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“Lovely hotel in an amazing location”
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Garryvoe Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Garryvoe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 November 2015

We arrived late in the evening after a tiring drive from Rosslare, to be greeted by an amazing black sky with so many stars including the Milky way. A sight not visible in the majority of Great Britain. In the morning we were greeted by a superb view over a nature reserve towards Ballycotton bay. We knew we were in for a super short break.
The enormous and well furnished bedroom included a large bathroom. The bed was very comfortable.
We ate in the Lighthouse Bistro every night. The food was well prepared and imaginative and where possible locally sourced. There was an extensive breakfast menu, which was taken whilst looking out across the bay.
The public areas are very spacious and well furnished.
The Leisure suite is excellent, I swam every morning before breakfast. It is the only hotel that I have visited that has a large enough pool that you can swim not paddle. Also I loved the strict hygiene rules; hats to be worn at all times, no out door shoes, etc. I wish other hotels had the same philosophy.
The area is suitable for casual and serious walkers.

Room Tip: Large balconies to rooms 323 to 327
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

We stayed back in the spring with our toddler and baby, they had a kids club with a fantastic woman doing art n craft, my little girl loved it! They had kids movie in the evening. I think we had a standard room but it was very spacious even with the double and single beds and babies cot.

The hotel is right on the beach front so would be fabulous in the summer months.

Breakfast was lovely and we ate in the bar each evening.

Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

Stayed here during half term with our two children. Room was ok. Furniture was tired and drawn over by past guests! Bed extremely hard and uncomfortable and could really do with an upgrade. Head of shower was disgustingly dirty. Pool and gym facilities were great but was very busy with young kids at peak times. Restaurant was good and bar food was average. Incredibly busy but service was good. Staff were super and attentive at all times. Great location on beach but not much else nearby. Would award it as a 3 * at best.

Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

We have just returned from a family stay - 3BB2D. Overall we were quite happy with our stay. Hotel staff are excellent and very helpful. Location is lovely and our sea view room made it even better. A few issues could be improved upon.
We had a lovely meal in the main restaurant the first night. The second night, the main restaurant was closed and everyone had to eat in the lighthouse bistro at the far end of the hotel. We couldn't book a time or a table, we were told just to arrive. We did and it was bedlam. The place was jam packed and tables were being shoved in everywhere to accommodate the amount of people wishing to eat - hotel guests and non hotel guests. The staff on duty did they're best but it was very uncomfortable and the food suffered also. My wife sent back her main as the noodles were overcooked and had being left waiting for a while on the plate. The whole experience was a big disappointment after the lovely meal the previous night. Whoever made the decision to close the restaurant made an error and didn't factor in the number of hotel guests and the possible number of non hotel guests who would arrive on a busy week like mid term break.
The pool is a little on the small side and we felt only allowing the kids in at certain times during the day made it uncomfortable. On weeks like mid term it would be much better to allow kids in all day up until a reasonable hour in the evening and then let pool members have it to themselves.
The hotel itself we felt was a bit unbalanced - the area around reception/hotel bar was empty and the bistro area was wedged.
Not withstanding the above we still had a lovely time and would recommend Garryvoe for a family visit. The staff made every effort to make our stay a pleasant one and worked hard to overcome some "odd" management decisions/policies.

Room Tip: Sea view room is worth the extra charge.
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Thank Caspien
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

We spent a really relaxing mid term break in the Garryvoe. The family room was the most generous we've ever stayed in - really spacious. The pool and facilities were spotless and great fun. The location - just across the road from the beach and playground was fantastic Very scenic area - Ballycotton is postcard perfect. The staff were really friendly. The nicest surprise of all was the standard of the hotel restaurant - we had 2 delicious meals which were fine dining experiences!! We also ate in the bar -again a really good standard of food and service. The kids (age 7 & 9) popped in and out of the kids club each night which had great activities and crafts organised. Just a really lovely relaxed hotel break over midterm - I couldn't fault anything except to say the wifi wasn't great!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view if possible.
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

We stayed here for three days for a wedding which was also held at the hotel. From the moment we arrived the service was excellent. Staff were polite and friendly and very obliging. The hotel had great leisure facilities, a restaurant that I was told by other guests was very good and a great little bar called 'The Cave' where the local characters congregated. The location is great for exploring East Cork and has stunning views of Ballycotton Bay and the lighthouse. An early morning walk on the beach is exhilarating. It took us less than 30 mins to drive from Cork airport. as for the wedding, the catering was some of the best wedding food I have ever had and the function hall was pleasantly decorated. Our room was enormous with everything you would expect in it. All in all it was good value for money staying here. The breakfast was everything you expect with all the usual offerings. Just 2 small issues: our room was terribly hot even when we turned the heating off and opened the windows and also I could not pay my bill on departure as the night porter was unable to deal with it but these were only minor. Thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms a must. Room 316 horrendously hot.
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

Myself and the OH stayed here on an escapes deal in January. Obviously the hotel was quiet at this time of year but the staff could not have been friendlier. Great pool and facilities. The hotel its self is situated to capture the wonderful view of the bay. Sunsets are amazing here and I would highly recommend hanging around on the deck to watch.

Food offering in the hotel was also very good and there are so many different things to do in the area that you wont be bored either.

Room Tip: Seaview is the only room to take.
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  • Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
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Address: Ballycotton Bay | East Cork, Garryvoe P25 DR94, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Garryvoe
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Garryvoe
Price Range: $148 - $267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garryvoe Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
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Garryvoe Hotel is a 4 star seaside hotel family owned and run by the same family for over 50 years. You and your needs are foremost in our minds and we hope we've thought of everything to make your stay special! ... more   less 
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