Deer Park Hotel and Golf Courses

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Deer Park Hotel and Golf Courses

, Dublin
3 star

Rooms: 78

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from Killagan
Wonderful views, a first-class setting for a hotel, but little else to commend it.
We had booked two nights for a short break.

As we walked from the car park to the entrance we noticed dead flowers on the balcony and a garden seat in urgent need of a lick of paint.

The hotel is shabby and rather old-fashioned.
The reception area is very untidy. We were not impressed by their efficiency because after 11pm on our first night, when we were nearly sleeping, we were woken by a call from reception asking us to sign a registration form. We had done this on arrival!

The bedroom was clean, although decor was old-fashioned and shabby. Bathroom was clean except for the shower curtain. Lighting was very poor if you wanted to read after dark. Plumbing noises sounded like a pneumatic drill just outside the room.

Breakfast (buffet) was poor, simply because of the absence of fresh fruit. What other hotel nowadays cannot manage to provide fesh fruit for breakfast??? We had to make do with fruit juice and tinned grapefruit. Coffee, toast and wheaten bread were fine, but cold plates were provided for the cooked breakfast.
We decided we would not take dinner in the hotel, and there was a fairly wide choice of restaurants in the village. We opted for Indian and Tex-Mex.

On our second night, we were disturbed by the loud music of a wedding party, until 1am.

Would I return to this hotel - definitely not.
This has the potential of being a wonderful hotel (easy access to Dublin via DART and great location) but why has it been allowed to become so shabby?

So Much potential - wasted opportunity

from Gazmeister
Just returned from a stay at the Deer Park. This is potentially a lovely hotel with the wonderful setting overlooking the golf course and the sea on both sides. However, what a missed opportunity to have a really great establishment in such a beautiful place. The staff on our arrival were very helpful, but we were left waiting to get to our room and having been told it was ready, went up to find the cleaner still cleaning! The bistro area was basic and the leopard skin lightshades were a little nasty. The chewing gum stuck on the radiator in the corridor outside the bistro was also a bit off putting. Ceiling tiles broken and the various doors in the establishment all need a coat of varnish to hide the scratches and the push pads all had sticky finger marks over them, had obviously not been cleaned for some time. The room was potentially very nice, but again there was a thick line of dust on the television unit, the loo had a very unpleasant yellow stain down the back of the pan (bleach is not that expensive!). Drawer units had no handles on some of the drawers. We went to use the bar in the evening and sat in the back area where no lights were on and the TV had not had the screen dusted in a while. We went to breakfast on our second morning, and Oh Dear! congealed scrambled eggs which could be bounced off the walls the rest of the breakfast (sausage, bacon etc) had lost any taste because it had sat too long. Why not cook to order as in most hotels. Not everything was negative, as I say the setting more than made up for the disappointment. On leaving the hotel following paying our bill, the receptionist looked like she had lost a euro and found a cent - blimey, what happened to job satisfacftion. Despite all, of this, with some investment this could be a fabulous little hotel, and we would actually go back because the Howth area is lovely and the grounds are sensational. Please, please invest in your hotel owners, bring it up to the 00's and employ enough staff to thoroughy clean the place and maintain it better. We could go on about the cleanliness and the lack of general care about the place, but we did love the cats on the roof, so we will forigive you a bit.

Needs a lick of paint!

from Earby
One approaches the hotel up a very intriguing drive with a semi ruined castle type building to your left which is now, or so the signs say a museum. This gives one a sense of optimism as to what will come next, then one is faced with a characterless late 60's type of edifice, but with the most spectacular views to all sides.

The reception is OK and the staff are welcoming in the usual Irish way, why cant the Brits be as sociable?

The halls, stairways are in some need of redecoration as are the rooms or at least the one I stayed in, and the plumbing is not that good either!

The bar is fine with an obvious golf theme, and the restaurant is fine and the food is excellent.
They are building a new spa/gym etc and once done with a few gallons of paint and a few rolls of wallpaper one will have a very acceptable hotel.

Great fun and child friendly

from A TripAdvisor Member
We read the reviews after booking this hotel and were quite worried about our pending stay especially as we were traveling with two children. We found the staff helpful on our arival.
Our room was more than ample for the four of us with fridge, toaster, tea/coffee facilities, and clean bathroom.

We were not impressed with the matress on the bed-settee and rang reception to have it changed, this was carried out very promptly.

We were very impressed with our evening meals and our breakfast on the first mornig although on the second morning Easter Tuesday people had to wait on tables for breakfast as the main dining rroom was being re-decorated (not good timing on the hotels part).

