Well what an experience this was. The location is fantastic as is the style of the hotel. Im a born and bred Dun Laoghaire man so was looking forward to another visit. I was checked in by someone from possibly France. At the bar it was a mixture of Eastern Europeans and at breakfast it was anything from the Orient to Africa via Eastern Europe. So where was the Irish welcome? Well there wasnt one. The staff whilst reasonably efficient and I stress "reasonably" they had no urgency or idea of what real Irish service means. Does anyone remember how bar staff in the past once taking your first order would with a nod and a wink have your next drink ready before exactly when you require it. These Irish bar staff that could serve 10 people at the same time engaging everyone with a look that said Im on the case. The current staff if you could find them were too busy at times to serve you as they found it tricky to serve one person and operate a till at the same time. In short you need a flag and a flare gun to get some of the staffs attention in this hotel. Brand Ireland is completley missing, in fact this hotel could be in central Poland and you wouldnt notice a difference. With so many Irish unemployed whats the reason? Is it salary? You bet it is, this is a minimum wage enviornment and you get what you pay for. No need for it as they charge London 5 star prices for their food and drink. If you do stay here take a tip from me and try the local pubs for food and drink you will save a fortune and will also experience the Irish touch of service with a smile and a chat. This hotel is sterile with a staff that is in place to do a job, and not unfortunately provide an Irish welcome that was world famous in years gone by.
- Also Known As:
- Royal Marine dún Laoghaire
- Hotel Royal Marine
- Royal Marine Hotel Dublin
- Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steeped in history and a favourite with the locals, this landmark Hotel is an impressive sight on the Dun Laoghaire skyline. Since 1828, a Dublin Hotel has occupied the site now occupied by the Dun Laoghaire, Royal Marine Hotel. With 228 Bedrooms, 14 Dedicated Meeting Rooms and a Conference Centre as well as The Pier Health Club and sananaSPA; the Royal Marine Hotel has it all. ... more less
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