The Portmarnock Hotel

, Dublin, Ireland
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The Portmarnock Hotel

, Dublin
4 star

Rooms: 99

Strand Road Portmarnock - Dublin - 1 - Ireland Hotel Website | 1-846-0611
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8/10
Well done
Submitted by: Angelo Leone in 13/06/05
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Ireland
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The sense of hospitality was noticeable in comparison to other recently visited hotels in the area and elsewhere in Dublin. Other hotels give the impression that they are just running their service like a taxi meter on the rooms and there is no engagement with the guests.

Historical Traveller Reviews of The Portmarnock Hotel

Room for improvement

from stressedmum
We booked this hotel as we intended to do a little Christmas shopping in Dublin. My husband's sister lives in Portmarnock and we have visited the hotel a few times for lunch.
I booked a garden view twin room online directly with the hotel after e-mailing reservations to check the best rate including breakfast.
A short time before we were due to arrive at the hotel I discovered that we were going to have to leave the hotel early to go back home for a school event. I checked breakfast times with the hotel by email who replied stating that I had not booked a breakfast inclusive rate. After some debating by phone and forwarding of e-mails, my booking was amended to show breakfast included. All was well again.
Check in at the hotel was very efficent and friendly.
Our room was as described but I felt a little uneasy that our room was very close to the Residents lounge. The two double beds are not true doubles being only 4ft wide and that evening I discovered that two reasonably slim adults could not sleep comfortably in the same bed.
My son on the other hand, occupied the other double bed and slept soundly.
The noise from the Residents lounge was a problem and party goers returning to their room at all times during the night meant no sleep. A 5.30 am chorus of The Irish National Anthem was too much.
I spoke to staff on Reception that morning and asked for a room change. The hotel was fully booked but they managed to find us a room on the third floor which was far superior with two 5ft double beds and a lounge area with a spectacular view of the sea and a balcony. Our second night at the hotel was a peaceful one and most enjoyable.
If only all of the rooms could be of a similar standard. Management should look at sound proofing. I had no problem hearing the conversations of residents in the lounge even with the door closed in the corridor .
Any potential guest should ask for a room far away from any of the public rooms or book an executive room unless of course you enjoy a little background music whilst you sleep!!
I will finish with some praise for the hotel staff who were always polite, efficent and willing to please and a recommendation to the management of the hotel to get rid of the 4ft beds, install a swimming pool and children's area, have a residents only parking area and the hotel can really live up to its four star status

Excellent Again

from StheBRIT
We visited this hotel for the second time in October 2006 for a four night stay. We booked one of the "Executive Rooms" and were originally shown to a room in the hotel's new wing. This room was outstanding. Seperate lounge, beautiful furnishings and two plasma TVs! Sadly it only had one bed and as we were a party of three had to move to an executive room in the original hotel. This room was still beautiful if not a little tired by comarison. The view of the beach and part of the golf course more than compensated.
Other than breakfast (excellent) we have never eaten at the hotel, choosing instead to eat at Malahide just a 5 minute drive North where there are numerous excellent and diverse restaurants.

Fabulous Hotel

from Alanna199
I cannot speak more highly of the Links Hotel - the staff are fabulous and the location is perfect - directly overlooking the stunning environs of the Portmarnock Beach.

The food in both the Links Restaurant and the more formal "Osbourne" restaurant are delicious. The bedrooms are large, spacious and spotlessly clean and are kept up to a super standard - constantly maintained. Most bedrooms even have two double beds in it! massive!

Obviously the Links is an ideal spot to holiday in for golf lovers - but to be honest, its an ideal location for anyone looking for a relaxing retreat to put the feet up and unwind, and enjoy a Spa treatment too!

The lunches and high tea are perfect and an open fire is always lit to add to the cosy atmosphere of the hotel.

The staff are fantastic - and welcome you with open arms. I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel - its one of the best in Dublin, by a mile.

