Essential Travel in Kilkenny

Did you know that Hoban Hotel, on the edge of Kilkenny City, is still open for essential travel and accommodating essential workers throughout lockdown? We are lucky to have the space and facilities to safely accommodate essential workers and travellers and as we have been open consistently since March 2020, we are well versed in the new Covid procedures. We request that any guest booking a stay in the Hoban Hotel provide evidence of essential travel, to keep our staff and guests safe and to comply with government guidelines.

Who are essential workers/travellers?

While restrictions prevent us from welcoming leisure travellers to Hoban Hotel, we are well equipped to welcome essential workers and those travelling for essential reasons.  There any many categories that would classify someone as an essential visitor, including those currently isolating as a result of travel or quarantining as a result of a positive Covid-19 test who cannot return to their normal residence.

Essential workers include film crews, hospital staff, essential construction workers, those involved in agriculture, horticulture or animal welfare industries and many more. Essential travellers include those travelling for medical reasons, for essential work, caring for children or vulnerable adults, attending funerals and court appointments.

Check local government websites for a comprehensive list of essential travellers.

Why choose Hoban Hotel for your essential stay?

While we would usually brag about our close proximity to Kilkenny City’s buzzing nightlife, the excellent shopping and the significant cultural sites, instead we are boasting about the hotel itself. We are one of the only hotels in Kilkenny open at present, offering spacious, spotless bedrooms at very reasonable prices. Our facilities include our in-house restaurant 1801, a state of the art coffee dock & café area, fully accessible bedrooms and public spaces, 80 spacious guest rooms suitable for corporate guests, free high-speed wi-fi throughout the hotel and bedrooms, Elemis bathroom amenities, in-room tea and coffee facilities and much more. Our biggest asset is our friendly team who are fully trained in Covid 19 cleanliness guidelines and want to make you feel as safe and comfortable as possible without compromising the quality of your stay.

Book Direct

When you book direct, you are doing both yourself and the hotel a favour. We don’t have to pay commission to online travel agents and you have exclusive access to our very best rates and special offers. We offer businesses and corporate guests preferential room rates based on annual usage and leisure guests are guaranteed our best available rate and exclusive access to our special offers when you book direct. We are so confident we offer a €10 refund to our guests if you find the same room at a better rate on any other website. We also offer you a complimentary drink (a glass of wine, beer or soft drink) to enjoy on us when you book using our official website.

Covid Safety and Cleanliness Procedures

Your safety and the safety of our staff is our highest priority at all times. Since the outbreak of Covid 19, we have stepped up our already comprehensive cleaning schedule to ensure every part of the hotel that you come into contact with has been fully sanitised. We offer contactless check in and out, have a mandatory mask policy in our public spaces and have strict rules around dining in the hotel. We now use a patented bio misting system called Steri7 in each room before a guests check in and cleaning in our public spaces has been increased. We encourage guests in house to book times for dining for both breakfast and dinner, ensuring social distancing guidelines are adhered to at all times. We are constantly changing and improving our procedures and training in line with government guidelines and welcome comments from guests on how we can improve. All of this is being done by well-trained staff who want to uphold the excellent quality and customer care we are known for.

We are looking forward to welcoming back leisure guests when government restrictions allow and it is safe to do so. Until then, if you are an essential worker, please get in touch to book your stay directly with our reservations team.

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