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Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Enniskerry
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 May 2011

This hotel is in an excellent location, just a stroll to Powerscourt House and gardens. It's also close to Dublin.

The hotel itself is lovely, and the staff couldn't be more helpful. The room was spacious and the bed very comfy. The only negative I would say is that the room was very hot - the air con was clearly not working. To be fair, the hotel tried to fix this and changed our room, although the second room was still on the warm side.

We had room service on 2 nights, and I can honestly say that it's the best room service I've ever had - the food was definitely of restaurant standard, which can't be said for a lot of room service meals.

The swimming pool was great.

We'd definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

This hotel lives up to the RItz Carlton standard in every way imaginable. We've stayed at many of them, but the location of this hotel is incomparable. It sits on a huge estate that is supposed to be perhaps the most elegant formal garden site in Ireland. Since the Irish economy is in such bad shape, occupancy is down and they put us in a two room suite with every possible amenity. It was the perfect ending to our 8-day trip around the country. Plus, the Gordon Ramsay restaurant has a killer wine cellar. We couldn't afford any of the thousand-dollar bottles, but they were nice to look at.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank jerryftm
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

It's everything you hope a Ritz Carlton will be, chandeliers, huge marbeled bathrooms with EVERY amenity and soaking tub, polilte. Polite friendly staff (except concierge who seems to not be in love with his job, maybe he just deals with complaining guests all day and needs a break). Crazy prices (22 euro for a hamburger - YIKES) but when you book with TravelZoo.com, it is affordable. Beautiful grounds and gardens (tourists driving up drive to see Wicklow Mountains!), but if you are a city person, it is TOO far from the action. Dublin is 40 minutes away. Enniskerry is closest town (1 mile) and adorable, but limited action.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank MargyJudd
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Reviewed 30 April 2011

We are unaccustomed to staying in a hotel at this level, so we jumped at the chance when this package appeared. All the superlatives about the rooms, view, and the service that you read in these reviews are 100% accurate. Loved our room....comfy bed, maybe the biggest we've ever slept in. Free internet. Lots of light. Terrific views. Honor bar is nicely stocked but very expensive, so stay away if you're on a budget. We missed having an electric coffee maker, but I guess the hotel wants you to pay 10 euro for coffee/tea plus its delivery to the room. We brought our snacks, water, wine, etc. A minor quibble. TV in the master bath's mirror is amusing, but unnecessary.

Staff is uniformly gracious and helpful. Always a smile. Always accommodating. Friendly and chatty. Always ready with bits of information and extra service.

Food is a bit of a problem, as it is also very expensive. We went into Enniskerry for all our breakfasts and most of our dinners during our 5 days. Plenty to choose from. 3 places for breakfast, of which Poppy's was our favorite. Dinners at the pub and the town's hotel bistro. Quite good, serviceable but not terrific. Emilio's, the Italian restaurant next to Poppy's was, however, excellent, and we do recommend a meal or two there.

We had one dinner in the hotel, at the Sugarloaf Grill off the lobby at the big windows facing the mountains. This was at once the the most expensive and the worst meal we had in our 10 days in Ireland. We were tired from driving all day, and just didn't want to get back into the car to drive into town. I had the burger. How can anyone, especially a 5 star kitchen, so totally screw up a burger? Puny, dried out, overcooked with a chew roll. $30. My wife had the goat cheese tart; cheap piece of chewy commercial grade puff pastry with a piped on creamy goat cheese filling. Disappointing. $25. We tried to find the humor and irony in this, but, really, for a five star establishment, this was an insult to guest, food, and cookery. We took seriously the warnings of other reviewers about the food at the hotel, so we made sure that we dined outside the hotel most of the time.

We looked at the pub, but did not try it out. It just didn't feel right. It's a pub in a faux Disneyland kind of way. Expensive materials, but too pretty, too neat, no warmth. Also no Irish, no noise, no laughter, no music. Want a pub?....go to the real deal....they're everywhere.

A car came with our deal, and we took full advantage of that. We drove a lot. The roads are narrow, and can get a little confusing. Driving does take a little getting used to. Not much room to spare on the passenger side with hedges and stone walls whizzing by, and not much on the driver's side either. And Irish drivers, accustomed to the roads, coming at you at seemingly breakneck speed. But the beauty and the quiet are magical. Particularly liked Wicklow National Park, where there are several hiking trails. Glendaloch, also a beautiful hike, and an interesting historic site. Beach at Brittas Bay, a spectacularly beautiful drive along the coast. And the wonderful Mount Usher Gardens in Ashford, about a 45 minute drive south.

There's also lots to do on the Powerscourt grounds. Beautiful formal garden. Wonderful river walk. Browse the garden store. Play golf too.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank rogerab
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

My sister and I spent six nights at Powerscourt and we were very pleased with our holiday experience. We explored as much of the country, via car and rail, as was practical for us whilst still enjoying the exquisite beauty of the hotel, Powerscourt estate and County Wicklow. The weather was picture perfect for the entire week and many locals told us this was the best month of the year to tour Ireland. The Ritz lives us to Ritz standards. Our only disappointment was the lack of an iPod hookup and a charge to listen to music.

Enniskerry Village is a brief ten minute walk from the hotel and is a remarkably quaint venue to take meals and provision for drinks and snacks. Restaurant quality is extremely high, with a particular call out to Pandan Court for some of the best Chinese food we have ever had. It may seem counter intuitive to eat Asian food in Ireland but we can assure the reader that this 25 Euro prix fixe dinner experience will not disappoint! The 185 bus takes you to the Bray DART station for easy access to Dublin and points beyond, and we found the Irish rail system to be dependable in all categories.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Thank orbiedude
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

I was on a conference there and I'liked this place very much. Actually it's rather far from Dublin (90 EUR for the taxi from the airport), but if you want to concentrate on work or leisure (golf, spa) than it's a perfect place. Wi-fi is free of charge. Breakfasts are perfect. There is a rear irish pub on the ground flor which is much cheaper than minibar in your room.
Stuff is very friendly.
Unfortunatly I didn't play golf there but the plece is real good for it (see picture of my view from room).

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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Thank yboris
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Reviewed 21 April 2011

This was simply the most luxurious hotel I have ever stayed in. We had a garden suite and were dismayed that we were only there for one night, as we loved the comfort, convenience, quality of food, attentiveness of staff, and most of all, the comfortableness of the bed!

The walking trails on the property are wonderful, and we saw many people taking advantage of them. If we had been there longer, we certainly would have tried the river walk.

Although it took a map, GPS, and directions to get there, it was well worth it!

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank NikiTennant
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Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry A98 DR12, Ireland (Formerly The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt)
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Wicklow > Enniskerry
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Enniskerry
Price Range: £123 - £256 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 194
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Outstanding among luxury five star hotels in Ireland and set amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in the country is Powerscourt Hotel, a 194-room resort showcasing Palladian-style architecture and offering guests a host of amenities. Recently named AA Hotel of the Year, two championship golf courses, a 30,000-square foot luxury spa by ESPA, a signature restaurant and traditional Irish pub are among this luxury hotel’s distinctive attractions. Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa's Palladian design forms a majestic crescent on the side of one of Ireland's most celebrated valleys. The layout of the seven-storey hotel gives a lot of our rooms and suites views of the remarkable Sugar Loaf Mountain. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow Hotel Enniskerry
Ritz Carlton Enniskerry
Ritz Carlton Hotel Enniskerry
Ritz Enniskerry
Enniskerry Ritz-Carlton
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