Dunraven Arms Hotel

, Adare, Ireland
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Dunraven Arms Hotel

, Adare
4 star

Rooms: 74

Adare - Adare - Ireland 061-396633
291 Traveller

Reviews - Dunraven Arms Hotel

Very Unimpressive
Submitted by: Christine in 24/10/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Relaxation Seeker
The Dunraven Arms has a very impressive reputation but we are not sure where they got it. The service is lacking & the rooms need to be refinished. The rate is much higher than other places but the experience is promised to be worth it - not so. We stayed in hotels throughout Ireland that had better rooms, better amenties, better food, better service and were up to 200 euro less a night. The Dunraven is a 3 star hotel at best & definately not worth coming back to.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Dunraven Arms Hotel

Not bad little disappointing

from Deardee
I was really looking forward to this hotel as I heard some great things about it. First of all a the rooms were a little disappointing, no air conditioning for a 4 star hotel?, not even a mini-fridge to chill water, rooms are very basic and maybe could do with an update. The staff were very friendly and accomadating (lack of Irish staff). The food was great but a friend with me was vegitarian and choice was the same both nights! although we did make a request for another. The weather was great which really made our stay but for the beautiful gardens of the hotel they had hardly any garden furniture and what was there was old and needed a refurbush so we did not spend too much time in the hotel. Great hotel if you do not intend spending too much time in it .


from uclanation
After driving around Ireland for a few days, we were in dire need of some R and R. What a find this hotel was. We were able to book a room a day before we arrived, and were provided a large room, with a stupendous view of their lovely garden area.

The room was spotless and stylish, with frequent maid service. The restroom was huge and well thought out. The hotel is several hundred years old--and quite beautiful--but has been well updated. The staff is beyond courteous and friendly.

An added feature is the full service gym. The gym was the best we found in Ireland, with several cardiovascular and weight machines that many locals pay a monthly fee to use. The hotel also has a spa and olympic size pool. Guests have the option of hiring a personal trainer or to obtain a massage.

Another benefit is the town of Adare. This is a very charming village with thatched roofed residences, and very little tourist buses. Very peaceful and pretty, and a couple of good restaurants.

This was the wrong choice

from hopktown
This was our final stop in a week-long trip across Ireland. These accomodations were the most disappointing. From the knobs missing on the furniture to the ripped bench in the lobby, the Dunraven Arms is a location in need of major updating. Although our concerns were met by "this is an Irish country hotel with period furnishings" retort, that would make one wonder how a bathroom in such a hotel can be equipped with wooden veneer flooring and ill-fitting mismatched molding. One of the people in our group climbed under the covers to discover that the sheets had not been fully dried and were still damp. watch out for the 12 1/2 % housekeeping fee added straight on top of the already hefty room rate. All in all, certainly not up to the four star experience that the advertising would lead you to expect.

Fantastic hotel - so relaxing

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed at the Dunraven Arms for three nights - a much anticipated mid week getaway. It was just perfect from start to finish. The Dunraven Arms is a beautiful hotel in the equally beautiful village of Adare in Co Limerick. Our room had an enormous high four poster bed with views over the garden. The staff were excellent - very friendly and helpful - nothing was a problem. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant two of the nights - superb food - the puddings are DELICIOUS - make sure to leave room. On the third night we tried the Inn Between Restaurant which is across the road from the hotel and is also owned by the hotel. Once again I would have to say the food was totally delicious and it has a really great atmosphere -a nice cosy cottagey feel to the restaurant with charming waiting staff. I treated myself to a couple of treatments in the hotel Leisure Centre - soooo relaxing. They also have a lovely pool and gym there if you are feeling energetic! We loved our stay at the Dunraven Arms and we will definitely return.

Fresh linens --- Fresh wine

from NJtraveller001
We were told we were upgraded to a junior suite because there was a larger than expected wedding reception and another large event the following day. The suite we were given was lovely. Painted a cheerful yellow, beautifully decorated with a four poster bed.
Unfortunately, it was also situated with a view of the main thoroughfare.

