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A lot done...more to do
My wife and I stayed here for a night during a weeknight in early May.
We decided to opt for the most expensive option of a room in the Main house and were really looking forward to our stay, given the excellent reviews both here on TripAdvisor and in the media.
On balance we had an ok experience.
Positives: the house is lovely, and the rooms are stylishly appointed, the staff are friendly, the food was good and the pool area is nice.
Negatives/ room for improvement: While the rooms look good they are rather impractical- nowhere for the ladies to get dressed for the evening, i.e. no desk or dressing table, no hooks to hang clothes on, (in our room) there were no seats - unless the bags are to go on the floor.
There are fancy remotes that control everything in the room, but they are awkward to use and we required staff help to get the tv working.
The room was verging on chilly and construction dust and rubble could be found around plugs and behind the window shutters.
In short, the room looked great but wasn't the kind of space we felt like lounging in. We got the impression that the designer hadn't actually slept in the room as some of these impracticalities and rough edges would surely have been caught.
I also think the website states that there is a turn down service - which didn't happen in our case.
The pool area is nice but is let down by cheap looking plastic tables and chairs, and an outside jacuzzi that we had to uncover ourselves and assume that we could use. A little sign saying 'feel free to use the hot tub' would help here. The outside infinity pool has been taken off the website as it is not finished, but it was still featured on the site as a facility when we booked - this was a disappointment, but will be a great place to unwind when it is ready.
The food in the restuarant was good, and the dining room, situated in the basement with vaulted ceilings, is very pleasant. Sorry though, the swivel chairs are not the most comfortable.
In summary, as noted above, we just found the place to be a tad unfinished and expensive given these shortcomings and compared with similarly priced hotels around the country. Will we be back? Maybe. I did send all this feedback to the hotel after our stay (and pointed out the reviews on TripAdvisor) but after two weeks or so have not heard back from them...
Excellent Service, Amazing Room!
Stayed here one cold and wet Friday night in March. It took us just under an hour to get there from Dublin city centre and we were extremely impressed upon arrival. The staff were exceptionally courteous (but not OTT), the Reception, Games Room and the Library (no children allowed!) were such havens of relaxation and comfort. Our room (located in the Main House) was probably one of largest I've stayed in and again, was pure comfort and really peaceful.
The Eden Restaurant too was lovely, the food was delicious, the service unbeatable and it had a great atmosphere.
Next day we swam in the indoor pool and used the sauna. The outdoor hot tub and swimming pool were not yet finished which was a tad disappointing, but , fear not - that provides us with an ample excuse to make a return visit, hopefully in the near future!
Fantastic Romantic Break
Booked a two night package including one meal at Belliner House for St Patricks weekend. If you are looking for a place within an hours drive of Dublin this is an ideal place to go. This country house is lovely, very cool and suitable for a young crowd. There is a games room with a plasma tv, a lovely little wine bar, Eden restaurant is in the basement and our room in the west wing was lovely. The interior of the house is fab. The extra touches were nice - turndown service and the paper delivered to the room each morning. The house was very busy with young couples and families. Highlight was Eden - excellent organic food. The breakfast is excellent - such a wide varierty of choice. The staff were so professional and attentive, going the extra mile at all times. Any niggles? - the house was quite cold. The pool is lovely, as is the sauna, the SPA is semi - finished but looks lovely. We wil definately return, its pricey but so worth it. The personal touch is what made this stay for us.
My partner and I stayed in this hotel for one rainy night in January. This hotel is a combination of a country house and the modern touches and hi-tech gadgets of the G hotel in Galway. We really liked it but it might not suit everyone.
We stayed in the East Wing where the rooms are simple and elegant. Like a previous review stated, the halls and rooms have wooden floors so there is a lot of noise late at night. The bathrooms only have a shower - no bath, which is disappointing. We thought that for €270 a night there was some touches that you expect but were missing: like no complementary water in the room, no turn down service at night and no morning newspaper.
That said, the hotel was only opened for two months - hopefully some of these problems have now been addressed.
Overall the staff were attentive, the EDEN food was good and in a few months this will be a really great hotel.
Great Atomosphere....cozy experience
Went to Bellinter on a very rainey night...cold and windy..however when inside the main house it was warm and comportable...with open fires in the hall and main rooms.
