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Deer Park Hotel,- Golf and Spa. Howth- Dublin, Review
Deer Park Hotel Golf & Spa (Howth, Ireland)
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Deer Park Hotel Golf & Spa (Howth, Ireland)
Advantages: lovely location
Disadvantages: facilities could be improved
The Deer Park (3star) Hotel, in Howth, just outside Dublin Centre(10km) is a hotel that has stunning views that overlook Dublin Bay, and Howth. The hotel was not as grand to look at from the outside as I was expecting, inside the decor is nice, simple and clean. There is free carparking, with good transport links into Dublin centre and a short walk to Howth town. It is advertised as being in the grounds of Howth Castle which it is, but the castle is not open to visitors.
I stayed in earyly August 2011, for just under a week.
The rooms themselves are nice, neat, tidy and clean with ensuite bathrooms, woth great views looking out over the golf course, bays and castle. there are a variety of rooms available for singles, couples and families. I stayed in a double which came with a sofa, table, large tv, tea/coffee facilities large bathroom, bedside cabinets and fair sized wardrobe. The rooms also have free wifi, which did not work for the whole duration of my stay which was a bit annoying as I had work that I had planned to do. I other guest thinking prehaps it was just my laptop connection but they also had this problem. At the reception when reported early on it never got sorted throughout my stay.
They have a peaceful lounge area upstairs with many sofas with views out, and a guest computer which is 1euro for 10 minutes which was incredibly slow, I just managed to check my emails and that is it, a 1minute task normally.
Breakfast was priced at 12.50euro each, I had this for just one day out of my night stay, I was a bit dissapointed with this, I found the cost to be quite expensive for what you got, marketed as a full Irish breakfast, it was a buffet style that could have really done with a few more options. In the breakfast room its self the tables and chairs are all very close to other guests tables the waiters brought us a rack of toast which wasnt particularly warm and it was overcooked, they also offer you a choice of warm drinks- the choice was either tea or coffee- no variety or hot chocolate which is a main hot beverage I feel they should have offered, it is a buffet style breakfast, and for the cooked breakfast there was only 5 products on offer- Sausages, Scrambled eggs, Bacon, Mushrooms, Beans, which when I went in the were running short on. They had continental foods, but the variety there too was lacking. After this I never used the dining facilities they had on offer, because I really did not find this to be fantastic. There was a bar area too, that seemed reasonably priced for lightbites- I did not have anything, but I did have a drink ;)
The gym was free to use, which has a wide variety of cardio equipment and weights, and they also offered classes which guests staying at the hotel could attend for a small cost for about 6euro. I found the gym to be the most useful facility for myself, they also had a small pool- 17m in length, which was visable from the gym, which was quiet so very nice for being able to swim and relax. The steam room worked fine but was very small, and the sauna was completely broken for the majority of my stay and I never had the opportunity to use it. Their are tennis courts around the back- I am not sure on the costs, but I should imagine less than 10euro, the area around the back wasn't too nice to look at it needed a bit of tidying up. They have a wide range of golfing activities on offer starting from just a few euro each.
I was a bit disapointed with the spa, although I never had any treatments I found it again to be overpriced, because it is in a hotel I am not expecting things to be super cheap, and value that people pamper and treat themselves on holiday but just to get gel nails done it was advertised at a cost of 54euro when I was there, this is a simple nail treatment that I could get done at a salon with a very good reputation for about 25euro back home.
Although my stay there was pleasant there were quite a few things that could have been improved on which are all easy enoughto do, such as a few more breakfast options, such as croissants, more cereals, better fruits, jams, more cooked food, juices, all cheap and easy to do, fix the wifi- its a job that would have taken no more than 15 minutes to do. tidy up around the back, even though there is not much happening around there its not pretty compaired to the rest of it. Speed up the slow computer, get someone in to fix the sauna, do some market research into spa pricing etc etc. If they fixed those issues I should imagine it would be somewhere where I would return if I was in the area again, but until then I have no desire too.
Room prices are from 45euro for a single without breakfast. They also offer spa and golf packages.
Summary: It is in a nice area, great views, some of the services they offer are not up to scratch.
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