Golf and the Velvet Strand

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is a superb golf and leisure venue for either a weekend break or a longer stay. The facilites are excellent, with an excellent restaurant and also a golfers bar. The golf course is a links style, designed by Bernhard Langer, the ex Masters Champion and Ryder Cup Captain. For those wanting variety, there are several other courses in close proximity, including Royal Dublin and Portmarnock Old. The rooms and service at the hotel are first class, and the taxi services to Dublin City centre and the local area, obviate the need for the use of a car during the stay. The towns of Malahaide and Howarth are close by, and offer excellent restaurants, I would particlularly mention Cruzzo's at Malahide, the fish is excellent. The castle at Malahide also houses the Talbot Botanical Gardens, and the Fry Model Railway, two wonderful attractions.
The new owners of the hotel have started a major investment programme to build thirty nine new bedrooms and suites, with a new fitness and spa centre, but his in no way detracts from the current facilities and the service available.
The golf course is obviously the main attraction of the location, and it will delight all golf fans, a true test and in first class condition. From the time you are welcomed on the first tee by the the starters, either Michael or Tony, with a greeting and likely a story to set you on your way to an enjoyable round of golf. Well recommended.

Loved this hotel

from debgro
The hotel was very lovely, the staff were fantastic, the food was pretty good and the room was clean, large and the seaside view was amazing!
I would highly recommend this hotel!

Wonderful hotel and goregeous room and fantastic service

from SFPR
Having read some of the reviews prior to going I was a little worried but how wrong can people be. The hotel was wonderful, the staff extremely friendly and very helpful. The service was second to none. We stayed in an executive room on the third floor and there was nothing to fault it. The food was great and there was a good choice of places to eat. The hotel is currently being upgraded but it didn't affect us in the slightest. I can't think of anything wrong with this hotel and I would recommend it to anyone. My partner and I have stayed in lots of hotels with work etc and this was one of the best. We will definately return.

what a difference a year makes....

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have stayed at the Portmarnock for the last few years for a family post xmas get together, and while we enjoyed our stay, the service was a lot slower than this time last year in the restaurants and bars. Noticeably slower! The front desk, were accomodating as usual and managed to book 8 of us into a wonderul restaurant in malahide and the concierge was ever helpful with taxis, luggage etc.

The hotel has a few touches which I think are lovely, turn down, chocs on pillows and weather reports, but the rooms this year seemed a little dated to last (but the hotel is having a makeover, once the new wing of 39 bedrooms are added- work is progressing at the moment).

I would reccomend to stay here as the staff are lovely, the hotel is clean and breakfast is v good too (however dinner was disappointing) but i do think that in comparison to last year it's just about managing to hold onto it's 4 star rating and next year may find ourselves considering another hotel, which is such a shame considering we loved it so much in Jan 2005.

Very Dissapointed Guest and family

from erintra
I stayed here with my family at the end of April. It was definitely not good value for the money we paid! The rooms vary a great deal. My first room on the ground floor was nice but in order to see the sea it was necessary to stand on tip toe! After a problem with the safe I was offered another room on the 3rd floor...one of the executive rooms! Well I thought stupidly that this must be a better room! Wrong!

The room was definitely not what I expected, with twin beds, and quite small compared to the other room, the only plus was a proper sea view! I didn't have time to inspect it properly as I was waiting for the rest of my family to arrive. There was a family wedding there the following day.

Later I did inspect the room and bathroom and was not only disappointed but shocked with the run down nature of the bathroom in particular. I took photo's of the cracked tiles in the bathroom and the missing knob from the bedside table making it quite dangerous! Not to mention the headboard with a piece missing from the veneer! It also smelled of smoke which was very off putting. Not what you expect from a 4* hotel.

The restaurant was quiet and we thought we would eat there the first evening as we were pretty tired. Well we sat down at just after 8pm and weren't finished our meal until around 10.45! We were very surprised at how slow the service was considering the restaurant wasn't that busy!

