Deer Park Hotel and Golf Courses, Dublin
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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 opportunityfrom Gazmeister
Needs a lick of paint!from Earby
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 friendlyfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 betterfrom odubhghaill
Fantastic Views - Wet Wet Wet! -from NIBusinessTraveller
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 valuefrom mellorman
Fawlty Towersfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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-downfrom Chumahue
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 hotelfrom bernieharris
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
Other names for Deer Park Hotel and Golf Courses
- deer park howth
- deer park hotel course
- Address: Deer Park Hotel and Golf Courses - Dublin - 13 - Ireland
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