We stayed here on the 4th of January 2017 and overall our stay was pleasant however we had a few hiccups regarding the food. We booked a classic double room with dinner and breakfast included. Our first impression of the hotel by the exterior and reception was fantastic the decor was superb and the staff were welcoming on arrival. The room was lovely with a king size bed, a 42" television roughly, a bath, shower and a view of a fountain out our window.
Food wise, we booked our dinner when we checked in we booked it for 6:30pm. When we arrived down to dinner we were shown to our seats and looked after by a fantastic waitress she was very attentive and ensured we were well looked after. Due to having our meal included we were not given the usual menu we were given a menu with very little choice especially for main course. Our choices were turkey and ham, Sea Bass or mushroom risotto. Both My boyfriend and I had the seafood chowder to start and the seabass for main course. The portion sizes were small enough with one small piece of sea bass on our main plate with one small bowl containing half potato and half veg for both of us to share. I had the brownie for dessert and my boyfriend has cheesecake. The brownie was a nice size and was served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, very flavoursome and well presented. The cheesecake was nice also however personally my boyfriend and I preferred the brownie. I couldn't commend our waitress more for her service it was fantastic unfortunately we never got her name.
Due to the such small portion sizes we were hungry later that night and decided to order room service. Our choices for room service after 9pm were toasted sandwiches and pizza. A good variety of each were available. We ordered a pizza to share. The pizza took at least 1 hour to arrive, we wouldn't have minded the wait for the pizza if it was enjoyable. However the cheese on the pizza was not fully melted and the pizza was cold when it arrived.
Our breakfast the next morning was good and is served until 10:30. We arrived down to the restaurant at 9am for our breakfast. We had a brilliant variety of hot food to choose from as well as different cereals. There was also different varieties of juices available as well as hot tea and coffee served to the tables. There was no fruit salad available while we were there but there were whole bananas and oranges to choose from. It might just happen that we had bad luck with the food in this hotel.
The gym and pool were well equipped. The pool was clean and the spa was busy so we didn't book anything. The gym was a good size and had a good variety of equipment. For a hotel the gym was brilliant and the pool was good also.
Due to the brilliant staff, decor and views in this hotel I would go back here again to give the hotel a second chance and see if the mishaps with the food were just a once off. If the food improves I would reccomend this hotel without a second thought.
Overall Experience: Lovely hotel, Fantastic welcoming and efficient staff, nice atmosphere, lovely views, the food was poor.
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- Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa is set on 90 acres of mature wooded parkland with panoramic views overlooking Oysterhaven Bay, this luxury Kinsale hotel is committed to providing the highest standards and take pride in their tranquil surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carlton Kinsale Hotel Kinsale
- Carlton Kinsale Hotel And Spa
- Carlton Hotel Kinsale