Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa

Dunboyne , , Maynooth Road (Show on Map)


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Summary of reviewsDunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is a lovely location for a relaxing holiday in Ireland with a tranquil atmosphere and friendly locals. The breakfast received mixed reviews with some guests impressed by its freshness and quality, while others found it underwhelming with limited options. The dinner service also received mixed reviews with some guests enjoying great food and reasonable prices, while others found it underwhelming with poor service and menus. The rooms were generally comfortable and spacious, though some guests found them outdated and in need of a revamp. The staff were consistently praised for their fantastic, friendly and accommodating service. The spa received mixed reviews with some guests loving the facilities and treatments, while others were disappointed with the extra fee and maintenance issues. The beds also received mixed reviews with some guests finding them remarkably comfortable, while others found them uncomfortably hard or noisy. Overall, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is a mostly clean and welcoming establishment with some enjoyable dining experiences and excellent staff.
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Historic Hotel
Set amidst the rich history of Ireland, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa has a storied past that dates back to the times of The Butlers of Dunboyne. The original castle, which served as their residence, was destroyed during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland due to the family's steadfast refusal to convert to Protestantism. In its place, a stately Georgian house was constructed in 1764 under the watchful eye of Drogheda architect George Darley. The structure boasts exquisite ornamental stucco plasterwork by the renowned Lafranchini Brothers, with the ceiling over the staircase depicting the four elements central to life during that period—War, Music, Education, and Love.

The last of the Butlers to call the castle home was the 22nd Baron of Dunboyne, John Butler, who was also the Catholic Bishop of Cork. Over the years, ownership of the castle passed through various families, including the Butler-O’Briens, Sadliers, Morrough-Ryans, and Watchmans. In 1955, the Good Shepherd Sisters took up residence until 1991 when the Keating family acquired the property. The Ross family then purchased the castle in 1999 and embarked on an ambitious restoration project. Led by Seamus Ross, they transformed the castle into the luxurious Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, which opened its doors in 2006. In December 2022, Mr. Thomas Röggla added the hotel to his prestigious TMR Hotel Collection, which includes esteemed properties such as Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort, Harvey’s Point, Mount Wolseley, Aghadoe Heights, and the Ballymascanlon Hotel & Golf Resort.

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Experience luxury and relaxation at the Seoid Spa, the gem of the Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa. Recognized as the regional winner in Northern Europe at the World Luxury Spa awards in 2019, Seoid Spa is a carefully designed oasis of calm, offering guests a retreat into relaxation. The spa features specialist treatments, a hydrotherapy pool, heated pool loungers, a sauna, a steam room, and a fully equipped gym. Begin your spa journey in the hydrotherapy pool, allowing the heated water to wash away your stress. Afterwards, relax in the laconium for a dry heat treatment or in the steam room to soothe your muscles. The Seoid Spa also offers unique spa experiences such as body wraps and scrubs, manicures and pedicures and a revitalizing cold shower.

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Room Types
Deluxe Double Room Overlooking the Castle grounds, this room features 2 large armchairs, a work desk and free Wi-Fi. The bathroom includes a separate bathtub and shower.

Deluxe Twin Room Providing free toiletries, this twin room includes a private bathroom with a bath, a shower and a hairdryer. The air-conditioned twin room provides a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a wardrobe, a safe deposit box and an electric kettle. The unit offers 2 beds.

Guest Reviews
7.8
Good
Location
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is nestled in a lovely location with a tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal base for exploration. It’s located in a beautiful village that has excellent places to eat and very friendly locals. Good travel options to Dublin are available, making it easy to access the city's attractions. While the yield sign in front of the hotel is not immediately visible, it's still easy to find. The hotel is by far the best spa and place to get treatments with a perfect location not too far from Dublin. There's a wide selection of pubs and restaurants nearby, making it easy to enjoy local Irish cuisine. Additionally, the setting of the hotel is simply wonderful and the staff are very friendly. There's adequate parking and the interior is tastefully designed. Overall, it's an excellent location for a relaxing holiday in Ireland.

