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Glendalough Hotel
Glendalough | Co. Wicklow, Glendalough Village, Ireland   |  
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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“Amazing anniversary stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

We came for a birthday and wedding anniversary treat in February. We had great deal on three night stay including dinner all nights. Our room was on corner with gorgeous views over the gateway to the monastic city and the river. The staff were so friendly and we really relaxed here. Our dinners were lovely. We are looking for a new family hotel after an old favourite closed in Donegal and we think this is it! The new generation of family get togethers!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Glendaloughotel, Owner at Glendalough Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear Gill W,

Many thanks for your very kind words and feedback. Thank you both especially for choosing The Glendalough Hotel to spend your very special occasion. We certainly hope to become that new favourite, and look forward to welcoming both of you back in the not too distant future !

Pat Casey
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a wonderful few nights at the Glendalough Hotel. Beautiful location with opportunities for many wonderful walks. Had a great corner room with views out over the surrounding hills and a little river running underneath. Ate in the restaurant each evening and the quality of the meals served was truly outstanding. As good a meal as I've had in any hotel and far better than most. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Glendaloughotel, Owner at Glendalough Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear CoolBlue64,

Thank you for your kind review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted you enjoyed the facilities the food and indeed all that Glendalough has to offer. Your compliments have also been passed on to the kitchen.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,

Pat Casey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

Spent two nights here and had a wonderful stay as you have Glendalough on the doorstep and the bistro food was amazing. Rooms are clean and comfortable but a tad old fashioned which in our view added to the charm of the place. Overall I would recommend highly and great value on a dinner B and B rate.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Glendaloughotel, Owner at Glendalough Hotel, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Dear JOJO042,

Thank you for your kind comments, we are delighted you enjoyed your short stay with us, and very much appreciate your compliments on the food. It gives us great sense of achievement that we are providing an good service.

We are at present drawing up a plan to upgrade all the bedrooms and hopefully by the end of 2014 we will have the project completed.

We look forward to welcoming you back here at Glendalough soon.

Kind regards,

Pat Casey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We spent one night in the Glendalough Hotel in November. We stayed there because we were going walking in the area and it seems like the perfect base.
On the up side, it's in the most spectacular location, so you find yourself willing to forgive a lot. A river ran under our window and the mountain, covered in forest, stretched up behind.
We had a gorgeous dinner in the main restaurant and were very pleasantly surprised by the whole experience, given the general condition of the bar/lounge and reception area. Breakfast in the same room was also great.
Our room was basic but clean, quiet, warm and spacious with a fab view.
The staff were friendly, very professional and all working flat out.
On the down side, the Glendalough Hotel feels like it has had bits added on over the years with no particular plan in mind and no theme to tie them all together.
The clashing styles and colours and general grubbiness of the public areas, give the impression of organised chaos or a hotel so busy covering every possible angle for business that they're not getting any of it right.
The toilets attached to the bar were very dirty the day we arrived, haven't seen toilets like that in a hotel since the 80's! The bar/lounge are worn and tired looking.
Our bathroom had a new suite, but the shower curtain could have done with a good wash - a bit smelly - and the shower ran either scalding or cold.

If you're looking to have a relaxing weekend sitting by log fires, this is not the place to go and even if you just want a bed for the night in Glendalough, there must be better value options.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Travelers are raving about these Glendalough Village hotels

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We went to this hotel for a quiet weekend getaway and were pleasantly suprised. The room was basic but just what I had expected; very country cottage!

The food in the restaurant was fabulous as was the dessert. The service throughout the whole hotel was first class. Also the Breakfast was amazing, I would probably go here just for breakfast in future. I was delighted as Im quite a fussy eater!

My only criticism was the bar area which I though could have been more authentic. I was expecting an old coutry bar like the pictures had indicated and Traditional irish music would have been nice.

Room Tip: I cant remember our room number but we were overlooking the river and the hills it was beautiful!
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  • Stayed August 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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Dublin, Ireland
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Hello, I travelled to the Glendalough Hotel in August with my mum & sister in tow. The Hotel has more than likely one of the highest profile sites in Ireland, towering over Glendaloughs Hermitage Centre bellied centrally in Glendalough Village. The spectacular views on entry to the car park are unbelievably beautiful and thankfully car parking is not a concern as there’s plenty to go round. Upon entry it's obvious that this hotel is in dire assistance of a complete overhaul. The decor is inconsistent, dated & distasteful. We found three ladies huddled behind an unorganized reception area with two of them obviously not wanting to be there. I felt I was paying for petrol through a hatch! My room was a single. The size was completely adequate however it seems the cleaners do not tick all basic boxes as I stumbled across a pre guest’s garment lurking behind the chair. You could also notice a serious amount of dust bunnies and tumble weeds on the window that anxiously needed to get reunited with Mr. Muscle. On the plus side the bathroom was clean and had been recently fitted with a new shower unit. After a nice long day of sightseeing we met our dinner reservations in the Wicklow Heather that was exquisite. After that we decided to head back to the hotel for a drink in the bar. The bar, keeping in tone with the rest of the hotel fails to show any identifying charm of its ideally perfect location. The bar man or even bar manager made absolutely no effort to greet and didn’t seem interested in tidying tables therefore it was no surprise that this bar all evening was practically empty on a Saturday night.
Thankfully breakfast was very tasty and relaxing with a young non national lady taking extremely good care of everything we needed.
This hotel badly needs staff customer care training and a tavern revamp to start! This hotel could be Wicklow’s jewel but without vital investments for a transformation it will always disappoint the likes of me.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

What a tranquil setting among theWicklow Hills, right in the monastic site of Glendalough.

The hotel was just as we expected with an older hotel and from the reviews we had read. So no problems there. The furnishings in the room were old and could do with a make-over. We had a room overlooking the hills at the back of the hotel, a very good location. The room had a double and a single bed and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. The room was very clean as was the bathroom.

My husband and I had dinner in the restaurant and while we were expecting a decent hotel meal we weren't expecting anything more. Our server, Zivile, was excellent, friendly and efficient. She kept an eye on our drinks and brought us a basket of bread that was absolutely delicious. John ordered the rack of lamb and I had Duck along with appetizers. To our surprise we found that the food and presentation was equal to and even surpassed the best meal we've had in any fine dining establishment anywhere! Chef Owen is to be commended! Look out Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey..there's a new chef in town and his name is OWEN!!

I headed this review "Peace and Quiet...except for!" well the "except for" was the disco for a youth hostel that was held on the night we were there. Most of the guests in the hotel were 55+ and after dinner meant bedtime. We had just arrived in our room and were enjoying the open windows and incredible peace when we heard a strange noise, somewhat like a flock of geese. The noise kept getting louder and louder and finally, passing under our window, arrived a group of young hikers, all singing and talking at once. Then the disco started, almost underneath us. We called the front desk and they did offer to move us to another room but we were unpacked and ready to sleep. They assured us that the disco would end "early" at 11:30 or thereabouts.

Fortunately, I had packed earplugs just in case we ever ended up in a noisy hotel during our trip. Little did I think the "noisy hotel" would be in the peaceful Wicklow Hills! We used the earplugs and didn't have any problem with the music. The next morning the disco was the conversation piece with everyone at breakfast, none of whom had earplugs!

I asked the receptionist how often the discos were held and she said they were only every few months. With the marvellous chef and the wonderful location the Glendalough Hotel enjoys, management may want to reconsider holding these discos as they are not in keeping with this beautiful tranquil setting.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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: Glendalough | Co. Wicklow, Glendalough Village, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Vale of Glendalough > Glendalough Village
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
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Number of rooms: 42
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