Kinsale Hotel & Spa

Rathmore Road, Kinsale, Cork

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89 reviews
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Treacy & Colm
Married on 17th Aug 2023
We got married at Kinsale Hotel and Spa on the 17th of August, outdoors on the terrace with the beautiful oyster haven backdrop and the day could not have gone any better. Both Paul, John and their teams played a blinder! From the moment we arrived, it was all about keeping us stress-free while keeping the wheels turning, we did a first look in Charlesfort, John closed off all the double doors on our floor so they could sneak me out the side exit without my guests seeing me and when we realized we forgot to bring the flowers, Paul was on it, retrieved them and got them out to me in the car without guests spotting me! Dinner service was immaculate and ran so smoothly that you hardly even knew it was happening, All the staff, including bar and kitchen, absolutely brought their A-game. We stayed another 2 nights after the wedding and the level of professionalism never dipped. It’s an amazing hotel with amazing views but most importantly, with amazing staff. A special shout out to Mary also who kept us hydrated throughout the meal! :-)
Added 31st Aug 2023
The Mayburys
Married on 21st Jul 2023
The Kinsale Hotel and Spa was the perfect location for our wedding. The views are spectacular and the service was second to none. Sandra went above and beyond to do everything she could to make our day special. We couldn’t have asked for any more from the staff, they were all so kind and helpful throughout. We can’t wait for our next visit!
Added 30th Aug 2023
Paddy & Paula
Married on 20th Apr 2023
We had our wedding at the Kinsale Hotel & Spa back in April and it was beautiful! The grounds of the hotel are amazing for pictures and the hotel itself is stunning inside & out. The food is lovely and the rooms are clean and comfortable, with guests still commenting on how amazing the hotel was. The staff were so attentive and professional with a special mention for Sandra who is so lovely and genuine and always made sure my husband and I were happy with everything throughout the day & night. The hotel itself is a 4 star hotel but the staff are a 5 star team!
Added 13th Jun 2023
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aisling mcdonald
Married on 15th Apr 2023
Kinsale hotel and spa were extremely helpful especially wedding coordinators Natasha and Sandra
Added 15th May 2023
Eileen Duff
Married on 12th Dec 2022
Fantastic venue. Staff made us and our family and friends feel very comfortable and cared for throughout our day and day 2. Could not recommend more. A fantastic wedding location
Added 12th Sep 2022
Rachel Cooney
Married on 25th Sep 2022
All of the staff in Kinsale Hotel and Spa went above and beyond for us on our wedding day. They showed great attention to detail and were very attentive to us and our guests on the day. The location was stunning and everyone commented on how well the day turned out and beautiful the location was.
Added 25th Oct 2022
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Elizabeth Crockett
Married on 9th Sep 2022
We had our reception here on the 9th of September 2022, we always wanted our wedding in Kinsale, when we found this venue I knew immediately we had to get married here. We picked the hotel for the stunning grounds and views, but we could never have imagined how amazing the staff and hotel would be both in the lead up and on the day.
From start to finish the hotel was faultless, Natasha kept in touch regularly beforehand and put our minds at ease with any queries we had. Ronan treated us like old friends as did the rest of the staff. We felt like we got the best of both worlds, a professional touch but yet a friendly and warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The food on the day was impeccable, my mum wants to go back to the hotel and get the same dinner again!
The bar staff were incredible on the day, they were all so efficient and again, nothing was too much for them.
People always say "something will go wrong on your wedding day" I can honestly say, nothing went wrong for us, and that's 100% down to the professionalism of the staff. I have never been anywhere where the staff seemed so genuinely happy doing their jobs, it was lovely to have everyone smiling all day.
The attention to detail was amazing and we really could not have asked for anything more.
I wish I could go back and do it all again, thank you so much, Elizabeth, Seán and little Andrew x
Added 12th Oct 2022
Carey Hanover
Married on 17th Aug 2022
Amazing from start to finish Natasha and her team couldn't do enough for us from day one till the end of the wedding
Added 8th Sep 2022
Nicole & Aaron McCarthy
Married on 13th Aug 2022
Natasha and all the staff at kinsale hotel and spa made everything so easy for us from the very first day. Thank you all so much for a great day . Would 100 percent recommend.
Added 13th Sep 2022
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Married on 23rd Jul 2022
Ronan, Sarah, Paul, Sandra and the team were brilliant, so attentive and professional and the day ran like clockwork. Nothing was too much to ask and I couldn't recommend the venue more highly
Added 14th Sep 2022
Rachael O Mahony
Married on 21st Jul 2022
We absolutely loved our wedding day and the experience with the Kinsale Hotel and Spa. Natasha, Sandra and Ronan were really helpful and so on the ball.! The drinks reception was fab and the food was excellent too! Overall a fantastic day! I did rate the value a little lower simply based in comparison to deals and extras that my close friends got from their venues but I had my heart set on the Kinsale Hotel and Spa and for us, it was well worth it to have our dream day on our dream venue.
Added 8th Sep 2022
Mark Reardon
Married on 30th Jun 2022
Great wedding day and even better - we have received feedback from so many people that it was one of the best weddings they have ever been too. The staff were excellent, and were not just excellent in service, but could also joke with you too. It felt authentic. Would recommend to everyone and a special thanks to Paul also!
Added 14th Sep 2022
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Sylvia & mark reardon
Married on 30th Jun 2022
The staff was absolutely amazing , they kept us calm and relaxed through out the hole day . Paul was always checking in throughout the day and keeping us updated as the day went on . I couldn’t recommend Paul and Natasha anymore for their amazing work .
Added 8th Sep 2022
Aisling & Brian
Married on 18th Jun 2022
The Kinsale Team were an absolute pleasure to deal with in the lead up to our wedding and on the day itself absolutely blew us away with their kindness and attentiveness. Our family members travelled from other counties to celebrate with us and all were in awe of the hotel setting in the middle of a forest with a stunning view of the water. Over a month later, we are still hearing compliments on how incredible the food was and how lovely the staff were in accommodating any requests. From bringing our drinks down to us while we had photos taken on the hotel grounds, to making sure my veil made it safely to the bridal suite before the dinner, there was no ask too big or small - the team were just amazing! We highly recommend Kinsale Hotel & Spa to any future wedding couples.
Added 20th Jul 2022
Amy and Dave Kenneally
Married on 2nd Jun 2022
