Rafter'S Gastropub

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Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Family Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Double or Twin Room | Blackout curtains, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi

Overview of Rafter'S Gastropub

Rafter'S Gastropub

3.0 star property
3-star guesthouse with restaurant, near Kilkenny Castle

7.4/10 Good

118 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry facilities
4 Friary Street, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, R95 VY62
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Barbecue grills
  • Free newspapers in the lobby
Feel at home
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Kilkenny City Centre

Getting around

  • Dublin Airport (DUB) - 85 min drive
  • Kilkenny Station - 12 min walk
  • Muine Bheag Station - 20 min drive
  • Thomastown Station - 26 min drive

About this property

Rafter'S Gastropub

3-star guest house in the heart of Kilkenny City Centre
You can look forward to free full breakfast, a rooftop terrace and a garden at Rafter'S Gastropub. Be sure to enjoy a meal at the on-site Irish cuisine restaurant. Free in-room WiFi is available to all guests, along with laundry facilities and a bar.
You'll also find perks such as:
  • A billiards/pool table, free newspapers and smoke-free property
  • Coffee/tea in the lobby, barbecues and a TV in the lobby
  • A front desk safe and luggage storage
  • Guest reviews say good things about the family-friendly amenities and breakfast
Room features
All guest rooms at Rafter'S Gastropub have amenities, such as complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests reviews speak well of the size rooms at the property.
More amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • Free infant beds and daily housekeeping



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Masks available
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 16 rooms


  • Check-in time from 3:00 PM until 11:30 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • There is no front desk at this property
  • The host will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning 8:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • BBQs
  • Room service
  • Snack bar/deli

What to do

  • Pool table


  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden
  • Television in common areas


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen television

Home comfort

  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Free cot/infant bed

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


On-site venue – This pub specialises in Irish cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guest room doors are sealed after cleaning.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast.


This property does not have lifts.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

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
Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse Kilkenny
Rafter Dempsey's Guesthouse
The Rafter Dempsey's
RAFTER'S GASTROPUB Guesthouse Kilkenny

Frequently asked questions

Does Rafter'S Gastropub offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Rafter'S Gastropub does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Rafter'S Gastropub?
As of 3 Oct 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Rafter'S Gastropub on 4 Oct 2022 start from £88, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Rafter'S Gastropub?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Rafter'S Gastropub?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Rafter'S Gastropub?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Rafter'S Gastropub.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Rafter'S Gastropub?
You can check in from 3:00 PM - 11:30 PM. Check-out time is 11:30 AM. Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Rafter'S Gastropub and nearby?
Rafter'S Gastropub has a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Rafter'S Gastropub?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that offers Irish cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Zuni (3-min walk), Anocht (4-min walk) and Marble City Bar and Tearooms (4-min walk).
What's the area around Rafter'S Gastropub like?
Rafter'S Gastropub is a short 5-minute walk from Kilkenny Castle and 5 minutes' walk from Butler House.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



8/10 Very good

Naomi, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

4/10 Fair

Location was good, room was ok however quality of sleep was terrible. I understand its a pub and a Friday night and that somethings are outside of a venues control but when paying 200 euros for a room that has literally no sound resistance at all from hotel guests, music or outdoor noise, it was almost impossible to sleep. From 10pm to after midnight, you might as well sit in the pub and enjoy the music. From 1am to 3am, constantly chatting inside rooms, in hallways, on street outside etc.
Matthew Paul, 1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Heide, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Okay for a short visit
Rafters was adequate for an overnight stay, but our room would not have worked for a longer stay. The room was separated by a large window from one of the bar areas and it was very loud until almost 3am. We would not have booked there had we known. The location was great!
Tanya, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

The bnb is above a bar so my expectations were a little low, however everything was really nice! It looked recently renovated and was very clean and nicely decorated. We stayed on thursday night so it was a little noisy outside but it did settle down. So keep in mind it may be louder on the weekend. Check in was easy but we were unsure of where to go at first. We just walked into the bar and the person there helped us. The next morning when we checked out, i found they were a little rude to us and wanted to hurry us out. They also seemed hesitant to want to bring us breakfast or even serve us at all, and were much kinder to other people at the pub.
Emily, 1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

K, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Had a amazing stay and catch up in kilkenny with friend
Ruth, 2-night trip with friends
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great location, staff amazing, dinner lovely & good value. Bedroom spacious for 2 adults & 2 teens. Shower power poor. Breakfast lovely. Would recommend
jacinta, 1-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Brilliant location. Staff were lovely and very helpful even looked up bus times. Will definitely recommend it to friends@ family. ONLY DOWNSIDE THERE WAS NO KETTLE IN ROOMS THEY COULD CHARGE EXTRA FOR ONE WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
angela, 3-night trip with friends
Verified Hotels.com guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Margaret, 2-night trip
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