Stayed 1 night with 2 young children in S1, a stable with 2 bedrooms, paying 310 E on a package booked through Mr and Mrs Smith.
On the plus side, the children loved the indoor pool and hot tub, service was unfailingly helpful and courteous and breakfast well executed.
However, there were a huge number of niggles that you might excuse in a roadside motel but not in a boutique hotel of this standing: dirty public rooms; a foul smell of drains in our bathroom; shabby rather than chic decor in desperate need of refurbishment; the outdoor pool left unclean and out of service; piles of rubbish and bins on open view; a real eyesore of a storeroom right beside the main building; obvious staff shortages resulting in 30 minute waits for drinks to arrive. I could go on. Most disappointing of all was the desperately poor quality of food in the lounge at lunch and from Eden at dinner. You have to wonder how the kitchen can fail to cook an edible burger and chips. The smokies were the only dish that bore any resemblance to the excellent Eden in Dublin.
In summary, the overall impression was of sloppy, lazy management cutting corners to save costs. A real pity as this could so easily be a fantastic hotel with a bit more t.l.c.
- 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