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“Quite Possibly the Best Guesthouse Ireland” 4 of 5 stars
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Redbank Guest House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   6-7 Church Street, Skerries, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Skerries B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Quite Possibly the Best Guesthouse Ireland”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

having been to Ireland many times over the years we usually stay with family. This is one of the few times we opted not to, esp. in the Dublin area.
I scoured the websites of all the hotels and Trip Advisor and read all the reviews. (My Mother is quite particular in her standards for accomodations.)
I came upon the Red Bank Guesthouse while assisting my cousin in deciding on a restaurant for a family celebration, that we were going to be attending. I noticed that they had accomodations and looked into the rates and availablity.
As noted by another reviewers unless you have a car this place is not exactly easy to get to. We arrived at Dublin airport at 5 am after direct flight from NYC. After getting out rental car adventure we were on the road by 6:30 am. It was raining and dark. If you've never driven in Ireland - lets just say that you'll be a round about expert by the time you get to Skerries. :-)
We arrived way before our anticipated arrival time. Only the night manager was there - a foregin woman who spoke little english. Because we were early she said we would have to wait for the day manager to arrive. She offered us coffee/tea.
The day manager arrived about 20 min later and after we ate a hearty Irish breakfast, settled us in our rooms. Rooms were very clean, nicely decorated and comfortable. I was given a room that was equiped with handicap accessable bathroom. The other rooms on our reservation were also nicely decorated and very clean. All our rooms were on the ground floor and off the street. We could see into the kitchen of one room. (They might want to put up some type of screening for the view, but it really wasn't that bad. We weren't staying in the place for a view.) We stayed for two nights. I found the bed very comfortable - I have a bad back but had no problems with the mattress quality. Breakfast is included in most of the advertised rates.

I enquired of the day manager about parking situation. How much was it for a certain period of parking time. They have meters along the street as the Guesthouse is located along a secondary commercial road. This Guesthouse and its restaurant (excellent!!) are located in converted space in a older area of Skerries and therefore when these building were built cars probably didn't exisit. Anyway, she said they had just gotten their allotment of parking permits. You pay (5 euro?) and then display the permit for the time specified instead of feeding the meter. This permit allowed us to park all day without worry. The permit worked out great for our first day since we slept and explored Skerries by foot.

Guests are asked when they would like breakfast - your given a bout a 1/2 window of time so if you say 8 am you can arrive between 7:45 and 8:15 am this is so that everyone doesn't come in at once and there will be no table or a have to wait for a hot breakfast.
Chef Owner Terry McCoy was happy to come out and speak with us. He also was happy to make modifications to the menu based on dietary needs and request as long as it was something that wasn't too outlandish. For example I requested a ham, egg and cheese on a croissont. (typical American, right? LOL) He did just great fulfilling the request. Others in our party raved about the salmon and eggs - made to order. Lots of fresh juice, yogurt, coffee, tea, cold cereal and fruit.
I had trouble with the TV in my room - and I reported it and upon our return that afternoon it was fixed. The internet access was available in the room. Without a laptop I was able to check yahoo and hotmail, using the basic setup via the TV.
The reception area had fax and copier...they don't have a full Business Ceter but would do in a pinch. Has a few business travlers staying there during our time staying at the guesthouse.
We stayed at a few other Guesthouses and B&B during this trip to Ireland and everyone kept comparing them to our stay at the Red Bank. We would happliy stay here again. Will be recommending it to others.

Great local Pub just down the street and there is a nice Fish and Chip take away on the main street. We found the restaurants on the Harbor a little overpriced for the quality.

Skerries has a walking path for a heart healthy Ireland initative, we found out later that most of the towns and villages have these marked paths, its a good way to get out and see the local area. It goes along the harbor and the bay area long the beach. For dog lovers this was great to see all the doggies out there having fun in the surf. For my mom who grew up in Dublin, reacalled coming to Skerries as a child during the summers. The library serves as a good place for local information.
Visit Skerries Mills - has nice Tea room/shop with a good locally made lunch, the view of the bay is a great one from the windmill on the hill. (if the locals are eating there then it must be good)
Also recommend a visit Ardgillan Castle in Balbriggan - the view of the Bay is absolutely breaktaking.
Newbridge House and Demse in Donabate has a absolutely fabulous Tea room another good place for lunch even if you don't do the tour. Freshly made cakes and pies - homemade cooking.
Of course you have to eat at the Red Bank Restaurant - So worth it!!!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Jamestown, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2010

