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Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort

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The Island Ballinakill, Waterford X91 Y722 Ireland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
Updated 09/02/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Situated on its own private Island on the River Suir, Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offers 4 Star Luxury Castle Accommodation nestled in the suburbs of Waterford City.Feel yourself travel through time as you make the magical journey by our complimentary Car Ferry to the 310 acre Island Resort.With an amazing history stretching back to the 6th century, wake up in Waterford Castle Hotel Ireland after a peaceful night’s sleep to the picturesque and enchanting scenes and sounds the island has to offer. Enjoy gourmet food served in our award winning Munster room restaurant and Fitzgerald Bar or simply relax by the large open fire in 16th Century surroundings.For family, group or self catering in Waterford our Island Garden Lodges are the perfect place to experience the South East.Island Activities include our 18 hole Championship Golf Course, our fantastic tennis courts, clay Pigeon Shooting or croquet on the Castle lawns.Waterford Castle also provides a stunning Irish castle wedding venue for an unforgettable Wedding Day. Imagine… A legendary Castle, on an Island Haven; exclusively yours. All in all Waterford Castle Hotel and golf resort provides a luxury destination to escape from life itself.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Tennis court
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Banquet room
Car park
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Children's playground
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Highchairs available
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Desk
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Safe
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
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Bottled water
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Busy Mom wrote a review Yesterday
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We recently stayed at the castle for a wedding, and I highly recommend this venue for large gatherings. Between the cottages (which have tons of space) and the castle bedrooms, all guests found accommodations to meet their needs. The staff was friendly and quite helpful. I personally ate at the castle and the golf clubhouse. Both were delicious, but I particularly appreciated the breakfast spread (and my children were thrilled with the pancakes.) The wedding itself was beautiful and dinner was amazing.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Tom M wrote a review 15 Aug
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Having grown up in Waterford, The Castle was the only venue we wanted! Although you are only 10 minutes from the City, once you board the ferry, you could anywhere in the world! Covid put a halt on our original wedding plans but we were fortunate enough to keep our June Bank Holiday date for the 2022. From our initial meeting with Gillian O’Dea, we knew we were in good hands. Nothing was a problem with her, and nothing was ever too much of an ask! Gillian is an expert in wedding co-ordination, and although I am a bit of a perfectionist, Gillian’s experience shone through with recommendations, advise, and the went right into the finer details. The whole planning experience was a breeze, we met Gillian in person only a couple of times, most of our communication was done through email, text, and phone call. Gillian’s response time with any concerns was unbelievable considering the number of weddings that were taking place after Covid re-scheduling. Our idea of the June Bank Holiday wedding was one full of sun, drinking prosecco outside, and admiring the beautiful grounds surrounding the castle; but unfortunately, on the day, it rained – a lot! After panicking all morning about how the weather would ruin our day, once we arrived at the front of the castle, Gillian was standing on the soaked red carpet, greeting us with a big smile, and assured us everything was in-hand. She was right! I’m still not sure how she was able to pull it off, but the last-minute switch from an outdoor reception to an indoor one was perfect. As Gillian had told us from the beginning; ‘Don’t worry about the Weather, after all you are getting married in a Castle!’ It was the perfect day from start to finish, the accommodation, the food, the service, the setting, and especially the exclusivity of having an entire castle to ourselves! We were made to feel like royalty. We decided to get all of the speeches out of the was before dinner, another brilliant idea by Gillian. It was great for all the wedding party to be able to relax and enjoy the fantastic meal. The feedback from our guests was amazing, many saying they had never been to a wedding with food they loved as much! A special mention to Noel, the restaurant manager, a nicer man you will not meet! We can’t thank the entire team enough, everything was amazing, we had the most perfect day! My one piece of advice to anyone thinking of picking Waterford Castle as the venue for their wedding – DO IT !! You will not regret it! Just make sure to listen to Gillian’s advice! She knows what she’s doing! Two months later, I’m still getting friends and family talking about how good the pints of Guinness were in the bar. They were out of this world! Catherine & Tom Mullally – 4th June 2022
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Luise wrote a review 14 Aug
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My husband and I stayed in the castle for our 10th wedding anniversary. It was our first night away in years and we're so glad we chose Waterford Castle. Our stay was fabulous from start to finish. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Our room (The Kildare Room) was beautiful. We had a gorgeous meal and breakfast the next morning was outstanding. Price wise.... for our budget it was a bit of a splash but I'd rather one night in Waterford Castle than two nights in a cheaper hotel. We'll definitely be back. Thank you! PS we thought the ornate toilets and sinks were amazing!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Motorsport + travel wrote a review 14 Aug
Dublin, Ireland375 contributions172 helpful votes
Stayed here recently and if you would like a quaint castle , you will be very happy here. Food was excellent and breakfast very good although service a little slow. The staff were charming and while internet was a bit patchy the setting more than made up for it. Ferry on and off the island great fun and runs frequently.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Laura H wrote a review 11 Aug
Saint Paul, Minnesota5 contributions
