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“Beautiful Powerscourt Ritz & Enniskerry....a bit off the beaten path but worth it!”

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Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Enniskerry
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

Almost goes without saying that the Ritz here was fantastically beautiful, set in the Wicklow mountains, just up the hill from charming Enniskerry! My daughter and I traveled to Dublin for St. Patrick's Day 2011 (more about that later!) which was also her 21st birthday. I booked the flight/hotel/car package with Sceptre Tours about 5 months prior to departure, for what I thought was a really great price. As it turned out, I passed on the car once we arrived, as the insurance was hideously expensive and I just wasn't certain we would use it that much as we were planning to spend a good bit of time in Dublin and along the coast. Boy, was that a wise move for us! The roads through the Wicklows are narrow, winding, and confusing -- in my opinion, best left for cabbies and buses. We found a bus at the airport that took us as far as Bray (the closest "large" town to Powerscourt and home to the commuter train station where we purchased a 7 day train ticket for transport to and from Dublin, Malahide, etc.) then hopped a cab the rest of the way to Powerscourt (about a $20 cab ride). Once at the really lovely hotel on the breathtaking grounds, we were told that our "garden view room" was not ready (the place appeared to be deserted for the first 3 days we were there, so not sure who was hogging our room or why it wasn't yet readied), but that for an extra 10 euro/day we could move immediately into a "mountain view room". Not a tough decision after traveling for nearly 20 hours, so off we went to the upgrade. And WOW....what a 10 euro/day view it was!!!! Worth WAY more....absolutely gorgeous, and complete with a helicopter landing pad. The room was huge, beautifully appointed and meticulously clean. The bathroom was huge, marble, and well laid out for 2 girls with lots of stuff!!! The "closet" was really more of another room....quite lovely. The spa/workout facility are lovely as well, and the swimming pool is like none I had ever seen --- amazing and tranquil...great place for a nap if there aren't any kids splashing about! The restaurants are expensive as other reviewers have complained about, but we ate in the lobby one morning from the breakfast buffet and were only charged for a Continental Breakfast since we weren't interested in the meat, potatoes, etc. (about 9euro each). It was all exquisite and delicious, and well worth the price and convenience! One evening, we ate in the Pub downstairs. Fun atmosphere, friendly staff, and SO delicious Bangers & Mash!!! There are plenty of options around for breakfast - either next door at the Powerscourt Estate (not sure what time it opens), or down the hill which is a gorgeous morning walk, to Enniskerry. If you're not up to the walk (the return trip is mostly uphill), the kind folks at the Ritz will whisk you down to the village in their little Audi which stands ready to ferry visitors back and forth from "town". All of the merchants in the village know their number and ring them to come fetch you for a return ride to the hotel....quite nice!! There is a bus that comes through Enniskerry about every 1/2 hour or so; one goes all the way into Dublin, the other goes over to Bray and the train station. As I said, we purchased a 7 day train pass so that we could come and go easily to Dublin. Turns out, the bus (which we took into Dublin on St. Pat's Day) was a great way to go too, but the scenery along the coast on the train is too good to pass up! Mass transit runs until around 11:00pm or so, but cabs are available in Dublin and will HAPPILY take you all the way to Powerscourt for about $65.00 (I think I paid 52 euro one night). The hotel IS out of the way....make no mistake. You will incur some sizable transportation costs in the course of a week either way --- driving or taking public transit/cabs....but it was SO nice having that lush retreat in the countryside to return to - by whatever means - at the end of a long day of sightseeing in the city!!!! Would NOT have changed the experience and stayed in Dublin even for the cost savings....WELL worth the travel, and fun to see how the locals live, chat with the cabbies, etc. Back to the food in Enniskerry: There are several little restaurants and 2 pubs. For breakfast, The Kingfisher has the most delicious scones and cappuccino I have ever had (they have other stuff too, but we eat light for breakfast), Poppy's has all sorts of hot food, bakery items, etc. We ate a late lunch at Mac's Bar where they had a "Burger & a Pint for 10 euro" special running which was really quite good. We ate one other time at their hotel/restaurant next door and found the fare to be good there too. Twice we had dinner at the charming, upstairs Italian restaurant, Emilia's. Great pasta, good wine, wonderful cozy atmosphere!! We loved this place!! The Ritz will arrange for a taxi to take you to dinner at Johnnie Fox's --- up the mountain a piece from Enniskerry and the highest pub in Ireland!! Even if you have a car, take a taxi!!! The ride up is harrowing and circuitous to say the least (in the dark), and the drive back after a few pints in the pub would not be wise!! It's a large place, known for their seafood and Irish entertainment. We passed on "the show", but heard some great music later in the pub. The mussels were delicious, as was the roasted Irish salmon, and the crab roulade was to die for! I'm going to cut this short as it really isn't a review of Dublin, but here are a few suggestions: A restaurant called Dunne & Crescenzi near Trinity College was a wonderful Italian restaurant we wished we had gotten to a 2nd time. Really good! We pretty much just grazed along the way, but don't miss Gogarty's Pub in the Temple Bar area, especially if you are there for St. Pat's Day. Great pub with the best old American music ever! HaHa...it's true! Regarding St. Pat's Day there, it is quite a spectacle, but not for the feint of heart or claustrophobes!!! Arrive at the parade route by 9 or 10 and expect to stand there for about 4-5 hours with waiting (parade started at 1) and viewing. The parade itself was somewhat bizarre, more on the order of Mardi Gras or Halloween, but interesting.....for awhile. We left our viewing post and headed for Gogarty's before the crowd dispersed and that was a good move. It becomes a MOB SCENE in the pubs! No food service, but they somehow manage to fill everyone with plenty of beer!! It's fun to meet people from all over; everyone is in a very festive mood, that's for sure! As the evening wears on and everyone has been at if for a good 8 or 9 hours, it turns into more of a giant mosh pit (for lack of a better description) and you would be well advised to watch your step for broken glass and vomit.....get the picture?? It is REALLY fun and something to experience....but be forewarned...it gets a wee bit crowed & crazy there! Guiness is well worth seeing....the building is amazing and it does come complete with a Pint and a view of Dublin! We also enjoyed Kilmainham Gaol -- the old prison. You can get close via the little light rail that goes through the city, then walk over to the gaol (jail). The tour is really good and it's a GREAT lesson on Irish history. Cheap too! Jameson is a pricey little tour, so we just parked it in the lobby bar for a Jameson Hot Toddy and a rest, then moved on. Last but not least, take the train beyond Dublin to the last stop (3 or 4 from Dublin) to Malahide....a lovely little beach town. You can walk down to the beach, there are a few little shops (the boys from U2 have places there I'm told), and of course restaurants and pubs. A friend of mine from England says the BEST PUB IN THE WORLD is in Malahide...it's called Gibney's, and I believe he may be right. Great atmosphere...and if the owner, Barry, is there, he's happy to sit down and tell you the history of the place and the family. Great guy....great hospitality!! Enjoy Ireland...it is a WONDERFUL, beautiful place!!!!

