We stayed at the Island View Hotel because of its conveniently close location to Dublin Airport where we were flying from the next day. The look of the downstairs bar area was pleasant. We could have looked at the room before we booked it but chose not to because we couldn't be bothered to look elsewhere for one night. The room was very basic and was a smoking room (although we weren't asked if we wanted non smoking or not). How to turn on the bedside lights was a complete mystery. There were no buttons on the lead or under the shade. i fiddled with the central part of the lamp which turned round but that didn't work. Touching the base didn't work. I gave up and put it back then within seconds it was on along with the other lamp that I hadn't even touched. To turn them off the next day I just had to unplug them as nothing else worked.
Initially I thought there was no milk with the tea and coffee but found a jug of milk in the room fridge although this was frozen and unusable so I had to leave it outside to defrost.
We had been very lucky with the rest of the accommodation throughout our stay in Ireland and perhaps because of this we have been unduly critical of the Island View Hotel but as it was only a few euros short of other rooms we thought overall it was overpriced for what we got. We didn't eat in the bar (we went to Ciao restaurant which was wonderful) or the restaurant upstairs so can't comment on the food. Breakfast was mediocre. View was nice from the restaurant but it would have been nice to have rooms with a view - apparently none of them have views of the water. We wouldn't recommend this hotel as a pleasant place to stay - just purely for its convenience to the airport which is only a short drive away.
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- Also Known As:
- Island View Malahide