Conveniently located right in the centre of Kilkenny (and with secure free parking for residents) this boutique hotel is named after the Earl of Pembroke, for whom Kilkenny Castle was built, and is just a stone’s throw from the Castle and other Kilkenny landmarks including Butler House and Gardens and the National Craft Gallery.
The tone of this contemporary and well designed hotel is set at the smart entrance, with potted plants outside and a large window giving onto the street – and, as a patron of the Butler Gallery, the Pembroke is used to showcase a selection from their permanent collection.
It would make an equally good base for business or pleasure and the very pleasant bar area is a popular place for reading newspapers or meeting for coffee in the morning and the (there is complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel).
The spacious modern bedrooms have well finished en suite bathrooms and are very comfortable, with king size beds and air-conditioning, flat screen TV and all the usual amenities (iron and ironing board, trouser press, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer).
There’s ample workspace for business guests in all rooms, while superior rooms also have some little extras such as bottled water, robes and slippers.
Whether visiting Kilkenny specifically for a leisure break, or building some relaxation into a business visit, the hotel's MINT Health & Body is sure to please.
Stathams Bar & Restaurant
Entering from the hotel lobby or from the street, you will find this very pleasing bar and restaurant, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment.
The Pemroke is known for a commitment to sourcing the best local produce – something there is no shortage of in the South-East, and particularly Kilkenny – and preparing it with care. Dinner menus can be expected to offer a well balanced choice in which popular ingredients will star, notably the beef for which Kilkenny is famous. Fresh fish and seafood from Kilmore Quay may feature strongly too, in interesting, tasty dishes.
Service is friendly and willing and an excellent drinks list complements the menu well – with a large range of cocktails (ask about the smoking 'Ford Special), spirits, sherry and brandy as well as a good choice of wines, there is plenty to choose from.
A wide ranging lunch menu is also offered, plus light food for morning coffee or afternoon tea.