My husband and I recently spent a night at the wonderful Carton house..on arrival the drive through the grounds is quite impressive and the house itself quite majestic as you approach..it is so close to Dublin but you feel a million miles away, as all of a sudden you leave the noise of the road behind..as other reviews have stated the mix of old and new are so well executed and very impressive..we were greeted by a very polite and friendly receptionist(whose name I can"t spell!!)and though we were early our room was ready,which is always a plus! he showed us to our room,"The Talbot" it is one of the house suites and is situated in the old part of the house.( if you are going for a special occasion I would definitely recommend staying in the old house as the rooms in the new building,though nice are just typical hotel rooms) our concierge explained as we walked through the windy charming corridors and salons, that each house suite is unique in design..the room did not disappoint, it had a separate lobby area with a contrasting modern and well equipped bathroom off it and a door into the room..the ceilings are wonderfully high and there is a beautiful arched window with wonderful views out over the grounds..the bed is a modern four poster and extremely comfy..the layout is a little odd though and I would think it would work better if they swapped the bed and wardrobe around(but that's just me being picky and then one wouldn't have the wonderful view from bed!!)the lighting is not great as there is no center ceiling light,possibly because of the fact it is the old building??also an ipod docking station wouldn't go a miss,none of this detracts from it however..we enjoyed a very hearty lunch in the kitchen bar(where again the staff,especially the head waitress were very well versed in customer service!!) and then made the most of the leisure facilities which are located in the new building..at dinner the restaurant was very busy as they had a full house but again the staff were fantastic.. if
we had any negative comments it would be that the food was slightly bland in comparison to the wonderful surroundings..the next morning we made the most of the beautiful grounds and enjoyed a long walk..all in all it was a wonderful experience and we would have no problem in recommending it for a romantic getaway!!we hope to return soon and try one of the other house suites!!!!
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- Carton Hotel Maynooth
- Carton House Hotel & Golf Club Maynooth, County Kildare