Breakfast
Guests had varying opinions about the breakfast at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa. Some described it as fabulous, great, amazing, yummy and gorgeous with very good food. Others were disappointed, describing it as underwhelming, very poor, extremely bad, disappointing and with a very poor selection. There were comments on the limited options and some guests wished for more variety, such as a smoked salmon option or more types of eggs. A few mentioned issues such as a broken toaster knob, hair found in the brown bread and tea, coffee and toast arriving late. Some guests noted that the buffet breakfast was decent, if not outstanding and was refreshed regularly. The Covid pandemic also affected the choices of breakfast food offered and there were limitations. While some praised the attentive staff, others experienced long queues and slow service. Overall, opinions about the breakfast at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa varied, but some guests were impressed by its freshness and quality.

Dinner
The dinner service at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa received mixed reviews from guests. Some described it as dreadful with poor service and underwhelming menus. However, others enjoyed a nice or fantastic meal, highlighting the great food and reasonable prices. The Ivy Restaurant, though, was considered a real disappointment by some. Some guests experienced long waits for food, which was sometimes cold or of low quality. On the other hand, a variety of bar menus and great cocktails were praised by some guests, who enjoyed excellent bar food on both nights of their stay. Interestingly, some found the food to be expensive, while others felt it was good value for money. All in all, though there were some downsides, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa offered some enjoyable dining experiences for guests.

Rooms
Guests have varied opinions on the rooms at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa. Some have described them as lovely, spacious, clean and modern with comfortable beds and well-appointed bathrooms. Others have found them outdated and in need of a revamp with old, tired furniture and dusty sheets. Some guests have also reported issues with showers not being adjustable and scalding hot, cracked basins and lights flickering. However, the hotel staff have been described as lovely and helpful and the location near Dublin has been praised. Overall, guests seem to have enjoyed the large, comfortable and spacious rooms with in-room facilities, natural views and balconies.

Beds
The beds at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa have garnered mixed reviews from guests. While some have found the beds to be uncomfortably hard or noisy, others have raved about the remarkably comfortable super king size beds provided in their rooms. Some guests also reported issues with dusty bed sheets or minor problems like divots in the bed, but noted that the staff was responsive and quick to rectify any issues. Nevertheless, many guests have found the rooms to be generally comfortable with ample space in the twin rooms or the pleasantly quiet bedrooms with cozy beds.

Cleanliness
Despite some negative reviews regarding cleanliness, overall, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa appears to be a mostly clean and welcoming establishment. Many guests complimented the modern and clean rooms with all the necessary amenities. However, some guests reported areas of the hotel that lacked cleanliness, such as dirty windows, doors and carpets. The spa area was also noted as needing a bit of an update with outdated showers and rusty and limescale-covered facilities. Despite some issues, guests found the hotel to be clean and tidy with spacious rooms and friendly staff.

Staff
The staff at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa are a definite highlight of any stay. Reviewers consistently praise the fantastic, friendly and accommodating staff who go above and beyond to help guests feel comfortable and at home. From the reception staff to the waiting staff in both the restaurant and bars, every member of the team is dedicated to providing exceptional service. The spa staff are particularly noted for their excellent service and the bar staff are described as wonderful and chatty. Guests appreciate the helpfulness of the staff, such as their willingness to satisfy requests and solve any issues. Some standout employees are mentioned by name, such as Jack on reception and Sara in the Sadlier bar, who are exceptional at their jobs. While some reviewers note experiences of slow service or inexperienced staff, these instances are far outweighed by the consistently positive reviews of the friendly and welcoming staff at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa.

Spa
According to guest reviews, the spa at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is a mix of good and bad experiences. While many guests loved the thermal spa and facilities, some were disappointed with having to pay an extra fee to use the spa. Some reviewers noted the lack of direction from the hotel regarding how the spa worked and the absence of robes and flip flops in the rooms. Others complained about the cold Jacuzzi, hot beds that didn't work, a steam room out of use and a pool that was unsafe to use. However, amidst the negative reviews, many guests praised the amazing staff who provided great spa treatments. Some also mentioned that the spa experience was relaxing and accommodating despite the maintenance work currently ongoing. Overall, it seems the spa is a good experience, though with room for improvement, especially in terms of pricing and maintenance.


No, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa doesn't have any pool.

Yes, a spa is available at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa.

No, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa doesn't allow dogs.

Yes, parking facilities are available at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa.

Yes, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa has a gym.

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