The staff were very helpful ...came out to the car with umbrellas and brought our luggage in.
Our large room in the main house was really beautiful with large beds and a lovely view over the river.
First thing for me was to check out the "WiFi" which was really fast with no connection problems.
Then onto the swimming pool and sauna again both were very refreshing...on to dinner
The food and service was excellent in the coved dining room,both for dinner and breakfast on the sunday morning.
The relaxed atmosphere in the main room was very cozy with the open fires and Sunday Newspapers.
All in all a grear place to stay....recommended.
A little Pretentious - Overpriced
We stayed as part of a large group. We were charged a special rate of 200 euro per room and ate dinner and breakfast in the hotel. Our room was not worth even the reduced rate - if you ever go to Bellinter, specifically request NOT to be accomodated in the "East Wing". It is entirely decorated in wood - including the two flights of stairs and halls which results in a lot of noise - even the lightest pitter patter of feet sounds like a herd of elephants! Our room was tiny and the bathroom, while rather trendily tiled had no bath and was unfinished - understandable teething problems but not at these prices. We saw some rooms in the main house which are more impressive and better maintained. Although, in one of them you had to go through the ensuite to reach the main bedroom! Quirky. The food was typical Eden fare. Staff were generally friendly. Our waiter for the evening was definitely unimpressed to be looking after 18 40 year olds. We were only offered a limited menu. Breakfast was fine. This place has potential but rack rates are definitely over the top.
What a dissapointment
We had booked into Bellinter House for three nights early January as the highlight of our weeks tour of Ireland, and were keen to see what looked like a splendid Georgian building with smart rooms and restaurant to match. We arrived just after 3pm and were to told our room would be ready in 10 minutes. We had a drink in the stylish bar, but couldn't help notice the number of staff scurrying around putting up paintings in the main building as well as a number of interior elements unfinished. We ordered food from the bar menu, which was apparently not available? 40 minutes later we were led to our rooms - a stable duplex to the side of the building - where we were deposited outside and asked to dial 0 if there was any problems. The accommodation was at best unfinished and definitely not what we were expecting. The place was freezing. The door had no internal handle. The TV had no signal. The window in one bedroom had no curtains. A light bulb was bare without a shade. The lounge shared between our two rooms didn't have the capacity to seat all occupants. Limited furniture in the bedrooms and lit solely by two bedside lamps.In short, the accommodation was not yet ready for occupancy. We dialled 0 to ask for alterntative accommodation and reception sent over a porter who was not in a position to appease our concerns. The duty manager who arrived to deal with our issues was surly and unhelpful, not even able to offer cover for the bare window. Needless to say, we were disappointed to have booked several months in advance and to turn up and be offered that poor quality of service and accommodation. We hastily rearranged our holiday plans and returned to Dublin sharp. Bellinter House clearly has potential as a country house retreat, but it is way off completion and if the attitude of the current staff is anything to go by, should be given a wide berth.
A wonderful new hotel near Navan
We stayed at Bellinter House just before Christmas and really enjoyed its great rooms, extremely friendly staff and the wonderful food in the Eden Restaurant. The restoration of this marvellous old house in extensive grounds in county Meath is immaculate and the rooms well-equipped with a 40-inch plasma TV and lighting gadgetry. The open fires in the lounge are particularly conducive to late night chat and drinking. The spa had yet to open when we were there, but we had no doubt it would only add to the experience greatly.
Heaven - Stylish, Comfortable, Great Food
My husband and I have stayed there twice now in the space of a month and I'm sure we'll be back again before long! We live in Dublin so it's pretty handy for a weekend getaway - less than an hour from the southside of Dublin.
Great place to hang out when the weather is lousy - indoor pool, DVDs, and games room to keep us entertained. But to be honest we spent most of our time lounging around the huge fireplace in the drawing room. Love the style of the place, all the original plasterwork intact but they've chosen modern colours and furniture to excellent effect. Comfy beds, great bathrooms, massive flat-screen TVs... nice little touches like decent juices in the mini bar (but please do something about the price of the bottled water!!)
Eden restaurant downstairs is excellent (just like the sister restaurant in Dublin). Reasonable priced for really good food, and plenty of wines by the glass.
Most importantly, the staff are very friendly and helpful. Can't really recommend it more.
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