Kilkenny River Court Hotel

Country: Ireland
City: Kilkenny
Hotel Star Rating: 4 Star
Check In From: 3pm
Check Out Up To: 12pm

Hotel Description

Secluded from the bustling and winding city streets, the Kilkenny River Court Hotel is overlooked by the majestic 12th Century Castle. On arrival to the hotel, you will feel a sense of belonging as our trained team welcomes you to the finest accommodation & dining experience that Kilkenny City has to offer.

Area Description

Kilkenny City continues to be one of the most sought after locations for hotel leisure breaks and business guests alike. Of all the hotels Kilkenny has to offer, this superb location in the sunny South East offers ease of access from all areas of the country.

Travel Description

The Hotel is on John Street near the Bridge.

Cancellation Description

Once you cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival you will not incur a cancellation fee from the hotel. Cancellations that are made within 48 hours prior to arrival and no shows at the hotel will be charged the 1st night of the stay to your card. Please note that your booking deposit is non refundable.



Hotel Restaurant
  • Lunch served
  • Breakfast served
  • Dinner served
Things To Do In The Area
  • Shopping
  • Live music venues
  • Museums
  • Visit castle
  • Golfing
  • Cinema
Hotel Guest Services
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Charged car parking
Hotel Bar
  • Bar food menu


Murphy scored 4 / 5 on 27/08/2015

Lovely hotel, staff very friendly and polite and went out of there way to help us at reception and breakfast room. Bar service was not so good. Has on website there is a pool but it has been closed since January. Great value booking on lidl breaks.

Maureen scored 4 / 5 on 13/05/2015

Brilliant hotel in great location, really clean and bright, food lovely and dinner very good value. The leisure centre was closed since December although there are still photos up on gallery!!!bit disappointing. but overall great hotel. I'll be back

Derek scored 2 / 5 on 10/04/2015

arrived at the hotel early .... told the room check in was 4pm (pretty late)... when we came back, got out card-keys and headed to the rooms... booked 3 twin rooms, but when we got there, there was only 1 bed in each room...went to reception to find out the other bed would not be delivered to our rooms till after 6.30pm as the guy to get the beds was on a "split shift".... in one of the rooms my friend almost got an electrical shock as the light and plug socket was broken.... a household lady came by and tripped the fuse switch back on by standing on a chair (health & safety gone out the window) for the room I stayed in, room 225... well this room was dated and dirty.... dirt on the walls, the curtain lining ripped, lampshade broken, tile broke in bathroom, just terrible..... so apart form the beds missing the whole experience was not good... this hotel advertises as 4 star... totally wrong...... Derek

Phil scored 5 / 5 on 31/03/2015

I would like to say that our stay at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel was very enjoyable, the rooms were spotless, the staff were very friendly and helpful. The receptionist welcomed us with a smile and made us feel very welcome. It is very well located, in the heart of the city, beside restaurants, pubs etc. We have no complaints and would recommend this hotel to everyone.

Stephen scored 3 / 5 on 25/03/2015

Im extremely disappointed with our stay at the rivercourt hotel for a one nite stay for myself and my fiance as a surprise for gemma and the hotel was nothing like we remembered. We managed to get upgraded to our delight and paid extra the room was awful and I dread to think what t original room was like if the upgrade was as it was Ive booked another nite in june in carlow and i hope that our experience wont be the same i will be contacting the hotel to let them know how dissapointed we are

Mary-clare scored 4 / 5 on 17/03/2015

Friendly staff.Parking not a problem once you got through the archway way.The hotel iscentral which is a big bonus if you wnat to be in walking distance of shops,restaurants & the castle.A few people made noise on their way to bed so if you are easily woken it may not be for you .I woke very briefly. Breakfast was super everything was fresh and lovely staff again.

Eileen scored 4 / 5 on 27/08/2014

The hotel was wonderful; the staff were extremely helpful and polite. Parking was a little tricky there but I would definitely go back there.

Tree scored 4 / 5 on 10/08/2014

Great location. Perfect breakfast. Nice big room , clean and comfy. Most Staff were lovely.The pool and gym are a bonus. Paying for parking not so good.a little noisy at night but that's to be expected for the location.