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Reviewed March 30, 2011

where do I start???we had an amazing stay at the ritz carlton,from the moment we arrived we were treated like royalty,staff are so attentive without being over powering,they can not do enough for you.The rooms are so spacious and clean(the only little thing I would say is that tea and coffee making facilities are not available in room,this was a bit disappointing as I am caffine addict!!!).We decided to go to the village of Enniskerry so we rang reception for a taxi,when we arrived for our "taxi"we were shown to the hotels courtesy car and driver,the car was fantastic and this was free from the hotel,they also picked us up too(our driver Greg was very friendly and gave us good advice on where to go and what to do).,the food is beautiful too very expensive but really worth it,over all I would definitly suggest this hotel if you are looking to get away from it all and enjoy luxury surroundings,It truely is a beautiful experience,personally I would like to say Thank you to Suzie who was very helpful to me and I know she went out of her way to be of assistance....wonderful experience...I most definitly will be back..

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 28, 2011

My husband took me here as a very special birthdaytreat. It was sooo.. peaceful & relaxing.
A superb place to relax & unwind. The beds are the most comfotable we have ever slept in - super pillows as well !! The Sugar Loaf Lounge has a lovely relaxing settees -good for reading the paper & watching the world go by. The pool area is stunning - unlike any other we have ever seen & (again those words!! ) soo.. relaxing. The only weak link is the food - we feel it is too expensive . A real plus is that it is in the grounds of the Powerscourt Estate , beautiful Powerscourt House with its fabulous gardens & grounds . Powerscourt House includes on of the super Avoca restaurants & shop.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2011

Wife and I stayed where supposed to stay here for only 1 night but couldn't resist changing plans to spend another night in this fantastically beautiful and super luxurious hotel. All room controls are via touch pad, including curtains. The spa is top notch and the hotel resturant was great for breakfast and dinner. We also dined in the Gordon Ramsay resturant on property and would have preffered to spend our money in the upstairs grill. finally had to drag the wife away by telling here, "honey we came here to Ireland, and this aint it, but it's nice!"

