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Trim Castle Hotel Big thumbs down

Rick Steves highly rates this hotel. It is certainly not a 4 star.
Unfortunately this hotel cares more about hosting weddings than travelers. (Just go read the Google reviews to see how many are wedding related) Stayed here two nights, Oct 2 and 3 of 2022– both nights hosted weddings which are on the first floor. Our room was on the second floor and we could literally hear and feel the thumping of the base of the music. The music goes until 2AM! We wouldn’t recommend staying here if you’re looking to sleep. Also our room was not cleaned. We met another guest who had been there for 5 nights and their room hadn’t been cleaned or tidied even though she asked. No coffee maker in room. Carpet was a bit dirty. Bathroom tiles need to be cleaned thoroughly to remove black in places. Breakfast was mediocre. This is most definitely not a 4 star hotel.

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We stayed there in 2018. I would agree that it is not worth recommending. As we were trying to fall asleep, we listened to the conversation of the German couple in the next room. If we knew German, we could have understood their entire conversation. And they weren't yelling. We have never stayed in a hotel with thinner walls! And yes, the room was very dingy.

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Thanks for the heads up. Where in Ireland is this hotel??

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Thanks, I haven’t been to Ireland, on my bucket list.

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I have never been to Ireland, and don't know this hotel, but in Britain owners of large country house hotels rely largely on their use as venues for weddings and other organised events. Some, in fact, do not accept casual visitors at all. It is a risk you take if you book such places. We stayed at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire one weekend for a murder mystery event and there were more than one wedding pary staying there. We had fireworks at midnight, which we could enjoy for free. It's all part of the experience of visiting other places.

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I did go ahead and gave feedback to the guidebook link. Thanks for providing!

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Nothing is more miserable than wanting to sleep, needing to sleep, and a loud party going on until all hours. I am sorry for your experience.

People updating guidebooks don’t actually stay in every hotel in the guidebook. I am pretty sure they visit them and “inspect” the premises, but they don’t always spend the night. Feedback like yours is so important to get the whole picture.

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I had the same experience as the OP in Wales but this was on a RS tour. I do not know if there was a connection, but I did make a complaint to the tour guide and submitted one to the RS office. The next year this hotel was not used on that tour.

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Haven't been to Ireland so can't comment on the hotel. That said, I can commiserate with your experience. We stayed at a hotel in Obidos, Portugal 6 years ago. It too is known as a Wedding town. The first night all of us were up all night due to slamming doors, loud voices both in the street and inside the hotel. Our rooms faced the street side. There was no night management at the front desk. This was addressed the next day and was resolved for our second night. Nothing worse than losing a nights sleep on a busy tour. Don't know if the tour stayed there the following year. Other than that, it was a base for a day trip. It was one of those "expect the unexpected happenings along the journey." One of those things you just can't make up!

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We stayed in Trim in 2018 and spent the night in a very nice B&B (unfortunately no longer in business). I had read the Trip Advisor review of the Trim Hotel so didn't book. The B&B was several blocks away and we could still hear the party occurring on the roof of the Trim Hotel when we were outside. Fortunately, you couldn't hear the noise once inside.

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In the spirit of 'one man's trash is another man's treasure' I'm hoping I'm not the only one reading this thread and thinking to myself that I need to get an invite to a wedding reception in Trim :-)

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My only experience with Trim Castle Hotel was in 2010. It was lovely and we had a corner room with windows that opened wide enough to step out and look at the castle where Braveheart was filmed. The restaurant had the best curry that I've ever had. It was one night in the middle of the week, so no weddings and it might not have been a wedding venue 12 years ago.

It's unfortunate that things seem to have gone in a negative direction. I'll be sure to always check reviews.

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It's not just wedding parties that can be noisy. Hotels that provide 'entertainment' in the evening can be just as bad...