Renk scored 4 / 5 on 23/07/2014

The Rivercourt is perfect if you want to be in the centre of Kilkenny. It's right opposite the castle and beside all the pubs restaurants and shops. The staff were very helpful and we got free car parking. Also they did not charge for the breakfast for our child although the deal is that you pay and on other Lidl breaks we have had to pay extra for the child breakfast. The swimming pool is excellent and I recommend this hotel.

Patricia, scored 5 / 5 on 31/03/2014

Myself and my husband just back from a three night stay at the Kilkenny River Court Hotel, and it was just perfect. Location couldn't be better or more scenic. The hotel staff are fantastic, from the minute you walk in the door to the moment you leave. The hotel is beautiful, we stayed on a bed and breakfast basis only, and the breakfast is amazing, such a huge selection to choose from, really sets you up for your day of exploring and sightseeing, you certainly wouldn't be hungry. We have stayed in Kilkenny on several occasions, one of our favourite places to visit, but our first time staying at the Kilkenny River Court. We will most definitely be returning to stay there again and would recommend it to anyone.

Sheila scored 4 / 5 on 19/03/2014

Super night away, hotel staff very courteous and extremely helpful. Breakfast was very nice and the dining room setting is lovely looking out at the castle. Used the leisure centre and that was good also. Top marks to the chef in the bar area for Sunday lunch on the 16th of Mar. He was extremely welcoming, asking had we travelled far, had we been to the hotel before etc. well done. The food was really good too. Thanks

Sharon scored 5 / 5 on 06/03/2014

Stayed on the 4/03/14 for one night BB and evening meal . Staff were friendly food was excellent. Location central close to everything. Hotel was clean and room was comfortable. Will definatly go back.

Connie scored 4 / 5 on 20/02/2014

Stayed here last Sunday night.Staff were very friendly. We had booked B&B and evening meal so glad we opted to book an evening meal also. The food was of a very high standard. The hotel is centrally located and only cost €5 for overnight parking.

Rose scored 4 / 5 on 12/02/2014

The friendly and warm welcome from all the staff was so nice. The food in the restaurant was absolutely delicious and the ambience in the hotel for the duration of our stay was second to none.They gave us a great room overlooking the river and went out of their way to make our stay so enjoyable. Will definitely go back.

Derek scored 5 / 5 on 03/02/2014

Stayed here 29th Jan 2014. Fantastic location, so central. Hotel was super, staff very helpful, food and service were top class. Room was spacious. Would definitely recommend the River Court Hotel and Kilkenny for a break, we had a great time and look forward to our next visit. Derek

Ciara scored 5 / 5 on 21/01/2014

Absolute bargain, would seriously recommend this place to anyone. I had only ever visited Kilkenny for the day but staying over really shows another side to it as there's great bars on the doorstep of the hotel. The hotel was beautiful and staff were really excellent. Would go back in a heart beat. I had the chicken in red wine sauce for dinner and my god it was good!! Also it is the most central hotel I saw and it literally faces the castle which is so cool!

Michelle scored 3 / 5 on 21/01/2014

Hotel was lovely and food was fabulous, however you could hear the guests in the next room talking (even though they were not talking loudly) and our shower did not have hot water.

Dubsheba scored 5 / 5 on 20/01/2014

Just back from a 2 night break at the River Court Hotel. Great value dinner, bed and breakfast package. Food was really lovely for both dinner and breakfast. Room was very comfortable. No need for a car as the hotel is in a perfect location overlooking the castle and beside the centre of town. The swimming pool was very relaxing at the end of the day (it closes from 12 to 4pm during the day). Staff were very friendly and helpful. Look forward to staying here again.

Anne scored 5 / 5 on 17/01/2014

Fabulous Hotel excellent location for a city break.

Sher2 scored 4 / 5 on 14/01/2014

Had a great Saturday night stay. The breakfast and evening meal was excellent. I found the staff to be very friendly and efficient. I would definitely return again.

Colette scored 4 / 5 on 04/12/2013

We stayed on a Saturday night and it was great value at the special rate for b&b. We got a lovely room and it was very comfortable.The staff are friendly. It is such a central hotel you can park up the car and walk everywhere in the town. There are several good pubs and places to eat near so no taxi's needed for the weekend.