We are so grateful to all staff in the Kinsale Hotel and Spa for making our wedding such a special and enjoyable experience, they went out of their way to ensure that everything was absolutely perfect for us in the lead up and during the day, fabulous venue and would highly recommend it to any future wedding couples
Added 4th Jul 2022
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Muriel & Mike
Married on 31st May 2022
All the staff at the hotel went the extra mile to ensure our wedding was special. Our guests were made to feel welcome, and we had true Irish hospitality across the board. No problem was too small, and any little issue was resolved with absolute minimum of fuss. A fantastis location in every aspect - we'll be back for our anniversay.
Added 30th Jun 2022
Married on 8th May 2022
Amazing service, Natasha & rest of the staff were great! Highly recommended
Added 5th Jul 2022
Sinéad McDonnell
Married on 2nd Dec 2021
Where do I even start! From the moment we set foot in the Kinsale Hotel and Spa we knew that it was the venue for us. Alison was the nicest women you could ever meet and we were able to put our trust in her completely. As we were hoping to have a Christmas-style wedding she guaranteed that all the Christmas decorations would be up, even at the start of December and she did not disappoint. I always wanted that photo on the stairs in front of a Christmas tree and with a tree that went up to the next floor, I was guaranteed that shot! Alison and her staff were incredible on the day, adjusting the timings for the different parts of the day as needed. They even managed to get my evening shoes back, which had gone back in the wedding car! Nothing was an obstacle for them. The food and service were also outstanding, right down to the white gloves the staff wore when serving our food. Every tiny little detail was taken care of. I would highly recommend this location for any future couples out there looking to book their wedding. We even had fireworks that evening which went off amazing!
Thank you again to Alison and all the staff in the Hotel for making our day absolutely amazing!
Added 5th Jan 2022
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Iryna Roytenko
Married on 12th Nov 2021
In fairness, we could not fault this place even if we wanted. We were absolutely spoiled, right from the first meeting in November 2019 and up to the last goodbye on the 13th of November 2021!!! The place is magical with a team of top quality professionals!!!
Added 13th Dec 2021
Niamh & Jamie
Married on 22nd Oct 2021
We got married in the Kinsale Hotel and Spa and could not fault the day from start to finish. Working with Alison in the lead up was so easy. She works so hard and was there all day making sure everything ran smoothly. The day went so well and the food was delicious. We had an amazing day and it was in no small part due to the staff at the hotel.
Added 27th Oct 2021
Philip & Emma Sharpe
Married on 6th Aug 2021
When Philip & I got engaged picking the hotel for our wedding wasn't difficult. I knew that Kinsale Hotel and Spa was in my top 5 hotels, and after we met with Alison, the wedding coordinator, it quickly claimed the number 1 spot on our list of venues. We couldn't have asked for a better hotel. Alison pulled an absolute blinder in putting our day together. She had been at our beckoning call for the 18 months running up to the wedding, and as you can imagine with the number of guests allowed at the reception changing every 5 minutes due to Covid, there was a lot of beckoning calls! She has been a delight to deal with. The food was out of this world, and the bar service was fantastic, (thank you Otto). Our guests are still telling us what a fantastic day they had, and that is down to Alison and her team. Thank you so much for making our wedding day exceed our expectations by miles!
Added 6th Sep 2021
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Chris & Brïd
Married on 31st Jul 2021
Added 7th Sep 2021
Married on 30th Jul 2021
Our wedding did not take place due to COVID.
Added 22nd Jun 2022
Katie Dunne
Married on 17th Jul 2021
Kinsale Hotel and Spa was the most perfect wedding venue. From the tranquil picturesque grounds to the stunning wedding suite this hotel has it all. The staff were incredible they treated us and our guests like royalty from the moment we set foot in the hotel. We would highly recommend this venue as they went above and beyond to ensure our day was unforgettable. Thank you to all the team for creating such a memorable day.
Added 22nd Jun 2022
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Phil and Emily
Married on 19th Jun 2021
It's hard to put into works how happy we both are that we chose the Kinsale Hotel & Spa to host out wedding reception... Alison Walsh (wedding coordinator) was amazing and took any potential stresses away with her easy going and professional attitude throughout the entire process from day 1 to the big day. The hotel looked breathtaking with the most beautiful views from the balcony which only added to our experience.
We couldn't recommend this venue high enough :)
Added 29th Jul 2021
Johanne and Stephen Buckley
Married on 4th Sep 2020
Cannot recommend Kinsale Hotel & Spa and the team enough. It is important to mention the team because they are what makes this hotel as special as it is. From the moment we met our wedding coordinator Alison we knew we would be well looked after. Any queries or questions were quickly answered, sometimes even on her scheduled days off. All of this was true before covid, and the same stands for when it started to affect weddings. Even though our wedding was still a few months out when we went into lockdown, Alison reached out to let us know that she would let us know if things developed on her side. She did this and more. With every new restriction, she came with a solution and nothing was too much trouble. On the day, everyone commented on how even though there was only 50 people in the room, it felt full because of how it had been laid out. The food was out of this world; all of our guests still mention it and how it wasn't like typical wedding food - the standard was exceptional and it was perfect from starter to dessert to evening food. The packages on offer were by far the most well rounded and best value that we had seen across the venues we went to see, with a lot of options available for each course - it actually made it extremely difficult to pick! Alison, Ronan and the team made sure everything ran smoothly for the whole day and if there were any issues that needed to be dealt with, we didn't even know! Their professionalism and exceptional standards are second to none. Alison promised us the best day ever when we met her and it was delivered by the bucketload. Cannot recommend Kinsale Hotel and Spa enough :)
Added 9th Nov 2020
Anita Moakley
Married on 22nd Aug 2020
You are in safe hands with Alison, the wedding co ordinator and manager Ronan. I cannot fault either as both were extremely helpful along with all the staff at Kinsale hotel and spa. A fantastic venue for a wedding.
Added 22nd Sep 2020
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Clíodhna Ní Mhurchú & Steven Kelleher
Married on 16th Mar 2020
Everything that we have to say about our experience with the Kinsale Hotel and Spa is undoubtedly positive but they really surpassed all of our expectations as we like to think that we were probably the last wedding in Ireland before the lockdown!

