Johnstown House Hotel & Spa
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... By "relaxing", I mean beginning to realize the difficulty, and beginning to stress about, finding jobs. Searching the webz like crazy. Think it'll be a bit tougher than we thought, in Galway. But we will make it happen! If not in Galway, somewhere, anywhere. Anywhere will be an adventure. Note to self - don't step on Lynn's shoes. She's not a fan. Kind of hates it. If I do it again, I fear she'll make me clean them with a toothbrush...and my own ...
... dessert - I had the bananfee!!! A banana and caramel concoction! After dinner, I walked down to Temple Bar and just walked around (about 10:30pm) ... And it was a drunken mess!!! I walked around for about an hour ... And then headed back to the hotel! The reasoning for this: I wanted to get up early and take part in the real St Paddy's and second, there was so much broken glass and staggering - I was worried I would see someone die!!! Better safe than covered in ...
... people queued up very politely, waiting to see how many could get onto the next appropriate bus. Old and young are out and about in this city, and you rarely see anyone with an ounce of fat on them-. Now there's a gene I wish I had-
We are lodged across the street from the Half Penny Bridge, a lovely metalwork bridge crossing the river. On our way over we got a free cat-fight. A man and a separate woman were begging on ...
... songs, very enjoyable, Paul comes along too. We then have formal tea in the Penninsular Restaurant, mixed table of 7 makes good company. Wind still force 8 but we decide to brave the elements and do 4 circuits, wind tunnels at either end of the ship make it hard work but fun. Announcement by Captain lets us know ...
... his chickens in a small wooden box. When we finally left Wexford at about 830 local time, we were not joined by many on the local service to Dublin, however we were joined by some colourful characters. One man chatted with us, however the only words we could pick up were taxes, banks, Canada and recession. His accent will certainly take some getting used to! The scenery on the way to Dublin was beautiful as we were driving up the east coast. We ...
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We have just returned from a 2 night break here, and we did not even leave the hotel! I agree with previous reviews that this is very close to the motoirway, but it did not bother us one bit.
The room was super, luxury toiletries and bathrobe and slippers, and the best bed i have ever slept in!
One or two niggles, no cd player as promised and were unable to get internet access with the cable provided, but this was a minor thing really. Tea and coffee plentiful, and we never heard a sound from anywhere else in hotel and it was a bank holiday so busy.
We arrived Saturday and had our dinner as part of the package, the hotel had contacted us to see what time sat night we would like to eat, the menu was a set one and limited and food a bit dissappointing to be honest, but for guests having their meal on the Sunday night had full choice off the regular menu. we had not been offered the Sunday night meal but if you have the option I would go for Sunday evening dining. But the breakfast! Best ever, and a huge selection 10/10.
The spa is wonderful, and I recommend the outdoor hot tub and everything else, there is one BIG niggle with the spa area, there was only one drinking fountain in the whole area and it had virtually no pressure so we were unable to get a drink which was DIRE to say the least, so bring a plastic bottle full of water. I asked the pool attendant about it and he was a bit ignorant to me to be honest and did not offer to help at all. But dont get me wrong, the spa is luxury and highly recommend it, in fact we spent most of Sunday in our bathrobes lounging about reading papers in one of the plentiful seating areas.
Almost forgot Sat evening there was a piano player in lobby, and he was brilliant! There was a wedding going on and apaprt from glimpses here and there of bride etc. never heard a thing.
Overall i would certainly recommend the hotel, its a shame the evening meal was poor as everything else was super, bar staff friendly and nothing was a bother.
Just recently stayed there for 1 night, and as a woman travelling alone, I felt safe and comfortable, the room was a bit small but spotless and well equipped, even has a CD. player,if U want to listen to your fav music. The bathroom is lovely, big with double shower. The staff were friendly and efficient, there seemed to be a lot of staff, and when I was there always seemed to be cleaning. I had lunch twice, its a bit pricey but excellent food, the service wasnt too slow, but as I was at a course both days we did pre-book the lunch. I was alone for dinner on the evening, I found the staff lovely, one young guy even asked if I would like a newspaper to read. again food delicious. There was a good choice for breakfast. even has smoked salmon and cheese.
I didnt get a chance to use the spa, but the girl showed me round and its soooo peacful, I will definitely have a treatment done next time...one thing ladies...they have a hair salon...I didnt see that on web site. overall, I would recommend staying there, a 4*** for sure
Magnificant spa and leisure centre
Have just returned from an escape spa package at the marriott johnstown house. Checked in late on Friday evening due to the horrendous traffic on the M50 and M4. Dined in the restaurant and found it easy to change between the a la carte and table d'hote menues. Wine was priced fairly and service was excellent. Food was excellent. next morning we had a had a 30 min back and facial in the luxury spa before breakfast. breakfast was excellent and buffet style and. even included innocent smoothies.
