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Clayton Whites Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

What a fantastic hotel. Well worth a visit. The spa is just amazing. The girls were so great. The attention to detail was superb. It was a very special occasion and we had a lovely welcome plate on arrival. The rooms were spacious and quiet. The breakfast was excellent. We will most definitely be returning.

Was down in Clayton hotel with our Mam for her 84th birthday the hotel was amazing they made my Mam feel so special some treats were left in our room for her a big thanks to all the staff for making us feel so welcome and looking after us so well.

We spent a couple of nights here for the Wexford Opera Festival. It's a great location for strolling to the Opera House and is a bit like the conference hotel - we enjoyed a great Rigoletto performance in the hotel ballroom. Dinner was excellent in the hotel restaurant the night we dined there, the breakfasts were copious but cooked breakfasts less impressive. There is a superb comfortable bar, with live but not too loud music for a good nightcap (though lunch service was a bit chaotic). The hotel appears to be mid-refurbishment so the bedrooms should improve. The bed was comfortable and shadeout on windows good. But the bathroom was small and the shower leaked everywhere (especially if you follow their instructions and use the bathmat to stand on!). Carpets felt faded too and the rooms need serious modernisation. But when those changes happen this should regain its former glory as THE hotel to stay in Wexford.

We have known this hotel since it was the old Whites Hotel. Indeed, previous meals taken in this restaurant were always good which prompted us to choose this venue for our pre-opera dinner. We all had fish with vegetables. The fish portions were found to be meager and in all cases were overdone and not very tasty. The vegetables were palatable but in short supply. It is unfortunate that standards appear to have dropped and do not encourage a return visit.

Stayed there for one night before going on the ferry the next morning,room very expensive and never 4 star ,only limited tea and coffee,breakfast all tasted the same,like a fairground at the downstairs bars,I have stayed in better 2star bed and breakfasts.

So many good things about the hotel but just needs to up its game a little. Location is great in town, no traffic noise. The restaurant in the evening was lovely and service and food in there was excellent. Bed comfy, but sleep was difficult due to a noisy fridge in the room, which could not be switched off. Even with earplugs the high pitched whine was annoying. When the air-con is switched off, it mysteriously came on; and the bathroom fan switching itself on at 5 am isn't appreciated. The service and food in the bar was a bit hit and miss. We were supposed to get a welcome prosecco and chocs as part of a VIP package. After two days, and reminding reception, a tiny hot 20cl bottle of prosecco (for two people to share) was left in the room. Not cold, not warm, actually hot! The box of chololates contained 5 chocs. I didn't exactly feel VIP. Refurbishment is continuing, which is good to see, but overall just needs to smooth a few things out to be top class.

This booking was made for me as a part of a girls night away. Initially I was shown our bedroom which was to the left of reception as you enter. As you progressed along the corridor, the standard of décor dipped and dipped. The room was horrible, smelt bad and no hint of any niceties that you would associate with a 4* hotel. I complained and to be fair the staff were fantastic and moved me to another room in the main part, accessed by lift near coffee dock. Big improvement but still scant on extras, very dated and the wind howled through a small gap in the window, Breakfast was ok but what really annoyed me was that guests had to pay a supplement of €5 if ordering anything off the breakfast menu e.g omelette. This really cheapened the experience especially as was paying €210 for B&B. Thought it was very cheeky and a real deterrent to what should be a nice experience. I'm sure the chef was happy though. I will say the hotel is saved by its lovely staff but they have their work cut out. Would not recommend for the high price.

We weren't staying here but asked if non-residents could come for breakfast and were told we could. Breakfast is from 7am so open earlier than most restaurants. 10 euros gets you a full range of breakfast food. Supplements for smoked salmon or kippers but didn't need them. Well worth a visit

