We spent ten nights in Ireland on a (very) belated honeymoon and Waterford Castle was the highlight of the trip. The Castle has a decadent vibe, as if it froze time in the 1920's, keeping antiques and even the staffing roster the same. Being American, we are accustomed to everything being flashy and new, even two-century old resorts in the States at this tier will be impeccable. The Castle had so many time-worn details, simple, single-pane glass windows, little barely noticeable spots of water damage in the ceiling plaster, worn furniture that hadn't been reupholstered for generations.
The little imperfections add character and charm, very unlike the brassy and sterile feel of even staid East Coast American higher-end resorts - and fully alien to people accustomed to the flawless West Coast places. Our only complaint is that the wine list was maybe too simple, although they had a wonderful selection at reasonable prices, plus high-end standbys like Grand Cru. And in Waterford's defense, in our six places we stayed at in Ireland, the Castle had the second best wine-list, my guess is that Ireland is simply starting to come into it's own for catering to the wine crowd.
The Castle is also affordable for most couples budgets and is an excellent choice for couples wanting to spend a few hundred euro to experience a little slice of the long-lost decadent estate-life.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking