Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Here’s a little travel hack for you. If you hate crowds, queueing and fighting for a space at the bar, mid-week leisure travel is the solution to all of your problems. Regardless of where you’re going, you’ll find there are many benefits to travelling midweek as opposed to holding off until the weekend. Hoban Hotel in Kilkenny often have better room rates mid-week and our room type availability and flexibility are much better. Here are some of the benefits of a midweek leisure break.


It’s no secret that weekends are generally the most popular time for travel. When availability is low, hotel room rates are higher. Midweek travel usually means fewer rooms are occupied and hotel rates are lower. Many airlines, hotels, and B&Bs lower their prices during the week to encourage more bookings on days where they have more availability lowering the cost of your trip overall. If you want to enjoy a hotel’s lowest available rate, always make your booking on their official website. Hoban Hotel offers our lowest rates exclusively on our website with the best rate guarantee if you find them lower anywhere else.


If you’re travelling as part of a group or as a family, you’ll know how difficult it is to get a larger family-sized room as most hotels have a very limited number. When you travel mid-week hotels can offer a much bigger selection of room types including triple and family rooms. Mid-week breaks are ideal for those travelling with small children or those on a budget who want to share rooms.


Because fewer people travel mid-week, you’ll notice fewer people on the streets. During weekends, you’ll find many restaurants, bars, and pubs packed with hen & stag parties enjoying their last weekend of freedom and getting into all sorts of mischief. You’ll also see playgrounds and public spaces packed with children enjoying the time off school.

Avoid these and thousands of other weekenders by planning your trip mid-week and enjoy Kilkenny at your leisure. If you hate queueing to see the most beautiful Kilkenny attractions like Smithwick’s, St Candice’s and Kilkenny Castle – visiting mid-week and avoiding the school holidays is the best option for a delay-free visit.


If you’re still anxious about travelling to a hotel or eating indoors for Covid 19 reasons, travelling midweek guarantees smaller crowds and more space to yourself. Enjoy our in-house facilities such as an enjoyable drink on our sun-filled terrace and dining in 1801 restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visiting popular attractions will be stress-free without crowds too. Life is too short not to enjoy the best of Ireland.


Not only can you enjoy better availability in hotels – bars, pubs and restaurants also have more free tables without the hassle of waiting lists. If you have your eye on a specific bar or restaurant in Kilkenny, it’s always best to book. Booking Sunday to Thursday means you’ll have your pick of the best table and a more focused, personalised service from service staff who are not rushed off their feet.


Don’t find yourself caught in Friday evening traffic trying to escape the city or stuck on the road trying to get home on Sunday evening. Mid-week breakers enjoy a more leisurely start and finish to their breaks. Mid-week breaks mean you can get to your destination in good time and make the most of your break. Our location on the skirt of the city also means you avoid Kilkenny City rush hour and make use of the nearby motorway. Ideal!


More than one in five workers did not take any annual leave in 2021, according to new research from the Central Statistics Office. You work hard and deserve to take a break to refresh your mind and body so enjoy your leave instead of giving it back. Enjoy a shorter working week when you choose a mid-week break.

Embrace the Friday feeling and still have the weekend to look forward to after your relaxing midweek break in Hoban Hotel Kilkenny. Best of all, you can make your friends and colleagues jealous with holiday snaps while they work!

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a travel-savvy writer for The Hoban Hotel Kilkenny, a world-class hotel for business and leisure travel, offering exceptional accommodation and dining experiences in Ireland’s historic marble city. When she’s not taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.

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