I am giving the hotel 1 star because of the experience my wife and I had in it's over priced and over rated restaurant, plus the pub in the hotel.
I can't say enough about the staff and the hotel itself. I really enjoyed the stay as a whole but I cannot get over the restaurant and pub.
#1 The pub-
Far too small for a hotel of this size - we were like sardines in the place due to a wedding and a conference. It seats roughly 40 people in a massive hotel (ridiculous).
#2 The restaurant-
I was really looking forward to this meal. I am a big fan of Gordon Ramsay on the tv and wanted to see if this restaurant could "walk the walk" so to speak. My wife's starter (Veal) was the size of a chicken mc nugget ,which was beautifully presented for the princely sum of nearly €30. My starter was the lobster ravioli which if you offered it to me free I would now decline, again approx €30. Main courses were again very very average. I paid nearly €50 for an ok fillet steak. How can you go wrong with a steak!!! The wine list was a joke with the cheapest €46, we choose one for €55 as I liked that particular wine.
All in all the meal came to €200 not including dessert- they weren't getting anymore of our money.
I enjoy a nice meal and am in no way a philistine in these matters, I just cannot get over people who would regularly pay over €200 for such a poor meal. I sat there waiting all evening for a revolution, or someone just to say how ridiculous the food vs price was. In the end we laughed it off, we now know how the other half eat, how disappointing for them.
As I said earlier the hotel itself is great and I would return (breakfast exceptional) but I would never set foot in the restaurant again.
I would say one thing to any visitors contemplating coming to Dublin in the future.
We live in Portmarnock and regularly go out for nice meals in the area. If you are in the Skerries area (North County Dublin), you need to visit the "Stoop your Head" restaurant there. I can honestly say we have eaten there on many occasions and have yet to experience anything less than a fantastic meal. Gordon Ramsay hang your head in shame.
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