Carlow Travel Guide
Wow, it seems that hotels thought to be closing/opening also come in threes. First, the W Honolulu was to turn into a swank Balinese-themed hotel but ended up remaining a W. Then the Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc was reported to close but the owners said that talk of the hotel turning into a private residence was not true.
Now we learn that Ireland's first gay hotel actually never opened at all last June.
A tipster says the Cosmo Browns @ the Ritz in Carlow is neither a gay hotel or gay bar.
Cosmo Browns @Ritz Hotel Carlow was NEVER a gay hotel. The last manager ran in to problems with banks etc. and the rumors had it that the venue was opening as a gay bar.
This is sad for Ireland's gay community but probably better for the travel community as a whole, since the TripAdvisor reviews from last summer were horrendous. Back then, it looked as if the hotel was operating not as a gay hotel but just some hole in the wall to stay for a night.
The small Irish town of Carlow is getting the country's very first gay hotel.
Cosmo Brown's Gay Resort Hotel will have 19 rooms, a club, and a bar. Already, the place is operating the club part of the property with the hotel part is expected to open by next month. Unfortunately, the townsfolk have put up a little bit of a fight about the hotel, calling it a joke and doubting that it will actually be able to stay in business.
But village drama aside, the place is on track to open and although there is not much else known about the hotel's services or amenities, gay people will certainly find this place welcoming:
"It's the whole shebang," [owner] Brian Berry concluded. "From the club to the hotel, right down to the menu, it's going to be gay."
· Gay Hotel Opens in Carlow [GCN]