Just checked out of the Trident Hotel in Kinsale on a recommendation from the Ritz Carlton in Powerscourt. This may have been the worst hotel experience I've ever had. The room was dirty, the non-smoking room reeked of smoke, the linens were so old they felt clammy, the walls were filthy, the executive room hadn't been cleaned in months (there was a ring of dust around the room) and the entire hotel is desperately in need of a renovation. It's laughable the hotel rates itself a 4 star. The only reason I would rate the hotel a 2 star is the location. Other than that, this self-proclaimed 4 star is well below average and certainly not worth the price. If you're traveling to Kinsale - make sure you wait for the "high season" as most of the towne is still closed in late March. You couldn't even find 1 bar that played live Irish music - such a disappointment when all you want is a relax and drink a pint while listening to some Irish folk songs. Kinsale may be a lovely town in the summer season, but if you're traveling there on holiday or any other time of the year - either rent a B&B or make it a day trip and drive back up to Killarney or Cork for the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A four star hotel, spectacularly perched on the water's edge overlooking Kinsale Harbour. The hotel has 75 bedrooms including an Executive Wing comprising 30 rooms and 9 luxury suites, all with beautiful sea views. Only five minutes’ walk from the centre of Kinsale, the Trident Hotel is an excellent base to explore the winding streets and many shops, cafes, galleries and restaurants for which Kinsale is famous for. While you’re here, why not delve into the town’s fascinating historic past with a guided walking tour to famous sights including Charles Fort or engage in the wide variety of activities available from deep-sea fishing to scenic harbour cruising. Or use Kinsale as your base for exploring the wider West Cork region, renowned for its rugged landscape, unspoiled coastline and bustling towns. For shopaholics, Cork City is just a 30-minute drive from Kinsale. With a host of attractions and leisure activities on the doorstep – including the world-renowned Old Head Golf Links – the Trident Hotel Kinsale is certainly an ideal venue for both business and pleasure! ... more less
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