We (hubby, 18 month old baby and I) had a very enjoyable three night stay in the Rochestown Hotel. But I would heed all the previous reviews. I would love to say the stay was faultless, as the Hotel is capable of that, but it was it bit upsy downsy?! When it was up the service and food was excellent, when it was down, it was patchy. Our reception was just ok, but once we did get the full attention of the receptionist she was very good, and thereafter any queries helpfully handled. We had chosen to upgrade to an Executive room for our stay for an extra 10 euros a night. Pleased we did. The room was spacious and the bed big, comfy and made for a great trampoline for the baby!
We lunched on our arrival, which came down to expediency really as I had read the menu on-line before travelling and wasn’t particularly inspired by it, but we had family and friends coming to meet and join us. When the food arrived it was so much better than the menu suggested. For that reason we chose to eat in the bar / bistro the next evening with friends. This time the food was a real let down and the service even worse. On raising this we were informed we should have said before we started our meal.... but we didn’t see any of the waiting staff until at least 45 minutes after we had finished our meal – being a slow eater this must have been about an hour and a half after our meals arrived. I was embarrassed I had recommended eating here. Our package included a one night meal that we had planned for our final evening. I was really not looking forward to that, but it was a truly exception meal, in the restaurant this time, with attentive and understanding service (baby was more interested in making a mess and exploring than sitting in her chair so hubby and I had to take turns respectively eating and chasing baby).
A highlight for me was the use of the pool. Baby’s first introduction to an indoor pool with all the smells and noises was a joy, and when we returned the next day we even got as far as the fourth step! The leisure facilities appear to be well used, staff lovely, although I agree with previous reviews that a deep clean wouldn’t go amiss. Amongst other highlights, the locals added a real fun and lively atmosphere to the bar, and the bar staff were always faultless.... going above and beyond.
Breakfast was very adequate, but nothing to write home about. The value for our three night special package with upgrade was excellent. We would stay again without hesitation.
PS The free water that a previous reviewer referred to was a nice touch, but could we figure out how to open it without a bottle opener?..... maybe we missed something?!
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- Rochestown Lodge Hotel & Spa Dun Laoghaire, Ireland - County Dublin