I booked this last minute as a weekend getaway for my husband for 'fathers day'. The staff were very welcoming and made a huge effort to speak to our three children and make them feel equally welcome.
A lovely touch is when you arrive they present you with hot face clothes to refresh your hands and face after your journey, it's a lovely touch.
We stayed on the 1st floor. The corridors were nicely decorated and clean. The rooms were spacious with two double size beds (which in a five star hotel was a little disappointing a King size or super king would have been perfect, but we still had a good nights sleep).
There was also a writing desk and side board in our room. The bathroom had a separate shower and bath. There was double doors which opened onto a 2ft wide half type of balcony, which really served for the purpose of being able to open the doors and have a lovely breeze come in without having to worry that the children would fall out the large door/windows.
When checking in we had asked about swimming and we noted that the staff had informed us that there was robes in the room for all the guests, but there was only two adult ones. We rang down and they arrived promptly with children's robes, which my children were delighted with.
This hotel is really about the staff - the staff is what makes the hotel in my experience and also what amenities are available. Ken the barman couldn't do enough for us giving plenty of information about the amenities of the hotel as well as things to do in the surrounding areas. Our children had gone to the playground, so we were sitting on the balcony just having a glass of wine settling in and he presented us with colouring packs for the children when they returned. Again, very very child friendly.
After one of our meals, our toddler had started to get tired and upset, so we had to leave our table abruptly - I had said to one of the staff members, we would be back to settle the bill in a few mins when we had the little one settled and again, 'no problem'. Sunni was so accommodating to our children who opted to choose from a different menu as was Danielle. The staff are all so friendly and can't do enough for you and nothing is a problem.
The resort has bikes available on site for the children and adults. Our children loved cycling around the estate and Oli was only too pleased to help them get saddled up and sort them with helmets, etc. Never loosing patience even though they would drop the bikes back only to re-hire them half an hour later when they changed there mind and wanted to go for another cycle. There is a selection of dvd's and board games for the children as well as an outdoor playground and indoor den which is very conveniently located a few yards away from the main lobby.
Another massive plus for this hotel is that they have a kitchenette on the 1st floor, which has a bottle washer, microwave and even a few jar's of baby food if you were caught short! I can't stress how much of a difference having this facility can make to a families overall comfort.
The pièce de résistance has to be breakfast!! Diet went out the window on this one. The continental breakfast had great choice but the quality of food was excellent. My favourites was the home-made granola and the porridge (which had a very naughty jug of cream, brown sugar or honey beside it - so lovely). The pastry selection was good and the hotel's own Guinness bread was just lovely, especially with a little smoked salmon and lemon.
There was the usual buffet style selection of sausages and rashers. The sausages were particularly good. I love hash browns and there was none, but it didn't matter as they had table service eggs benedict or eggs Florentine (which I had on the second morning - divine).
The children absolutely loved the pancake station, and availed of it both mornings choosing strawberries and chocolate sauce for their filling. Alongside the pancake station the chef is also busy making omelettes which my husband had on both mornings and said it was just so tasty. It is probably the best breakfast I have ever had in a hotel. After I finished breakfast on the first morning, the very lovely Eli asked if we wanted fresh tea or coffee - I said 'yes I would love a fresh coffee', thinking Americano as that's what they serve at breakfast and her reply was 'well, would you like a latte, espresso, cappuccino, mocha?...... I was in heaven!!
We are delighted to have found this hotel as it is less than an hour from where we live. They cater so well for children and anyone with children will tell you if they are happy it makes a massive difference to how the adults can enjoy the facilities too, whether it be reading the papers with a coffee or going for a walk around the estate. It is now going to be our 'go to' hotel for when we just want a weekend away or a couple of days switch off with the children!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our five-star hideaway and submerge yourself in the tranquility of Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort. Here nature and luxury meet to create a memorable escape. Nestled in 400 acres between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea, yet only thirty minutes from Dublin, Druids Glen provides a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Experience our authentic Irish hospitality, allow us to take care of you while you soak up our wonderful surroundings, settle into our pace of life and enjoy the warm, attentive service from our expert team. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Druids Glen Hotel Newtownmountkennedy
- Druids Glen Marriott Hotel Country
- Newtownmountkennedy Marriott
- Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort Newtown Mount Kennedy, County Wicklow, Ireland