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Lyrath Estate Hotel Spa & Convention Centre

5.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Loved every minute of our stay here, beautiful setting, very comfortable rooms and amazing food. The icing on the cake is the two golden retrievers that potter around. Favourite part was dinner in The Grill restaurant... perfection!!!

Stayed for one night with a group off friends. We upgraded to a superior room which was beautiful. The out door thermal suite is lovely. Dinner and breakfast was delishous.staff were excellent. The pool area and gym need some tlc. Can't wait to return.

We just spent the one night in Lyrath but we really enjoyed every minute there. We got a deal which included a thermal suite visit, a three course meal and light lunch the next day and of course the standard B&B. We had our little boy with us so choose not to use the thermal suite in the end which was a regret but that was our own choice. The staff from check-in to check-out were fantastic, really friendly people. We were looking for a nice relaxing evening away with no hassle and the Lyrath was perfect for that, the place was busy enough to create a nice atmosphere but really wasn't overly crowded either. Our meal was an early bird which suited us perfectly, the staff in the Yew Restaurant (they could have picked a better name to be fair) stood out, very attentive and friendly. We paid a fiver a head extra to have breakfast served up to our room the next morning, totally worth it. We strolled around the grounds after checking out then and dropped into the restaurant for coffee before the light lunch which was included in our deal. I will happily be recommending a visit to the Lyrath to my friends & family and hope to visit again soon.

The overall stay and feel of the hotel was very quiet, relaxing and enjoyable. The whole premise was in general very clean and well kept. While I dont want this to appear negative or like I am ranting there were a number of small issues and over sights which made the hotel feel a little disappointing compared to the expectation I had in my head. Firstly check-in was at the very late time of 4pm and was really quite busy with a number of people standing in a que on arrival during. Our room which was reassigned had a note and bottle of wine left in it for another guest. We rang reception who came and collected it apologetically however not every patron would be so honest I am sure. The room was very quiet, clean and comfortable but felt a little basic for a 5* hotel. The bathroom and toiletries were lovely. However the robes were a little small and somewhat worn and hard (one size does not fit all especially if you and a 6ft + ex rubgy player). The coffee machine in the room and nespresso and Barrys Tea were nice touches however the mugs supplied were way too small to enjoy a decent cup of tea or coffee. In fact when I tried to make an espresso lungo as per the machine settings the cup overflowed. Breakfast was lovely with a huge range on offer, could not fault it. The honeycomb and pancakes fresh from the kitchen were amazing. We stayed midweek which meant the bar was closed for food at 5pm (which we did not know until we entered the bar) and The Yew only opens every other night? leaving only the grill to choose from, so instead we opted for room service. We ordered steak sandwiches which arrived very quickly but were different to what was specified on arrivial with slight variations to the menu which was a bit annoying, however we were hungry and it was still tasty and so we made no complaints at the time however it put me off ordering room service again. The spa was a big let down for me. I was disappointed to learn there really is not much to the thermal suite. In fact I have experienced as much variety in standard hotel leisure suites for free. The thermal pool only has the waterfall style jets, a small area with jets in the wall and beds that blow out cold bubbly air, it was a cold day and I felt the pool temperature was affected by the air temperature making it just about tepid. There are 2 saunas, 2 steam rooms, 2 tropical showers and 2 relaxation rooms (mirror image of each other). The relaxation rooms felt a little unfinished and sterile, the candles were fake, there were no essential oils or scents, there was no atmosphere or music the ceiling to floor windows had nice views but made the room very bright and in one room there was an ugly white electric radiator plugged in. The refreshments on offer were just water, teas and apples, again I have had better variety in lesser facilities. Overall I had a nice stay put honestly I feel like I have been there done that now and would not be in a huge rush to return

