We always stay at the Royal Marine when we are down in Dun Laoghaire for the Mountains to Sea and Poetry Now Festivals - presently in September and next year in March. We have learned to book early since it is popular that it books up quickly. I love the grandness of it and its position overlooking the harbour and the sea. It is incredibly convenient - we come from Belfast, take the Dublin Port Tunnel and then travel along the coast to Dun Laoghaire. If I'm going down on my own I take the train to Connolly and then the Dart out and it is easy and safe. The borough itself - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is great supporter of the arts so you feel that you are at home when you arrive. The hotel is within minutes from the Pavillion Theatre and now the beautiful new Lexicon Library which has also opened the hotel up again to the front. When new flats enroached on its gardens years ago it was sad but it seems somehow restored to grandeur now between the modern buildings. As well as the wonderful Victorian pier there are also beautiful walks to Sandycove, Joyce's Tower, The Forty-Foot bathing place and so on and a selection of lovely restaurants on 'the metals' - the area on the front of the coast - so called because of the old metal tracks used to bring building materials into the town. There are also some great shops including Meadow and Byrnes and a very good children's section in Easons minutes from the hotel.
Room was ready when we arrived which was an hour before normal check-in. Had to change rooms as the suite given was quite small and not ideal for 2 adults and a child so were moved at no extra costs to a very large room which had a separate sitting area.
Good location, plenty of parking and the grounds were fabulous but there were a lot of different events and parties going on so very busy.
Our only criticism was that the Italian restaurant was full on the night be stayed. This was relayed to us quite abruptly by the reception when we checked in and upon visiting directly with the restaurant, the staff there managed to squeeze us in at 6.30pm.
Now I use the word 'squeeze' loosely as we arrived to an empty restaurant and at 8pm when we left there was still only about 6 tables being used out of the 30 available.
It was as if they did not want the business. Having said that the service and food was excellent although quite pricey but then everything in the hotel other than the rooms was expensive.
If you get the option, book a room at the end of a corridor otherwise you end up with the usual 'loud running child' sound at 7am !!!!!
Liam and Dei who run the Brookville bed and breakfast could not have been more helpful with detailed instructions how to get to the bed and breakfast and information about using the buses and where to eat. We stayed 4 nights in a triple room with our daughter. The house is set in a nice garden and is quiet. The rooms were comfortable with good WiFi and TV coverage. The place is about 30 minutes by bus from the center of Dublin. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it.
Jane from Melbourne Australia
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Booked into Summerhill for a two-night stay in one of the courtyard rooms at the rear of the house. Good choice in view of the two weddings held during our stay which added some life to the time spent there. The room was fine being clean and adequate for what we wanted. More hangers would have been good. The floorboards were very creaky. The second night we had some German neighbours in the next room being very noisy at 1 a.m. while we were trying to sleep. We didn't therefore appreciate the phone call from reception telling us that the people downstairs were complaining about the noise my wife and I were making. The breakfasts were excellent; having smoked salmon and melon as a starter doesn't happen that often!
TC from Northern Ireland
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