Reviewer85368402 scored 4 / 5 on 03/12/2013

Had a lovely time in the Kilkenny River court! An excellent central location, ideal for taking time out to relax and unwind in the lovely Kilkenny town. Had really nice treatments in the Hotel spa, and my husband got great use out of the pool. Breakfast was excellent as was the bar snack we had on one evening. Very helpful and friendly staff. We will definitely go back. Would recommend it to anyone.

Noel scored 4 / 5 on 27/11/2013

Excellent value, perfect location, Staff helpful & friendly, food at dinner limited and not the greatest but at price we were paying still excellent value, Breakfast excellent, dining room nice atmosphere & location, Bedroom could do with an uplift and other facilities at hotel excellent. Parking 5 euro/24 hours.

H scored 5 / 5 on 02/10/2013

Excellent break to a lovely hotel with great facilities. The staff were most helpful and the breakfast was excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to book this hotel again. Top marks to the River Court.

Gobnot scored 4 / 5 on 22/09/2013

Great stay, room a little tired, staff lovely, parking five euro.

Alice scored 4 / 5 on 11/09/2013

Stayed at the River Court on a Lidl break. Lovely hotel with views of the river and castle. Good breakfast in relaxing dining room. Would stay there again.

Vicky scored 5 / 5 on 11/08/2013

Beautiful hotel, friendly helpful staff, fabulous food, very close proximity to everything. would highly recommend this hotel to everybody :)

Condon scored 5 / 5 on 10/08/2013

Very enjoyable hotel all the staff were very pleasant at all times . We will return to Kilkenny and stay in the Rivercourt hotel again.

Ian scored 3 / 5 on 21/07/2013

Hotel was fantastic and perfect location, rooms excellent. Only negative would be the poor bar service, no system whatsoever and plenty of disgruntled customers.

Lleb scored 3 / 5 on 05/07/2013

We stayed at this hotel for one night at the beginning of the week. We have stayed here before so we knew what to expect the rooms were lovely however the towels were very small and there was only one small shampoo and one small shower gel no conditioner, we were booked in as a couple. The breakfast was good with a lovely, friendly chef. When we checked out we were very surprised to be charged €5.00 extra for car parking, I did ask & was told it was in the terms & conditions. I showed my sales invoice with NO mention of a parking charge also NO notices were at reception nor in the car park. Also I must say we had yo park in a field at the back of the hotel which was a long walk to the hotel in the rain

Anita scored 5 / 5 on 30/06/2013

After having spent the previous 5 days in Killarney and cork my self and my husband stayed in the rivercourt hotel Killkenny for one night. It was by far our favorite hotel of the three. The location is fab and the staff at reception and in the Dining room are excellent. We also had lunch out side with a lovely view of the castle and this was also great . We will return.

Eddie scored 4 / 5 on 29/06/2013

My wife & I just back from a 2 night midweek Lidl break in the River Court Hotel and I must say it ticked all the Boxes for Location, Food, Leisure Centre and above all very friendly staff. We would have no problem returning to Kilkenny and the River Court Hotel Great Break !.

Katy scored 4 / 5 on 29/06/2013

Kilkenny Court Hotel was one of the best hotels we have stayed in, the front door staff were polite and very efficient, the room was very clean and tastefully decorated and was very soundproof which is a bonus for me as I suffer from insomnia. The bathroom spacious and clean with good quality shampoo etc. We did miss the mini-bar though as we were tired and did not want to go to the bar, The breakfast staff were courteous and again very efficient, the breakfast chef cooked my breakfast to order as I am fussy as to how my traditional Irish breakfast is cooked, this was delicious although the toasting machine either churned out hot barely toasted bread or if you gave it a second toasting it burned but we can live with that. The outside terrace was lovely and we enjoyed some lovely chilled wine there with a magnificent view of Kilkenny Castle, we did not use the leisure facilities this trip but will do on our return, I would have no hesitation in recommending the Kilkenny Court Hotel to my family and friends and we look forward to a return visit, Regards Kay Dennehy