Stunning Estate. Beautiful grounds. Exceptional welcome from Marta. Beautiful room booked. Upgraded upon arrival. Vista over little wooded area and park. Hills capped with Snow in the distance. Room beautifully appointed. Deep soaking bath. Seperate toilet. Big shower. His & Her sinks. Very nice hand made soap and toiletries. Coffee maker, selection of teas, cookies to nibble on. Seperate wardrobe dressing room area double wardrobes. All one would require in a fine bedroom. Breakfast the finest array and fare I have seen on all my business & leisure travels. From teddy bears oats to be topped by Bailey's, cinnamon, honeycomb, cream the first delicious start to any day. Pastries, breads, cold fare choice.meats and cheese. Yoghurts, health drinks, fresh fruits. Tea and coffee served to your table. Choice menu on table. Healthy start egg whites spinach scallions. Pancakes. Choice of eggs. The display. Goes on and on. Selection. Of papers at reception area of breakfast room. Very attentive team tending to their guests. Cheerful and most welcoming. Ready to assist. Breakfast served till 11. Saturday amd Sunday whilst there. The bar small but inviting. 5 bar stools at counter. Table for 2 and table for 4 at bar area. Strictly for drinks only. On entering the bar there are copious tables and chairs. Also a conservatory style room in old part of the Manor. Bar service from side of main bar. Lovely young team of young men and women going about wishing you the best stay. Friendly. Chatty too which is always lovely to see. People happy as a team and within their working hours. A couple approached. Red wine ordered. Could not. But help overhearing this person the way she spoke and addressed the situation to the young man serving. Unless otherwise trained the woman perhaps could have spoken a tad kinder re her tasting the wine prior to it being poured. Embarrassing for this. Cheerful young man who I know will go along long way with his personality and gorgeous manner with the Customers. A bit of decorum goes a long way when running one's business. Returned to the bar the second night new team just as lovely as their peers. Time for dinner. Choice to dine in The Grill. I booked weeks in advance. Knowing the weekend in it approaching Valentine's would be busy. 19.30 booking. Shown to our table by a superb young man Darren. Outgoing so helpful. Set up with menus. Young waitress smiling ready to assist. French girl. Gave us few moments to select our wine. We opted for the MASI. 39 Euros nicely priced. We mentioned to the young lady and my Darling pointed to it on the menu. Wine arrived opened . I tasted. Delicious. Seemed more peppery at first needed to breadth. Upon us chatting, then Slainte to us to our weekend we then realised this is what we also drink at home. Looked at the bottle. Horror. Not for us for the young French girl whom made a rather big error. Called her down. I watched as she checked and cross checked. The wine menu the computer. Head in hands. The young lady returned to our table saying my Darling asked for. The wrong one. So I asked for her note book/ pad she had written on. Et voila! Valpolicella! Big mistake. Anyone could perhaps make? Questionable. Unless one does not know their wines. So wine is quickly taken away. 99Euro. Again not badly priced for venue. So 20.10 time arrives we are still awaiting some wine. Perhaps the wine we ordered. Oh yes and perhaps Dinner. Food. Darren returned saying we could have the wine. We smiled. Then Darren returned with hello MASI. It was delicious along with the magnificent starter of Prawns in garlic, cream, chorizo and filo pastry. Truly excellent starter. Served by wonderful team. Not the girl. As I told her in French. This is very poor. So to our mains fillet steak beautifully cooked as requested. Chicken. Skewer. One side on plate. All other sides extra. So if you wish mushrooms, onions with your steak and to avoid waiting order all there and then . We were offered desserts on the house. Not dessert lovers so opted for salted caramel & vanilla ice cream. So creamy. Lift available to the 4th floor. If taking stairs 10 steps x two. Darren bid us good night saying looking forward to our return. Team at bar two men extremely helpful & very friendly. Afternoon Tea served in seperate area. Booking in advance recommended. Fine Spa. Elemis products. 15 Euro charge per person to use vitality suite pool. Thank you Lyrath Estate.

