This famous hotel has an attractive exterior, with its name emblazoned in blue and white stained glass above the entrance and flags hanging from poles, giving it a cosmopolitan look. Since 2004 this landmark hotel has been in the caring ownership of the proprietor, Ciaran Fitzgerald, who continues to do everything possible to build on and develop its reputation as a premier destination in this historic town.
Due to the nature of the building, public areas are quite compact, but regular refurbishment - and reinvention - ensure best use of space and there is always a fresh feeling to the design and decor. The reception and bar areas have a pleasantly open and contemporary feeling, and there's a cocktail lounge incorporating a residents’ lounge where afternoon tea can be served during the day.
All the bedrooms have double glazing to offset the street noise that is inevitable in a central location and, although not large, both the rooms and their neat bathrooms make up in thoughtful planning anything they lack in spaciousness - and there is extra accommodation available a few doors away at The Old Bank House (see entry), which is in common ownership.
Although Kinsale is mainly seen as a tourist destination, the hotel is also an attractive business venue, offering a selection of meeting room options (up to 25 board room style / 80 theatre style), also excellent corporate accommodation rates from €69 B&B per room for single occupancy.
*The Blue Haven Food Company offers a range of quality products, which are stylishly presented and available on site, at The Old Bank House and online - along with a small collection of clothing and accessories.
Conferences/Banqueting (80); free broadband wi/fi, secretarial services. Children welcome (unders 8s free in parents' room, cots available, baby sitting arranged). Room service (limited hours). No pets. Street parking. Rooms 17 (4 shower only, 3 single, 17 no smoking). B&B €100, ss €40.
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The Blue Haven aims to offer more than the usual hotel dining room experience and, whether in one of the the bars or the newer Seafood Café @ The Blue Haven, a meal here can be very enjoyable; at its best the dining experience can hold its own in a town renowned for its exceptional choice of eating places.The Seafood Café & Oyster Bar has become a popular dining destination in the town, with an interesting wine list and engaging service always contributing to a pleasant evening.
A lobster tank at the entrance sets the tone for enjoyment of the best local catches, cooked by Head Chef Lee Kennedy and his team, who offer a wide range of classic and contemporary seafood dishes including Calamari Tempura, Kinsale Lobster & Frites (a snip, at just €20), Fish Pie, Seafood Platters, Kinsale Crab & Shrimp Bruschetta, Chargrilled Swordfish Nicoise Style, Pan Seared Atlantic Scallops and more.
Guests also enjoy the atmosphere of The Blue Haven Bar, which offers cocktail and gin menus and an appealing choice of food, based mainly on local ingredients (Sun-Thu 7.30am- 9pm, Fri & Sat 7.30am-10pm - high season 7,30am-10pm daily) Also live music in the Blue Haven Bar every night in summer.
Aperitif is a stylish Wine and Tapas bar within the Blue Haven Hotel. A good choice for a light bite such as fusion tapas and a glass of wine from an extensive selection, it is also ideal for a coffee or pre dinner drink in atmospheric surroundings. (Tapas menu Wed-Sun, from 5.30pm; Aperitif is also available for private groups.)
Hamlets Bar, at the back of The Blue Haven Hotel, offers spacious outdoor areas and food; a pleasant place on sunny days, with craft beer and cocktails a particular attraction for many guests.