Carmel scored 4 / 5 on 03/05/2013

We very much enjoyed our return trip to River Court Hotel in Kilkenny, and already looking forward to a return visit. The location of th River Court Hotel is one of its best features. Its riverside setting, overlooking the castle means you are right in the centre of things, you can leave the car and forget about it for a few days. ( once you have negotiated the small car park!) You can stroll out of the hotel door and begin a beautiful walk all along the riverside, birdsong, flowing river, no cars The River Court is also terrific location to take advantage of Kilkenny shops, And we managed to get Bruck Springsteen tickets in the local music shop! The dining room at the River Court overlooks the Kilkenny Castle and iis one of the reasons we enjoy the hotel. If you can get a window seat, its magic. Its not the plushest dining room you will ever see, ibut the the charm of the castle and the excellent waiting staff make for a very pleasant experience. All this It makes up for the lack of excitement of the food, which is fine, but you dont want to eat there two nights in a row, as menu doesnt change, which seems a pity. There must be great produce to be had locally? Breakdfast was more than adequate, I suppose, but yogurt ran out, no mushrooms, tomatoes so what do vegetarians do? Bread was hit and miss. The therapy room is low key and yes, accessed through the pool which is not ideal, but worth it, I had an excellent massage. Pool was not too crowded , jacuzzi and steam room very accessible but most of all , friendly and helpul staff. Our room on the second floor was spacious, well decorated and to sit by the window and watch the life on the river , you need never leave the room! Bathroom a tad small, and why oh why is there a problem with the towels? No hand towels supplied initially, and really hotel needs to invest in some new towels, we stayed in late April. season just beginning, so why are the towels so threadbare ? Very out of keeping with the rest of the hotels operation, which is , overall , so incredibly welcoming and friendly. Truly, a cead mile failte. Too bad they are booked out the weekend of the Boss's concert! I wonder has anyone told him of the delights of the River Court?

Eileen scored 4 / 5 on 21/04/2013

Thanks Fantastic hotel staff very helpful and friendly Rating 9 out of 10 did not realise when booking of the 5euro charge for car parking, looking forward to visiting the River Court Hotel and the beautiful city of Kilkenny sometime in the future

Joan scored 4 / 5 on 18/04/2013

Just back from a three night stay at the River Court Hotel. The hotel is in an excellent location in the heart of Kilkenny city over looking the river and the back of Kilkenny Castle. As its off the road there is no real noise from traffic or people late at night. The rooms are traditional in style but very comfortable with everything you need. We were on a dinner, B&B package. The food was ok but nothing special. We had dinner in the restaurant the first night, the menu was limited and the food average. Breakfast was good. Reasonable choice of cerals, juices, fruit, breads etc. Irish breakfast was self service with the usual fare. Very good service for both breakfast and dinner and the staff were very attentive and friendly. On the second night we eat in the bar but again the food was average but the service and staff excellent. There is a lovely area outside overlooking the river and castle where you can enjoy a coffee or pre-dinner drink and enjoy the sun, if you are lucky and we were. We did not use the pool, gym or avail of any of the spa treatments which were reasonably priced. We were charged €10 for parking which I was not happy about. I believe hotel guests should have free parking. Kilkenny is a great location for a short break. The castle is well worth a tour and the grounds are great a leisurely walk or cycle. The cathedral and Smithwicks brewery also worth a visit. Great shopping and crafts in the town. Within easy driving, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Jerpoint Abbey, Nicholas Moss pottery, Mount Juliet so lots of things to do and see and lovely countryside to drive through. i would certainly recommend Kilkenny as a destination to visit and would happily go back to the Kilkenny River Court Hotel. Good hotel, excellent staff and service, great location, need to work on their food offering.

Thehorsewhisperer scored 4 / 5 on 16/04/2013

Perfectly situated in the heart of Kilkenny. Staff courteous and helpful to a fault. We stayed in a suite which while not cheap was elegant with a fantastic view across the river Nore to the castle. Dinner, better than average hotel fare. Breakfast, adequate but have seen more choice. Make sure to try the Guinness bread. Having to pay for parking, albeit at a very nominal fee seems a bit "cheap". Would we stay again - definitely!