Hi, Happy to say that I am now a regular at this hotel. Today, Lydia on reception truly went above and beyond for a customer with printing request. She's just a star and her help and advice on where the find the right shops in the city was really appreciated. Please tell her 'thanks'!! Kind regards, Darragh

From the very start when we met Tom the porter we knew we had made the right choice in booking this hotel. Room was really well decorated, lovely and warm and really clean. We had dinner in both the restaurants and had no fault with either. The grounds were nice for a little stroll.

Just back from the Lyrath, which me and my husband stayed in for my birthday. We had a room upgrade which we really appreciate, as the room was very big and very clean and comfortable. Housekeeping staff do an amazing job to make sure your room has everything you need and the turn down service was a lovely touch. I had a great sleep in the hotel, as it was very quiet even with the hotel been full, no noise from the corridor or banging doors. Breakfast was good, a lot to choose from and enjoyed the buffet as you could go up and down as you wanted. Yew restaurant is lovely and overlooked a beautiful garden. Had dinner in the Grill on first night, Staff again very good and food was tasty and presented well, also had a few lovely cocktails from the bar in the Grill. As there is only 1 small tv in the bar area of the Grill we decided to bring our drinks back to our room to watch the Rugby, which we didn't mind as the TV in the bedrooms are big and modern, and also the fact that we had a lovely spacious room we didn't mind spending our time in it. We could not get a table for dinner on 2and night as hotel was very busy and we hadn't booked, so we had room service, the menu had a great choice and the food came up to the room fast, was very tasty and was presented well and served onto our table. A special mention for Tom, who took our bags at the door, he was so welcoming and just such a lovely gentleman. Overall the Staff of the hotel are excellent. Our room on the executive floor was super clean, had great amenities, lovely and plenty toiletries, great spacious bathroom, very comfortable bed. Only a very little thing but I would have loved if the breakfast staff would have asked if you would like fresh tea or coffee during breakfast, and a greater choice of veg on the dinner menu in the Grill. We have already planned that we will return for my husband's birthday.

Lyrarth is very much going through a transition at the moment, the staff who are really nice and helpful are not 5* trained...rooms are average unless you look for an upgrade or can push the boat out for a is pretty good to be fair but pricey ...lobby area could be a lot more is only average also, some staff are very professional others not so....pool area is dreadful and in need of upgrade / modernization dressing rooms are grotty and showers when you get them working wouldn't turn off..!! Considering the vast expansive grounds there were very little walks to take...did I enjoy my stay the honest short answer is yes... could it have been better ....absolutely....overall the hotel is not unpleasant just not a 5* ....with the exception of the manager who was extremely helpful and endeavoured to try and improve our visit.....I will return but I will give it time to improve first...

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea at Lyrath Estate hotel. Service was second to none; cound not fault it. Staff were excellent; very welcoming, polite and attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. The afternoon tea was superb; definitely all homemade. Top quality food and tea, beautifully presented, very tasty and plentiful. We have enjoyed afternoon tea in many high end establishments over the years and this ranks high on our experiences. It was a lovely, relaxing experience for all of us, from start to finish. I highly recommend afternoon tea at Lyrath Estate.

Paulstown Road Kilkenny

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a mile (2 km) of The Hub, Lyrath Estate Hotel Spa & Convention Centre is within 3 miles (5 km) of St John's Church. This 139-room, 5-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Nowlan Park and Shee Alms House are also close to this Kilkenny hotel.


Free full breakfast is offered each morning. Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: La Perla offers relaxing garden views; Yindees specializes in Asian cuisine. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


Lyrath Estate Hotel Spa & Convention Centre's 139 rooms are recently renovated and provide espresso makers, free bottled water, and safes. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi and wired Internet. Along with relaxing touches like rainfall showers and deep soaking tubs, bathrooms offer hair dryers and designer toiletries. Other amenities include phones, ironing boards, and desks.

Property features

Guests of Lyrath Estate Hotel Spa & Convention Centre enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a children's pool. Free valet parking is available if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this luxury hotel include a health club, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Executive Room

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 2574 reviews