The hotel is very child friendly and we enjoyed an 18 hole pitch & putt course. Really enjoyed this break. Howth is a lovely friendly place to visit with fantastic coastal walks.

Could do better

from odubhghaill
Spent Easter weekend in the hotel and would agree with previous reviewers that the setting in the grounds of Howth castle and golf course, with the view over the bay is excellent, but the hotel lets itself down a bit when it could be really great. I had no major problems with my room ( clean and great view ) although the mattress and pillows had seen better days and could do with replacing. The staff were all friendly but some of them could have done with a haircut and a new uniform. A fresh coat of paint in some areas would not go amiss either. The hotel bar is quiet during the evening but Howth village is close and the bars are livelier. Don't get me wrong, I would stay in the hotel again but it's a pity that it doesn't try harder to impress.

Fantastic Views - Wet Wet Wet! -

from NIBusinessTraveller
I have just returned home after staying at a pre-arranged golf week-end.I was with a party of 21 golfers who stayed at your hotel from Friday 24/3 until Sunday 26/3 inclusive.

When I booked into the hotel on Friday morning, I was told that I was being put into a room on my own. I completed the registration and then went to the room, thinking nothing more about it.

I had been aware that the total charge for the week-end had been negotiated at XXX Euro, for 2 nights bed & breakfast, one evening meal and 3 rounds of golf. When I checked my room details on the cardboard slip handed to me, I noted that the amount requested was 54 Euro in excess of this amount.

On Saturday I went to the reception and asked about the discrepancy in the bill. I was told quite abruptly that this was a supplement for the single occupancy of the room, and would have to be paid. I explained that I had not asked for a single occupancy of the room and that I was with the golf party, of 21 individuals, who were only paying XXX Euro each. I was told in no uncertain terms, that nothing could be done about this and that I should take it up with the individual who had made the bookings. Again the overall attitude was forceful to the point of being totally arrogant with me.

I left the reception area, angry and annoyed at the way I had been treated. I have stayed in many hotels, in Ireland and elsewhere in UK, and Europe, large and small, and have never been spoken to in this manner, by any of the staff.

I later approached the individual who booked the trip and expressed my concern. He said he would try and sort it out and to leave it to him. This left me annoyed and embarrassed over the week-end. I had not asked for a single room, at any stage, nor did I expect to pay any more, than what my golfing colleagues were being charged.

On the Saturday night I availed of dinner with the rest of my party. From the outset it was evident that there were problems. There were delays in getting the orders taken. One half of the party , (including myself) were told by a waiter, that we could only avail of the menu on the Early Bird menu. This was a basic menu with very little choice. Our party had been divided up into two tables and after I had ordered from this “Early Bird” menu, I was amazed to the point of being annoyed, to discover that the other golfers table had been permitted to order from the “Ala-Carte” menu, without any further supplement charge or objection.

The overall service was slow to the point of being a total shambles. The meals were served eventually, by waiters who were of Eastern European nationality, who couldn’t understand you, and who found it difficult to even offer a smile. The main courses were served in dribs and drabs, and we all had the meat/fish course nearly completely eaten when someone asked the waiting staff if there were any potatoes coming with the meal. These were then brought out and served on plates which by this stage were nearly empty. It was at this stage that the waiters must have realised that they had forgotten to serve any vegetables with the meal and they were produced a short time later. It was an absolute joke.

One waiter was particularly rude to us at one point, when serving out the deserts. The individual had a number of deserts for serving and when this person could not find who they were for, they were just threw them down on the table and left. The same occurred when the tea/coffee was being served.

I do not expect this service or arrogance, from any member of staff, at any hotel. The waiting staff were belligerent to the point of being rude, couldn’t even offer a smile or pretend that they were being professional at any time. I have perused you web-site and I can now see why your other paying customers at your hotel, have likened it to “Faulty Towers”. It is definitely not a “Faulty towers” establishment - “Faulty Towers” was better run and managed!

helpful and good value

from mellorman
excellent value for money i stayed here on a business trip i was given a twin room which is the obvious thing to do but i asked if it was possible to switch to a double as i am very tall this was not a problem. the pool and sauna was excellent but the steamroom was broken. i went out to watch a football match and when i came at 10.30 they made me some sandwiches

Fawlty Towers

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Deer Park hotel is a shambles, it is in the most amazing setting but everything from service to the property itself is a joke.
It started when we phoned up a day before our arrival date to reconfirm our booking and they couldn't find our reservation even though we had an received an email confirmation.
At dinner time staff was friendly but completely clueless, clearing tables when people were still eating and pouring wine then putting the cork back in the bottle etc.
The building itself is in serious need of a facelift, saying that our bedroom was spacious and clean, apart from a big stain on the bedcover..
It is obviouse that who ever owns this place is not at all interested in place and does not care about it nor its staff. The only thing keeping this dump ticking over is it's location.