Terrie scored 5 / 5 on 14/04/2013

This is the 2nd time we have stayed here in the last 6 months, absolutely fantastic hotel,

Skelly scored 4 / 5 on 11/04/2013

A lovely hotel, lovely staff. extremely kind and helpful in every way. Lovely clean and spacious rooms. The pool area and changing rooms were nice and clean. I booked a few treatments in the beauty rooms which were great and the therapist was very good however my only criticism is i had to walk through the pool area to go to the beauty rooms when it would have been much nicer to be brought into the changing rooms and given a robe and slippers before my treatments. A small thing that could make a big difference. The barman Dave was extremely pleasant and helpful and even gave us bread to go and feed the ducks. The food in the bar and restaurant is lovely however i feel the breakfast is a big let down, cheap and tasteless bacon, pudding and sausages, rubbery eggs and not enough fresh produce. i would like to have seen more fresh fruit and produce and more artisan irish produced food. we stayed an extra night as we were enjoying ourselves so much. The general ethos of the hotel seems to be very much based on providing the customer with a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Reviewer22909983 scored 5 / 5 on 05/04/2013

Stayed only one night very clean and friendly. Used the pool which was well kept. Hope to go back sometime.

Geraldine scored 4 / 5 on 03/04/2013

Breakfast at the hotel has something for everyone,delicious but then the food at the Kilkenny is delicious ,every evening i looked forward to entering the very elegant dining room the lighting lent a beautiful glow!!!!!!! we arrived on Good Friday the staff were so friendly and check inn was very speedy, all the staff from house keeping to bar to dining room were so helpful and efficient! the location is perfect,and what a sight every morning being overlooked by the amazing castle, well worth a visit,we parked the car and never saw it again til we left on Monday, KILKENNY is just the place to lose ones self for a few days, thank you Riverside for making my week end, i will be back Ger cork

Gracie scored 4 / 5 on 03/04/2013

Room was nice and bright, clean and equipped with WiFi. Nice pool and jacuzzi facilities and a generous breakfast buffet

Abina scored 4 / 5 on 02/04/2013

Stayed at Kilkenny River Court Hotel on 26th / 27th March 2013 it was a beautiful midweek break. The room was beautiful and spacious the staff were lovely and its a great location.Not forgetting Kim at the Spa she was wonderful, hope to go there again. Well done to everyone really enjoyed my break. I would highly recommend this Hotel.

Th scored 5 / 5 on 01/04/2013

Great place to stay and fantastic staff.Highly recommend.

Maura scored 4 / 5 on 01/03/2013

yet again,a wonderful stay in the rivercourt. . staff,food accommodation was top knotch

Gerry scored 4 / 5 on 19/02/2013

lovley room with a balcony overlooking the river.great location.....all staff very friendly and was excellent....each couple was served a glass on sparkling wine and each lady got a rose complimentary.....a lovely thought......leisure centre was really nice and i had a hot stone massage ......again staff in the leisure centre were very friendly. and helpful all it was a great stay and we will go back again..........only one small thing.....breakfast finished at 10am which i thought that maybe on a sunday could be 10.30am.

Eileen scored 4 / 5 on 17/02/2013

Stayed at the River Court on Valentine's night and had a lovely time, as usual. My husbnd and I and our 6 year old have stayed here on numerous occasions and the reason we keep returning is because of the location and the quality of the hotel. The staff here are very friendly and obliging. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Kilkenny River Court to any of my friends.

Pauline scored 5 / 5 on 12/02/2013

Beautiful hotel with fabulous food had a great stay.

Peter scored 4 / 5 on 05/02/2013

Very enjoyable stay with my wife. Staff all very friendly, pool was clean and warm. Would recommend for a weekend break

Sam scored 3 / 5 on 28/01/2013

Spent one night at the Rivercourt Hotel, reception staff were very friendly. Had booked a twin room and assigned a double, called reception and they immediately transferred us to a twin room. The twin room standards were extremely poor (small and grubby) in comparison to the double room we were transferred from, much to our disappointment. The car park is very secure, overnight parking costs €8.50.

