Fodor's Expert Review Butler House

16 Patrick St., Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

Who needs Kilkenny Castle when you can stay at the Dowager Duchess of Ormonde's 18th-century town house, a charming piece of Georgian grandeur with an ivy-covered three-bay facade and an elegant walled garden? (There's even a private entrance to Kilkenny Castle.) Inside, the reception salon has a magnificent plaster ceiling and marble fireplaces. Upstairs, any grande dame might look askance—a gradual renovation of the guest rooms is ongoing, so the decor ranges from muted 1970s minimalist to bright and modern. The rooms vary in size, with some big as a house and others on the snug side. If you can, treat yourself to one of the high-ceiling bedrooms overlooking the garden and the castle. Breakfast is served in the gorgeous, bay-windowed tea room.

PROS

  • classic castle feel
  • serene walled garden
  • breakfast in the old stables of Kilkenny Castle

CONS

  • books up quickly
  • no restaurant or bar
  • some rooms a lot smaller than others

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Sophisticated
Central
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 056-776–5707
Website: www.butler.ie

HOTEL DETAILS

14 rooms

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