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Kilkenny The 9th Most Welcoming Place On The Globe

If you want to park and stay, if your idea of a break is to be in the centre of one of Ireland's most loved cities, where everything is within walking distance, then the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny ticks all of the boxes. As I popped in last Thursday for a well earned cup of coffee, I noticed two very glamorous ladies departing off after what they described as enjoyable and therapeutic, the weather was also amazing which really helped. As Kilkenny was voted the 4th most friendly city in the world I can see why, this vibrant city was buzzing last week, with lots of tourists from near and far.

The Pembroke have certainly got a lot of things right, a very friendly and knowledgeable receptionist, who clearly knows everything about Kilkenny and the surrounding areas and most importantly knows her directions. In fact all the team were very chatty and friendly without being over intrusive.

The lobby is contemporary, pristine and inviting and with reference to Ford vehicles which adorn the hotel through a series of days gone by and also that the location was originally a Ford garage. Parking is available adjacent to the hotel and also an overflow car park across the way. This 74 bedroom hotel is definitely one to try, more focused as an adult’s leisure hotel and if you want to get away from it all, seep up all that Kilkenny has to offer, take a little time out from the children then this is definitely a must. I love the fact that you can park and walk everywhere during your stay. The noise levels are at a minimum considering you’re on the street hotel. The rooms are lovely, good size and again pristine. Some of the rooms have amazing views of the castle and future plans include a roof top bar and seating area. On the day I visited the sun was shining and as you look out from the roof top you had amazing views of the castle and fantastic garden next door as well as views into Kilkenny Design Centre. Wish you were here? I didn’t want to go home. This hotel also boasts a Business centre for those of you who just can’t leave your work at home. Free access to a leisure centre nearby completes the package for me.

All that was left for me to do was to check out the local restaurants, bars and things to see and do (it’s a hard life)

Places to Eat

Rinuccini is an amazing Italian restaurant in the Parade, one of the best Italian restaurants in Ireland. Love it

Zuni is another great place to eat, from a cup of coffee right through to their interesting and exciting take on dinner.

Please treat yourself to one of these two places to eat; you will not be disappointed, located across the road and around the corner from the Pembroke

Lots of coffee shops in Kilkenny. There is one I particularly like, it is on the high street upstairs. The coffee is fabulous and the array of food is too good to resist, pop into Mocha. I take no responsibility if you have to work off the extra pounds!!

Kilkenny Castle is always worth a visit, Nicholas Moss out in Bennettsbridge which is just 5 miles outside Kilkenny on the New Ross Road and if you would like to see where the late Maeve Binchy’s book Circle of Friends film was set, a visit to Inistioge is a must.

My Rating


Pembroke Hotel: Love it, want go to back again and again, see you soon!!! Sign posting at the hotel is not great so make sure you don’t miss it as you drive into Kilkenny. If you go as far as the lights at the junction of the parade and high street you have gone too far.

Places to eat apart from the Hotel for the extra special treat Zuni or Rinucinni preferably both

Other eating options:

Langton’s restaurant and bar


What to see

St Francis Abbey Brewery Tours

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