Royal Marine Hotel
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Breakfast/Luggage out at 6:30 AM
Depart at 7 AM to Dublin airport
O'Conner Transport picked us up at the hotel and dropped us at Delta.
Check in and through security/customs to Gate 40
Somehow we missed the VAT tax desk!
While boarding our plane, we realized that we were upgraded to First Class!
The day began with our motorway journey out of Liverpool and into the stunning scenery of North Wales. The coastal areas are a pleasant change from the seemingly endless pastures and stonewalled farms and villages. We then travelled due south and upwards into the mountains of Snowdonia National Park to see the very steep and rocky mountains and …
... that it is quite compact, and easily walkable. After the cathedrals its was a quick walk back to my hotel for a shower and change, before heading out to meet my 'Dublin Ambassador.'
The Dublin Ambassador scheme is run out of the Little Museum of Dublin, and basically involves a local volunteer taking a visitor to Dublin out for a drink. My ambassador was a lovely man who is also a history teacher. He took me to The Porterhouse, one of the few craft breweries ...
... pond, greenery and plenty of space to spread out and relax. It was once owned by a member of the guinness family who bought the park from the private key holders in the 1800s, gutted and re landscaped it and then gave it back to the city of Dublin to use as a public green. We spent some time relaxing in the park, people watching, witnessed two children fall into the ...
... temple bar area, as there's a lot of live music there... On the way, however there were so many annoying drunk people that I changed my mind. Went to bed, only to be awoken st 2 am when some very pleasant (loud/obnoxious, could also be used) came into the room & would not shut up. I eventually said something, but could not fall back asleep. This led to me sleeping in this morning, and finding st Stephen's green park on my way to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Marine Hotel Dún Laoghaire
I booked this hotel through a deal with Expedia. What appealed was the area and the fact the hotel was new. Neither disappointed me however there were a few things that weren't expected that did happen....
The Royal Marine hotel itself is an impressive building, situated a very short walk from the train service. and a few yards from the main street in Dun Laoghaire, which is just seven miles from Dublin.
We, too,suffered persistent noise in this hotel. Two or three pressure release valves (probably linked to the hotel´s heating system) stuck out of the ground very near our ground floor window, causing vibration and and even releasing some steam vapor into our room. The noise diminished but did not disappear when we closed the window. When my partner notified the reception we were offered a room change, which we were too tired to take up as it was already late at night. The following morning, the noise from the valves had stopped, but a few feet away on the same building an even louder air extraction vent went into operation which forced us to keep the window shut. When we contacted the reception again, they told us that several guests had already complained about this in the past - which made us wonder why they hadn't done anything about it! The staff was polite but to us seemed untrained and not very knowledgeable about what they were doing. I can't comment on any of the leisure facilities because none were open. Other than breakfast we ate no meal in the hotel, as their menu looks (even by expensive Irish standards) very pricey. In sum, the noise made this a pretty awful experience; but even without, it would still not have been great value for money and not really much of a four-star ex-perience.
brought some friends for dinner to this hotel
the duns restaurant.the staff and food was certainly not up to a four star standard.only four starters and four main courses to choose from,the staff were young and completely untrained,main courses arriving before the starters ,food you could not eat.we then went into the cocktail bar were the barman tried to overcharge us for our drinks ,when i mentioned the overcharge to him his only answer was the till often does this??
we will not be back.
Lovely building. Nice rooms. I was disappointed as I was looking to stay at an Irish hotel and paid handsomely for that. I only came across one Irish voice the whole stay. If your coming to Dublin for a bit of 'craic' go some place else.The hotel is trying to run on cheap eastern european labour and although they tried to create an ambience it just didn't work. The food was disappointing for the cost and breakfast/dinner didn't cater at all for vegetarians-in fact the waitress had to check with somebody the meaning of the word. The chef did seemed to be trying as he produced a cheese board on request after dinner that was not on the menu (unbelievably!!)and mushrooms at breakfast time even though again the waitress didn't understand the word and were not on the menu. Overall the bulding was good but the stay was spoilt by not being an Irish experience--after all that's why I chose Dublin. I could have been in a hotel in Krakow for the week. Never mind I will try somewhere else next time. Owners---You will lose business if you carry on this way. It could be a great stay. To cap it all the Polish receptionist tried to overcharge me by 100 euros as he was not aware of all the rates available. Mmmmm.
Stayed here after a big family party in the same area. Fabulous hotel. Entrance is really impressive. Staff was very friendly and professional. The rooms were very nice. We were upgraded (for no apparent reason) to a suite on the 6th floor which had fantastic sea views. The bars in the hotel were really nice and again the staff was excellent. It is right beside a DART (inter-city train) station and close to all amenities in Dun Laoghaire village. There is a lovely pier walk across the road also. We are a professional couple in our mid to late 30s and many of our friends and family stayed on the same night. All had a good experience. The breakfast room was nice and the fresh fruit and cereals were good. The full Irish could do with a spruce up - that was our only gripe! Would highly recommend a visit.
First of all, let me preface my review with the fact that I did not stay at the hotel but only dined at Dun's restaurant . However I strongly feel that my comments are of use to anyone who is contemplating staying at the newly refurbished hotel.
Friendly but noisy and still on a construction site
When we stayed there it had just opened after renovation, so many of the facilities (pool, gym) did not yet exist and the "garden" was still a dusty construction site. Staff was friendly and the food was good (but a little overpriced - there are many cheaper restaurants nearby). Avoid staying in the Hague Terrace wing of the hotel; right outside our window was an extremely noisy airconditioning unit (or something like that) that went on all day, making it impossible to leave the window open. The rooms are nicely furnished with flat screen televisions but not overly large.