The drive in is reminiscent of driving into a beautifully manicured French campsite, and if the historic Boyne Valley was in France this place would be a chateau with a campsite included alongside the hotel. It would have fruit trees, it would have a herb garden (it should still have a herb garden) that they'd boast about and more importantly utilise, old wine casks, old cider presses, pictures of cheeses and there'd be the whiff of tarte flambé and tarte tatin recette in the air. This place is dignified, if somewhat old and it's a tad tired in places; just like me (well perhaps I'm not as dignified) and when you go to old characterful period places you will see wear & tear and some drab bits. I don't intend being too critical of this beautiful place, as I was told its in the midst of a takeover and, truthfully. having read other reviews and looked around the place it's not really as bad as some reviewers claim - with the exception of the many crumbling tiles in the spa steam room which cannot be ignored but that said almost everything worked and worked very well including the steam room which I'm delighted remains open, that's the right decision, but it is not at all acceptable to find that there isn't any shampoo in the spa showers for hotel guests, and its simply impractical to return to the hotel room for essential supplies but this is easily sorted. Note in passing that the spa building is a few minutes walk out of the hotel, across a car park. Our bedroom was perfectly pleasant with beautiful paintings and a relaxing soft autumnal decor, all enhanced by the beautiful and expansive gardens without a herb garden or fruit trees outside our window. Tea and coffee available in the room. An idyllic place and no mistake. The doors, floors and walls are really solid throughout. The telly in the room was old, a bit crap and had only three channels working and I'm sure this will trouble some, also there was no wifi in the room which was really deeply frustrating. I guess the Bitbuzz contract expired and awaits the new owners to remedy. Wifi was still available in public parts of the hotel though. The main North/South train route passes by the grounds with the trains up high and at a distance enough to add further character and charm, without being noisy or intrusive. So to food. We had two main meals and two glasses of wine in our deal, in the pub come giant glass conservatory in the evening. I had a wonderful steak sandwich - generously sized, properly hung, perfectly cooked good beef - sauté onions, great pepper sauce, mushrooms, and a salad tucked under the large panini with chips on the side. Very good pub grub and no mistake. My wife took a beef burger with grilled cheese, it looked appetising with the cheese properly grilled and she was content too. This also came also with chips and salad, delicious crispy, but not enough, onion rings (is there ever enough onion rings) and a tasty mushroom sauce on the side. The wine we has was perfectly quaffable too. They don't have Colman's mustard though - the king of all mustard; none of your namby pamby French mustards for me y'know instead they had those awful sachet sauces, the sort you despair fighting to open and the sauce splodges on your fingers, and the sort of stuff you wouldn't find within miles (or kilometres for you European types) of a French chateau, and they really have no place here either. Service was a little haphazard with one chap seemingly under a bit of pressure. Breakfast was unacceptably slow with the same demented chap from the pub the previous evening. We waited 20 or more minutes for tea and coffee having waited 10 minutes before being asked if we wanted tea or coffee, yet a diner who had literally sat down and was served by a waitress had his pot of tea cheerfully served up within a few minutes. Zero out of ten for the quality of the coffee, it was awful; the good news is this too is easily remedied. The haphazard waiter also managed to get my wife's food order wrong delivering beans instead of bacon, apparently the cook couldn't read his writing. I heard this chap being a tad indiscreet to a waitress about a colleague due to start work, if he were more focussed on guests rather than being predisposed to being unkind to colleagues then his employer and the guests would be better served and, after all, guests make paydays. All in all a pleasant stay and we got a good deal; wouldn't hesitate to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boyne Valley Hotel In Drogheda is a beautiful 19th century country house hotel set at the end of a tree lined avenue and featuring 16 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland. Located just 20 minutes from Dublin Airport, this 3 star county Louth hotel has so much to offer you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Boyne Valley Hotel And Country Club
- Best Western Hotel Drogheda
- Best Western Drogheda
- Drogheda Best Western