We stayed here August 2013 with my husband, two kids and in-laws.
The location is in town near the bus, but it was quite a walk to the beach. The staff was friendly, but not overly accommodating.
The internet works only once in a while and only after entering in a code that is good for about 30 minutes (they tell you 24 hours, but then you have to re-connect every 25-30mins), so do rely on that if visiting for business or communication using your smart phone.
Hotel: The entire hotel needs to be remodeled, it is showing its age. You can tell it once was a beautiful hotel. Even shows a picture in the lobby where President Clinton once visited.
Rooms: I'm pretty sure that we somehow ended up with the room furthest away from the front desk. It required waiting for an extremely small elevator or walking up two flights of stairs just to get to the 2nd level. Once you got to that level there were two sets of stairs and 6 or 7 heavy fire doors (I actually caused a small contusion on one of my arms when one slammed on it) just to get to the room.
I found it so comical that I even created a video to show friends and family back home exactly how long it took to get to our room. I joked that, should it catch on fire, the closest exit door took me outside of the hotel, but it was only to escape to the outside atrium in which the hotel surrounded the area.
If they offer a decent rate and you aren't planning on spending any time in the room, this might be the place for you. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, you might want to look closer to the beach.
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- A very warm welcome to The Royal Hotel & Merrill Leisure Club, one of the largest hotels in Co. Wicklow with a proven reputation in hospitality excellence for many years.We pride our selves as being children and famliy friendly . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Bray
- The Royal Hotel Leisure Centre
- Bray Hotel Royal Wicklow
- Royal Hotel Wicklow