Waterford Castle Hotel

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 Although the staff was very gracious and hospitable the Castle itself was outdated with its furnishings.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

    Hello Waterford!

    A travel blog entry by beachfnatic on Jul 18, 2014

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    Picked up our rental car and had a quick and easy drive down to Waterford. Stopped in at the Crystal company to buy some genuine Waterford crystal. Then on to the castle. We had some proper afternoon tea. We then wandered the grounds and took some photos. Then had a light dinner at the clubhouse with live Irish music. Now we are waiting for it to …

    Just one of those days

    A travel blog entry by beaschoenck on Sep 12, 2014

    ... Although woke up this morning very happy with the fact that we missed out on fireballs. So back to this morning and my current location. Well after my late check out I stressed down to the bus station. I mean as good as you can stress while caring a backpack. Not that I had any bus to catch just that I assumed that most buses departure around midday. Thankfully my intuition was right and five past 12 I jumped on bus to ...

    Day 24 - Killarney to Tramore Ireland

    A travel blog entry by ttdaniel on Sep 11, 2014

    Day 23 - Killarney to Tramore Ireland
    Finally we left the flea/mite/bed bugs hotel. The further we drove away from the hotel the less itchy and swollen I became.
    Our first stop was Blarney castle. Unfortunately Toby is really sick and could not climb the castle to take photos. Toby still has a chesty cold. This cold/flu has been passed around the bus. Hopefully tomorrow Toby will start ...

    More than Crystal

    A travel blog entry by rickandluann on Aug 12, 2014

    13 photos

    ... tower (no glass lens in those days). The monks hauled 100 lb. bags of coal on their backs up the 150 steps. They were dedicated to keeping the light glowing for the sailors’ sakes. There was even a chapel in the tower where the monks could pray for the sailors. Later on, oil was used to create the flame, then natural gas. Several men and their families lived in the tower then. Of course today ...

    A load of Blarney

    A travel blog entry by baumyj on Sep 11, 2010

    15 photos

    ... of humour. The castle would be just another castle if it were not for the Blarney stone. We did what most people do and went straight to the castle and climbed to the top so John could kiss the stone – no way was I going to. There is an official photographer there and we were in the middle of an American tour party. The triangular stone is under the battlements and you slide out to kiss it. There are now iron railings so it is safe…. But it is a long way up (4 floors) ...

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