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Muskerry Arms

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We were here during the recent hurricane. What a fabulous place to get locked down in. The room was awesome and very clean as was the bathroom. The bed was comfortable as were the pillows. There was plenty of room as we were stuck inside for a whole day. The food in both the restaurant and the bar was of excellent quality with generous portions. Of course the Guiness was lovely. When you go to Blarney you must stay here.It is right across from the Castle. During the lockdown the staff were run off their feet serving drinks and meals, and they never stopped smiling. This really is a class place to stay

This was one of the highlights of our mini tour of Ireland! The lodging is located on top of an authentic Irish pub. Check in and check out at the bar. Friendly bar tender on check in! Beautifully decorated clean bedroom with a view of the street. Walking distance to Blarney Stone. Great food and entertainment in the pub. We even played Bingo with the locals in the pub! Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

This is my second visit here, first was just to eat, but enjoyed that so much decided to stay on this trip. Stayed 2 nights, price included breakfast. Checked in via the bar area, all good and quick. They have 11 or 12 rooms only. My room was on top floor, good sized room, tea and coffee available in room, decent bed and small but very well appointed bathroom with shower. Fresh towels each day. In the room there was a hair dryer which was ok for me. Plenty of mirrors available. It also had a tv available. Breakfast was excellent, I was so full that I didn’t eat lunch, the omelette was fantastic and could easily recommend you having this, but then it all was superb. The evening meals were great, decent menu, decent price, but great food. The whole place has great character with a number of separate dining areas. All the staff are so friendly it was a pleasure to stay here, next visit to Cork this is where I will be staying.

Great place to stay, nice ,simple and very friendly. Made to feel welcome from when we arrived, greeted by Mike who was very helpful and made us feel as if we had known him for years, looked after us very well in the bar and added to the overall enjoyment of the stay. He even recommended various dishes to try and he was spot on. The food was really good and there was a great choice, just wished we had more time to spend there. Will definitely try to get back there, maybe even get a chance to stay longer. On top of a great pub the castle was just across the square, just so easy.

This was the most unique place we stayed on our trip to Ireland. It was a truly genuine experience checking in at the bar and taking the stairs up to our room (be sure to read your confirmation email carefully as it provides lots of details that come in super handy). The staff was all lovely. Our room was on the top floor and was super cozy. We were originally concerned about noise from the pub filtering into our room, but that wasn’t an issue at all. Only complaints are that the shower did not drain well and the Wi-Fi connection was poor-to-non-existent in the room, pub and restaurant. The pub on the main floor was wonderful! We had a great meal and many drinks and thoroughly enjoyed the live band, a very charming and funny musical duo that encouraged the audience to sing along and dance and even took song requests. Breakfast was included and served in an upstairs restaurant separate from the pub. I loved this place and highly recommend it to anyone seeking a neat and genuine Irish experience.

Easy to find, with designated parking lot. Nice room with comfortable furnishings and nice view. The restaurant & bar made for great atmosphere and the food was really good. Convenient access to shopping and the castle.

This place couldn't be more perfectly situated. Walking distance to the castle and grounds and right next door to a grocery store to grab snacks before hitting the road again. Rooms were lovely and food in the restaurant was great. The bar downstairs has a bit of that funky sewer smell many of the pubs in the country have, but don't let that put you off. A great time and a fab value.

One of my favourite places to stay. Muskerry Arms has it all. Location, a five minute walk to Blarney Castle, comfortable, reasonably priced rooms, ample parking, a killer pub and outstanding food. We were able to get back from the castle in time to watch the All-Ireland football match between Dublin and Mayo. The place was packed and rocking.

We stayed at the Musketry Arms for 2 nights. The rooms were clean, big and comfortable. We had a triple room. There is a band down stairs in the hotel on Friday and Saturday night but the noise did not bother us. If you sleep with the window open you can hear the crowd on the street yelling and laughing but it dies down by about 12.30. The staff were polite and friendly. The breakfast provided hot and cold food choices and was very nice. The building is old and quaint. It is only a 10 minute walk to the Blarney Woollen Mills and about a 15/20 minute walk to Blarney Castle. Cork is about a 20 minute drive away. Buses run from nearby. There is free parking at rear of hotel and free wi-fi. Would stay here again and would recommend to family and friends.

I was originally booked to stay for two nights on 21st & 22nd August. I called on the morning of 20th August to ask if they could accommodate me for an extra night that evening. Thankfully, they were able to accommodate me which was fantastic given the timing of my request and the popularity of the Muskerry Arms. On booking the extra night, I was advised to collect my room key from the bar which was very busy when I arrived. Even though the bar was very busy I received a very warm welcome from Gary who also offered to take my case to the room. There is a car park at the back of the Muskerry Arms which is available for guests to use. Because of my late request to stay for an extra night my overall stay was in two different rooms which was absolutely not an issue for me. They even advised they would move my case to the 2nd room while I was out and about sightseeing. Both rooms were modern, well-equipped, and spotlessly clean with comfortable beds. I chose to have dinner in their Restaurant each night. My stay also included breakfast each morning. Their breakfast and evening menu contained plenty of options. All food was served in a reasonable period of time, well-presented and tasty. Their portion sizes are HUGE so be prepared to add an inch or two to your waistline! Their biggest asset is their staff who were always professional, helpful and chatty. Their Restaurant which is called Nell’s has entertainment on certain evenings. Kieran O’Leary was the singer on two of the evenings I stayed. He made everyone feel welcome by getting to know people’s names and their homeland country, quite often singing songs from their homeland. There is also entertainment in the bar which I visited briefly and found enjoyable. Given the popularity of Blarney and the Muskerry Arms there is some noise from passing traffic, early morning bin lorries and the evening entertainment. I am a very light sleeper and found a set of ear-plugs was sufficient to block out any noise. I can be quite difficult to please but can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Muskerry Arms and would definitely book again.

The Square Blarney Cork

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle
  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Muskerry Arms places you within a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions such as Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle. This 11-room, 3-star guesthouse has free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's in the historical district and also a short walk from Church of the Resurrection and Church of the Immaculate Conception.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast, served each morning from 8 AM to 10:30 AM. This guesthouse serves as home to a pub, along with a restaurant that specializes in Irish cuisine.


The 11 rooms have an array of amenities, including coffee makers, phones, and ironing boards. 32-inch flat-screen TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers are also included.

Property features

Guests staying at Muskerry Arms enjoy free WiFi in public areas and a computer station. If you decide to drive, there's free parking.

Room options

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Double Room, Accessible

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

88% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 275 reviews