Availed of a discounted deal through Boards.ie for 'one night in a luxurious double/twin room, with bottle of wine and 50% of all spa treatments' - sounded too good to be true and it was! Yes, it was very reasonable, but wouldn't have paid much more for the room!
Yes, the location is great, only 30 mins from Dublin city centre, and the hotel has amazing gardens with fantastic views of the Glen of the Downs....but the interior is dated and needs some serious refurbishment.
My sister and I arrived on a sunny and warm June bank-holiday Friday afternoon; check-in was seamless. Receptionist was helpful in recommending nearby attractions such as Greystones for some sightseeing, shops,etc....it's a lovely spot and would got back there! She steered us clear of Delgany saying 'there's nothing there worth seeing'!!
Back to Glenview Hotel....Our room on second floor was ok but certainly not 'luxurious' .... old-fashioned elevator to rooms, decor very old but not quaint.....there's a difference and Glenview misses the point! Our twin room was adjacent to the penthouse suite, in fact it resembled an annex to the suite.. lay out wa strange.....good-sized bathroom but that was only redeeming feature for this 'luxurious room' in a four star hotel!
Let me explain.... for example, the trouser press and ironing board (which didn't work) with cheap iron were hooked on one wall with case stand in front ....but get this....in front of all this was planked a chest of drawers on top of which lay an oversized TV set! Again a weird layout.....we were only there for one night so no point in complaining....had to iron clothes by moving the TV carefully to one side and ironing clothes on the chest of drawers......antiquated to say the least!!
But what about those spectacular views of the Glen of the Downs...not in this room .....we had the 'pleasure' of looking out onto the car park!!!! Maybe it's for security or safety but the window only opened slightly.....probably jammed due to it's age!!
The hotel bar is basic, nothing special, and right beside a café area.....all a mismatch really. Only redeeming feature again were the views....we were put off eating in the bar that night cos it looked more like basic two-star carvery fare....slap it on the plate and say nothing!! Woodlands restaurant on first floor was fine.....yes, the food was great and not bad selection of wines on offer.....it had spectacular views of the Glen, again the views saved the day but I wonder would this hotel get the business if it lacked the scenery? I doubt it very much. Yes, the staff at the hotel were accommodating and polite, but again nothing special I have to say.....apart from staff in restaurant.....our waiter was charming!
Would I recommend this hotel .....not until the management/owners give the interior a major facelift from top to bottom....it's definitely not the four-star that they advertise.
Oh, on a final note.....we didn't get chance to avail of the spa treatments due to late booking and it was booked out for remainder of weekend and for number of following weekends....Anne Marie,.reservations manager was accommodating (excuse the pun!) and very helpful. Food and wine in main restaurant has to be commended....but it also doubles as the breakfast room, which is another story......nothing special.....usual basic buffet b/fast fair and not great selection of cold meats, cheeses, breads, cereals......who deemed this place to be worthy of the FOUR STARS???????????? Enough said I think!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club is a 4 star Luxury Hotel in County Wicklow set on over 30 acres of woodland walks, beautiful gardens and located in the heart of The Garden of Ireland.The Glenview Hotel is located at Junction 9 Glen o' the Downs on the N11.Situated just off the M50 motorway, The Glenview Hotel is only 25 miles driving distance from Dublin City Centre and 30 miles from Dublin Airport.The Glenview Hotel and Leisure Club Wicklow, nestled in the stunning and breathtaking surroundings of The Glen of The Downs and overlooking the Wicklow Mountains is the perfect destination for leisure breaks, activity breaks, meetings, events and weddings in Wicklow. The Glenview Hotel is situated in the scenic garden of Ireland and is the ideal location for your break within a 10 minute drive of Powerscourt House & Gardens in Enniskerry and some of Wicklow’s finest golf courses.The Glenview Hotel in Wicklow offers excellent service in elegant surroundings which makes it a comfortable setting whether it is for business or leisure.Where style and grace meet country hospitality.Glenview Hotel Wicklow features;• 70 deluxe bedrooms including the penthouse suite • Excellent conference, meeting and banqueting facilities• Woodlands Restaurant and Conservatory Bistro and Bar • Extensive Leisure Club with outdoor hot tub. • The Haven Beauty Treatment Suites • Scenic woodland walk & gardens • Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel• The Glenview Hotel is a great location, just off the M50 on exit 9 off the N11, south of Bray in County Wicklow. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Glenview Hotel Glen Of The Downs, County Wicklow, Ireland