The Court Yard Hotel, Leixlip

The Hotel: Court Yard Hotel, Main Street, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, ph: 01 629 5100

The Hotel: Court Yard Hotel, Main Street, Leixlip, Co. Kildare, ph: 01 629 5100

I don’t care what anyone says about Irish Hotels, the cornerstone of excellence isn’t the decor, the size of the room and the exclusivity factor, it’s the quality of service you receive and The Court Yard Hotel is miles ahead of many establishments I’ve stayed at.

Not only were staff knowledgeable about what was happening locally, they actually went out of their way to ensure we made the most of our visit, suggesting attractions worth visiting, offering to organise transport - including researching the local bus and train services - and also giving us advice on where to find the nearest ATMs during our trip our Dublin city. For the staff alone this hotel deserves its 4-star rating.

Rooms

We took advantage of a special online offer for an executive suite and the room was gorgeous with a lovely lounge area and a separate private balcony. The furniture and decor was in excellent condition and there were plenty of special touches including complimentary bottles of wine and muffins, fluffy bathrobes and slippers and integral temperature controls which meant no stuffy bedroom!

Rooms vary from standard rooms through to river view executive suites (which include complimentary use of a sauna). There are plenty of special offers on the website www.courtyard.ie which are worth checking out if you are planning a weekend away.

Eating out

As well as a fairly comprehensive bar menu, guests can also try a la carte dining at the River Bank Restaurant. Staff are exceptionally helpful and accommodating - we were seated in only a few minutes despite the fact that we hadn’t booked ahead and the food was not only beautifully presented - and quickly delivered - it was delicious as well.

Entertainment

The Court Yard Hotel boasts three bars with live music during the Summer in the courtyard and inside all year round. Pub staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. I’m also assured that the pints on tap were perfect!

The verdict

An excellent hotel with comfortable rooms and extremely helpful staff.

Reviewer: Leonie McKiernan