We were looking for something a little bit different for our wedding, we really liked the idea of doing a lot of it ourselves with DIY elements (too many Pinterest ideas) and having a BBQ as the main meal. We first met Alison Walsh, the wedding coordinator for the Kinsale Hotel and Spa, at a wedding fair and we instantly felt that she was the right fit for us. Every idea we had she responded too with enthusiasm and positivity, never saying 'no' and even giving us better suggestions and ideas. The whole way through the planning process, Alison supported us. Alison put together a personalised wedding package for us so we didn't have to force ourselves into a package that we didn't want. The managers and reception staff in the hotel were also great to deal with when we called by to meet with Alison or check something in the function room. Alison was always a quick phone call away and was great to deal with through email, responding quickly.

To explain the professionalism and flexibility of the The Kinsale Hotel & Spa, on the week prior to the wedding on the 16th of March each single day brought a new development because of COVID-19. There were a number of restrictions put in place that we could not foresee such as social distancing, cocooning, sanitising requirements, limiting indoor event numbers and the closure of bars. While these measures are all commonplace now, at the time each day put a new hurdle in our way. We had a confirmed guest list of 155 a week before the wedding, three days before the wedding it dropped to 98 and on the day we had 75 guests. The venue was great with dealing with it all, taking everything in stride and adapting the plan without having to be asked by putting protection measures in place even though there weren't any published at the time. Everyone on the day was and felt safe.

In the days coming up to the wedding, we didn't know if the location for our ceremony would still be open, Alison was fast to offer that the ceremony could be hosted in the hotel which really gave us peace of mind as actually getting legally married was so important to us - luckily the ceremony went ahead at the original location but the offer was very appreciated. One of the big issues on the day was that the band could no longer play as they were advised to go into self-isolation. They contacted Alison directly the morning of the wedding and she was then able to contact our DJ to let him know and ask that he be there to take their place. All of it was handled so effortlessly by Alison, not needing to get me involved and letting the bridesmaids know so they could tell me at the right time after the reception. Alison was so great with dealing with all of the suppliers and obviously from all of her experience knew them all already so was on great terms with them!

I got ready in the bridal suite with my bridemaids which had plenty of space for hair and makeup. We were really taken care of with breakfast and snacks throughout the morning. The balcony and serene setting really helped to create a peaceful morning and looked great in the photos.

After the ceremony, Alison greeted us at the door with a red carpet and champagne. We had our reception in the resident’s bar and dining area. We were lucky that the area was just refurbished so it looked fantastic, the bar area was cosy while the adjoining dining area was spacious and bright, it let all the guests find a place that was most comfortable for them. We had lovely pastries and warm scones with the tea/coffee which on the day was needed as it was a bit chilly. The venue also created a selection of homemade fruit punch which were amazing, I think I had three myself. The bridal suite was only a quick walk away, so it was easy to slip out to freshen up.

The function room really met all of our needs. There was a great view of Oysterhaven Bay and the grounds, letting in plenty of natural light. The bar is central in the room with plenty of space which avoided queues or anyone leaving the room or gathering on one side. There were two doors leading out onto the balcony with space heaters at night that were in plenty of use. We were able to play music from our phones over the sound system so we could play an entrance song and playlists during the meal and at the end of the night to put our own spin on the atmosphere. The function room has three screens that come down from the ceiling and projectors, two of which we used (on either side of the main table) to play a photo presentation showing our lives together, with appearances of all of the guests which got a good few laughs. The venue was so accommodating with us putting a personal touch on the day, we were able to drop off all of the decorations beforehand with a plan and they were all laid out as planned, I didn’t have to worry about it. Obviously, our table plan had some drastic reductions so tables had to be removed, moved and reduced which we were able to do up until the night before in a very un-standard scenario.

The BBQ main meal was so good, some guests went back for seconds and thirds and we were all so well fed. There was a great selection of food and the venue had no problem with preparing foods for any of the guests with allergen or dietary requirements (of which there were many).
We would like to give a special mention to the bar staff, who even the guests commented on as being great. They we all very friendly and upbeat, paying special attention to the preparation of each drink especially our signature Mr & Mrs Cocktails. They stayed on top of everything and were very attentive.
The following morning, we were lucky to feel good enough for a walk so we took advantage of being able to walk around the grounds before breakfast, down to the waters edge through the forest. It was lovely to have some peaceful moments together after the celebrations the night before. The costs and billing were very transparent throughout the planning with Alison providing regular updates. It really gave peace of mind that there were no surprises waiting for us after the event.

The guests loved the day so much they are hoping that we will make it into a yearly event! It was a once in a lifetime event, it wouldn’t be the same doing it again but I’m sure everyone would carry on without us! We loved the experience at the Kinsale Hotel and Spa and would not have changed it for the world, would definitely recommend.

Added 4th Oct 2020
Married on 14th Mar 2020
Cannot thank Alison and the team enough.
She was wonderful throughout the whole process while we organised the wedding from Australia. We had our wedding the weekend of COVID shutdown, and Alison and Ronan were great when we had to cut down numbers and accommodated us during this stressful time.
On the day, she greeted us on arrival and whisked us away to get some food and a breather. The evening went great.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Thank you so much for your lovely review Yvonne, it was our absolute pleasure to have you all here in March. I am so thrilled that under such stressful circumstances you still had a wonderful day!
Added 2nd Jul 2020
Dullea Wedding
Married on 29th Feb 2020
AMAZING! We had the most amazing wedding experience at the Kinsale Hotel and Spa.
From the first time we visited the hotel with its beautiful entrance to its picturesque scenic views, we knew this was where we wanted to get married.
The whole process of planning the wedding was so easy thanks to Alison who was always at the end of the phone or an email. We did not want a run of the mill wedding and she embraced all our ideas and let us have the wedding day we always dreamed of. She thought of every single little detail, it was perfect.

