Having stayed in Lyrath for the first time, many years ago, just after it opened, we had always meant to return. It took us a while but we made it a few weeks back. We booked a ‘luxury suite’ for a 2 night pre-Easter break and it was a truly lovely mini holiday and time together. So close to Dublin to, it’s the easiest of holidays…
We checked in mid Thursday afternoon. Check-in was smooth, the porter helped load our trolley, and as we walked to the lifts and our room, he talked to us about the different aspects of the hotel, restaurants, spa and so on. Our room was on the top floor (4th). We were upgraded from our luxury suite to the Penthouse Suite…this was going to be a very nice stay indeed!
The reception and lobby area of the Lyrath is dominated by the stunning and striking pink wall which links the old Lyrath estate house from the 17th century to the large and light modern hotel. The lobby space is lovely, although modern it somehow links effortlessly to the old, lots of glass and high ceilings, comfortable seating, exposed brickwork and wood, white and earthy tones with pops of colour throughout.
Everything flows off the lobby space, Tuppers bar, La Perla Restaurant, Yindees restaurant, the spa so it’s a busy spot, but great for people watching with a coffee…
Our room was ginormous! A large hall area, leading one way into a bedroom and en suite and the other into a really large sitting and dining area. Oversized definitely, but a gorgeous room and space. And we both slept really well in that bed, so comfortable. There was a little room off the bedroom with 2 lazy boy massage chairs… we actually didn’t use them and can’t help but think the room could have a better purpose, maybe a dressing room.
The Bathroom was large and luxurious, walk in shower, double sinks, gorgeous bath and the thing I loved most, a box stocked with lots of shampoos and shower gels so no calling for more when you are trying to eek out the last of the shower gel between the 2 of you!
We put the sitting and dining room to good use though. Breakfast in our room both days, lots of time spent lounging around in the room. We ate in Campagne on Thursday evening and on Friday evening, while we thought about going down to one of the restaurants in Lyrath, the lure of room service and a movie in our gorgeous room was too strong.
A traditional room service menu but very nice options, caesar salad to start, following by rib eye steak & chips for him and a chicken curry for me. It was lovely having the dining table and chairs to set up properly for a room service meal. Afterwards we watched a Sherlock Holmes movie, with red wine and a cheese board, my kind of Friday evening!
Earlier that day we had gone out for a big walk around Lyrath. There is a running / walking route around the perimeter and grounds – it’s not a path so much as a defined way to follow, in parts its a little rough ground but its more than manageable and nice to be able to get out for some fresh air. We had to make sure we did that big walk to enjoy the Afternoon Tea and a glass of Prosecco that afternoon! The pictures above are not the best – it was a grey and dreary day out!
Breakfast both mornings was very good, delivered warm and fresh, exactly on time and nothing missing from our order either. It was lovely having the space to enjoy it in our room.
We enjoyed our break in Lyrath although had we booked a regular room rather than a suite I’m not sure as the hotel was quite busy, lots of families and children (as it was Easter holidays) so we loved being able to retreat to our roomand spend time there. It was so spacious and comfortable …
We had Campagne booked for one evening, and ordered room service the next. None of the dining options at Lyrath really jumped out to us or inspired us to visit which is a pity and is something we’d factor in for our next visit also to have plans made for eating out.
We adored the spa though, it’s a must visit if you’re in Lyrath – the hydro pool that’s covered but open to the outside is gorgeous and the spa is a great way to spend a couple of hours truly relaxing and getting away from all the madness!
There’s definitely some things that need attention, outside needs painting and cleaning, inside there’s little things in the room such as the Bose system not working as it should or no television in the bedroom (there’s speakers set up so there was once a television on that wall) but nothing too major or that would detract from staying in the hotel. For all the good parts – the spa, afternoon tea, our suite – were all beautiful and will ensure we return to Lyrath in the future. An easy drive from Dublin and so close to Kilkenny city for dining out.
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