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Pillo Hotel Ashbourne
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ashbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 January 2011

Nice interior, well designed but never comfortable. The room aircon systems are poorly maintained - the rooms will only heat up as the sensors for aircon on the doors and windows are broken. This seems to be a common complaint - other colleagues suffered the same overnight overheating, and it seems to be a problem that has been going on for a while - which undermines any claims that the issue is being addressed by management.

Just make sure you have a key to open the window before you settle down for the night!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

Hi all,

I stayed in this hotel for one night last September. I was attending a wedding and thought it was superb. The staff were very efficient and helpful, and the rooms and reception area were immaculate.
I was only sorry i was stayin for the one night, would of loved to have stayed longer! x x

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

Stayed in the Marriott for a "relaxing" weekend with my partner - thought the hotel was lovely. Really clean, modern and comfortable. Staff were friendly and we when we asked for a late checkout we were given 2 hours which was great.
Used it as a base to explore Meath - spent some time in Slane, Newgrange etc. For those travelling from abroad wouldn't recommend it as a hotel to use for Dublin stay as it is at least 30-40 minutes journey from Dublin (includes Motorway journey).
Ate in La Bucca Italian Restaurant, Ashbourne, on the Saturday evening which was lovely - would definitely recommend that you try it.

High points: Cleanliness, friendly staff, comfortable bedrooms, good value, breakfast (which was YUM!)
Low points: Could have done with more towels in bedroom, Food in Red Bar was average, alcohol in hotel bar quite expensive. Also, our TV wasn't working when we arrived, rang staff, told would have to wait until morning for technician but after an hour of messing around with the TV we got it to work ourselves - if someone had at least tried to help us it would have been better! Also, WIFI wasn't working on my ipod or laptop which was annoying.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 December 2010

It's not often I'm wowed by a hotel anymore but this one was great. It has a free shuttle to and from DUB about a 15-20 min ride. The check in was fast, efficient and friendly. The bar staff stayed open to accommodate my order even though I arrived at the hotel after closing time. I was upgraded to a junior suite, well worth the extra money in my opinion.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 November 2010

We reserved this hotel because it was billed as providing an airport shuttle. However, the shuttle service ended at 11:00 PM, after our plane had landed, and was unavailable until 7:30 AM, which was almost too late for us to make our plane in the morning.

As a result of this dismal gap in the shuttle service, we had to take a cab to this hotel, which cost over 40 euros. This hotel is absolutely nowhere near the airport, and the shuttle service is a joke. Many planes leave early in the morning and arrive late at night. Cutting off guests during these times, when they are exhausted and just want to put their bags down, is absolutely horrible.

The staff was completely unable to correct these issues. Because the hotel is located out in the middle of nowhere, by the time we got there, we no longer had the option of going to another hotel nearer the airport. The hotel staff was pressuring us to check in and give them our credit card, telling us it was the only option, and the only way to get more cash for the next cab ride.

The staff was absolutely unsympathetic to our being victims to a plane that came in late at night. They couldn't have been less helpful, and would not help with the cab ride or offer any kind of help with the shuttle.

We were extremely worried we wouldn't get to our morning plane in time, and the staff assured us we would have plenty of time. We barely got there in time, arriving within 20 minutes of the gate closing, after squeezing in with 2 other families in the morning.

We stayed at this place because it was supposedly an airport hotel. This is not an airport hotel, no matter what anyone says.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 October 2010

Stayed there overnight. Flew into Dublin at 9pm and got the bus. Then left the next morning early and got airport bus again. Was efficient and staff helped with the stay. Thanks!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

We booked this hotel on the basis of an ad in Dublin Airport, hoping to use their shuttle to get a morning flight home. After returning the rental car, we searched for the shuttle stop,only to find that the bus (a seven-passenger van) was available on request, and that the trip was 20 minutes each way. Also, there is only one van, and we could not book it for the time we wanted in the morning, since it was already booked. Management seemed pretty helpless, except to offer us a trip 45 minutes before we wanted to go. Otherwise a nice hotel, very quiet, probably because it had so few guests.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Pillo Hotel Ashbourne

Address: The Rath, Ashbourne, Ireland (Formerly Ashbourne Marriott Hotel)
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Meath > Ashbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Ashbourne
Price Range: £84 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pillo Hotel Ashbourne 4*
Number of rooms: 148
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This modern hotel combines contemporary chic with 4 star luxury, perfectly located between Dublin City centre and Meath the heritage capital of Ireland so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. With 148 bedrooms decorated to the highest standard The Pillo Hotel Ashbourne is the only choice when staying for business or pleasure.The Pillo Hotel Ashbourne is ideal for a family getaway, with interconnecting and spacious family rooms available, a fantastic 16 metre swimming pool, children’s play room on site and with Ireland’s newest attraction Tayto Park just five minutes away the children will be entertained for hours. Other attractions within the area include The National Aquatic Centre, Dublin Zoo and Funtasia.Or if you’re staying for business, enjoy our high speed complimentary internet access or work in the comfort of our business centre. Relax and unwind in our Fitness centre, Jacuzzi, steam room or sauna.The Pillo Hotel Ashbourne is located on the N2 and is only 11 minutes from the M50, which makes the hotel the perfect location for conferences and events partnered with over 9000 square feet of meeting space over 7 meeting rooms and on site exhibition space. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Marriott Ashbourne
Ashbourne Marriott

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