Ooh, this was grim! The web site makes the place look all spick and span, but inside it is all very tired and worn out. Don't be fooled by the yellow paintwork; beauty is really only skin deep.
The worn carpets on the stairs forewarned of the worse ones in the room. It was the thinnest, roughest carpet you have ever seen and to cap it all, it had cigarette burns just to set it off nicely ;-(
They had managed to squeeze a double and a single bed in, as well as a bathroom (well, perhaps shower-cupboard would be more appropriate). The room was cluttered and everything was well past its sell-by date.
The basin had a huge crack in it, which really did go all the way through as the gunge oozing out underneath testified. The only way to get to the toilet was to squeeze against the basin and shut the custom-made door first. It must have been made to measure as it was only about about two feet across!
The rest of the house was equally tired and worn and smelt of cooking. The door handles were those fake brass ones with sharp edges that threated to slice ones fingers off .
Though the breakfast was OK, the cracked cups and the way the fork stuck to the tablecloth put a bit of a dampener on things.
The best thing about this place was the excellent Indian restuarant down the road, nuff-said!
In our ten-day tour of Ireland, this was the worst place we stayed and the worst value by far.
Will we be going back? Yes, but only to the Indian restaurant - not here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tara Hall located in Sandycove, near Dun Laoghaire in South Co. Dublin is just minutes walking from the seaside and also one of Dublin's major attractions - the James Joyce Tower. Tara Hall Accommodation is a historical Regency style house which retains many of its original features. Tara Hall is family run and offers the highest quality and standards, offering such amenities as having rooms’ en-suite, cable TV, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary hairdryers, guest sitting room, family rooms and free car parking. A freshly cooked traditional Irish breakfast await you daily. When you stay at Tara Hall you will also be close to Dalkey, Killiney and within easy reach of Co. Wicklow. ... more less
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- Tara Hall Accommodation Dun Laoghaire, Ireland - County Dublin