We spent five days at the Ritz Carlton, Powerscourt with our young family. The hotel is huge, and set on a private estate, with Golf, Powerscourt House, grounds and waterfall on your doorstep. The rooms were beautiful, very comfortable and spacious and decorated to a high standard that you would expect of a five-star hotel. There are three restaurants to choose from: Gordon Ramsey, The Sugarloaf lounge and McGills, the Irish pub. Gordon Ramsey was OK, but not spectacular, the Sugarloaf was fine, perhaps a little overpriced for the children, and McGills is what it is: a pub with no frills, but good food. I found it too dark and a bit dingey and preferred the light and airy sugarloaf for drinks and less formal food, but that's simply my preference.
The garden is not huge, and frustratingly, you have to go to the lower level of the hotel for access. It is effectively accessed near the spa / gym level with no area for drinks / to eat while you watch your children play. The garden is set up with a giant chess board and two football goals, but I ended up not particularly encouraging the children to play outside given that there was no place for the parents to sit and watch comfortably, coupled with the fact that the weather was freezing! It would make so much more sense to have a dining area / bar area on the ground floor that would open up to the garden.
What really makes this hotel is the fact that it is right next door to Powers court, a beautiful stately home with spectacular gardens and the fabulous Avoca shop / cafe. We had lunch there pretty much every day as the food is superb. You can hire bikes and cycle around the estate, and the hotel concierge are very, very helpful is suggesting walks / hikes / jogging routes and other activities in the area. There is a great riding stable a five minute drive away and so you are really not going to be short of things to do.
The Spa is incredibly and would surpass many Four Seasons. Children are allowed to swim in the indoor pool from 0900 until 1800, and mine were enchanted by the tiny lights decorating the interior of the pool. However, there were so many children staying in the hotel when we were there over the Easter break that the hotel could have done with another pool strictly for adults wanting to swim lengths. I felt sorry for anyone wanting a proper swim as you would not have been able to do even a width without bumping into children. There is an floor above the pool area dedicated to the spa. A wonderful "serenity" room and beautiful treatment rooms. I got the impression that there were many people coming specifically to spend the day at the spa.
All in all a great hotel, which I would highly recommend for families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection offers outstanding luxury among 5-star hotels in Wicklow, Ireland. We are set amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in the country, providing travellers with a a 200-room resort showcasing Palladian-style architecture and giving guests a host of amenities. At our hotel nestled in the hills of Enniskerry, 30 minutes from Dublin, you will find a spa, Powerscourt Golf Club, on-site restaurant and perfect accommodations offering easy access to rustic Enniskerry and all of County Wicklow. ... 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
- Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection Enniskerry, Ireland - County Wicklow