We held both the ceremony and reception at the hotel and the turnaround of the suite was so quick and both the ceremony and meal décor was beautiful with fresh flowers and beautiful centre pieces. Every single staff member was so friendly both before and after the wedding. They always made sure that all our guests were comfortable and accommodated.

The food was outstanding during the drink’s reception and for our meal. It was served quick, hot, and flawless to all our 160 guests. We have received nothing but compliments from all our guests on every aspect of the wedding from the views, the food and their entire stay.

We cannot thank Alison, Ronan and all the staff at the hotel enough for making our day so wonderful, relaxed, and memorable. We will forever be grateful for all they did to make our day so special.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Tanya and Denis thank you so much for your lovely review. It was our greatest pleasure to host your wedding. Hopefully we will see you at the hotel again very soon!
Added 19th Apr 2020
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Suzanne & Dan
Married on 28th Sep 2019
Absolutely beautiful hotel, stunning views, amazing food, wonderful staff and a stellar wedding coordinator gave us the perfect day!
Added 31st Dec 2019
Married on 15th Aug 2019
We had a fab day. Alison was amazing for all what she did for us, very helpful and friendly. Hotel is a great place for a wedding. The food was beautiful, we had no complaints and the stunning grounds for wedding photos. I would definitely recommend for a wedding
Added 15th Sep 2019
Louise Corry
Married on 4th Aug 2019
We had our wedding at Kinsale Hotel and Spa on August 4th and loved every minute of it! We held both our ceremony and wedding reception there.The venue was everything we could have wished for. Such a beautiful location and what a view!
The food and wine were delicious, the service impeccable. The staff were such a pleasure to deal with. The wedding Coordinator, Alison was so easy going and professional. Nothing was ever an issue for her. As we were planning our wedding from Japan it gave us great peace of mind to know that we could rely on her. Every email was answered, no matter how trivial the question. She had great suggestions and helped us out a lot with the overall planning, but gave us free-reign to do things our way.
The feedback from our guests has been fabulous.
I would highly recommend this venue to any future brides and grooms.
Added 23rd Sep 2019
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Ryan Mcafee
Married on 27th Jul 2019
My wife and I got married at the Kinsale Hotel and Spa and cannot describe how amazing it was. The hotel itself was absolutely beautiful. Staff were amazing throughout. Alison the wedding coordinator can answer all your wedding questions big and small without hesitation and she was absolutely superb and so professional making sure everything went smoothly. Ronan the hotel manager was also around from start to finish and was also brilliant. We had an outdoor ceremony which was absolutely beautiful with the outstanding views of Oysterhaven. The balcony was also great for having the drinks reception after the ceremony. The reception set up at night was perfect and food was superb. Cannot fault a thing we had the best day of our lives and the Kinsale Hotel and Spa definitely helped make that happen.
Added 27th Aug 2019
Clara & Alan
Married on 18th Jul 2019
Alison and Ronan are fantastic and the day ran smooth from start to finish!
Added 19th Aug 2019
Rona and Dara
Married on 6th Jul 2019
Very impressed with the service and set up of the hotel. Everything on the day went absolutely perfect. Alison (the coordinator) was an extremely pleasant and easy person to deal with and any last minute adjustments we required were completed with ease. We would highly recommend this venue to any couple looking for a venue.
Added 30th Jul 2019
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Marion & Limon
Married on 20th Jun 2019
Absolutely amazing venue. We had our ceremony and reception there. Food and services were superb. Special thanks to Alison Walsh ( wedding Co-ordinator) and team. From begging to end she was always in touch. All of our guests were wowed about food, services and the location. We could not say in word how friendly everyone was. Few of our guests were saying that if they had second chance to pick venue they would choose this one.
Added 27th Jul 2019
Linda & Lee Brockway
Married on 20th Apr 2019
I could not recommend this hotel enough - we had both our ceremony and reception there. Food and service was super, everyone had an amazing time. Special mention to Alison Walsh for all her help and support over the 18 months prior, especially when planning a wedding from abroad. She could not have made it any easier for us and on the day the whole team were absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend.
Added 4th Jun 2019
Married on 12th Apr 2019
We had an amazing day kinsale hotel and spa, couldn't fault them on anything, the venue was absolutely amazing especially the scenery, 10/10
Added 9th May 2019
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Jo & Martin
Married on 22nd Feb 2019
Our Wedding at the Kinsale Hotel & Spa, was just wonderful.
We had both our ceremony and reception there.
From the first meeting with Lyn (F&B Manager), to the Wedding co-ordinator Alison we
had a great experience with everyone who works there.
We had great support on the run up to the big day, every detail was thought of.

When we met the Head Chef for our tasting every question was answered and requests taken care of. There is also great service staff in the Restaurant.
We cannot say enough about how helpful and friendly everyone was.

On the day everything went exactly as planned. the room looked beautiful, the food was even better then we remembered, the service was impeccable and the bride was perfectly late

The location of the Hotel is off the beaten Track, its lovely and secluded and offers plenty of space for everyone involved. the views are breathtaking and the accommodation, while it could use a litte updating, is clean and well kept.

Altogether we had a wonderful experience and can only recommend it.
Added 14th May 2019
Married on 12th Oct 2018
We had such a wonderful day. Our wedding coordinator, Alison, was wonderful. We had staff available to us throughout the morning before our ceremon and there after. Throughout the day our coordinator was there to help with everything. We had a superb day. It was magical.
Added 16th Nov 2018
Claire Peters
Married on 14th Sep 2018
We booked our wedding from overseas and Alison made the whole thing feel effortless and stress free!! They really went above and beyond to make our day perfect. I can’t thank them enough! Highly recommend MacDonald Kinsale hotel and spa.
Added 29th Oct 2018
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Married on 7th Sep 2018
The hotel is in a beautiful setting and are well set up for a wedding. However Alison and her team are the real asset here. No worry was too small, no problem was too big and from the minute we decided on the hotel for our wedding, Alison made us feel like ours was the only wedding that was taking place there, for the whole year. She was responsive to every email and on the day, the fact that everything ran smoothly was as much down the fact that Alison and the team had thought of every eventuality and prepared for it without us even asking. We were organising the wedding from abroad and that made no difference to the level of service we got. The food on the day was great, the wine was lovely, the staff were amazing and all in all, I couldn't imagine such a big day going any better.
Added 15th Oct 2018
Laura & Ian O' Connell
Married on 1st Sep 2018
Our wedding was the most AMAZING day. It helped to have the world's most outstanding wedding co-ordinator Alison Walsh. We met Alison about 12 months before our wedding and she blew us away with her attention to detail and her ability to mind read as she knew exactly what we wanted. She was so accommodating and friendly. She made us feel so at ease and there was nothing that was too much trouble. She is an absolute star!

