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OVERVIEW

This is a traditional and historic hotel in the coastal suburb of Dún Laoghaire, overlooking the harbour and Dublin Bay. It is well equipped, with two restaurants and a lounge for afternoon tea, plus a pool, sauna, steam room and gym, and a full service spa. It has an underground car park and its own grounds, with a variety of entrances.


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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

This hotel is located in the coastal suburb town of Dún Laoghaire, near the seafront and piers with views across Dublin Bay from upper floors. It is also near bus services, the Dart (suburban rail) and the Aircoach bus service which goes to and from Dublin Airport. It is about 30 minutes by car or public transport to the city centre. The hotel is in its own grounds, with walkways leading from the hotel to the seafront.

By plane: direct flights to Dublin from Manchester and Birmingham (1 hour), and London (1 hour 15 minutes). It's a 40-minute drive to the hotel. Free parking on-site. Book flights to Dublin.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

The ambience in the front part of this historic hotel is traditional and old-school in style - the hotel was built as a hotel in 1863 when the first railway connecting Dún Laoghaire and Dublin city opened, and the hotel's interior reflects this heritage, with many original features in the public reception areas and the rooms, which are decorated in a classic style. There is a wing of newer rooms in the rear of the hotel which have a darker colour palette and do not have views.

THE FACILITIES

The hotel is well equipped with plenty of public areas, a large underground car park, a full spa and a health club with a gym, swimming pool, steam room and sauna. It is also in its own grounds with gates on both sides for access to Dún Laoghaire town, plus walks through the gardens to the seafront.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Rooms at the front of the hotel are spacious and have original features like sash windows and some have bay windows. These rooms have views down over the seafront and across Dublin Bay to Howth. Rooms in more modern sections at the rear are more compact and do not have views.

Room types: Classic, Executive, Family Suite, Junior Suite, Presidential Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, mini fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Dún Restaurant is the hotel's traditional dining room with classic meat and seafood dishes. Hardy's Bar & Bistro is more informal with salads, burgers and fish and chips. You can have lunch or coffee in the Atrium lounge, and you can also have lunch or have afternoon tea in the Bay Lounge.

Dún Restaurant: open daily for breakfast and dinner.

Hardy's Bar & Bistro: main bar, informal dining.

Bay Lounge: afternoon tea daily, from €32.

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