castle keeps its medieval charm and is not quite as modern as other castle hotels such as the Dromoland Castle. The one drawback is the extra cot that we requested. It was very old and when my brother sat on it, it completely collapsed underneath him. But seeing him lying in a heap on top of his rickety cot made for great photos. In spite of the old cot, we really hated to leave the lovely hotel.

    Great time


    My wife and I stayed for two nights on March 16th and March 17th and really enjoyed our stay. We arrived to find out that we had been upgraded to a suite.

    We ate dinner in the Muenster Room the first night and had a wonderful meal. Our waitress Merry was very sweet and attentive. Jane at the front desk and Stephan who met us when we arrived where very friendly.

    Big thumbs up!!

    Simply magical


    After traveling through Northern Ireland and The Republic, we splurged on a stay at Waterford Castle. The private car ferry out to the island was just the beginning of a wonderful stay. Greeted by name at every turn, welcomed to the castle and our car whisked away, luggage brought up by a charming young man... We had booked a dinner as well and it was beyond fantastic. As a vegetarian, I am used to compromises when traveling, but this meal was perfect. The castle ambiance was magical and the light snow that fell on us as we walked the grounds after dinner was just the perfect touch, followed by a sherry at the enormous fireplace. The room was lovely and bathroom had fabulous tiles, marble floor and the best clawfoot tub ever. This is one stay you will never forget, so after you admire the crystal, go to the Castle and have a wonderful experience that you will treasure.



    You know you are somewhere special as you roll onto the private car ferry to take you to the private island.

    This is a traditional castle, adapted for use as an hotel, not a hotel built to look like a castle. With just 19 rooms, you receive a high level of personal attention. The rooms service and meals are what you would expect from a great hotel.

    A romantic location with everything you need to go with it at one of the best hotels you can stay at.

    Elegant place


    We were on our honeymoons in Ireland, and decided to have a night at a castle. The location of this hotel is superb, on a private Island. Quiet and truly beautiful property! But our hotelroom wasn't worth the 300 Euros we paid at night. It was located on the ground floor, and had more a cosy/homey feel to it with curtains and bedcover decorated with flowers etc. Stains on the chairs and on the room menu didn't give this the luxury feeling that I had expected. Good size on the bathroom, where we had a tub with lion feet that i loved. But, we still give this place a review over average - because the building in itself is great. And the dining experience were wonderful! Great 4 meal menus - that wasn't too expensive. Great food and a great atmosphere with the man paying piano through dinner. If we were to return to Waterford, I might do as some of the other guests were doing. Stay at a cheaper place in Waterford, and visit the castle for a great dining experience.

    Best hotel in the world (seriously)


    Myself and my wife have stayed at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world, but this one is simply the best. Its a real castle with wonderful personal service from the dedicated staff. I can't recommend it highly enough. If you can, stay in the Presidential suite for an unbelieveable experience.



    My family of five visited Waterford Castle in July of 2004, staying one night. We took a two bedroom suite, which though pricey was very elegant and spacious. The entire hotel is a marvelous experience, being a small hotel converted from a partly medieval, partly Victorian castle on a island, reached by a private ferry. The staff is attentive and eager to help. Once there, you don't really want to leave, and so are captive to their very expensive, but extraordinarily good, dining room. Waterford Castle is one of those once-in-a-vacation splurges off the budget, but my entire family loved it.

    A Very Special Place


    Our stay at the Castle was delightful! (May 2003) Very gracious and helpful staff. The dining is perfect with a wonderful piano player through dinner. It is expensive but worth the experince.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Waterford Castle Hotel

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

    Travel Blogs from Waterford

    Dublin to Waterford

    A travel blog entry by arabella__ on Sep 05, 2015

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    ... family mourning bench right in front of what use to be the coffin. Singing along in the sing a long with the guy playing guitar. Drank the local brew of whisky and red lemonade plus a beer. The very old pub used to be used for wakes and it was an optional tour but one of the best...the entertainer wS awesome Visited Waterford crystal and had dinner in a very old ...

    Day nine

    A travel blog entry by koistycassels on Aug 09, 2012

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    ... He read a good excerpt from Dan Hind, quite blunt thoughts on the current way in which our society is dependant on the government and how this didn't represent a democracy. I'm definitely going to look it up and get a copy, it sounds like an opinion i'll like. This evening was a tremendous feat of artist Jennie Moran. I volunteered to help this mass meal, and it was fantastic. There ...

    Madrid to Dublin!

    A travel blog entry by luv2travel.kami on Apr 26, 2011

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    ... weird that the police were talking to them and that it was cancelled. so we didnt get to do it that day either. 2 times of not being able to do it! haha. we thought we were never going to be able to do it. so we werent sure what to do. because we had done pretty much all the main things to do in Madrid.....ya'll are probably going to get mad but we decided to go to a movie. we didnt have anything else to do. so we went and saw a movie. then after the movie we met up wit Sav and ...

    By Hook or by Crooke

    A travel blog entry by baumyj on Sep 06, 2010

    14 photos

    ... in the crowded towns, killing about one third. The effect was to increase the power of the native Irish especially as trade across Europe declined markedly. The city of Waterford even went into debt but it was loyal to the English so the debt was cancelled. The mayor of the day, James Rice, managed to have the city declared an individual city state, under English law but not obliged to follow these laws unless they were also laws in Ireland.

    This area had ...

    Ferry, cross the Messy

    A travel blog entry by shrubberies on Jul 09, 2008

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    ... amp; Jay's". It was here that Thomas Bush was baptised in about 1810, and we are keen to get a photo. We manage to get thoroughly wet, thoroughly lost (several times), and still no sign of the church in question. The map we are using has it incorrectly listed, but we eventually find it after much legwork, and what we find is the shell of a once-proud church. Now sporting razor-wire on its roof, and grilles protecting its windows, ...

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