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Kilford Arms Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed in the Kilford Arms for 2 nights . Good location . Nice friendly staff. Room was clean . Bathroom in need of a makeover. Breakfast was ok. We had a lovely meal on our first night but were left waiting for our coffee as the waiter forgot our order. Then my husband ordered a pint and they forgot about that too . Apart from that it was a good base to see the sights in Kilkenny.

I was traveling with a group of friends and Kilkenny was a stopover. The hotel itself was a little dated but overall it was clean and the rooms were very good sized. Kilkenny is a little town with attractions within driving and walking distance around. The Smithwick's brewery is here, we did not attend but wish we had. The staff was very helpful getting us checked in and providing information for where to eat. There is a free car park just behind the hotel down a very small, narrow street. If you can't find it the front desk can direct you. Ask them about the story behind the giant stuffed tiger in the lobby, it's quite interesting :) The hotel is good for a night or two stay, and I would definitely return as the value of the rooms was great.

I'm not the type of person to talk negative about a hotel so I'm just going to get the positives out of the way. First of all it was St. Patrick's wkend, when we arrived the hotel receptionist was really friendly, we ate in the restaurant, we were alone, our server was very friendly & couldn't do enough for us, the food was lovely I cant fault that. Ok now for the negatives, walking to our room we could have done with a gps, we went up the lift, stepped out walked for another half mile (it felt that way) walked down a flight of stairs & turned right, kept walking until we arrived at the room but before opening the door we had to climb two more steep steps & finally we reached our destination. When I entered the room it was that small it felt cramped, I have stayed in 3 star hotels before & Ive never stayed in a room so small, you couldn't open the window & there was no view at all. Later on that night there was a lot of noise outside our room, the next morning that noise continued right outside our door & loud music in the corridor. We had a late check out so we were chilling in our room when housekeeping just walked into the room without knocking, never had that happen to me. When we checked out reception was jammed so all we could do was wait, when we finally checked out we were in too much of a hurry to get out on the road before we were trapped by the parade that we didn't bother letting them know about what happening with housekeeping. That's it really.

When staying in Kilkenny I would always stay and eat at this hotel. On a day trip I have always called in to have their normally excellent lunch or dinner. However, I had lunch there yesterday (18th Apr 2017) and was extremely disappointed. I can only think that we were served leftovers from the bank holiday the previous day. The vegetables were soggy and tasteless, the mash was grey and the ham which accompanied the turkey appeared to be sliced 'processed' ham. The waiter never asked if the food was ok. When we were leaving, having left the majority of our meal on the plate he never asked if there was a problem - I have to believe that he was quite aware of the quality of the food we had been served. Won't be calling or staying again. I can only comment on food as I didn't stay overnight on this occasion.

If you can avoid Kilkenny, do so. This town in the middle of Ireland is tired and dirty. But if you have to stay in Kilkenny, DO NOT stay at the Kilford Arms. The hotel and rooms are rundown, dirty, moldy (in the bathroom) and several other negative adjectives. The uncomfortable beds in our room gave the appearance and feel of a cheap dorm room. The hotel had irritating negative signs throughout that treated the guests as childish thieves. This room was also grossly overpriced. Also, the parking was a block away. Worst of all, the pillows smelled like cigarettes. (Note that all of our other B & B/Hotel ratings for this trip have been 5 (all but one) and one 4 star).

Recently stayed for a hen weekend, from moment we arrived, the staff could of not been nicer front desk/bar staff, just so helpful & friendly, fast check in/check out, rooms clean & nice, lovely bar food .

Kilkenny is a magic place to visit in Ireland, its medieval architecture and beautiful castle make of this place something obligatory during your visit to Ireland. Kilford Arms is a hotel strategically located in the very center of Kilkenny! The room is fantastic and comfortable, the restaurant serves delicious food and the service in general is of high quality. The cost per day is pretty reasonable! I highly recommend this place!

This hotel was great! The maze of rooms, pubs, restaurants was incredible. We were there on a Tuesday so can't comment on how loud the rooms get but that's as to be expected when you stay on top of a pub! Close to the city centre, about a 5-10 minute walk, close to cafes, restaurants and on the main strip of other pubs. Staff were nice and informative. Rooms were spacious and exactly what we needed for the night, no complaints. Would definitely stay here again!

Hotel it's self (reception, bars etc) are beautiful location great but rooms dated and unclean. Stayed before for hen and was ideal but not the kind of place you'd visit for a nice Break away isn't worth the money they are looking

While the breakfast here was great, we did have to ask for more toast, for salt and for butter. The staff don't seem overly keen on being helpful or ensuring you are looked after. On a quiet Sunday morning in the bar, I would have expected more. Credit to the chef though, very good full Irish.

John Street Kilkenny Kilkenny

Kilford Arms Hotel places you next to St John's Church and within a 10-minute walk of Shee Alms House. This 60-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Tholsel and National Craft Gallery are also a short walk from this Kilkenny hotel.


Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at White Oak Restaurant, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service. Full breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


Kilford Arms Hotel's 60 rooms provide free bottled water and ironing boards. Guests can expect free WiFi and wired Internet, along with cable TV.

Property features

A nightclub and free WiFi in public areas are features at Kilford Arms Hotel. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. Staff members are on hand to provide luggage storage and a safe deposit box at the front desk.

Room options

Double Room, 1 Double Bed

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

69% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 684 reviews