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“Fantastic resort with beautiful views of Irish Sea and top notch staff!”

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Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portmarnock
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“Fantastic resort with beautiful views of Irish Sea and top notch staff!”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

We found this resort on Trip Advisor & were drawn in by the picture on their website. Let's say, it exceeded our expectations! The location was only a short drive north of Dublin & provided a much need reprieve from the crowds of Dublin. The staff was extremely friendly & our room was modern, bright & large for European standards. Extremely, comfortable. We stayed two nights and were not ready to leave. We purchased their breakfast & dinner pkg., which was a great value. The breakfast was a full buffet and we could choose any items from dinner entree, including dessert. The salmon was delicious! Also, had a cozy bar, where you could order light menu & enjoy an evening Guinness! There was a walking path to the beach, which was gorgeous to walk along. Unfortunately, we were unable to golf, but the course was beautiful & rates were reasonable. Would definitely return!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

Beautiful location! Hotel really good with extremely helpful staff. Room tastefully decorated and very clean. Will definitely return sometime in the future.Great seafood restaurants in Howth a couple of miles down the road and a super quirky little town called Malahide a couple of miles down the road in the opposite direction.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We stayed here for two nights at a weekend in July for a family event. The room was in the newer part of the hotel with a wonderful view of the golf course.It was very comfortable, bright and clean. We really enjoyed the atmosphere in the bar which had live music. The staff were friendly and very helpful especially at the bar and at breakfast in the morning.The hotel is located on a golf course in close proximity to Portmarnock beach so was ideally situated for nice long walks.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

Our 4 day stay here was wonderful. A great hotel between 2 towns Malahide and Howth. The shopping in Malahide was boutiques etc...and very nice. The Seaside fishing town of Howth was the best seafood we have ever had in our life. Freshly caught right off the coast.

The hotel itself was quite nice. Very comfortable and a fabulous true Irish Breakfast. The golf was amazing but the Spa a bit "tired".

We would go back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

This hotel is in a lovely location right on the beach in Portmarnock. We live nearby and have always recommended it to friends coming to Ireland for a game of golf. We regularly go to the Cocktail Bar (just behind reception) for lunch at least twice a month throughout the year.

The hotel has refurbished this bar and changed the menu which is not cheap. Before the refurbishment they had a really nice menu. A lovely crab and pear salad - light and fresh. But no more. My son used to love the chicken goujons and hot salty fat chips which we ordered on our recent visit. What arrived was awful - thick breaded pieces of chicken with thin fries that were cold and obviously reheated. The waiter agreed they were awful and said that they had run out of the usual ones. He offered to replace with grilled chicken and then brought out a roast chicken dinner that belonged to someone else. Finally reheated fries arrived with a breast of chicken which was truly awful.

We ordered our son two scoops of ice cream - strawberry and chocolate. When it arrived it was vanilla and strawberry - I informed the waitress of the error and she took it away making a face to her friend who was sitting nearby.

There used to be a manager in this bar called Guido who seemed to make the place run smoothly, ironing over the cracks and fixing any problems with great humour. But today it just seemed like there was nobody in charge.

This place is not cheap - a regular sized cappuccino from an automatic machine (not a barista in sight) is €3.80!

Finally our bill stated that we had 3 glasses of wine when we only had 2. Why are the errors never in the customers favour??

We will definitely think again before returning.

Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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PortmarnockHotelGolf, Guest Relations at Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Dear MerryC,

Thank you for taking the time to review us here on trip advisor, we always appreciate our guests feedback.

We were truly disappointed to read that on this occasion we failed to meet with your expectations. The Seaview Lounge menu was changed following constructive feedback from guests and some of the dishes that you highlighted were removed due to lack of popularity, however we do thank you for your comments as it is the only way we can improve our overall service.

We hope that we can welcome you back to the hotel in the near future.

Kind Regards,

Guest Relations
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Cornelius, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The rooms are great, service very good.
The restaurants leave a bit to your imagination
Ordinary food, not well explained as to how they are cooking your selection.
JamesonnTavern is the culprit here.
Spa was great

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

We stayed here in July for a couple of nights and had to write a review as the hotel and staff especially was just great. We had our first sons christening party there and a number of our family stayed over. The Christening meal was great the waiting staff were very helpful and attentive - Isabella thank you very much again for a lovely day! Had a great meal the night before even though the main restaurant was over booked they accommodated us in the lounge bar. The Jameson bar was lovely and had a pub atmosphere and had some great craic with Guido in the wee hours of the morning! Couldn't fault the room, very clean, modern room and a spotless spacious bathroom. We had a great view of the beach and watched a truly beautiful sunrise from the balcony when we finally went to bed! Really enjoyed the breakfast coffee and the full Irish hit the spot after the late night! Five star hotel - five star service

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
Address: Strand Road, Portmarnock, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Dublin > Portmarnock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Portmarnock
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links 4*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links...where nothing is overlooked but the sea. Luxury 4-star golf resort hotel overlooking the Irish Sea. Just 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, nestled between the picturesque, seaside villages of Malahide and Howth and 40 minutes from Dublin city centre. The hotel combines modern elegance with the grandeur of a 19th century home once owned by members of the Jameson Whiskey dynasty. Behind these elegant facades lie state of the art conference & meeting facilities designed to serve your every need. The hotel's clever design ensures all 138-guest rooms have a view of the seaside, garden or golf course. Top 100 rated Links Golf Course - 18 hole championship links designed by Bernard Langer (the only Dublin based hotel with its own links course). Complimentary WiFi/Internet access throughout the hotel, complimentary parking, direct beach access, bar, cocktail lounge, restaurant, fitness room & treatment rooms/beauty salon. ... more   less 
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