This however, was repeated on the Sunday evening when the bride and groom plus the bride's family were booked into the restaurant for a meal. We were booked in for 8pm and didn't get our desert until 11.10pm!!! By this time one of the party had protested in the strongest terms and the bill was waived as a result. It was very disappointing and upsetting however.

We then went to sit in the foyer as there wasn't anywhere else to sit. We were told by staff that we shouldn't be sitting there! However, there was nowhere else to sit as by now the lounge bar was full. They wouldn't help move any of the chairs so one of the young men in the party had to do this! It was quite amazing, given the amount of money that had been spent there for the wedding reception, people staying there, and the drinks that were purchased too!

I definitely wouldn't go back there again. The rooms varied from being really nice large rooms with Double Beds, to the so called executive ones which are a disgrace if the room I had is an example. My daughter was initially given a room which was right beside the front entrance! As it would have meant she couldn't even open her curtains, and would have been subjected to a lot of noise. I requested she be moved and she was moved onto the same floor as I was on. I regret that I didn't inspect her room but she didn't complain about it. Maybe this was relief that she didn't have the dreaded room by the front entrance?

The staff weren't exactly friendly, apart from the concierge, and the lady who helped serve breakfast, who always smiled and had time to talk.

If you want golf on the doorstep and are prepared to eat out then maybe it's ok, otherwise it's very overated in my opinion! I have shown the photographs to friends who have been amazed that this is a 4* hotel. I would post them on here but alas my computer skills aren't that great!

Disappointed with room but good golf course

from dontnowhere2stay
The hotel is a good stay for serious golfers. It has an 18 holes links course at the back, proving to be quite punishing with the narrow fairways. If you do happen to make it through, there is a nice view of the beach from one of the tee off areas.

All rooms were supposed to have either a garden or sea view. Our view was of grass, footpath and bushes...it wasn't exactly what I had in mind when they mentioned the word "garden". I think they must have given us one of their most splendid rooms given it was located on the lower floor, close to the sauna/spa room so it was a bit noisy, there was no mini bar, no hair dryer and the air con didn't work.

Otherwise, the staff were friendly but for the money you pay for this place, you do expect the standard of your room to be higher.

Ideal seaside location

from KatieJoe
My family and I just returned from a four day stay at this hotel. I got a sinking feeling upon approaching the hotel because it looked run down on the exterior. I felt relief upon coming into the lobby because the interior was well appointed and the room was clean. The facilities included a formal restaurant, a terrific bar and two very nice casual dining options. There is also a patio for outside dining when the weather cooperates. The location was key. After travelling into Dublin, we were glad to be staying in this seaside oasis. We loved the golf course on premises although, be advised it is not the "old" Portmarnock course. My only disappointment was the location of the room. We did not pay for one of the 12 executive suites which I assume have a view of the sea on the left side of the hotel. Our room was right above a patio which accessed the main dining room, the bar and the pro shop. While we could see some of the golf course from our room, we were awakened by people talking as they headed out to the links in the morning. Saturday night the dining room, patio and bar were full of people talking and laughing until midnight. We did not mind because we were up late anyway, but people who go to this hotel to rest should should invest in the upgraded rooms with view and quiet. We did not have the option as the hotel was sold out. The guests at this hotel were predominantly businessmen on working holidays and couples. There were few children. It would have been nice if the hotel offered an indoor pool when swimming in the ocean is not an option due to weather. Overall, I would return to this hotel.

Top Local Tips for Dublin

bus to city centre take 32a to city centre from bus stop at front of hotel

Travel to Dublin Very easy...bus right outside hotel every half hour right into City centre approx 40 mins

Take the walk!! Take the coastal walk to Malahide, will take around 45 mins but beautiful scenery on the way and a large starbucks awaits you in Malahide to walm you up!!

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  • Address: Strand Road Portmarnock - Dublin - 1 - Ireland
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