Excellent choisi for planning a trip to Ireland
Ireland | Sep 26 - Oct 2, 2023

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David K.
Phoenix, AZ | Reviewed on Oct 03, 2023

Claire did a nice job of adjusting our trip to our needs. Each place we stayed had charm and character. Had never been to Ireland, so we were not sure where to go and what to see, in the 8 days we were here.

Hotel Reviews
Ashling Hotel Dublin
Dublin

great old Irish charm. Nice breakfast included. Close to walk to points of interest

Authenticity & Character
Traditional hotel/Bar
Location
Close proximity and safe to walk at night
Staff
language barrier and instead of taking care of a plumbing problem, questioned our use of such fixture.
Cleanliness & Comfort
beds very comfortable
Cannaway House B&B
Macroom

Very charming and quiet location in the hills of a farm (horses) in the hills of Macroom co. Beds are smaller, WIFI is terrible., our shower was a capsule, which made us feel claustrophobic . Owners were very nice and helpful with dining recommendations. The charm and comfort overtook the inconvenience. Traditional irish breakfast was very good.

Authenticity & Character
The family, The home and the armlike surroundings
Location
Make sure you take the shortest route from the main road. Our garmin took us many miles through muddy, narrow, back roads.
Staff
Great hosts
Cleanliness & Comfort
The Victoria Hotel
Killarney

One of the best hotels wee stayed in Ireland. Close and far enough from downtown Killareny. Easy cab ride. Clean, great room (and shower pressure, OMG). Excellent food in the restaurant and breakfast area. Great bar area. Extremely comfortable beds and rooms. Staff was excellent and helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
less than 1 mile to town
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Clontarf Castle Hotel
Dublin

Charming, but did not feel like we were living in a castle. The rooms were ok, but, smaller and resourceful. A little distance from downtown area. It happened to be very busy (there was a wedding going on), so the staff was overcome and trying their best.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Entry into the Emigration Museum EPIC
Entry into the Emigration Museum EPIC
Dublin

Great place to learn about the History of Ireland.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
House of Waterford
House of Waterford
Ireland

Pretty cool place to tour and learn and watch the crystal production as its being done.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Visit Blarney castle and kiss the stone
Visit Blarney castle and kiss the stone
Ireland

Not quite what I expected. The grounds and Castle were amazing. The wait and process of "kissing the stone" are not quite what we expected. Google it to see. Some people were afraid and claustrophobic of the process. Most everyone there, young and old did it.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
big parking area
Guided Visit of Cork city Gaol ( Former Prison in Ireland)
Guided Visit of Cork city Gaol ( Former Prison in Ireland)
Cork

Very interesting self guided tour. They have kept the original building in good shape and it was worth a stop. The town has many great restaurants and taverns. We had a fun time at Oliver Plunkett for dinner and music.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Visit of Bantry house and Garden
Visit of Bantry house and Garden
Ireland

A great place to tour. You could just feel like you were stepping back in time, while visiting each room of this well restored home. It was very rainy the day we went, but still toured the gardens and climbed the steps for the water view.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
Killarney

We were lucky with our guide, Mike. A local who loves to walk and chat about the history of the largest park (he said in the world). 26,000 acres. we did about a 3 mile hike and learned more about the town and the royals who owned the park.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Irish Dancing - The Irish House Party
Irish Dancing - The Irish House Party
Dublin

This was a highlight of our trip. The dinner was very good. I would order the Salmon or Chicken. The show was outstanding. The band leader was informative and funny, and the talent of each individual was great.

Quality of Experience
Food
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Guinness Storehouse Factory Tour -Standard Experience
Guinness Storehouse Factory Tour -Standard Experience
Dublin

Pretty cool and interesting, even if you are not a beer drinker. Very touristy and busy the day we went. Our tickets included a complimentary pint of beer in the gravity room atop the the building. Great city views and information on the windows.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
self guided, but, they had staff everywhere to direct you
Transport
free parking
Local specialist: Claire Monfray
Claire
Claire Monfray
Local specialist in Lyon | Replied on Oct 04, 2023

Hi David,

A massive thank you for the review & feedback you have left for us.

It was an absolute pleasure working with you on this trip and I'm delighted that you enjoyed the activities we found for you!

Wishing the 3 of you all the best & hoping to see you again in the future.

Claire