Everyone at the MacDonald couldn't do enough for us and we are so appreciative for everyone's hard work that made the day so special. I thank each and every member of staff that worked with us on the run up to the wedding, on the day and the day after when we went to the spa for a fabulous chill out day. Everything was perfect!

Added 25th Sep 2018
Tracey Dutel
Married on 16th Aug 2018
What can we say about the Macdonald hotel or more importantly Alison our wedding coordinator. Alison is the calmest, nicest, most professional person I have come across. You can tell she has organised thousands of weddings because you immediately feel relaxed and know your in good hands when she is around. Alison knows what you are thinking before you do and always has a solution. Our day went so fast but all the staff were so lovely in the hotel. There was absolutely nothing that we could fault from start to finish and guest were still talking about the spectacular views from the room, the top class food and all the extra's that the hotel managed to do for us. No question went unanswered by Alison and on the day we knew we were in good hands with her. Would highly recommend anyone looking to get married to go to the Macdonald hotel for a look.
Added 25th Nov 2018
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Married on 19th May 2018
I honestly can't recommend the Macdonald Kinsale Hotel enough - they were fantastic from start to finish, especially Alison the wedding coordinator who is an absolute gem! She is really excellent at her job and nothing was ever too much trouble. The location and views are amazing, we were lucky enough to have our ceremony outside. The food was fantastic and the hotel were really flexible with the menus allowing us to adjust them to suit. We had lots of guests travelling from abroad so we pretty much took over the hotel for the weekend and they couldn't have looked after us better. Thanks again to everyone at the hotel!
Added 15th Jun 2018
Married on 11th May 2018
Macdonald's were excellent. All the staff knew what they were doing from the get go. Alison especially was amazing, everything went so smoothly on the day.
Added 11th Oct 2018
Laura Di Massa
Married on 19th Apr 2018
Honestly couldn't recommend this hotel higher the staff are so friendly, acommadating, flexibly and hard working my wedding was handled by Alison throughout the planning and day itself she went above and beyond for myself and my family with such ease also I had the pleasure of having maritas help on the day with everything from helping entertain and keeping my 7yr old daughter occupied to making sure I always had a drink in my hand and over all everything running smoothly I am very greatfull for both these ladies and all the hotel staff for ensuring we all had a perfect day. Also the food is Amazing had so many compliments from my guests . If i had to have my wedding all over again I would definitely have it there.
Added 11th Oct 2018
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Karen Needs
Married on 24th Feb 2018
Amazing from start to problem too big, flexible, friendly and reliable! Food and staff were all amazing, couldn’t have asked for more.
Added 2nd Nov 2018
Gerarda & Michael O'Brien
Married on 30th Dec 2017
Would highly recommend MacDonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa to others couples.

The service was excellent, food was lovely with a great menu to choose from and the function room looked very well.

Marita (Manager) and Alison (Wedding Coordinator) were both excellent to deal with and went above and beyond, not only on the day but also in the lead up.

The packages they offer are great value and there is flexibility there to tailor to your specific needs.

If you are considering venues in Cork we would highly advise you to pop down and have a chat with Alison and we're sure you'll be very impressed with the venue and packages on offer.
Added 10th Feb 2018
David Walsh
Married on 5th Nov 2017
Amazing hotel and function room. We had the run of the place for the weekend. Food was incredible and was commented on by all of our guests.

The surrounding grounds were perfect for taking photographs. Great value for money and staff couldn't have done more for us.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Thank you so much for your amazing review David. It's lovely to hear that you enjoyed every moment and that the guests were delighted with the food. I wish you the very best in your married lives together.
Added 5th Jan 2017
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Graham Turpin-McKeown
Married on 20th Oct 2017
Wedding review

Reading other reviews , they are concentrated on the main the day itself .However it is not just the main event that needs to be taken into account it’s the whole experience and months leading up to the wedding day. Hence our long review!

From the moment we met Charlotte at our Wedding show around in January of this year , we couldn’t have been in better hands . The two of us fell in love with the venue , we wanted the perfect setting and the MacDonald Kinsale Hotel has that. In addition the staff are also the key assets of the hotel.

Upon talking to Alison we were put at ease , any time we wanted to talk she was there at the other end of the phone. She re-iterated on several occasions our wedding day was going to be about me and my husband to be. As we live in London we knew we couldn’t drop in whenever we wanted .Though communications were easy to manage , through telephone calls and plenty of emails .

The setting of the date was easy , we were provided with dates during the period we wanted and we locked down the humanist in line with those dates .
The 20th October was set .

For the following 10 months we tailored the day to our interests , personalities whilst incorporating those close to us . Alison totally understands the dynamics of planning the day around the wedding couple . Being 2 guys is no different to a bride and groom. Just have 2 grooms to deal with!

One of the tasks Alison was set with was booking the reception music . We never heard the band play until the day ; band was brilliant, contemporary/ trad Irish band. Great singers they even had a few up dancing during the reception drinks .

Menu selection was easy and the kitchen catered for any dietary requirements needed for our guests . It was no problem what so ever .

The day itself as nerve racking as it is , Alison and the team made sure everything was in order. From last minute fine tuning , fixing button holds and threads cut off suits , they were done in a flash !

Upon entering the ceremony room, seeing all our family and friends watch myself and my partner , we couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous the room was set up , plus the view . Nature on display at its best .

The reception was set up beautifully . The sweet stand went down a treat especially with the adults .

Marita made sure we were both looked after as post wedding ceremony we were being pulled from pillar to post . Pre dinner Alison made sure we had a couple of minutes to ourselves .

