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Barberstown Castle
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Straffan
Reviewed 11 January 2012

Without a doubt this hotel must be in the top five wedding venues in Ireland. We were blown away by it. Love the banquet hall, so different from your average hotel, you actually feel like you're in a castle. Wonderful staff, gorgeous food. Can't fault it!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We stayed one night at Barberstown Castle as part of a wedding party. The hotel had several wings. We did not have time to explore the entire hotel, but the parts we saw were well-maintained and clean. The foyer was large and spacious. We found the reception staff to be very attentive. Our room was off a spacious corridor that lay to the left of the reception desk. We were given a large old fashioned key for our room. Though we only had a small suitcase, the receptionist summoned a bell hop (he said he was from the Czech Republic) to take it to our room. The room was large and comfortably furnished in faux period decor - large four poster bed with canopy, porcelain bathroom fixtures with stencilling, heavy curtains, a large, roomy armoire with doors and drawers that were hard to open, and a nice-sized writing desk in one corner of the room. In another corner, there was a flat screen TV!

The hotel had advertised free Wi-Fi in the rooms and on the property. In order to activate the WiFi, we had to obtain a password from the front desk. This turned out to be more difficult than we anticipated. Eventually, the receptionist flagged down a passing manager (later, we learned that he had been rushing off to organize the wedding reception) who helped us set it up. With the Wi-Fi in place, we were able to enjoy our surroundings. The word 'Castle' conjures up images of moats, keeps, dungeons. We found none of this in Barberstown Castle (though perhaps they were there and we did not see them !). The ambiance was that of a Victorian or Edwardian manor house.

To attend the reception, we had to go out of the front door of the hotel and follow signs to the banquet hall, a short distance away. The walk was very pleasant since it was a sunny day (we probably would have viewed it differently if it had been raining). The banqut hall seemed to be the older part of the castle - stone floors and a bar area that could have been a dungeon. The wedding reception was a wonderful event that went on late into the night.

The next morning, we had FIBs (Full Irish Breakfast - eggs, bacon, sausage, black pudding, white pudding, fried tomatos, baked beans, hot buttered toast) in the hotel dining rooms. To get there, we had to leave the spacious foyer and walk through narrow corridors. The dining rooms were not as sumptuous as the banquet hall but there were long tables heaped with plates of fruit, breads, cheeses, etc. The sight of the FIBs - made to order and brought to our table - brought on fleeting (very!) pangs of guilt about the cholesterol-laden fare; then we rationalized that FIBs are an essential part of the Irish wedding experience, and savoured them with great enjoyment.

The weather was splendid that morning. We caught a glimpse of the beatiful gardens and ground and would have loved to linger on. But, alas, we had to return to Dublin.Maybe, next time, we'll stay for a longer period and explore the Castle and the surrounding area.

Room Tip: Please ask for one of the larger renovated rooms.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

We attended a wedding at Barberstown Castle recently. I was very impressed with the hotel. The room was very nice, with plenty of space and a large four poster bed. The wedding reception itself was very well laid out and the food was extremely good. Most of all we were very impressed with the staff, they were extremely courteous and did everything they could to make our stay comfortable. I must add that the location is superb, close to Dublin yet Straffan has a country village feel.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

We stayed in the hotel old rooms. Staff cordial but not overly helpful on arrival. Next morning the problems started! No hot Water, plumber or staff member did not show up to room to assist after telephone calls to reception. Arrived 10 mins late for breakfast as a result of waiting for assistance with water and refused to serve us even though we explained situation, restaurant manager extremely rude and practically frog marched us out of dining room. No interest at reception when we again made our complaint and asked for assistance with acquiring a breakfast. Left feeling furious with attitude of staff. Management need to check out top ten requirements of a customer staying in hotel! I know Hot Water and Breakfast are right up there in requirements! Will not be back. Real pity as the food at wedding reception was particularly good for a wedding breakfast specially the soup! Staff little too fast at removing plates

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

I have gone to few events in Barberstown over the years, I was always very impressed by the food, rooms and service. So much so that my wife and I decided to have our wedding reception there. Considering we live in London and my wife is from Yorkshire it should have been a hard sell to my parents in law. Turns out they fell in love with the place as soon as they came through the gates, and if you can impress my mother in law you must be doing something right!

The reception was great night. Gretchen organised everything, from the cake, to photographer, she is a star. The food was perfect and there was lots of it, considering there was a high proportion of rowers and rugby players, no one went hungry! The staff, as always, were great, even when I managed to knock a bunch candles over and cover myself in wax they whisked my jacket off and came back 5 minutes later with it miraculously cleaned. The reception room was ideal for what we wanted. We only had 130 guests, but the room could happily cope with double. The majority of our guests came from overseas and they loved the hotel, particularly the Americans. The party went on till late, there are pianos littered all over the hotel, so there was obligatory sing songs as well. Overall I could not have chosen a better venue for our wedding reception. There are cheaper venues out there, but you get what you pay for – and Barberstown Castle is excellent.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Barberstown Castle

Address: Straffan, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > Straffan
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Straffan
Price Range: ₹ 14,191 - ₹ 18,793 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Barberstown Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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