This was my own personal experience and I have neither received, nor solicited any compensation from this hotel for this post.
In the late stages of planning this trip, we had a problem. We had three days that we did not know what to do with. Should we hop back on a plane for 3 nights in some other European destination, should we burden our relatives for another 3 nights or we could look for a destination in Ireland. What to do??? I knew one thing, I did not want the 3 day airport/city scramble, I wanted a slower pace and started looking at options in Ireland.
Our relatives in Ireland let us know that there are tons of Fall “deals” to be had in Ireland and we even looked at a few sites they suggested, including some in the West, where we had been before. None of them seemed to meet our criteria:
- on the coast
- good quality hotel with sea view room
- a place where we had not yet been
In the end, I took a look at Wexford in the Southeast. We had been to Waterford, Cork, Cobh and other southern locations on previous trips, but had never been to Wexford. Booking.com offered a number of hotels, including the Talbot, a 4 star right on the harbour. Following a hunch, I went directly to the hotel’s web page and checked the “Specials” tab. What, they were offering was a three night stay in a sea view room, mid week with full board (the Triple Treat with 3 breakfasts and 3 four course dinners) for only 378 Euro $555 CAD. Booking.com’s price was just slightly less than this, but did not include breakfasts, dinners or the seaview room.
But, wait, we did not want to be limited to eating in the same place every night. Could we change the plan by having only one dinner included. The answer was yes, but the cost would then be 414 Euro. Wait/What? At that point, it became a no brainer and we signed on for the listed deal.
We are glad we did. Arriving at the hotel, after our drive from Trim, we were imprssed with its location. Right on the street running alongside the harbour and only a couple blocks walk to the high street. We were a bit worried by the busy road and the train tracks on the sea side of the hotel, but what the heck.
In the end, we did not regret a minute of this stay. The room was clean, modern, spacious and well appointed. The traffic and train noise turned out to be a non event. The views of the sea and harbour were spectacular through the wall to wall windows. The breakfast buffet had enough on it to satisfy us for three mornings and the rotating menus at the dinner hour exceeded our expectations.
As we checked out and drove away after our three night stay, we both agreed that we would do this all again. Without further ado, here are the pix.
The interior (lobby, corridor, room)
The Oyster Lane Restaurant, where all meals were served
and lastly, the views from the room. There was one spectacular sunrise morning while we were there, but I am saving those shots for a separate post.
Thank you Talbot Hotel, for a wonderful relaxing stay in a beautiful part of Ireland.