We chose this hotel because it overlooked the Ocean and was very close to powerscourt gardens.
The hotel was located on a waterfront street that was very pictuesque but had some major drawbacks. The building was old with wandering hallways. The room was comfortable and clean but I kept wondering what would happen if there was a fire as we were on the forth floor. The food was OK but not great.
The major drawback for me was the parking. Street parking only. You could only pay for 3 hours in advance and the pay hours were from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. This meant that I had to get up at 6:30 get dressed and go out and pay the parking (not something I want to do on holidays).
The service at check in was outstanding. We were asking for a place to do our laundry. There was a laundrette not far away but the lady on reception said I can give you an appartment for the night. It had a washer in it and she had housekeeping put a couple of drying racks in it. This solved our laundry problems. The resturant staff were less attentive and even a little abrupt when we questioned the seating for breakfast.
The waterfront was very quiet as the weather was not good but I can definitely see the attraction to this area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Martello Hotel is located on the beautiful seafront in Bray, Co Wicklow and is situated only 5 minutes walk from the local train station. (Dublin city centre/ 02 Arena, Aviva Stadium/ Bord Gais Energy theatre only 40 mins away) The hotel is set in a beautiful Victorian house, which has been tastefully refurbished to create a modern interior with a vibrant atmosphere. Every room has an en-suite bathroom, television, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary WIFI.The Martello features the Tower Bistro, Koo nightclub, Martello Bar and an all weather heated beer garden. The Tower Bistro serves European style cuisine while the bar offers a more relaxed dining style. Evenings at The Martello Bar offer music most nights with live musicians. Koo nightclub is open every weekend and is one of Bray’s hotspots attracting a lively and party style atmosphere. The Martello is set in Wicklow, the garden of Ireland and has many local excursions on it’s doorstep including golf courses, kayaking, hill walking plus much more.. ... more less
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