I decided to take my sister and nephew here lastminute as they needed a break. I only picked here as I had trouble finding accomodation for 2adults and 1child so close to the date we decided to go.
Anyways I prefer to start with the bad things everywhere I go because that is what most people are interested in.
Our room was right at the top of the guest house (4 floors up) which when your travelling with children and carrying a real heavy bag isn't great. There was a musty smell in the bathroom, must have been flooding at some stage previously, shower hose must have had a leak and been repaired with black tape, enamel on bath could have done with a go over, also when you turned the water temp up in the shower the pressure dropped alot. The tv was tiny and in the evening when we watched it, we had 2 watchable channels, I decided to fiddle with the aerial at the back and managed to get 2 more. There was no phone in the rooms and with us being at the top it was a bit of a hassle running up and down those stairs. I was looking for a spare plug socket to charge my phone and looked down behind the headboards and noted that when the room was re-painted they hadn't bothered pulling the bed out and had painted around them. The windows in the room would not open, they had been sealed shut, maybe for security reasons. No lock on the bathroom door, and the bedroom door seemed really flimsy, so didn't seem too secure. The staff (think I seen 3 in total)seemed to not wear uniforms or dress professionally, some wore hooded jackets, one was wearing denim shorts with tights. On check in, no I'd or registration card to be completed. I was asked to fill in my name, adress, contact number and arrival date in on some sign in sheet, this contained details of people who had signed in before me!
Anyway, on to the good. Location was excellent, 10minute walk from the train station. The view was stunning from the guesthouse and from our room, as we did have a room to the front. Staff were very courteous and showed us to our room when we had checked in. The room was clean (except a bit of plastic the was down beside the bedside locker). They had created a seating area as such by the window with a rocking chair and small coffee table, it was nice sitting there looking at the view. - had previously mentioned about the tv, however there was a lounge room on the 2nd or 3rd floor that had a 50' tv and Sky so if you really could not live without certain tv channels you could take a walk down to there. Breakfast in the morning was nice, although we did not eat much. You could help yourself to cereal, fruit and yoghurts, everything else was brought out to you. As we were overlooking the water we were able to bring my nephew down to the rocky beach so he could try and catch fish with his net. The area where the guest house is located is very quiet and relaxing.
The exterior of the place and public areas were very well kept which was a bonus as some other guest houses near by looked a bit run down. Overall there was a very homly feel about it and depsite the negative points I would definitely stay again.
P.s. While we were walking down to the amusements located beside the train station we stopped at Mr. Chips Diner (think that's the proper name), they are stingy with portions, service is very slow and the staff don't seem too sharp, when my sister asked for a sausage, that was litey all she got, in my experience in other chippys we have been too you always get a couple of chips with it. Don't go here, there are loads of other places near by.
- Also Known As:
- The Oakdene Hotel Portrush
- Oakdene Hotel Portrush
- The Oakdene Portrush, Northern Ireland