As a surprise for our 10th year anniversary, I took my husband to Ireland for two weeks. The plan was to stay the first night in or near Dublin as you are required to give a physical address to the authorities (customs?) as to where you will be going, and then drive the Island for two weeks. So after looking the reviews over for the Redbank Guest House and finding a great deal($40.00 USD /nt /room only/ no meal) I decided that this was the place we would try on our first night. It was lovely and we were not disappointed at all. It is quaint and not that that impressive on the outside, however the rooms were cozy and decorated nice enough. I have stayed in much worse for much more money. I am not sure that it would be worth the full amount with the meal, since we did not eat there. We ate at some of the local restaurants and bought groceries at the local grocery mart down the street. After driving for a week, when in Galway we had to decide between continuing on to the northern half of the Island or going back to Skerries. Dealing with the exchange rate worsening throughout our trip and not knowing what was ahead we decided to go back to a place that we really liked. So we headed back to Skerries and stayed the rest of our time in Ireland at the Redbank. The rest of our vacation was so relaxing that we look back on our time in Skerries as the best part of our trip. We took day trips to a local castle type house and walked the gardens(very beautiful), a trip to Newgrange and Dowth(not too be missed) and every night we went to the pub 2 or 3 doors down from the guest house. The local seals even graced us with their presence(although I hear they are their quite often). The bath water in the hotel comes out very fast. If you use the body soap they provide you will have some of the best bubble baths ever! There were 2 downsides.One was that their wi-fi was not very strong. As wi-fi is not as easy to come by in Ireland as in the states, this was a bit frustrating. The other was that the beds were so very hard, which is not good for someone with back problems. But then again, every single bed in Ireland is hard. At least everyone we got. But in all a wonderful time.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2009

Without a rental car, I would not go back as it is off the main bus and train routes. However, we loved the town and the hotel. The food was excellent and priced competetively. The staff were superb. They went above the call of duty to help us make connections for the airport. The restaurant was very nice and the menu excellent.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2009

Stayed at Redbank for 4 nights with my Husband & Parents to chill out.
Got an amazing deal for around 140 euro's per room for the 4 nights!! Amazing.
Rooms spotless, well equipped, friendly staff,in fact superb all round.
If i could have a moan it would be this, the Guest house does not have a car park & car parking is charged at 1 euro per hour after 8am-6pm, this can be very expensive if you stay in Skerries & need to park. I am aware this has nothing to do with the Guest house but worth mentioning.
If you stay in Skerries, stay here............Simple! Have an great time.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

We were very pleased with the very large comfortable room which was well equipped. The bed was enormous and so comfortable. .The room had everything we could have wanted ---including satellite t.v with free internet acces ,a safe , an iron and ironing board as well as the trouser press .There were tea and coffee making facilities which were replenished each day.A complimentary bottle of mineral water from the hotel's own well was also provided every day---superb!!!We stayed 3 nights and the room was well serviced and kept spotlessly clean. The breakfast was freshly cooked to order with a nice choice , including excellent smoked salmon with scrambled egg. The full Irish breakfast , though , was an absolute joy!
The hotel staff were most efficient with a friendly welcoming approach. The hotel is well situated in the town centre---we had a very quiet room in the back. Skerries has a slow pace but there is a great choice of pubs and restaurants as well as small shops..The coastal walks are very relaxing. A great hotel and a charming little town --- ideal for a short break

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, England
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8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2009

This guesthouse was not the AA 4 star rated establishment I had expected. The room was OK and clean but not as well appointed as we expected. There were a couple of things worth mentioning for travellers intending to book. There is no private parking, Street parking is charged at 1 euro per hour 8 am - 6 pm, the Redbank is on a quite busy road and as a consequent can be noisy at night. Local youths congregating outside the off licence and pub a couple of doors down kept the noise levels up until quite late, 12 midnight on both nights. We did not use the restaurant so I cannot comment on the quality of the cuisine. In terms of location Skerries is well placed for access to the M1 motorway and Dublin but the village is not as pictureesque as others we found only a few miles further up the coast..

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

We stayed in a room at top floor.Very hot and was given no fans even though we asked twice,We couldnt open the window as the sea gull birds had distroyed the roof and window sill with poo.The smell was absoutly discusting.I had to ask 3 times for the window to be cleaned..even when it was cleaned the smell remained.
The sea gulls screeched all night and into the morning and pecked at the sky light in our roof.
It was such a terrible stay.Breakfast was dreadful.Staff not friendly and very ignorant.
Will never stay again.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6-7 Church Street, Skerries, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Skerries
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Skerries
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Redbank Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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