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The Waterside House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Donabate
Newmarket
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42 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Location, location...food and service!”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

When expectations are managed before hand, this place rocks!
Looking at the images available before booking gave me a clue about some of the less aesthetic aspects of the building and rooms; they are however, still fantastic value for money!

I stayed one night as a single traveller attending a Saturday evening celebration.

On arrival, following the 20 minute ride from airport for which 'free' transport is provided both ways (!) - the welcome was warm and appeared genuinely sincere with light, friendly chat - a lovely welcome!

The interior of the reception, bars, function rooms and facilities in general was of a high standard; modern and pleasing. (Loved the huge mirror behind the bar which reflects the sea and beach!)

The room I chose was an 'executive' suite, sea-facing and on the first floor. Access was via a lift. The room is best described as a little 'tired', but I just didn't care! The location, service and overall experience of fantastic food, ambience, service, location and incredible value for money - more than offset any aesthetic considerations.

In any event, all facilities I noticed were clean, even if a few small seals in bathrooms, etc, will benefit from replacement.

I cannot thank the staff enough for their attention and welcome.

I will be returning, next time as a 'base' for a family vacation to Ireland.

Room Tip: Has to be a sea view!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

We got married at the Waterside in November. It still feels like a dream. It was a wonderful day from the service , the food and the function room. Everyone involved were fantastic. Management and staff were lovely and did a great job, especially Karen the wedding coordinator. All our guests had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the day. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. Thanks Jenny & Paul :-)

  • Stayed November 2013
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Larne; Co Antrim
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

This hotel should have everything going for it in terms of location but unfortunately in terms of staying there it was a huge disappointment. Some reviewers have mentioned the food and I cannot comment on that with the exception of breakfast which was freshly cooked and was fine. My disappointment was rooms - the first room we were given was small and had a decidedly unpleasant smell - the second room was functional with a windows that had frosted glass that you couldn't see out of - just as really as when you opened the window there was a less than inspiring view to where the bins and bottles were.

The only positive about this overnight visit (it was planned to stay longer) was the helpfulness and friendliness of the staff.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Bettystown, Ireland
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We had heard a lot about the restaurant (Samphire) and wanted to try it. To get the full experience we decided we'd stay overnight and enjoy a few drinks without the aggravation of someone being the designated driver.

Mackerel 3 Ways and Chicken Parfait with a couple of glasses of Prosecco started the evening, followed by duck and pheasant before chocolate fondant and the cheeseboard rounded off the meal. The wine was Vicar's Choice, pinot noir.

It would be difficult to pick one highlight from the food. Well presented and meticulously prepared it was real treat. If pushed, though, I'd go for the pheasant! A lovely mix of dark and light meat!

The service throughout the restaurant, and hotel was excellent.

The only slight let down was the room. The view was incredible (hard to believe it was North County Dublin) and the room spacious and well equipped, but a few too many items were showing their age and / or the hard use they had been put to. But everything worked and what damage there was, was purely cosmetic.

Finally, we were a bit worried about potential noise from the live music in the bar and from a function in the hotel, but the rooms are either well sited or well soundproofed because our worries proved to be unfounded.

Room Tip: First floor seaview rooms are by far the best.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Ok so parts of the hotel need a bit of work done. You can live with that. The views,food and service are the real gems of this hotel. Have stayed here a lot recently and it's a fantastic hotel. Will be back many more times I hope. Special praise for bashia, Laurent and the chef of course. His food really is the best in Dublin. 3 course's for 30 euro is outstanding value.

Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 11, 2013 via mobile

After a lovely afternoon out with my hubby and two year old we decided to stop here for a quick dinner in the bar. As has been my experience here in the past the first thing I try to order is all gone. I asked for a plain chicken breast for my little one with chips and the waitress informed me I would have to pay full price (€12.95). Fair enough. So my husband asked if we could have a few slices of whatever chicken they use for sandwiches with chips as a children's meal (my daughter will not eat goujons etc). The waitress asked the chef on duty and was mortified to return and tell us he would not do it. So we ordered a chicken sandwich and picked the chicken off! Our food (two burgers) was mediocre at best. The couple beside us sent their food back and left without paying. Have heard fantastic things about Samphire restaurant in the hotel so next time we'll avoid the bar and try there!

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Dundalk, Ireland
1 review
Reviewed November 11, 2013

got married here in october, staff are lovely and very friendly, food was great everyone had a great time, amazing views, don't have a bad word to say about it would recommend to friends and go back myself

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Waterside House Hotel
Address: Donabate On The Beach | Dublin Airport, Donabate, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Donabate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Donabate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Waterside House Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Waterside House Hotel Dublin boasts 35 well appointed bedrooms. Nineteen of the bedrooms, over look the sea and have every facility to enhance your comfort. Just a stones throw from this beautiful sandy beach and with panoramic views of Howth Head, Lambay Island and Malahide, we will ensure your stay will be a stress free and tranquil experience. If you prefer the warm green colours of Ireland, then choose one of our rooms overlooking the greens of the local golf course. ... more   less 
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