Kilkenny hotel price survey: Rooms cost up to €1,007 for weekend stay this summer
Hotels and guesthouses throughout the city and county finally reopened for business today. And it appears it will be a thriving staycation season with something on offer for every pocket, a KilkennyNow.ie price survey reveals.
As expected, prices in the sector have soared as people scramble for accommodation as the tentative start of foreign travel still looks some weeks away on the horizoin.
The Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) has confirmed bookings for hotels and guesthouses in Kilkenny and the South-East are rising faster than any other region in the country.
Our survey looked at prices and availability for both a couple and a family of four seeking hotel accommodation in Kilkenny during the peak holiday season.
It founds many of hotels around the city and county are already booked out for large swathes of the summer season. Weekend bookings are now very difficult to secure in some hotels.
At the higher end of the scale Kilkenny’s two internationally renowned five-star hotels – The Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny and The Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown were, unsurprisingly, the most expensive options.
You could get two night stay for a family-of-four (two adults, two children) in the Lyrath for €710, available just at weekends. Meanwhile, a couple could book a room in the Lyrath from €590 at the weekends throughout the summer, or from €450 midweek.
Family rooms were in short supply in Mount Juliet, with availability only for the first week in July at a cost of between €632 and €741 for a midweek stay.
Couples can book rooms anytime during July and August and will pay between €542 for a midweek two-night stay, up to €1,007 for a weekend stay.
In Castlecomer, the Avalon House Hotel has offerings for families during July and August from €221 midweek, to €350 at the weekends. Couples can book from a little as €167 for a midweek two-night stay, and €277 for a weekend stay.
The Rhu Glen in Slieverue had weekend family rooms on offer throughout the summer from €440 and €388 midweek. Double rooms began at €238 for two-nights midweek and €288 for a weekend stay.
Back in the city, there is much more competition going on, so it is well advised to shop around to find exactly what it is you are looking for during your stay.
The Newpark Hotel has weekend family rooms available from €620 across July and August, Hotel Kilkenny has limited weekend family room over that period starting at €409. The River Court Hotel offers the same rooms at €460 when available.
Midweek family rooms range from €470 in late August in the Newpark Hotel, to €304 in Hotel Kilkenny throughout the summer, and €310 in the River Court.
There is far more choice for couples choosing a double room in Kilkenny city over the summer.
The range of prices for a weekend double room in the city begin from €288 at the Kilkenny House Hotel and €322 at the Springhill Court Hotel, to €510 in the Newpark Hotel, €491 in the Pembroke Hotel and €451 at the Kilkenny Inn.
Midweek prices are much lower, with rooms coming in from as low as €152 for two nights at the Kilkenny Inn.