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Caoimhe visits the Talbot Hotel Carlow!

I was very lucky that for my very first time visiting Carlow I got the chance to also visit the beautiful Talbot Hotel Carlow and tell you guys all about it. Reading the reviews and seeing just how gorgeous it was in pictures, I was eager to get down and see for myself!

The first thing I was really impressed with was how ideal the Talbot Carlow was a hotel was for all ages. Parents, couples, grannies, grandas, new-borns, toddlers and teens; there was something to keep everyone entertained.  The hotel offers an on-site babysitting service, kids club and has a large family entertainment centre knows as ‘The Dome’ situated right next door.  The dome is home to a bowling alley, a children’s play centre, a games arcade and a kids party venue rolled into one. All of this is included in the price when you book a stay at the Talbot Hotel Carlow and it really is fantastic value. The hotel bar has live music on Wednesdays and at the weekend and to top it all you’re in the best hands ever, with the loveliest & friendliest staff to make sure everything is perfect for you.

The hotel is a very popular choice for weddings and on the sunny afternoon that I visited the staff were busily preparing for the arrival of two newly-weds and their guests. The general manager is the very friendly Robert Millar and he was kind enough to give me a tour of the stunning ball room & reception prior to the bride & grooms arrival. And I even got a little glimpse around the bridal suite which was absolutely stunning. I was so impressed.


With elegant décor, the rooms at the Talbot Hotel Carlow are extremely spacious with a large en-suite bathroom and complimentary deluxe toiletries & fluffy towels. The rooms also feature TV’s, air conditioning, free wi-fi, free hair-dryers & a 24 hour room service menu. My gorgeous room overlooked beautiful Irish countryside. It’s the perfect view to wake up to and enjoy a morning coffee with your in-room coffee machine. Each hotel room in the hotel is exactly the same. They have one large double bed and one large single. Cosy, comfy and relaxing! 5 stars all round from me.


The hotel has two on-site restaurants. The Liberty Tree restaurant and Corries Bar & Bistro and each of them have 24-hour room service. The choice really is yours. The Liberty Tree restaurant is located on the 4th floor of the building and provides absolutely stunning views of the beautiful Carlow countryside. They do fresh & homemade cuisine with locally sourced products. Corries Bar & Bistro is a comfortably designed lounge. It has the perfect relaxed atmosphere and serves teas, coffees and carvery daily from 9am.


The Talbot Hotel Carlow really looks after its wedding parties and includes so much in each of their wedding packages. You can expect a red carpet arrival with Champagne for your wedding party, complimentary tea/coffee accompanied with the renowned Talbot homemade cookies for all wedding guests and the wonderful luxurious Leinster Suite reserved exclusively for your guests. Not to mention the crisp white table linen & chair covers with bows, candelabra centrepieces with white candles, personalised menu cards as a memento of your special day, beautiful wedding cake table and a choice of wedding cake stands along with cake knife.

The Talbot Hotel provides the Bride & Groom with the fabulous Bridal Suite, overlooking the rolling countryside, complimentary on the night of your wedding.

The Cost:

Room rates vary and depends on the date in which you book and your preferred time of arrival. You can check them out over on or the Talbot Hotel Carlow website or Aertel!


*The Talbot Hotel Carlow has an advertising agreement with Travelfinders. All views expressed in article are those of Travelfinders employee, Caoimhe Harkin.