Alison had the job of introducing us as Mr & Mr to our guests as our song was played by our musicians : It’s a Beautiful Day . It was . Summed up our day from start to finish .

From the conversations held with our guests, they highly complimented the meal “best wedding dinner ever eaten “ “champagne sorbet was excellent palate cleanser” . Even the hotel was highly regarded by our guests “not a patch on xxxxx” . Thats what we wanted to hear .

We would like to thank Donald and the rest of his management team. Charolette head of reservations , Karen in the gym, Mandy spa manager , Mandy Conference Co-Ordinator , Lynn evening manager, Marita and also Michelle & Sophie from reception . Apologies if we missed anyone by name . Have to mention the chef’s, bar , restaurant, accommodation , grounds staff etc. Without them the hotel would not be what it is , a venue set on beautiful landscape operated by individuals who take pride in what they do.

From myself and Peter a special thanks to Alison . You were a gem over the last ten months . You sure are a people’s person , organised , warm , kind and calming . Most of of all you an excellent Wedding Co-Ordinator .
With you we would not have had “A Beautiful Day”.

Yours Mr & Mr Turpin McKeown.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Graham, and Peter... thank you so much for writing such a heartfelt review (while on honeymoon and all!!). It was a wonderful experience having you and your family and friends here over the few days. I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together, and please, don't be strangers- come back very soon for a visit!! xxx
Added 1st Nov 2017
Laura Ahern
Married on 9th Sep 2017
From the first time we viewed the Macdonald Kinsale for our wedding we loved it. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The view was amazing and the service was fantastic. Alison the wedding coordinator was a joy to deal with as we are living overseas she made it easy and stress free for us and the lead up to the wedding was a great experience. Every little thing counted and we were made feel extra special. We would both highly recommend the Macdonald Hotel.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review Laura. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you both in the lead up to your bid day, and I wish you both a very happy future together xx
Added 24th Oct 2017
Sonya & Anthony Robertson
Married on 7th Sep 2017
I could not recommended Alison and her team at Macdonald Hotel & Spa, Kinsale more. Organising our wedding from Australia was initially a very daunting idea but once we started working with Alison, we knew we were in great hands. Nothing was too big or too small of an ask, even with the massive time difference!! We also availed of the day after BBQ and was such a perfect decision- amazing food, amazing views and everyone was so relaxed. The service we received right from the front desk was incredible, so much so- our guests could not stop talking about the hotel and the experience. We are beyond delighted with our experience- from the breathtaking views to the service, from the food to the amazing spa, we would have had it no other way. So for anyone searching for the perfect wedding venue, look no further!!! Thank you Alison and Co. again from the bottom of our hearts.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Thank you both so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It was a great pleasure to work with you both in the lead up to your big day, and I am delighted to hear that you both enjoyed it so much. Whether living locally, or so far away like yourselves, planning a wedding is a daunting process, and I am so glad to be able help make the process easier in anyway I can.
be sure to visit again the next time you are home! xx
Added 19th Oct 2017
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Married on 26th Aug 2017
All the team down here are amazing and go above and beyond to help you with everything
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Thanks for your review Aine and Matthew, it was our pleasure to have you here on your wedding day, and we wish you both the very best for the future x
Added 1st Nov 2017
Married on 22nd Jul 2017
Myself & my husband got married on the 22nd July 2017 and had our wedding reception at the Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa. The venue was absolutely amazing. We'd like to thank Alison, Lynn & all the staff so much, everything was just so perfect. The food & service was top class. The function room and the foyer looked beyond perfect and the staff couldn't have been more attentive. Our guests were super impressed by the hotel, the staff, the food and service. Our wedding co-ordinator Alison was brilliant to deal with and she was always on hand to help me with my queries in the run up to the big day. Thank you so much to everyone at the Macdonald Kinsale. It was a day/weekend we'll never forget. :)
Added 22nd Aug 2017
Suzie & Ciaran
Married on 1st Jul 2017
We had an absolutely fabulous experience at the Macdonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa. From the very start, we felt comfortable and well taken care of, and nothing was a problem, even with a large number of guests (220). Alison was so helpful in the lead-up to the event, and she and all the staff were amazing on the day. We were especially impressed when Donald followed us down to the playground, where we were taking photographs, with a bottle of champagne and some canapes, because he knew we'd be desperately need them by then! It was little touches like that that really made the day extra special. Could not recommend this hotel highly enough.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Thank you so much Suzie and Ciaran for taking the time to write such a lovely review. It was our absolute pleasure to work with you both in the lead up to your big day, and we thoroughly enjoyed hosting you and your families and friends at the hotel. be sure to come back and visit very, very soon x
Added 17th Oct 2017
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Noelle Reidy
Married on 27th Apr 2017
I would highly recommended this hotel. Everything was excellent for our wedding day.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Thank you for the lovely comments Noelle. It was an absolute pleasure working with you both x
Added 27th Jun 2017
Married on 1st Apr 2017
The hotel staff were always very friendly and lovely to deal with. They made us feel very comfortable and happy with our decision to book our wedding at the hotel. The decor and food were fabulous and the view and grounds speak for themselves...they are stunning. Alison, the wedding co-ordinator was lovely and helpful and many, many emails and phone calls and texts were exchanged in the months leading up to the wedding. Nothing was a problem to do and everything was very relaxed and stress free leading up to it. Thank you to all the staff involved in making our wedding a memorable experience at MacDonald Kinsale Hotel & Spa.
Added 3rd Nov 2017
Laura Lucas
Married on 2nd Feb 2017

I just want to say a huge thank you to yourself, Lynn and all the staff for ensuring that out wedding day went absolutely perfect. Ye all went above and beyond to make sure everything went smoothly and without a hitch. Thanks so much for looking after our girls throughout the day (even providing food for them so they wouldn't starve during the photos ????) and looking after all our guests as the professionals ye are. 

The day was perfect from start to finish and that was due to all of ye with your kind, caring and professional manner.

I wish we could do it all again !!!! 


