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“Great hotel for family with a spectacular spa”

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Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Enniskerry
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London
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“Great hotel for family with a spectacular spa”
Reviewed 11 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Stayed here to finish out our tour of Ireland. Got a decent deal through Amex (check hotels website for all offers). Room was huge. more closet space than home. Lobby was beautiful. Staff extremley friendly and helpful. Another big draw was Gordon Ramsey's restaurant. Apps and desert were great, main course ok. Dis not go into town but hotel staff will drive you there and pickup. Central to Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains, Powerscourt Gardens, and Dublin airport.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Really enjoyed a night here over Easter. The deluxe room (5th floor) was fantastic. The food in McGills is reasonably priced and very tasty. The Gordan Ramsay restaurant is also superb. Will definitely be returning in the near future !

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Reviewed 9 April 2012

If you like the finer things in life then this is the place for you! This was our fourth visit and we return time and again because we believe it to be the finest hotel in Ireland. Everything about this place oozes class and luxury, and for those who complain about the price they should really bear this in mind. Staff know how to treat guests and make them feel important, and this is true from the check in experience onwards. Location is amazing too - in the grounds of Powerscourt Estate, which is just superb. If you want to pamper yourself then look no further - this truly is the place to go.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 April 2012 via mobile

Lovely staff. Quick check in and check out. Great room. Beautiful leisure facilities. Stunning scenery. Excellent breakfast. We stayed there for St Patrick's day. As a nice tough they had left some shamrock on a pin in our room but there were two of us-two pins would have been better. We were asked if we'd like daily newspapers and we said yes but we never got them. Also on our first night a pipe burst outside our room and my partner had to complain to reception at 4am as they we're hoovering outside our room. We got no apology or real explanation but for the rest of our stay there was a drying machine at our door.

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Beautiful and lovely in so many ways...A grammy, mom and daughter/grand-daughter (9yo) stayed here and all loved it! It was first class with all of the amenities and service one expects at a Ritz. The mountain view suite was perfect and the pool was so cool! It has black tile so it is most interesting and yet very relaxing. And a TV in the bathrooom mirror...awesome! The hotel is in a lovely residential and woody area south of Dublin and an easy 30 minute drive the airport which was a great way to cap off a ten day trip to Ireland.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

My wife and I spent two nights at Powerscourt, Ashford and Dromoland during March, 2012. The vacation setup was via Scepter Tours. The deal with Scepter, including Aer Lingus flights from Chicago, Dooley car rental, and three two-night stays were handled perfectly, as promised by Scepter. Through Scepter and Aer Lingus, we tweaked the original flight for $40 extra to obtain emergency row seating. That required finding out the seats were available through Aer Lingus and then going back through Scepter to complete the upgrade. Scepter handled the upgrade quickly and competently. The upgrade itself -- for a six-hour flight -- was an outstanding value.

Powerscourt was the best facility among the three, hands-down. All three had very good / competent / friendly staff. The outdoors area at each were beautiful. Ashford and Dromoland, though, are older facilities. Powerscourt had larger suites, more rooms per suite, better showers, hot water for tea or coffee available in the suite itself, a refrigerator (unlike the castles) in the room, and things like ice available down the hall without having to go through room service. Powerscourt even had a transformer in the room for making power available to USA appliances (my laptop cord). Again, the staff and grounds at each were all first-rate.

There is a free car service for going to the village, but my wife and I walked to and from the village. The grounds were beautiful, and the walk was very do-able.

I have been to Ireland several times. This was the first time at a castle or highly rate hotel. The only caveat I would add to the foregoing is that, for me anyway, Ireland is a lot more about interacting with the Irish people than with luxury hotels, spas or golf courses, as such. If I were to visit Ireland only once, I would stick with B&B's. You get far more interaction with the Irish people at a B&B than at a castle or hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection
Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, 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 (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Powerscourt Hotel, Autograph Collection 5*
Number of rooms: 200
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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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

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