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“A BREAK AWAY” 5 of 5 stars
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Ashbourne House Hotel
Main Street, Ashbourne, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ashbourne
belfast
1 review
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“A BREAK AWAY”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Some people say you only pay for what you get but I would have paid more for this weekend. Room clean and functional SHOWER WORTH THE MONEY ALONE. What was a very busy weekend boxing, group on deals and the start of the Christmas party season we were still impressed with the general running of the hotel. The restaurant food was fantastic I am a chef myself the breakfast was as you would expect for average B&B standard. The STAFF BRILLIANT even though they were very busy. The bar both nights had live music and a great atmosphere. OVERALL FANTASTIC REALLY ENJOYED MY STAY HERE AND WE WERE NOT TREATED ANY DIFFERENT BECAUSE WE WHERE ON GROUPON. P.S. even though the hotel was full the rooms were very quiet. 10 out of 10 thank you Ashbourne.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Stayed here on a groupon weekend. 2 nights bed with breakfast and evening meal on 1 night.
Ok.. lets start with the good. Great friendly helpful staff, especially reception. A great bar with entertainment on both nights friday & saturday. Dinner in the hotel restaurant ( the loft) was really good and great value for what we paid., service in the reqtaurant could be better. We also had the carvery lunch on the Saturday which has to be the nicest carvery I have had in years. A good base to explore meath and the sights it has to offer. We had a day at Newgrange & the Hill of Tara and I highly recommend these. We are from Dublin so didnt need to venture there but the bus to dublin is right outside the hotel. Lots of little shops in Ashbourne to wander around. Now to the bad :(.
We had no hot water on the first night but did on the second night. The hotel is looking a little tired and worn.. musty smell on the ground floor, however the room we had was lovely had recently be painted etc. Breakfast not great as in self service toaster that doesnt work great, get your own tea/coffee juice cereal. Now although we have had self service in lots of hotels and this is acceptable, this breakfast room is not laid out or set up for self service.Its is also freezing! seemed to be lots of staff (lads in tracksuits and others) eating at the breakfast counter which was a bit unusual. Overall we really enjoyed our stay and was great value for what we paid. We also heard the hotel has been sold and will shortly be under new management. I hope they read these reviews and take note beacuse its a nice little place if they could fix a few things. Its not the Ritz but we didnt pay Ritz prices. Will probably come back when under new management to see if they change anything.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Awful. Avoid this place like the plague. Even for a cheap deal away, spend a few extra pounds and go somewhere else.

Reception unwelcoming and outdated. Staff pleasant. No atmosphere whatsoever.

Milk in rooms for tea/coffee totally out of date. Rock hard beds and pillows. Decor from the 1970s. Ceilings peeling everywhere.

Grime in the shower. Disgusting. No hot water. I have read the other reviews. There is NO hot water. Expect cold showers. The radiator meanwhile could not be turned down in the room, leaving it like a furnace.

Reception appeared not to be manned during the night.

Breakfast. Out of date yoghurts freely available. You could understand it for a large hotel with high customer turnover. Not for a place of this size. Cooked breakfast cold and greasy.

We left after one night. We had paid for 2 but couldn't face another night. I pointed out the problems we faced to the receptionist.Surprise surprise, management weren't available.

Trust the other negative reviews here..!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Just back from a mid-week break in the Asbourne House Hotel, 2 nights b&b with an evening meal as well. First impressions were that the decor in the hotel although a little dated had recently been repainted to brighten the place up. The staff were very friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. On our first evening we ate in the hotel bar, we had to move seats cause the lighting was so dim we couldnt read the menu, but have to say the food was fine, we had the chef's special that evening and although i found the veg a little overcooked portion size is more than ample. The table beside us didnt want their veg which for them was served as a side dish and the waitress offered it to us rather than waste it, this veg was crispy and ideally cooked so was very welcome. Breakfast is self service and being from the North of Ireland we are used to an Ulster Fry, this full irish breakfast didnt have any soda, or potatoe bread so was a bit of a let down for us, the toaster took about 8 attempts before the bread was toasted, and again the decor although clean was a bit dated.

After breakfast we asked reception staff for advise regarding places to visit as we didnt want to 'do dublin' on this occasion. they advised Howth and Malahide which turned out to be gems of 'wee' towns with some very nice shops in each destination. Howth has a functional harbour which is lined with exceptional eateries all serving fresh fish dishes or fresh fish to buy and take home to cook yourself. Malahide has a number of lovely boutiques for men and women, but because of the popularity of this town on street parking costs, even on the outskirts of the town.