The de luxe room was comfortable but was too stuffy.
We tried turning down the thermostat but this did not seem to work.
Overall I would class this hotel as excellent 4 star and would love to return soon.
The description given for this hotel on the Marriott site makes you believe it is in a rural country house setting. In fact the hotel backs on to the main Dublin motorway and is surrounded on at least two sides by construction.
The rooms were stuffy and we had to open the windows to get some air. Also the fan in the bathroom did not work. We were woken up early by garden workers just outside our window who were talking loudly and dragging some equipment around. The Atrium was also under some type of renovation when we were there, so overall we felt that the hotel did not really care about transient guests - probably gets most of its revenue from conferences and weddings.
Oh - and reservation neglected to credit my Marriott points - it took six months to get that resolved as well.
Spa - Heaven, sheer bliss
Myself, husband and friends stayed in the hotel in October 2005. The bedrooms were magnificent. "Down" mattress toppers, pillows and quilts. Beautiful bathrooms. Spa, pool etc just heavenly. Atmosphere ethereal, opposite of usual clinical atmosphere in these places. Candles, fairy lights and beautiful aroma. Relaxation room to use post treatments, therefore no need to jump up and dress when treatment is finished.
On the down side, we had barfood on arrival, dinner that evening, and sandwiches next day at lunchtime. On all three occasions the wait for the food was far too long.
Not a very vibrant atmosphere, but well worth a visit for a chill-out weekend. Also two beautiful shops, ladies clothing, and beautiful children's gifts.
I just stayed in the hotel with my wife this week and had a wonderful stay. I had read the trip adviors reports but had heard lots fo good things and decided to take a chance. The rooms were recently changed and beautiful new white cotton quilts, the spa was absoutley superb and my wife just loved it - she has two treatments and I loved the leisure centre with pool, gym etc etc. We even had a sit in the new outfood hottub.
The staff I found to be lovely and having chatted to a few; found out that big changes in management had happened in the last few months that have brought the place on leaps and bounds. I would reccommend it without hesitation.
I thought it important to put a positive view on to this site as the hotel management have obviously made a big change and big improvements not only to the atmosphere but to the bedrooms, spa, leisure etc
Nice hotel but not much to do
We stayed here in August for two nights. Agree with a lot of the previous comments, until the leisure centre opens I wouldn't recommend it as there is very little to do in the nearby area. Hotel room was nice, buffet breakfast was good. Had dinner on one night which was ok. Bar is fine for a quiet drink.
we stayed there in August 2005 for 1 night. Price was 120 Euro incl. Irish breakfast. Room was okay and clean. Minibar was empty. Bathroom was beautiful (walk in shower). Staff was sometimes unfriendly and incompetent. Spa will be opened in fall 2005. Motorway will be build near the building.
Underwhelmed in Enfield
Spent a night here in August and found it disappointing. The public areas are pleasant - the original house has been sensitively incorporated into a fully functioning hotel with a lovely bright atrium in the centre. However the room was very average with decor straight out of hotel central casting - all drapes and prints - accessed by long bland corridors. The mini-bar wasn't stocked and the TV was confusingly tuned in such a way that none of the stations matched the listing supplied by the hotel. On the positive side the bathroom was large with a separate bath and double-sized shower. The breakfast was adequate but lacked the choice you would expect in a 4 star hotel. There isn't much to do within walking distance but apparently a leisure centre is due to open late in 2005. I'd rate it overpriced and would not recommend it - at least until the leisure centre opens.
Pleasant Stay in country-home-style hotel
We stayed for one night here in June 2005. The hotel was an old country home (Johnstown House) that they have built onto, so the facade of the original house is still intact fronted by a long pond and fountains. There's not much else to see in terms of countryside or view at the front (you couldn't exactly call it a magnificent setting), but the grounds and carpark themselves were well kept and clean.
There's a nice old-style cosy drawing room with a blazing fire and complimentary newspapers as you come in the door and the reception area is also in the old grand house style. The rest of the hotel seems to be newly-built. The rooms were good - standard hotel rooms but furnished in a semi-rococco style and in the bathroom there was both a big shower and a separate bath.
There was a locked link door between our room and next doors' and as a result I almost jumped out of my skin when at 2.30 a.m. the neighbours returned to their room. Although they weren't being particularly noisy I managed to hear EVERYTHING (they were obviously on a romantic weekend, suffice to say!) that went on through the link door as if they were actually in the same room as me. There was simply an unacceptable level of soundproofing because of the door.
The all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast was great and included the full irish, cereals, fruit, pastries etc. and is served in a pleasant bright atrium overlooking a verdant courtyard. Staff were very efficient but most were not overly friendly.
All in all an enjoyable place to say...but watch out for the link doors!!