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... up the road, where I got a flatbread sub, which was actually quite nice, but extremely messy to eat! We were chatting with the guy there for a while, and he gave us a couple of free cookies, along with some pub recommendations. So when we were finished eating we headed off through the temple bar region to find the bar he'd recommended, Sweeneys, and went inside. It seemed like a pretty nice place, but the band there was playing blues, and we were looking for some Irish ...
... to go take in the Book of Kells. Incredibly interesting works. The writing so precise. Quite informative. The second floor housed the actual library. I was in awe. Didn't take a picture, but maybe Kent will share some of what he took. We decided to try to find a restaurant I had read about online...The Church. An old church made over into a restaurant/bar/nightclub type place. We walked quite a ways, and actually saw some of the Flight Festival...,must be ...
We made it! We love love being here in Dublin. There is just something about Europe that is so different from California. The way of life and the surplus of parks could be it. I think we both still can't believe we are living in Ireland. Kole thinks he is in a dream and I feel like we went back in time to 2011 when I first visited. I remember the city center so vividly.
And what really makes these first couple of days so good is the weather. Dublin rains? ...
... The menu had a great variety and we enjoyed the food very much. The place was decorated like a place you’d see in Spain (at least I assume that is what Spain would look like since we’ve never actually been there!). We finished dinner a bit past 7:00 and headed to Grafton Street. It was crazy busy there and it was fun to just people watch. We finished up our souvenir shopping and then we migrated down to Temple bar area which was even busier than ...
... keeping with my unplanned tradition on this trip of bending rules slightly, I decided that I would download a song to listen to as the plane took off. Yes, I risked the Internet on a plane that all of the power had gone out on before takeoff....I had seen travelling pilots use their phones during taxiing and takeoff so I felt somewhat safe. As we started to taxi I looked around furtively for the law (a.k.a., the flight attendants), quickly pulled out my Ipad mini and jumped ...
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Decided to go away with friends for a short break between xmas and new year. After delays getting there because of the snow our spirits lifted when the taxi entered the pretty village of Malahide. Lots of bars, restaurants and shops and a marina. The drive up to the hotel was impressive and it was really welcoming inside with a roaring fire. When I booked the room I did ask if it was possible to get a sea view and they had upgraded us to accommodate this. The room was large and very clean and the toiletries were replaced daily. The staff were very friendly and the food was excellent, would definitely go back.
We stayed in this hotel for two nights and found the staff to be very friendly. On arrival the receptionist could not have done more for us to ensure we enjoyed our first trip to Dublin. Willingly gave advise on how to get to Dublin Centre and what areas were the best to go to.
Having recently stayed for three nights in this A1 hotel I would highly recommend it to anyone. Situated in a lovely village along the coast, the hotel has a great view overlooking the marina and bay.
My wife stayed in the Grand on Saturday night before the all Ireland final. On arrival we were told the water was turned from 6am until 6am.We were upgraded to a better room. On looking out the window the view was of the hotels ventilation units which made aterrible noise.No water for flushing the loo or washing. The water was on in the morning but cold.At breakfast people were waiting for tables, we waited 15 mins there didnt seem to be enough staff on duty. My wife ordered porrage but noon arrived.We had to look for spoons and butter. I know the water problem was not their fault,but not a word of sorry at checkout.I would not stay there again.We were charged 200 euro for the night.
Having stayed at the Grand some 15 months earlier we were somewhat surprised at the condition of the puplic areas, paintwork chipped, skirting boards and dado rails in poor states of repair especially in the corridor leading to our room.
We have stayed in this hotel three times now. Loved Malahide town so much that we looked forward to going back. The hotel is lovely and spotlessly clean - although quite old fashioned. (We have stayed in a lot of modern/contemporary hotels also, so its just your reference.) Our rooms were fantastic on two occasions but the last time we were there was New Years Eve and we arrived late and were allocated a terrible room at the front of the hotel. I complained but was told that there were no others available. It was very small, dark and pokey and the wall paper was ripped - I could have cried. Such a shame because on our previous visits our room was great - the first time the room was in the newer part of the hotel and was quite spacious. The second time we were given an upgrade to an Executive Room and it made our weekend - perhaps that is why it was even more disappointing on the last visit. The leisure facilities are brill - and the food has always been great. We had BB&EM on each occasions - and were impressed with the standard of food. The hotel is within walking distance to the main pubs and restaurants of the town and there is also a great bar out to the left of the hotel, just up the hill. We ate out at Silks Chinese Restaurant just down from the hotel, but found it to be very expensive! Apparently a few famous people eat there, but we didn't see any. My partner and I would take a lot of weekend breaks around Ireland and I would still go back to The Grand Hotel, but hopefully would have better luck with our room this time!
Was I just unlucky?
Very clean hotel with spacious rooms and pleasant staff.
Sited on the edge of the lovely village of Malahide and overlooking the harbour.
The only aspect of our visit which disappointed was the food. Breakfast was like a rugby scrum although admittedly we were staying over a busy weekend.
Had battered scampi for main course in the evening. Not cheap, yet when I cut the batter, the "scampi" was in fact crushed together like minced meat. Complained that the scampi wasn't real but my complaint was brushed aside even when they were presented with the evidence.
You could stay here and eat elsewhere or go the the Portmarnock which is a superior hotel just down the road.
Maybe I was just unlucky.
By far the best hotel we stayed at during our 2 weeks self drive tour of Ireland- and we traveled 805 miles so we stayed in many hotels.Can't wait to stay there on my next trip over.
Wonderful hotel. Beautiful view and very friendly staff.
very nice and clean staff was very helpful food was fab rooms were out of this world over looking beach go there every year