We booked into Glenshandan as we were over in Dublin for a family wedding and the hotel holding the reception was fully booked. We made our booking on the basis of the majority of the reviews on Tripadvisor but I now wonder what kind of places these reviewers are used to staying in. The decor was extremely tired and dated - looked like it hadn't been touched since the 80's - lots of orange pine, floral borders and swags over the beds. Our room on the ground floor was obviously a family room that had a bed removed. The remaining small double bed was pushed into the corner of the room and we had to move it so that my husband could get in and out of bed without climbing over me. The bed was extremely uncomfortable - we both woke up with severe back ache and it had a 13.5 tog winter duvet on which was unbearably hot causing us to have a couple of very uncomfortable nights. The heating was also on which in our opinion was totally unnecessary and we had to sleep with the window wide open even though we were on the ground floor. The only mirror in the room was in a dark recess in the corner of the room with only a very dim low-voltage bulb in a small table lamp to light it - totally useless for putting makeup on or doing your hair. I resorted to moving a wooden chair into the bathroom to sit at the well lit mirror in there and plugging my hairdryer into the socket just outside the door - hardly ideal and not very safe!! The shower was very hit and miss temperaturewise and had a fixed shower head which is something I hate. I'd say the cleanliness was pretty average overall - the valance on the bed was extremely grubby and the velvet wing chair, which had definitely seen better days, was full of dust.
In spite of the car park being totally full we only ever saw 2 other guests although there was quite a lot of door banging during the night. The breakfast was fine - either cooked or 'continental' - cereal, yoghurts, tinned or fresh fruit and toast. The location was great as it's only a short distance to the airport.
I really can't see how this b&b has been awarded 4 stars - it's more like a 2 star in my opinion and needs to spend some money on re-decorating and updating the beds.
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- Also Known As:
- Glenshandan Lodge County Dublin/Swords