Myself and the other half decided to try this manor house hotel when an offer came up on groupon. The pictures looked fantastic and the facilities were just what we were looking for and so we booked for1 night over the February midterm. From the minute we arrived we were bitterly disappointed. First off our room was not ready despite arriving at 4 pm in the afternoon so we headed into the dusty, grubby drawing room to wait where we had plenty of time to review the cracks in the ceilings and cobwebs in the corners. When our room was ready we were escorted to a pokey hole in 'The Ruin' with a tiny bathroom and messy bedroom with dirty under wear on the floor. Needless to say we requested another room. The receptionist (with a sour face) went to check if she had another room available and so we moved to a slightly bigger but dirtier, grubbier and ill maintained room. The light switches didn't work, the ironing board and door handles were broken (someone walked into our room the next morning while I was getting dressed) and the bath plug didnt fit!! We grudging accepted this room hoping that as the evening wore on the character and charm of the premises would appear. Needless to say that did not happen. We went to dinner in the Eden restaurant that night. Having precariously manouvered down the rickety slippy spiral staircase we were greeted by sour faced waitresses who escorted us to our table. The menu looked fab and I thought yes finally they have gotten something right. I spoke too soon the food had no flavour (basic seasoning is a must) and our starters were bigger than the main. We left the restaurant hungry and sneezing from the dust all over the room. Heading back to our room we were greeted by a terrible noise coming from the radiators which continued throughout the night and kept us both awake. Weary and bleary eyed we awoke the next morning and headed to breakfast. Cooked to order the menu said well we've both had better buffet breakfasts with much higher quality food than the anaemic sausages, rock hard tomatoes and barely scared by the frying pan eggs. We left hungry. Following breakfast I had booked an hour spa treatment in the Bathhouse Spa (it was like pulling teeth trying to get them to fit me in the week before). I was reluctant to go as I did not want to spend any more money in this terrible excuse for a hotel. However I was pleasantly surprised by the Spa. Although the lady on the desk (I assume to be the manager or something) was quite rude and unhelpful the lady who completed by treatments was lovely and did an amazing job!! After the spa we decided to check out early (they had offered us late checkout but Id rather drive five miles down the road and sleep in the car than spend any longer there). Upon leaving we told the lovely woman at reception about our grievances and she was more than apologetic giving us a discount on our bill. However this did not make up for a disappointing night away and I would not recommend this hotel to my worst enemy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bellinter House selected in the top new Hotels in the world by the Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2007. Quote from Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2007 review: "Huge original fireplaces and antique mirrors ... mesh with original designer furniture and quirky lighting in the atmospheric Drawing Room. The grandeur of great wooden staircases and beautifully embellished plasterwork is softened by personal touches such as lightbox wardrobes." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellinter House Hotel Navan
- Bellinter Hotel Navan
- Bellinter House Navan