I have actually been driven to writing this while in the bar at the D Hotel. I will write a full report of our stay at a later time, but any enjoyable aspect has been entirely obliterated by an absolutely horrible evening in the bar.
On arriving in the restaurant, we noted a table of 14 children under approximately 9 years of age and asked to be seated away from them in the small area - no problem.
The issues arose later in the evening in the bar area (separated from the restaurant by an open bookcase). Loud screams of children were audible but it was only when we moved to the bar circa 9.30pm that we witnessed what amounted to a children's party in the licensed premises.
Irish law dictates that children are permitted in a licensed premises until 10pm May to Sept, so despite the screaming, running around, rolling on the floor and general mayhem caused by the party of 14 children, it appeared that there was little, in a legal sense, that the hotel management could do. We complained at 9.45. The children would be gone at 10pm. We complained at 10.05. They had asked the parents to bring the children out. We complained at 10.20. At this point we actually phoned Drogheda Garda Station - we felt it had become a child protection issue. The hotel appeared to be doing nothing effective to deal with the problem.
As I write, at 10.35pm, the last children have left. Incidentally, they were not belonging to the party. Management apologised to us and told us that the group of 14 children were staying in the hotel.
Guests or not, the law of the land applies. Law aside, it is clear that the D Hotel does not prioritise the needs of its adult customers seeking a relaxing weekend break away.
I cannot possibly recommend a stay here. I was appalled by what I saw - disrespect to guests to which I have never been witness in numerous hotel stays in Ireland and abroad. Shame on you, D Hotel.
- Also Known As:
- d Hotel Drogheda
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning d hotel, a luxury 4 star hotel in Drogheda Co. Louth Ireland is located on the banks of the historic River Boyne. This impressive waterfront location includes the Scotch Hall shopping complex and a purpose built pedestrian bridge to the town centre with its many traditional pubs and restaurants in Drogheda. The d hotel in Drogheda Co. Louth is only 40 minutes from Dublin using the Port Tunnel, only 25 minutes from Dublin airport and only an hour and a half from Belfast; making it the ideal base for a trip to the East Coast of Ireland. The d hotel in Louth Ireland was proud to be the players hotel for the European Tour 3 Irish Open Golf Tournament which was held at the nearby County Louth Golf Course (Baltray) from the 14th to the 17th of May 2009. The d hotel is the perfect hotel for The TLT Theatre Drogheda and the Funtasia Waterpark Drogheda as well as being the Festival Hotel for the Drogheda Arts Festival, the Drogheda Samba Festival, the Drogheda Guitar Festival and the Clogherhead Prawn Festival. Accommodation In Drogheda: Our Drogheda hotel in County Louth Ireland offers 104 superb bedrooms designed for guest comfort and relaxation, many with superb views over the river and town. We have two penthouse suites, the light and dark rooms; luxury at its finest and ideal for special occasions. Please note the d hotel is a non smoking hotel. Hotel Dining: Hotel dining at the d is an experience… Not only will the menus satisfy your taste buds, The Viaduct Bar & Grill opens onto riverside terraces and a promenade with superb views of historic Drogheda. This truly offers a fantastic dining experience at one of the finest restaurants Louth has to offer. Louth Weddings: The d hotel is Drogheda's premier wedding venue, with a capacity for up to 250 guests in our Viaduct Suite, which opens out on to the Riverside Terrace. We specialise in making weddings unique and will create exclusive packages for you at a price that suits you at one of the leading luxury wedding hotels in Ireland. We look forward to welcoming you to the d hotel in Louth. ... more less
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