We stayed in the lodges, which is a quick and beautiful walk to the castle. The lodges were perfect for what my family and I needed. Spacious, clean, a bathroom for each bedroom, AND a washer and dryer! The breakfasts at the castle were amazing and delicious! Their customer service was also spectacular! We loved going for walks on the beautiful island and got to see several deer! My husband played golf and said it was a very nice course. We plan on returning (without the kids) and hope to stay in the beautiful castle!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Kelley Muro wrote a review 9 Aug
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Yesenia and I wanted a destination wedding (we are from the United States). We reached out to 4-5 different venues in Ireland and the fastest to respond was Gillian from Waterford Castle. Immediately, before we started any conversations she had made an incredible first impression and showed how great their service was before we even before we got into the details. We began talking with Gillian and she organized everything exactly how we wanted. The entire staff at Waterford made coordinating things so incredibly easy, so that we didn't have to worry about anything venue related. The food was incredible, the staff helping us out were incredible even when we were deep into the night and had many drinks. This is one of the most beautiful venues and properties I have ever seen. If the castle itself doesn't make you want to book the staff, service and love everyone shows will! We all had an incredible experience and would recommend using Waterford castle 100%.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Nolan G wrote a review 7 Aug
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It's hard to know where to begin with this review because there are so many good things to say about my time at the Waterford Castle Hotel & Resort. First off, the staff could not have been nicer and more accomodating. We had a rambunctious group, many of whom had never traveled to Ireland, and all of the staff treated us as family and helped in anyway possible. Breakfast was provided each morning and the staff accomdated unique "off-menu" requests such as a breakfast sandwich. We were in a hurry to play golf and they were willing to help send us w. breakfast and coffees to go..which was going above and beyond their responsbilities. The rooms could not have been nicer. I stayed in the Ormonde Room and felt like I was living as a King for the weekend. The room is incredibly spacious with great views of the entry way to the castle and one of the adjacent fields. I cant emphasis they amount of space in the room. Plus, the room came fully equipt with everything I needed. An iron, water and a very comfortable bed. If you're staying at the castle, try to book this room. The overall feel of the island is amazing and comfortable. Everything is within walking distance. You can get to the golf course in two minutes from the castle and the lodges within 5 minutes. Plus, there are walking pathes that surrond the island that are fantastic. You are fully immersed in the irish country side, yet only a stones through away from downtown Waterford. Staying at the Castle allows you to escape to a different time period without having to sacrifice any of the modern day amenities. Wifi, food, etc were all excellent. Lastly, I was not sure what to expect from the golf course as an avid golfer but was pleasantly surprised. The course is in top-tier shape. Greens were running fast and overall course was clearly well maintained. The layout is challenging but provides a good change of pace from the links style courses throughout Ireland and the actual green fees are VERY affordable. This is definitely a hidden gem and could not recommend it more. 10/10 stay at the Waterford Castle. I look forward to my next stay there.. it is not a matter of if BUT when! Slainte!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Jennifer wrote a review 3 Aug
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The most stunning venue, especially at Christmas time! We had our wedding here in November and it was genuinely the most magical experience. Our guests have nearly all booked in to go back for a visit as they loved it so much. The staff could not be friendlier or more professional, nothing is an issue. Also the food is sensational- if you visit here you will definitely go back again!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shauna wrote a review 2 Aug
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions4 helpful votes
The starter we ordered in the restaurant was cold. At 85 euro pp, more was expected. The room was exceptionally hot and proved hard to sleep. A fan was provided. I think its over priced for one nights stay. Staff lovely and friendly
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Marketing Manager, Marketing at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Responded 1 week ago
We have reviewed your stay and we do not have any evidence of a complaint on the evening in relation to your starter. Our customers and their experience at our resort are of utmost importance to us, therefore if you were dissatisfied, and had brought this to our attention, our restaurant team would have replaced your dish straight away. We are therefore disappointed to read your feedback on this forum instead of bringing it to our attention directly on the evening as your review here serves no purpose other than to upset a hardworking team who would have rectified it on the night, immediately and without question. We did have exceptionally warm, balmy weather during your stay. The weather unfortunately we cannot control to suit each guest - however as you stated we did provide fans to guests bedrooms during the balmy weather spell to make their stay more comfortable. We look forward to welcoming you back to visit our Resort at some time in future.
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Cat M wrote a review 2 Aug
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We had the most amazing time at Waterford Castle. The accommodations are absolutely stunning and the staff is friendly and helpful. We stayed in both the castle and the lodges and while they are different, both are very comfortable! We also got married at the castle and there are so many activities for guests and they cannot stop talking about how much fun they had! We cannot recommend Waterford Castle enough for both a vacation and a wedding venue!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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US$248 - US$411 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Nearby attractions include Waterford Greenway (4.3 km), King of the Vikings (3.3 km), and Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum (3.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Grattan bar-bistro, Emiliano's, and Everett's.
Are any cleaning services offered at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Japanese.
Are there any historical sites close to Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bishop's Palace (3.4 km), Ballyhack Castle (6.3 km), and St Olaf's Church (3.4 km).
Does Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.