After hearing good things about this place we decided to spend two nights there to celebrate a special anniversary. What a disappointment. Our room, while very big, was dark and quite dingy. There was no mini-bar, refrigerator, tea/ coffee making facilities or hairdryer (that I could locate anyway) in the room which one would expect at the prices they charge. The bathroom was clean and big but basic and nothing special. The couch had stains on the upholstery. Worst of all was the bed. It was not a proper double bed, but two singles pushed together and it was extremely uncomfortable! A plastic/ rubber undersheet over a feather mattress cover made it very hot too and did nothing to alleviate the hardness and uneveness of the mattress itself. I awoke after a fitful night's sleep with so many aches and pains I was tempted to go for a massage - maybe this is part of their strategy...
The place is elegant though, and generally very clean. The best thing I can say about dinner was that it was fine. Portions were small. I don't mind that so much if the food is very good but I have had many superior meals elsewhere in Ireland for the same price or less! The food at Dunbrody seems overhyped to me. The breakfasts are very good though.
The staff were professional and friendly enough. Service at dinner was a little fawning and intrusive. It made it hard to carry on a conversation being interrupted every two minutes. Also, the dining room is very quiet and there is no atmosphere. I suppose that's not necessarily the hotel's fault - it's mostly couples all trying to have the same romantic weekend - but at the same time, the hotel is so full of self-importance it seems as if guests are on their collective 'best behaviour', whispering to each other in hushed tones. This doesn't make for a very relaxing experience. Overall, Dunbrody is too formal, overhyped and above all far, far overpriced for the accommodation it offers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small luxury country house hotel built in 1830 and set in extensive gardens and estate. Acclaimed fine dining restaurant and very popular Seafood Bar combined with on-site cookery school make Dunbrody a favourite destination amongst foodies but also for those seeking to experience Irish heritage coupled with traditional hospitality.A small boutique spa offering a range of holistic therapies completes the offering at Dunbrody. Ideal spot for those seeking to get away from it all and chill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunbrody House Hotel