We had a 4 course meal in The Loft resturant in the Ashbourne House on our second night, and this was the treat of the break. It is completely modern and inviting. Starters are very big portions, as are the main meals, we REALLY had to take a break before having a sweet and we chose the dishes we thought would be the lightest, and finished with a lovely cup of tea each. Staff were very friendly and attentive, the food was excellent, the feeling i got was that there are different chef's in the different areas of the hotel, and the chef for bar meals could do with taking a bit of advice from the chef in The Loft.

The room was comfortable and clean, a shower only, no bath, but the power of the shower is amazing, if anyone needs a bit of manipulation for sore joints just get in the shower, it was great. The extractor fan in the bathroom ran continuously even overnight, even when i took out the keycard to turn the electric off overnight and i could hear the buzz all night and considered earplugs for the second night.

Overall, a break is what you make of it yourself, and although the decor is dated, the food is filling and the rooms are clean and functional, its only somewhere to sleep after all, and we were happy enough.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I stayed with my two daughters 11 and 10 for one night. Having been to this hotel on many occasions I noticed some changes, not all were good. I knew the hotel was a little tired but I'm afraid the breakfast really let the place down. Breakfast is self service. The plates have been down sized, therefore making it very difficult to get a full irish on it. I made a pot of tea which was far from hot. Staff said there was a problem with the boiler. I was going to make toast only to be told that the fuse had blown in the plug. The staff, two young men wearing sweatpants and sweatshirts, served the breakfast, not good. It was a shame because previously we had a good breakfast experience. The bedroom was spacious and clean and I noticed the bed linen was new. Just a pity the drapes had not been re-newed. Reception staff as usual were very welcoming. We didn't eat in the restaurant this visit but on previous visits the food and service was excellent. Management, please, please please get the breakfast experience sorted out. It's letting your hotel down.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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lisburn
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Better viewed as a hostel than a hotel. Horror begins at main entrance which is dirty,neglected and unwelcoming. Flower beds are lopsided. Main foyer has some comfortable seating but guests are not drawn to sit there as the atmosphere is cold and functional. Double doors typical of a dormitory rather than a hotel lead to a vacant space and the lift. The fusty smell kicks in here and continues as you exit on the second level. Attempts have been made to freshen up the corridors but ceilings are water stained. The room we stayed in was very cold when we first entered. The heating is controlled by a central heating radiator rather than a wall thermostat. The heating eventually came on at about 6pm. Bed was very uncomfortable and the pillows were rock hard. Double bed placed under sloped ceiling while single bed was out in the open. Why???? Hit head several times negotiating my way in and out of bed. No doors on any cupboards. Bathroom is very basic. Cubicle shower is effective when water is warm. Spent first day without hot water to wash hands or to shower.. Alerted reception to problem at 8.30 am. Water did not heat up until after 7pm Very frustrating. Hotel doors on the ground floor being painted by an individual who looked like a guest who had been handed a brush and told to get on with it. The breakfast area is very narrow and uninviting with about 10 small square tables. The food was very ordinary. The serving area could do with a good cleaning. The evening meal was generous in its proportions and tasty. The desserts were chilled and could have been much better. The loft restaurant is not open on Mondays or Tuesdays so we were served in the bar. The fusty smell is evident as you enter the bar from the main road. This establishment needs a root and branch refurbishment. If you are not fussy about standards and are simply looking for somewhere to lay your head then go ahead and stay here but we will not be back.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, N.Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Wife and I arrived and not sure what to expect as so many negative reviews! but ... we found the bedroom to be comfortable and clean. The shower was powerful but cramped for space ... but 3-4 mins for a shower I could accept it.
Food we had in the bar area and was a 4 course meal which was very acceptable.
The hotel could do with a bit of modernisation but in these days of tight finances it was acceptable for the deal we bought.
Not sure if I'd pay top dollar for staying here though.

  • Stayed September 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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Address: Main Street, Ashbourne, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Meath > Ashbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ashbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A friendly 3 star hotel, in the heart of the village, 10 min drive to Tayto park, 20 mins to Funtasia Drogheda, bus stop to Dublin outside the hotel, 20 mins from Dublin Airport. Special offers available, €100.00 Bed & breakfast and 4 course meal per double. ... more   less 
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