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I’m surprised by all of the 5 star reviews. I stayed here as part of a group of 25 and I don’t think any of us were impressed. The website describes this as a luxury accommodation. There were no luxuries. First, it has an awful smell that hits you as soon as you walk through the door. The walls are so thin that you can hear everything that happens in the room next to you and above you. There is no privacy in that regard and definitely no quiet time. The mold on the bathroom ceilings was disgusting. The courtyard was unkempt and looked as though no one tends to the landscaping. The staff were friendly, but very disorganized and inefficient, especially the servers. Wi-fi was intermittent. Showers were not good at all. It is certainly a unique experience and not all bad. The atmosphere is both quirky and cozy, the meals were phenomenal (although the service needs improvement), the outdoor recreation opportunities were great, and the Dungeon Bar and Matthew the bartender were also fabulous. Had I not been part of a tour group, I would likely have gone elsewhere and not stayed here. Neat place to visit, but not a place I would want to stay at again. We stayed at another castle hotel on this tour and it was so much better than this one. All in all, my primary issue is that this hotel is not a luxury accommodation and it’s definitely not 4 or 5 star worthy.

We wanted to include a castle stay on our Ireland trip and this one exceeded our expectations! The feeling was authentic yet comfortable with modern conveniences. It was the best night's sleep the whole trip. The rural setting is peaceful and relaxing but you are within a 1-2 hour drive of any place in the country. Although we only stayed one night we plan to make this a base for our next trip. The Library Bar was a great place to gather, play games, have a drink and make plans. The food at the Dungeon Bar was superb. We asked for rooms with 2 twin beds and the beds were huge! Very nice surprise. The staff is friendly. Next trip we plan to make use of some of the activities such as archery and horseback riding. The grounds are lovely.

Lovely experience, planned a last minute night away so didn't really know what to expect - we had a great stay and were really happy with our room. Adam could not have done more to make us feel welcome, enjoyed him telling us stories about the history of the castle - thank you!

Im staying here at the moment and I honestly cannot say a bad thing about this accommodation. Staff are wonderful , courteous and friendly. Food is excellent . At present myself and my husband are staying in the Bernard suite is clean warm and beautiful. Ive read some reviews on this and yes people are entitled to their own opinions but it beggars belief that someone says it needs updated . Its a Castle !!and a beautiful one at that . Give it a try you will not be disappointed . I will be returning for sure. Kinnitty village is a few mile up the road and to be fair theres not much in it . So try Birr ( approx 13km away ) alot more to do there 😁that is if you can tear yourself away from Kinnity Castle 😁

We stayed at this historical, authentic, beautiful, welcoming location for two nights. The rooms were magnificent ,each with its own unique style. Breakfast and dinner were delightful along with the servers and bar tenders. The overall feel of the castle is relaxing and takes you back in time. The walking trails and horseback riding allowed us to explore the grounds where you can tell much work is being done to restore the historical landmarks. We never waited or had a need for anything that wasn't readily available. If you want modern, go to a modern hotel, but if you want an experience you will talk about for a long time to come, the castle is the best choice for you! I can't wait to return and see the improvements to the grounds and outer buildings. And the music in the Dungeon bar was traditional and so well suited for the location.

We were invited to a wedding that was held at the castle. My wife and I flew from Naples, FL to Dublin, rented a car, and drove to Kinnitty Castle for a three-night stay. It was a fantastic and very memorable experience! Other family members stayed at the castle as well, but there were also guests at the castle who were not there for the wedding. We enjoyed getting to know folks that we met at dinner, breakfast or "down in the Dungeon." The best part of our stay was the excellent service we received from check-in through check-out (and all parts in between). A special thank-you to Kaitlan, Moya, and Victoria who were always helpful and friendly at the reception desk!

The castle was nice, clean and room spacious. We had a second level suite overlooking the front lawn, There was a herd of deer frequently in front pasture with the horses. We found a cool walking trail along the creek that was interesting. There is a bar downstairs in the dungeon which is where we ate a good meal. There is no restaurants otherwise for miles.

Our stay at Kinnitty Castle was planned by our travel agent and we were greatly looking forward to spending a night in a real castle. The staff were all very helpful and professional and the setting was very atmospheric. However that is all this hotel has going for it. Our rooms all smelt of mould, and for those of us in the abbey wing it was overpowering. That needs to be addressed urgently. Hot water in one of the bathrooms was non existent such that our son left his shower until our next hotel. The walls internally were surprisingly paper thin! We could hear every move our neighbour made, his conversation on the telephone late at night and every hacking, sputum producing cough in the morning! On the night we stayed we were told the restaurant was closed because there were not enough guests to open it. Yet we later found the hotel was fully booked out that evening. So we were all forced to eat in the Dungeon Bar if you wanted to eat in. From the time we ordered it took 50 minutes for our food to arrive - this appears to echo the experience of other reviewers. The servers were very apologetic for the delay. Food was average fare. Also be warned - this hotel has no lifts. As we were travelling from the other side of the world we all had a large suitcase each. Lugging them up and down stairs was an experience rather forgotten. Unfortunately my aching back will ensure I wont forget this in a hurry. I will let our agent know that long haul visitors with extensive luggage should not be accommodated at this establishment. Having toured Ireland extensively and stayed in all manner of accomodation this hotel rated the lowest on our tour. It was even outdone by small country pubs. If you have other options - give this one a miss.

Recently we visited Kinnitty Castle to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the moment we arrived, we were wowed by the service, and pleasantness of all the staff. We were upgraded, to a larger room. I have read previous reviews, and am amazed that some people are sawing it needs updating. What? It’s a Castle. It’s supposed to be the way it is! If you want a modern hotel, go there ,if you want a authentic, yet comfortable stay come here instead, The food in the Dungeon bar was delicious, We had the fish and chips / steak, and ate everything. We shared the pear and almond tart ( which took some time) , but it definitely was worth the wait. Their was entertainment in the bar, which was very good, and a great atmosphere. The walks around the castle grounds are lovely, and we will be returning here again. Highly recommend, this relaxing hotel.

We visited Dungeon Bar to have a bite to eat at 5-15 pm, my daughter ordered, my wife ordered open smoked salmon sandwich and I had the misfortune to order the Hereford burger, the pleasant waitress went to the kitchen with our order and returned promptly to inform my wife the chef said smoked salmon dish was not available after 6pm, when we stated it was only 5-20 pm she returned to the kitchen, obviously somebody in kitchen was not impressed and he used the word mother f..kers which you could reasonably assume was directed at us. Our food arrived and after a mouthful of my burger which had no consistency I checked burger and discovered although it was badly charred on outside it was completely raw on inside, a truly hideous mess put together by some foul mouthed individual who obviously is in the wrong trade, as no chef with and pride in himself would produce such a disgusting dish to any person.

Kinnitty Kinnitty Offaly

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Kinnitty Castle Hotel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Bernard's Pyramid and Irish High Cross Kinnitty. This 37-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Start each morning off right with full breakfast served for a fee. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


Guests can stay connected with free WiFi.

Property features

At Kinnitty Castle Hotel, guests have access to an outdoor tennis court, free WiFi in public areas, and free newspapers. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with luggage storage and concierge services. Additional amenities include a banquet hall, a garden, and a picnic area.

Room options

Deluxe Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

80.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 990 reviews

Kinnitty Castle Hotel

Kinnitty, Kinnitty, Offaly
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