We ordered a bottle of 2003/2004 wine for dinner. When the wine arrived I took a small taste and it seemed a bit off. I took a closer look and realized it was a 2005, I pointed this out to the maitre'd, his response "we just received a new batch". I certainly wouldn't have expected this hotel of all places to serve a 2005 bottle of wine; especially with a price tag of 28.50 euros. Then the rib eye, which I ordered medium rare, arrived well done. The bouillabaisse my spouse ordered consisted of a chunk of fish and a couple of mussels. The restaurant was dissappointing.

at its worst

from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed twice in this hotel for weddings.after the first experience I swore I'd never return ... however with family weddings!!!!
Visit one - Paid in advance (surely contrary to consumer legislation) 130 euro- room 11- walk out if you're offfered it - not enough room for lockers beside beds- view of pub kegs - manager smug/arrogant and com[pletely unreceptive to our complaints - serious managment training needed.

second stay - paid online 260 euro for room only(again paid in advance). room adequate - they called it a suite - nothing to get excited about!!! On checking out they charged an additional 30 Euro for 'servicing charge' We didn't even have Breakfast!! Don't they want to clean their own rooms!!! This hotel has lost the run of itself

ll Be Back

from JoHooHa
My husband and I loved every moment of our stay at the Dunraven Arms. Our room was really large, a welcome relief from the pokey rooms you can get in other parts of Europe, with antique furniture and a view on to the hotel gardens. We enjoyed the various eating options, whether it was a relaxed sandwich in the bar or delicious dinner at the Inn Between restaurant, which is part of the hotel but is located across the road in a quaint thatched cottage.
One thing we really liked are the reading rooms located throughout the hotel where you can just chill out, drink a cup of tea and read one of the national newspapers. Staff were also very helpful and friendly.
Overall a really lovely ambience and a nice way to start or finish a trip to the west of Ireland if you are flying to/from Shannon.

Terrible room, very nice food

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this hotel for a wedding. The food was very nice - above average for wedding fair. The room was small, and cold, without a tv. Although the brochure stated "all rooms are thermostatically controlled" - my husband and I apparantly had the one room that didn't. Just one blanket on the bed, plus one in the cupboard. And the tv just blew the day before - they will have a new the next week!

We had prepaid as per their policy, and when spoke to the front desk the next day they fobbed me off. After several calls I eventually got through to the manager who seems to think that because I was on a special room rate of only €155 that I had no right to complain!

Faulty towers is alive and well in Ireland.

My advise if you are in Adare, which is a pretty town, eat in the Dunraven Arms but don't stay there.

Enjoyed a relaxing break at Dunraven....

from doyliec
My Husband to be and I, spent Easter weekend at the Dunraven arms Hotel.
Frist impressions unfortunately were not the best as the receptionist had very bad english and we could not understand her! Thankfully things did pick up when we saw our room, which was a gorgeous Junior suite with huge bed and lovely views of the gardens.
The break that we booked included two dinners in the hotel restaurant, The Maigue. I have to stay this was really lovely, the food was excellent and the staff fantastic. Very nice atmosphere in the restaurant aswel as the hotel in general. Very warm and welcoming. The hotel bar was also very nice with log fire and a conservatory area overlooking the gardens were we had lunch one day. Our only gripe about the bar is that it closes at 12 midnight, which is extremely early for a hotel residents bar as
most close at 2 or 3.00 am. Other than that, our time at the Dunraven was lovely and very relaxing. The leisure centre is terrific with excellent equipment and the spa was very good also. The town of Adare is very picturesque but also quite touristy so prices tend to be inflated in the restaurants. I would advise to avoid The Blue Door restaurant, We ate there one night and paid 80.00 for two main courses which were tasteless and a bottle of the house vinegar (emm wine!)...


from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at this hotel in January with my wife. We had been looking forward to the break away from the kids and thought that this hotel had what we required. It didn't! The food is good but not amazing, the staff are friendly and courteous but this is Ireland. Adare is beautiful and charming and worth the visit. The rooms in this hotel although new are in a dreadful condition! Thrown up, sparsely decorated and musty smelling. We could not spend any time in it as it was just depressing. And this was our second room as the first was so dreadful that even they admitted that it was not worth the money. The owner/manager was arrogant and unhelpful and should take some direction from his own staff on politeness.

Top Local Tips for Adare

Adare Manor Hotel Go to the Adare Manor Hotel's Oak Room for a very special and delicious dinner.

Adare is a waste of time Don't bother stopping in Adare. We saw only one Irish person the whole time we were there. There are about three cute cottages with thatched roofs, but it's not worth your time. Worst place we visited in 10 days of traveling in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

shopping at the gift stores The shop owners want you to buy something. Browsing did not seem to make them happy.


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  • Address: Adare - Adare - Ireland
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