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This is a traditional hotel in the south county Dublin town of Dún Laoghaire, which is right beside the sea and Dún Laoghaire harbour, and around 30 minutes by car or rail to Dublin city. The hotel was purpose-built in 1863 and has a historic feel, with lovely large public areas, wide corridors and spacious rooms, many of which overlook the sea at the front. The hotel is well equipped for a leisure break, with two restaurants, a large lounge, a health club with an 18m swimming pool, a spa and an underground car park. You can also take the Aircoach bus from Dublin Airport to the hotel.

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We loved the coastal location and sea views from the front of the hotel.

Overlooking Dublin Bay, there are plenty of coastal and countryside walks on the doorstep. The DART train takes you into Dublin city centre.
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.

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Style & Character

People who want to be located near the sea or in South County Dublin will enjoy it here. Wide corridors and old style bath fittings, tiles and taps in some rooms remind you of the hotel's amazing history and heritage.

Service & Facilities

Service is very friendly.

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


Some of the older rooms in the more historic part of the hotel have views over Dún Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay. We loved the bay window in the room, with lovely sea views day and night.

Classic, Executive, Family Suite, Junior Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, mini fridge, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We enjoyed tea and scones in the old fashioned bay lounge at the front of the hotel, as well as a traditional Irish breakfast with all the trimmings, plus tea and toast.

Dún Restaurant: traditional dining, international cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and dinner. Three-course menu, €37.
Hardy's Bar & Bistro: main bar, informal dining, classic cuisine. Mains include burgers, steaks and salads.
Bay Lounge: ornate décor, open fire. Serving afternoon tea daily, from €30.

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