Momo scored 3 / 5 on 27/01/2013

Hotel was spotless rooms was very cold we booked the 1 nights b&b and dinner but it didn't seem to have that on there computer also when we booked in the girl on the desk said that we could have a 1.30 checkout because i was going for a treatment FOR 1HR and 15 mins @ 11.45. while i was getting my treatment done they rang up from the front desk twice to ask my Boyfriend why we had not booked out. Just not good enough for a 4 star hotel. should not have all this been on there cumputer system. On the up side the meal we got was out standing

Agdublin scored 4 / 5 on 25/01/2013

Really enjoyed my stay here. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Swimming pool and jacuzzi relaxing. The room was warm and clean, We enjoyed a lovely meal in the restaurant. Their cheeseboard was fantastic - more than enough for two people!

Damien scored 3 / 5 on 23/01/2013

All of the staff of The River Court Hotel were excellent. They were very friendly, welcoming and very helpful. However we were extremely disappointed to find that the main restaurant is closed on Sundays throughout January and February. That restaurant was our main reason for choosing this hotel so this fact should have been prominently displayed for the "Dinner, Bed & Breakfast" bookings, instead of hidden in the small print on the Hotel's website menu page. The bistro menu we were served in the bar was very disappointing for a 4-star hotel. In fact I would rate it at the low end of 3-star food. The plates and bowls were cold, the "signature burger" was a bought in processed item that was very tough and overall the main courses did not match the descriptions on the menu. The buffet style breakfast was also not hot enough and again the plates were barely warm. In addition to this the temperature of the room was a little on the cool side for comfort.

Jane scored 5 / 5 on 22/01/2013

Stayed at river court for one night, can't speak highly enough of staff ,from the time we walked through the door it was a pleasure, food fantastic,leisure centre great , overall a super experience. Highly recommended ..

Clare scored 4 / 5 on 21/01/2013

We stayed at the River Court Hotel Januaury this year as usual accommodation, food were great and we have been there before, If I had one quibble it would be breakfast finished at 10 or 10.30 and it was very busy, a later finsihing time for breakfast would suit some people, but that is only a minor thing.

Carmel scored 4 / 5 on 21/01/2013

We had a lovely 2nd stay at the Rivercourt, the room was top standard and overlooked the river. Service was friendly and professional from all the staff . The breakfast was buffet with the chef visible and available at the counter. We were led to our table and the buffet was pointed out to us, a waitress then took our order for tea/coffee/ toast. No confusion, well organised . On this occasion we did not eat dinner at the hotel as we were out all day, previously though it was without fault. The bar was busy and had a good atmosphere, even on a cold January evening. We will definitely be back. Thank you Lidl for a great deal!

D scored 4 / 5 on 16/01/2013

Very nice stay, lovely hotel and great location. Would definitely recommend it.

Brian scored 5 / 5 on 15/01/2013

Excellent service, hotel was superb and staff very excellent ...would highly recommend your hotel we had a very enjoyable stay and highly recommend at stay we will be back :-)

Gerard scored 5 / 5 on 11/01/2013

Stayed for a short break in a lovely Hotel . Just what the doctor ordered. Everything about th Hotel is what it says on the Tin. Staff keep up the excellant work. Like the employee of the month award. Lets hope its a week away in warmed lands.

Claudia scored 5 / 5 on 08/01/2013

I stayed in this hotel on Saturday night, it is beautiful! The food was superb and the staff were all very friendly. Breakfast was lovely the next morning and the rooms are very modern. I will definitely be staying here again the next time I visit Kilkenny and will recommend this hotel to all my friends and family!

Leanne scored 5 / 5 on 05/01/2013

Perfect location, beautiful hotel, lovely staff. We had a lovely stay and would definitely return to this hotel again.

Róisín scored 5 / 5 on 03/01/2013

Gorgeous hotel. We were there for a wedding at Christmas time and it was really impressive. Accommodation was cosy and comfortable, rooms were spotless and the food was excellent.

Reviewer66181554 scored 4 / 5 on 30/12/2012

Very good 4star

Joan scored 5 / 5 on 10/12/2012

We had a fantastic experience on our overnight stay in the river court. We were a group of 4 women on a pre-christmas night away. We found all of the staff very friendly, helpful and obliging. I had requested quiet rooms and we got 2 rooms on the second floor at the back of the hotel - perfect. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was excellent. I have no hesitation recommending the hotel and i will stay here again.

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