Kind Regards,


Laura & Daniel Lucas 


PS: You are welcome to share this post & photos on social media xx 

Added 1st May 2017
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Brid Dorney
Married on 27th Aug 2016
It's a fabulous hotel and grounds, the views are amazing. Alice the wedding coordinator couldn't be more helpful and professional. The food was excellent, we really enjoyed our food tasting when we were deciding our wedding menu too. Nothing was too much trouble for the hotel team to do for us both on the day of the wedding and in the lead up to it, eg we brought our own decorations which they put up for us on the day etc.
We had a great wedding day. We would highly recommend Mcdonald Kinsale Hotel to any future bride and groom thinking about having their wedding there, we couldn't fault a thing.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Bríd and John, thank you for this fantastic review! I am delighted that you both had such a fantastic wedding day and I wish you the very best for your future together! Warmest regards,Alice
Added 27th Oct 2016
Fiona & Alistair Bird
Married on 11th Jun 2016
Such a picturesque venue for your big day, some amazing photo opportunities & our food was amazing, could not fault it, was so stuffed for the night afterwards & all our guests were commenting on how good the day was.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Hi Fiona & Alistair,

Thank you so much for your review, I am delighted that you enjoyed your day and the food was amazing. The picturesque location does make it perfect for taking perfect pictures filled with happy memories for you perfect day together! I wish you both all the best for your married lives together. Warmest Regards, Alice
Added 30th Jun 2016
Grainne Ruddy Casey
Married on 16th Mar 2016
Our day but was perfect. All the staff were great and really enjoyed pre wedding tasting meal.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Hi Grainne,

thank you so much, you were a pleasure and I am delighted that your day was perfect!
hopefully we will see you in Kinsale again soon!

Warmest Regards,

Added 19th May 2016
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Aoife & John Dwyer
Married on 20th Feb 2016
We had an amazing day . The hotel staff coming up and on the big day wet amazing and always helped in any way possible. We are looking forward to going back there.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Hi Aoife & John,

I am so delighted that you enjoyed you wedding day and thank you so much for your kind comments about our staff, they are a great crew!
can't wait to see you both soon!

Warmest regards,

Added 22nd May 2016
Married on 29th Jan 2016
The staff were extremely helpful and accommodating. They catered to our every need in the build up and on the actual day of the wedding. The location was perfect with stunning scenery from the beautiful hotel grounds which was perfect for photographs. The function room was decorated beautifully and the food was delicious.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Hi Janet,

Thank you so much for your lovely review, I am delighted that everything was picture prefect on the day and that you enjoy the run up to your wedding too :)
Niall and yourself were a pleasure to assist with your wedding day celebrations and I wish you all the happiness for your married lives together.

Warmest regards,

Added 20th May 2016
Mary and Anthony
Married on 19th Sep 2015
Layout of function room is very good to keep wedding guests together.

We have the most lovely day - I would highly recommend it.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Hi Mary & Anthony,

Thank you for your review, I am delighted that you had such a lovely day!

Warmest regards,

Added 19th May 2016
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Rachel Amor
Married on 12th Sep 2015
We had a fabulous day last September. The staff ran everything so smoothly, we didn't have to think about anything. All of our requests were no problem and we couldn't have asked for more. All of our guests enjoyed themselves, some saying it was the best wedding they were ever at. We would absolutely recommend the hotel to friends as a wedding venue.
Response from Kinsale Hotel & Spa
Hi Rachel,
Thank you so much for your fantastic recommendations, it was our pleasure to have your wedding day celebration here with us and I am delighted that all your guests had a fantastic time too! I hope to welcome you back to Kinsale for your 1st anniversary very soon!
Warmest regards,

