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Esplanade Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Strand Road, Bray, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Bray
Shannon, Ireland
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“A lovely place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Beautiful hotel, right on the seafront. Some of the hotel needs modernisation but it is clean and has a lot of charm. We had a view of the seafront from our room and the food in the restaurant was lovely. Definately recommend it

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HelenStrandwood, Public Relations Manager at Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2012
Thank you for adding your review on your recent stay at Esplanade Hotel, I am pleased you enjoyed your stay, our great location, friendly staff and good food. I hope we see you again soon.

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Helen O'Reilly
Esplanade Hotel
Bray
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

If you're wanting modern 4* luxury then Bray probably isn't the place for you, and I don't mean that to sound as rude as it may appear. It is Bray's faded gentility that I love the most about it, and the Esplanade encapsulates that perfectly. The public areas are lovely, furnished with eclectic antique furniture and heavily patterned carpet, fitting in perfectly with the size and age of the hotel. The staff are all friendly and helpful, although they do seem to work long hours, not that any of them complained, one just notices the same people at different times of the day and night.

We booked the 2 night special which included bed and breakfast and a 3 course dinner on the first night, which was excellent value for money. The food was lovely, one of the nicest buffet breakfasts I have ever had. The only quibble I would have about breakfast is that, as soon as 11am came, everything was whipped away. I can understand not letting anyone into breakfast after 11, but taking every last drop of food and drink away on the dot of 11am seemed a bit excessive to me. We made sure we were down to breakfast a good hour before it ended on the second morning to ensure we could get eating it in peace! The dinner was very tasty too. There are bar snacks available at a very reasonable price too.

We had a great weekend in Bray, haven't been there for a few years and it seems to be thriving again after a few years in the doldrums. We are celebrating our 10th anniversary later this year and, our original plan to go somewhere exotic having been knocked on the head by the recession, we have been looking around for somewhere closer to home to mark the occasion and Bray and the Esplanade tick all our boxes. Can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HelenStrandwood, Public Relations Manager at Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review, May 15, 2012
Thanks for your review its great to hear you enjoyed your recent stay at the Esplanade Hotel, Bray and that we can look forward to your returning to us again in September. I am pleased you enoyed your stay although we will take on board your comments regarding the breakfast finishing sharply. Our best regards until we see you in September.

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Helen O'Reilly
Esplanade Hotel
Bray
Co Wicklow
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012 via mobile

yes as i said in my title absolutly brilliant location amazing views of the sea and howth head .... but the hotel is tired and alittle tatty . I know that most hotels are suffering at the moment . But general soap and water doesnt cost very much. Im glad that we visited Bray and all it has to offer . Hopefully next time our experience at this hotel will have improved.



  • Stayed October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HelenStrandwood, Public Relations Manager at Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Hello thank you for adding your review delighted you enjoyed our great location we will certainly take onboard your comments and address them so thank you for the feedback.

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Helen O'Reilly
Esplanade Hotel
Bray
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We picked the Esplanade, as it appeared to be handy for a trip to the Aviva. The location was great, parking easy, Dart a 10 min walk then 30 mins direct to Aviva Stadium. Staying as a family the family room was amply spacious, clean and well finished. The Bar although a bit shabby was comfortable and food and drinks affordable. Overall the staff make a place and here they score high, couldn't be more helpful. The buffet breakfast was great value at 10 Euros. Sure this Hotel is a bit rough round the edges, but value for money and super friendly.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HelenStrandwood, Public Relations Manager at Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review, May 5, 2012
Hello thank you for adding your review on your recent stay at the Esplanade Hotel Bray I am pleased to note you enjoyed our great location, friendly staff and good food.

I hope we see you again soon.

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Helen O'Reilly
Esplanade Hotel
Bray
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Good, clean double room at reasonable price when Dublin hotels were full. Reception friendly and efficient. Dart, station ten minutes walk away, goes all the way to Howth through Dublin city centre including very handy Aviva Stadium stop at Landsdown. Breakfast is available for ten euro, but we made do with coffee making tray in room so can't comment on food. However do bring your own toiletries. Bathroom was bereft of even a basic bar of soap. If all you need is a place to lay your head then, at the right price, this may fit the bill.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HelenStrandwood, Public Relations Manager at Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review, May 4, 2012
thank you for your review on your recent stay I am pleased you enjoyed our great location with easy access to Dublin and surrounds. I note your comments on the toiletries and we will look at how we can address this issue.

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Helen O'Reilly
Esplanade Hotel
Bray
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Dumfries
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Chose this hotel for the free parking, walk to train. pleasant staff - bartender made sure the kitchen stayed open for us with 5 minutes to spare, and that was much appreciated. Right on the beach. Clean room. Older hotel, but nice.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HelenStrandwood, Public Relations Manager at Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review, April 23, 2012
Thank you for your review on your recent stay at Esplanade Hotel, Bray I am pleased you enjoyed your stay and our great location. I am glad the staff looked after you well as we try to do to all our guests. Hope we see you again soon.

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Helen o'Reilly
Esplanade Hotel
Bray
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Borehamwood
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

first night in hotel good welcome
expensive drinks close on sea front
warm room may be to warm
great staff
Great brakfast selection apart from rubbery eggs

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HelenStrandwood, Public Relations Manager at Esplanade Hotel, responded to this review, April 23, 2012
Thank you for your review, sorry about the rubbery eggs we will check that out and ensure they are kept fresh. I am pleased you enjoyed our good location.

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Helen O'Reilly
Esplanade hotel Bray
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Address: Strand Road, Bray, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Bray
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Bray
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Esplanade Hotel 3*
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