We stayed for 2 nights bed and breakfast.
First impressions was of an old looking hotel right on a busy road. Check-in was seamless and quick. The girl was very friendly. The first room has a terrible smell of smoke. I went back to reception and got a change. The second room was facing a flat roof. Both windows had broken latches and could not be closed. Looked like someone had broken in. This time back to reception again with the bags in tow. The receptionist was very apologetic and gave us a top floor room overlooking the main road. The room was large with a double and single. The room and en-suite was tired and needed updating. Later looking around the hotel it all need updating.
The bathroom had an in bath shower. There was no air conditioning. There was tea and coffee making facility. Wifi was ok in the room.
The breakfast was a small buffet for tea, coffee, cereals, fruit, bread etc.. The main cooked breakfast was from a menu. We ate twice in the bar beside the hotel and had typical bar food. Here it was tasty and reasonably priced.
The town itself is typical of a satellite town, hit by the recession that you see in a 30/40 mile radius of Dublin or any major city. The hotel is walking distance to the sea and there is a dirt path north that skirts the shore line, which we did not get to the end, even walking for 1.5hrs or 3hrs round trip.
Overall it’s a tired and outdated décor hotel. This is a type of a hotel where you will go to the shop and buy snacks to eat in the room while reading or watching the tv rather than sit in the foyer.
Will we visit again? I don’t think so, as we feel we have seen all of Wicklow town has to offer this time around. Other towns and hotels to visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel has been welcoming guests to the picturesque sea-side town of Wicklow since 1896. Centrally located in the heart of "The Garden of Ireland", it's the perfect relaxing base for exploring Wicklow. Facilities include: 33 luxurious rooms, lively main bar and cozy lounge, food served all day, excellent conferencing & banqueting facilities and secure parking. Stunning scenery (Glendalough), golf (Druid's Glen), walking, historic houses & gardens (Powerscourt) all nearby. Dublin: 40 minutes drive. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wicklow Grand Hotel