Added 21st Jun 2016
Claire Murphy
Married on 26th Jun 2015
We had an amazing wedding day at The Carlton Hotel Kinsale on June 26th, 2015. It was brilliant from start to finish. Couldn't reccommend the hotel more. The staff, service, venue,location. Everything was superb.
Added 9th Jul 2015
Married on 20th Mar 2015
As someone planning a wedding from abroad I found it very difficult to make a decision on a venue. I knew I wanted to have my reception in kinsale but choosing a hotel I thought I was limited. we decided on the carlton and I am delighted we did. On the day the staff could not have been more helpful. They dealt with the fact that I had forgotten to seat one guest on the seating plan with no fuss and it went virtually unnoticed. The views are amazing and we were fortunate to have had beautiful weather to show off the hotel at its best. Our guests mentioned numerous times how lovely the food was and the amount offered also was plentiful this was both for the main meal and evening offering. Claire the wedding coordinator was on hand to deal with every query and was excellent in giving feedback and advice, we stayed for two nights and had arranged food for our guests the following day and this went down a treat too. the staff never bothered us once it all flowed really smoothly. they collected everything that we had at the venue ready for collection on our check out and both managers on duty both days were excellent. unfortunately I cannot remember their names! We were very pleased and I am glad that we went with the Carlton. It was excellent value for money, staff very helpful/ food excellent - chef very attentive no request was too much / view amazing. I would certainly recommend it.
Added 7th May 2015
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Kate & Andrew
Hi Claire,
Back from our honeymoon, unfortunately, and just wanted to send a quick email to say Thank
You to yourself, Patrick and all the staff in the Carlton for looking after us for our wedding. We
had a wonderful day, helped in no small part by the excellent staff in the hotel and the delicious
food and drink which our guests enjoyed.
Thank you again and Best Wishes for the future.
Added 20th Dec 2013
Martin, myself and all our guests had a great time on Saturday at our wedding!
Everything, food, wine, staff was excellent! Particular thanks to Pat for catering to
my uncles needs and for sorting out the music! And a huge thanks to Claire for
everything you did for us, you helped make the day very special!
Thanks again.
Added 2nd Nov 2013
Just a short note to say thank you so much Claire for Friday we had a ball. Everything went well and people were raving about the food.
Added 25th Oct 2013
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Antoinette O Keeffe.
Claire, just a very quick note to say a HUGH thank you to you and your wonderful
team for making our wedding day on the 20th Oct so special.
You are such a fabulous person and you are absolutely perfect for the job you are in. I
promise to try and call down to the hotel to say hi as soon as I've a free day.
Hope all is well with you and hope to chat to you soon.
Thank you again so much.
Added 20th Oct 2013
D & J xxx
OMG Claire... Where to start???
Thank you all so so so much for the most amazing wedding day/weekend. I cried for a
lot of the day on Sunday with emotion as we did not want it to be over. It was
everything myself and J had ever dreamed of but it was even more amazing again.From the moment we arrived and checked in, to the beautiful garden suites, the gift
from the Spa, to the service, the meal on Friday night, the breakfasts on the morning,
the arrival reception, the function room, the meal, the staff and the bridal suite...
Every single detail was AMAZING.
I'm feeling so emotional writing this as I wish we could do it all over again. I want
to thank you from the bottom of my heart as you just gave us the wedding of our
dreams and we will never ever forget it. I'm just so glad we will have a video of it so
we can remember it forever. Please thank Patrick for us also as he was just so good to us, Jacqui who was an
absolute angel and all the bar, accommodation & reception staff. Please also thank
the guys who helped us carry in all the wine etc on Friday night as we never noted
their names and they were great.As we spoke with our family & friends and listened to them all rave about the service
and the food, we realised that it is possibly the first wedding in history that went off
without a glitch... Think that just says it all :)
Thanks a million from the two of us. Ye were stars.
Added 19th Oct 2013
Just back from honeymoon last night do thought I'd drop you a quick mail to say thanks.
Both myself and Rick would like to say a huge thanks to Claire and all the staff in The Carlton,
we had a brilliant couple of days there which would not have happened without Claire and the
amazing staff. We didn't have to worry about a thing and the girls for dinner were so attentive,
even at the bar in the wee hours of the morning all of them were lovely. Thanks again, all of our
guests commented on the staff also, including Mom, which is amazing as you know! We'll be
back again soon!
Added 6th Sep 2013
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Claire, I wanted to email to say a huge thanks to you and everyone who helped to
make our wedding the best day of our lives! We were really impressed with all the
staff at the hotel and felt that they couldn't do enough for us.
Added 23rd Aug 2013
S and JP
Claire, en route to Dublin for the honeymoon with my hubby, we both want
to give you our sincere thanks for an epic day on Saturday, we were so
pleased with everything and it was even better than we could have hoped
for. The staff- yourself, Avril, Jackie and Kamil couldn't have been better at
your jobs and we really felt ye went the extra mile for us. Everybody was
raving about the food and it was the icing on the cake that the dog also attended the affair (and that the bell was rang that bit later!), it was superb.?
Kind Regards and our sincere thanks.
Added 3rd Aug 2013
Claire, Apologies that we are only writing this email now, we are just starting to get
back to a normal life after an amazing few months. We just wanted to say thank you
again for all your help and the staff at the Carlton for making our wedding day so
fantastic! Everything went so smoothly and our guests are still speaking about the
arrival reception and the food. We are so happy we chose the Carlton in Kinsale for
our wedding reception.
Added 27th Jul 2013
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E & E
Claire, I'm just getting round to things now, jet lag is gone! I just wanted to that
you and Avril and the staff at the Carlton for giving us a memorable day, We had a
great time and everyone said it was a great day. Can't believe we even got our
outdoor wedding! everyone is still talking about it!
Added 23rd Jul 2013
L & N
Claire I just wanted to reach out to you and Avril to say thank you so much
for all the work you put into our wedding. You really made the day amazing
and I can't tell you how many of our guests were thrilled with their rooms
and the staff and the food. You guys definitely made a huge impression on
the Americans!?
Thanks and all the best,
Added 23rd Jul 2013

Claire, Just wanted to thank yourself, Avril, Patrick and all the staff at the
Carlton we really had an amazing weekend. All our guests commented on
how friendly the staff were and the quality of the food. My Mum is a hard
critic and she had nothing but praise for everything : ) as did we. All the
best and hopefully see you the next time we are in Kinsale.
Added 28th Jun 2013
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S & N
Just to say thank you very much for every thing Claire and Avril did we had a
fantastic day, loved every minuet of it, the hotel couldn't have been nicer to us. Thanks again.
Added 8th Jun 2013
L & J
Claire, I just want to say thank you so much for Everything you did for us!
Nothing was a bother to you! And Avril and the staff that evening were
brilliant everyone was talking about the service and food!! Im still thinking
about the vol au vents!! Yum!! Thanks again Claire we had such a special day
at the Carlton!!
Warmest and kindest regards
Added 1st Jun 2013
Just back from St Lucia which was absolute paradise and back down to earth with a
bang!!! ?
Thank you so much and can I take this opportunity of sincerely thanking you and
your fantastic team personally for making our Wedding day just magical. All our
friends and family were absolutely blown away with the spectacular venue, the
views, the specially ordered Irish sunshine, the fabulous food, wine, service and
entertainment. There was a lovely atmosphere amongst the guests and during the
whole day and you and your team created that brilliant atmosphere. ?
Thank you all so much, we would have no hesitation in recommending you and the
Carlton Hotel to our friends and family as an amazing Wedding Venue. Hope to see
you again when we are in Kinsale next which will be a definite!!!
Added 29th May 2013
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K & J
Claire, I just wanted to say thank you for everything! We really had a great
night (except it was over too fast) and we enjoyed every bit of it. You all
were a great help and really supportive as well so we would like to give you a
special thanks too!!! Please stay as you are and many bride and grooms as us
will be more then happy to be marrying at the Carlton ;)
See you soon and thank you so much again!!
Added 28th Mar 2013

First of all I have to say that we had the most wonderful day!! The food was
outstanding the mock tails were awesome everything was perfect ! So many
of our guests are still talking about the day ! Can I congratulate you and your
staff for a job well done!
Added 21st Oct 2012
I would like to thank Claire and staff in the Carlton for making our wedding day amazing.
Everything was fab and ye were all so helpful.
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A & F

Thanks so much Claire for a wonderful wedding day, we just had a ball!! It was really
Added 21st Jul 2012
Murphy Katrina
I am getting married in the Carlton Kinsale next year, starting to get nervous already. I love the hotel, especially the views! I found the WC to be lovely and very helpful any time I have met with her, she really could not do anymore, helped us with churches, cakes, bands, menus. Also dined in the bar last visit and the food was FAB...
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