Could be 5-star, but is run-down

from Chumahue
We stayed here for two nights.

The setting is amazing, fabulous and not to be beaten. Our room had a large window from which we could see the sea and two islands plus parts of the large park and golf course of the Hotel. If you are in Dublin, it is worthwhile to come for a (cheap) day of golf or just to walk around and enjoy the wonderful views.

Reception was friendly and professional, very helpful.

The room was very large with old furniture which looked a bit shabby. The walls clearly needed a new layer of fresh paint. Everything was very clean, including the large bathroom (bath tub). The bath itself was also oldfashioned, some minor parts (holders for WC-paper) missing.

The bed was a big double which needed new matrasses urgently. The bed was covered with a clean-looking sheet and some ugly greasy woolen blanket. The rest of the room also looked a bit run down. Good windows with thick glass. Really quiet at night.

I tried out the pool, steam room and swimming pool and even returned. Everthing was very tidy down there. You can get as much towels as you want at hotel reception. Access to pool, sauna, steamroom are with your magnetic room card. There are showers (shampoo provided free from dispenser) and lockers in the pool area. Pool is a nice 18 meter long basin which is about 6 or 7 meters wide and between 1,5 to 1,8 meters deep. Additional small shallow area for children. One wall is completely windowed which provides daylight to the pool area. No seating provided in pool area.

Small sauna for about 4 persons at a time in the swimming pool area (bring swimming clothes for sauna! You have to sit in sauna with your swimming clothes on)

Steam room also for about 4-6 people, also directly in pool area.

Breakfast was a chaos and lots of people really got upset. The hotel was fully booked and they had not prepared the tables beforehand. We had to ask for spoons and plates. Breakfast is in buffet form. We came early to get some food, as they had problems with bringing more food from the kitchen others did not get very much to eat. Breakfast buffet includes some cereals, yoghurt (when we arrived, only apple yoghurt left; no replacements later on), scrumbled eggs, sausages, toast, jam/marmalade, some fruit (I got an apple, after that no fruit any more), orange juice, milk, coffee, tea.

For a Hotel of this price range this breakfast was incredibly bad. We payed 108 Euro per double room/night. Official rate is 190 Euro per double room/night.

The beautiful village of Howth is at walking distance (approx. 15-20 min.) through the Park of the Hotel. We went out on the weekend evening and discovered that a pub at the harbour had nice Irish live music from 10 pm on. DART station (local train to Dublin) is also in that village, trains about every 20min. or so. Return ticket is 3.40 Euro (adult). It took us about 25min to get to the city center from DART station Howth. Taxi from/to Airport cost 22-25 Euro.

The Hotel has a huge garden area with hundreds or even up to 2000 species of rhododendron (the latter claimed by the hotel). In reality I would not call this a garden, as it is more of a neglected area which used to be a garden once. It looked like a jungle to us and was quite dangerous to enter, as it is a steep rocky area and quite muddy and slippery. No real paths any longer, a really wild area (If you intend to discover for the amazing views, bring good walking boots).

We took advantage of a very good service they had for people leaving very early in the morning: a small breakfast was brought to our room the evening before departure (incl. bread, toast, some cheese, orange juice, butter).

I would be delighted to see this place turned into the 5-star place it could be. Now you pay for the nice view, the nature and the quiet surroundings.

Lovely setting, shame about the hotel

from bernieharris
As well pulled up the drive, I honestly thought wow. But unfortunately the reality did not live up to this.
The hotel was along the lines of a travelodge style. Lights didn't work in the room, no hairdryer (although one was available at reception). There were various indetermainable stains on the bed sheets.
Breakfast was ok, nothing special, they seemed under staffed and it took forever to bring out new items.
The setting however was spectacular and I would advise anyone when booking to ask for a forward facing room over the sea.
Howth is a lovely little town. Recommend highly the bloody stream pub though was difficult to get a table.
The hotel could make itself so much nicer, it really is a shame as it's in perfect settings and only a few kms from Dublin.

Top Local Tips for Dublin

Walk around the peninsula ! You can walk from the hotel right around the peninsula of Howth on the cliff walks. It is a challenging 3 hour walk of about 13kms. You will spend a lot more time sitting just absorbing the incredible views.

Great Pub Go try The Boody Stream in Howth, clean, fiendly, good beer, great Food, nice decor, fantastic location

Dart Train Use Dart to get to Howth as it is very easy and quite cheap u also get 20% off some attractions like malahide castle when u show a train ticket


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