I rarely put anything bad on TripAdvisor - mostly because I go to nice places and I’m usually fairly easily pleased. There have been exceptions though. Here is what I’m considering saying about the Clayton White’s Hotel. * I haven’t spent more than three or four nights in a row in any hotel in almost a decade and I had forgotten how almost institutionalized one can get in even the finest of establishments. But a long stay does give one scope to really evaluate a hotel. Good things first. The location can’t be beat. That’s important in a town like Wexford because you don’t want to drive around here if you can avoid it. The room was small but well laid out. The bed was comfortable although I have yet to find a hotel other than London’s Savoy which has sheets or comforters large enough to enable housekeeping, even if they knew how, to make a bed properly. And pushing two twin beds together does not a king size bed make. As long as I didn’t want to stretch out, which was sort of the whole point of requesting a double, I slept well - the aircon units are practically silent which is a pretty big deal. The bathroom was one of those wet rooms - and as I would be mortified to have housekeeping think ill of me, this meant a fair bit of wiping down in order to leave a dry room behind me. But the shower was more than adequate - a high pressure job that would take a layer of skin off the top if you want it to. Absolutely wonderful. Everything looks as if it could use a freshening up - I’m told the hotel is a recent purchase and probably not by an outfit solvent enough to close it for renovations. Fair enough - better to be staying in a place that’s being done up than one that’s being run down and a bit of wear and tear rarely puts me off a hotel - you should have seen the Savoy thirty years ago. Staff. Exceptional for the most part. Uniforms are a bit East Germany c. 1968 but the attitudes are pure Irish. Nothing is too much trouble. They could do with having someone on the desk through the night - leaving a sign with a number to call when you need someone to come and open the parking garage is a bit two star. The food and beverage department is what lets the place down though. Suffice to say, it isn’t what one expects in a hotel, let alone one billing itself as a four star. Finding short, curly hairs in one’s muesli and then a few minutes later in one’s full Irish is not a good way to start a work day and management was at best, blasé about it. (Follow through is no one’s strong suit here.) Later in the week, trying to explain the construction of a club sandwich (an item on the menu) and then after a half hour wait being presented with what can best be described as a slumped sandwich and some wilted greens didn’t help. Ordering a fairly pricy brandy in the bar and having it presented in a whiskey tumbler because “we’ve run out of snifters” had the word “Sybil” doing cartwheels in my head. Teething pains I suppose. It’s a pretty good three star hotel. And if it sticks to making itself the best three star hotel in Ireland, the fourth star will just show up all by itself and have been earned, rather than just purchased with some new decor. Would I return? Probably - there aren’t many options in Wexford Town and none with the location advantage of White’s. ps - Met the chap who sat next to me at the bar while I tried to explain a club sandwich. Turned out his €15.50 Tanqueray and tonic was a €15.50 water and tonic. Why someone would fill a gin bottle with water is anyone’s guess but there you go. pps - Just ordered a final nightcap in the bar. Large XO Armagnac. Barman first picked up a bottle of Remy Martin, then when I pointed him to the Armagnac, put it in a whiskey tumbler and asked me if I wanted ice. Seriously. Ice. I asked him to put it in a snifter. Which he did. A filthy one, sticky and clouded. I assume he is as I type attempting to pour the now contaminated drink back into the bottle, where it will contaminate the remainder of the contents. Conclusion: There is potential here. But any attempt at refurbishment is going to have to start with things a lot more basic than the carpets.

We chose this hotel as we were visiting the Wexford Opera festival. The afternoon operas are int he hotel, which is great. The evening ones are a short 5 minute walk away. We arrived from the train startion, again only 5 mins walk and also this si where you catch the bus back to Dublin airport. So a easy place. Check in is late (4pm), however they do take your bags in. Staff were friendly. We had a suite on the 5th floor. It was slightly tired needing the promised refurbishment. That said a great room. Lovely bed, great sitting space. A great welcome set of chocolates and everything works. The true glory of the room was floor to ceiling windows showing the waterfront. It was really memorable room. The hotel is popular and the coffee shop in the atrium is constantly full of people. Not in a noisy way, just busy. breakfast was good and the restaurant is massive so can take all those who turn up. We ate the opera suppers at 11 pm on two nights in the restaurant. the service was great and food tasty and lovely presented. Also a very good price. On the Sunday night we arrived around 8pm. Unfortunately the service was very poor. It was over 30 minutes until we received one of our drinks and the rest of the meal was a fight to be served. The restaurant was busy, but not full. As the food was good, it was a shame that it was an unpleasant experience. The swimming pool is great. You need a swimming hat. You can buy one at the pool. Overall this is a hotel that runs well and is well established.

Abbey Street Wexford Wexford

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Clayton Whites Hotel places you next to Selskar Abbey and within a 5-minute walk of Westgate Tower. This 157-room, 4-star hotel has a full-service spa along with an indoor pool and free in-room WiFi. Wexford Opera House and Wexford General Hospital are also near this Wexford hotel.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. This hotel serves as home to a bar, along with a restaurant that specializes in regional cuisine. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


Clayton Whites Hotel's 157 rooms are air-conditioned and provide safes, ironing boards, and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and LCD TVs with satellite channels. Beds are dressed in premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.

Property features

Clayton Whites Hotel features a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a children's pool. Self parking is offered for EUR 4 per night. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a health club, a spa tub, and a sauna.

Room options

Classic Room, 1 Double or 2 Twin Beds

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Standard Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Economy Room, Smoking (restricted view)

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1563 reviews