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 18, 2011

My husband booked a one-night stay for a birthday treat for me and we absolutely loved every second. We were upgraded on arrival to a suite and the staff were so kind as to give me a card and chocolates for my birthday. As other reviewers have said the staff are excellent - we used their compliementary bikes for a spin around Powerscourt - by the river - enjoyed the lovely dinner in the Sugarloaf restaurant and great breakfast - which were part of our package. Just did not want to leave so booked in for Sunday lunch in the Gordan Ramsay restaurant - which was so reasonable for what we got. As others have said the swimming pool is a joy to swim in and after 6 pm when the children leave it is a very relaxing area. Just make sure you wear slippers\flip flops in the pool area as some people wear outdoor shoes. Looking forward to returning

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

I can't begin to say enough good things about the RC Powerscourt. From the moment we walked in to our early-morning check-out, the hotel and staff were more than we expected. We had originally booked a travel package that included a six-night stay here in one of the Garden View suites. When we checked in we decided to upgrade to one of the Mountain View suites for an extra 10 Euros per night...it was worth every penny! The Garden View suites overlook a small garden and the hotel parking lot adjacent to it. The Mountain View suites overlook the water fountain and the back lawn of the hotel and the Wicklow Moutains in the distance. They also have a long balcony where you can rest (as long as it isn't raining) complete with two lounge chairs and a bistro table and chairs set.

We didn't take advantage of all that the Powerscourt had to offer as we were usually off seeing various sites in Ireland. However, the hotel looks exactly as you would expect and the staff are as helpful and courteous as you should expect. We paid a visit to the Concierge and/or front desk almost every day to ask their opinion of what we were thinking of doing or how to get there. Not only did they answer our questions, but they often elaborated to provide us with more description and information than thought we would get.

The only restaurant we ate at was their Irish pub McGills. It was never crowded - probably because we were staying during the week - and the bartender/waiter would come by as we ate to ask us about our day and what we had done. For being the Powerscourt's most inexpensive restaurant, they don't slack on the food. They have a great selection of traditional Irish fare that were both filling and flavorful.

Finally, while the Powerscourt isn't in the heart of a city, its location is still fantastic. There is the Powercourt Golf Club across the street and the Powerscourt House and Gardens just down the road. The House and Gardens should be on anyone's must-do list when visiting the Dublin area, but it's even better that it's just a five-minute walk. The religious ruins of Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountain National Park are about a 30-minute drive and the commuter rail station is only a 15-minute bus ride from Enniskerry just down the street for an easy trip into Dublin.

I don't know what the Powerscourt would have cost us for a six-night stay without the travel package we booked, but I know that for the room, service, and location we got it would probably still be worth every bit of it!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 16, 2011

The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt is an amazing hotel. The grounds and building are gorgeous and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. We were able to check in early, having just arrived from an overnight flight and very tired. Our suite was gigantic! The concierge was also able to arrange a doctor's visit for me, as I had fallen ill. They offer a complimentary shuttle to the town nearby where there are a couple of restaurants. It is very near Dublin and made a great base camp for our week's stay in Ireland. The pool, hot pool, and sauna are so beautiful and the view from the Sugar Loaf lounge is breathtaking. I hope I have the opportunity to stay again and experience the superior service and location.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Ireland (Formerly The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt)
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Enniskerry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Enniskerry
Price Range: $184 - $380 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection offers outstanding luxury among 5-star hotels in Wicklow, Ireland. We are set amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in the country, providing travellers with a a 200-room resort showcasing Palladian-style architecture and giving guests a host of amenities. At our hotel nestled in the hills of Enniskerry, 30 minutes from Dublin, you will find a spa, Powerscourt Golf Club, on-site restaurant and perfect accommodations offering easy access to rustic Enniskerry and all of County Wicklow. ... more   less 
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Ritz Carlton Enniskerry
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Enniskerry Ritz-Carlton
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