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The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny

3-starThis property does not have a Ireland Tourist Board rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our rating system.
4 Friary StreetKilkennyCounty KilkennyIreland

3-star guesthouse in Kilkenny City Centre with restaurant
  • Free full breakfast and free WiFi
  • Collect nightsFor every 10 nights, get 1 free!
  • Excellent location, good pub, fine food, but I would not stay here again. The WiFi was…Jul 3, 2018
  • Don’t pass out whenever you see the looks like a small hallway, that you must…Jun 12, 2018
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From 193 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny

from $94
  • Room, 1 Double or 2 Single Beds
  • Family Room
  • Double or Twin Room
  • Family Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 16 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-11 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
There is no front desk at this property. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • No parking
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Television in common areas

In the room

Home comforts
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


Onsite venue - This pub specializes in Irish cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily.

The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny’s small print

Also known as

  • Rafter Dempsey's
  • Rafter Dempsey's Inn
  • Rafter Dempsey's Inn Kilkenny
  • Rafter Dempsey's Kilkenny
  • Rafter Dempsey's House Kilkenny
  • Rafter Dempsey's House
  • The Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse


Guests must contact this hotel in advance to reserve a crib (infant bed). Contact the office using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

What’s around The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny


  • In Kilkenny City Centre
  • Tholsel - 2 min walk
  • Shee Alms House - 2 min walk
  • National Craft Gallery - 4 min walk
  • Kilkenny Castle - 4 min walk
  • Butler House - 5 min walk
  • Rothe House - 5 min walk
  • Grace's Courthouse - 5 min walk

Getting around

  • Dublin (DUB) - 90 min drive
  • Kilkenny Station - 12 min walk
  • Thomastown Station - 24 min drive
  • Muine Bheag Station - 27 min drive
  • Onsite parking not available

Recent reviews

Good 7.0 From 46 reviews

The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
The room is located above a bar which is fine if you want to stay up all night. I knew this when I booked it but I was under the impression the band would end at 12am but they played until 2 or 3am directly below us. Luckily we were all exhausted from a long plane ride and slept right through it. I am not complaining I just want to put it out there so if you book here you are well prepared for what you are getting into. The room was a little stuffy so we opened a window but there was a lot of noise from the street. There is an outdoor smoking area next to the rooms so a bit of an odor but it didn't bother me. We got woken up in the middle of the night because our neighbor was fighting with his friend but that's not the hotels fault. The gentleman that works the bar was incredibly friendly and helpful.
Christy, us1 night trip with friends
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
The Rafter Dempsey's was a great hotel. The staff was awesome and the location was great! The hotel is very old and dated, but we expected that. If the beds were updated, it would be a great improvement.
A Traveler, us1 night trip with friends
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
Nice location, be careful with room selection.
The bar and staff were great. But the k the room you get before you book. We ended up with a room with 2 single beds in a room the size of a closet. There were no Windows, but there was a skylight which was almost open enough to light the room. Location was excellent and the staff great. Just make sure you know what you are getting. A closet for 145 US was way too much, wish I didn't prepay.
Sean, us1 night romance trip
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
Cute place, but loud and not too clean.
Great location to stay but the room was not in very good condition and we could hear everything that was going on in the street and the room next door. Really the problem was the room next door. Check in was a breeze and we had no trouble checking out either. The room was a bit too warm so we had to leave the window open. A fan would have been nice.
A Traveler, us1 night family trip
The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny
Very Good8.0
Stay was comfortable and innkeepers were very nice
Rebecca, us1 night family trip

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The Rafter Dempsey's, Kilkenny

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