- Fabulous setting.
- Stunning Location & Total Luxury
- Best breakfast ever!
The Powerscourt Hotel - www.powerscourthotel.com - is located in the 'Garden of Ireland' and while it offers excellent luxury and service, it is only a short drive from Dublin city centre. The N11 road makes reaching this luxury hotel so easy. And what a location – right at the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and surrounded by the magnificent gardens of historic Powerscourt Estate sits the splendid hotel building– this was a breathtaking first impression. Subsequent visits have continued to impress, with the quality of hospitality never wavering.
ACCOMMODATION AT POWERSCOURT HOTEL
The spacious Georgian inspired reception area of the hotel is actually situated on the forth floor of this seven storey building which is cleverly designed to both blend in with and avail of the views of surrounding gardens and countryside. Our room was one floor down, on the same floor as the Sika Restaurant and also facing the Sugar Loaf Mountain. We had floor to ceiling windows and a large balcony with sun loungers where we actually sat out in the early-summer sunshine. We had two double beds with heavenly linen and pillows, a large sitting and working area and a spacious marble bathroom with separate bath and power shower. As you would imagine at such a luxury hotel, we had beautiful toiletries, towels, slippers and robes and plenty of extra touches of luxury. It was a beautiful room, we had three televisions – including one in the bathroom mirror – and access to our balcony from both the bedroom and the sitting-room through large French windows.
DINING AT THE POWERSCOURT HOTEL
We also had dinner at the lovely light-filled SUGAR LOAF LOUNGE where hot and cold food is served throughout the day and evening with great cocktails and Afternoon Tea. This time we had a great meal there, a Wicklow Spring Rack of Lamb with Merlot Jus, and Hereford Beef Medallions. Other choices range from Hake, Burger, Quiche, Chicken and the famous Club Sandwich. Service was really pleasant and the menu is excellent One thing that is really special at The Ritz Carlton Powerscourt are the breakfasts! While there is an ample buffet with everything from fresh berries, muesli and fruit cocktails, breads and bagels, cheeses, fish and charcuterie together with hot cooked food, you can also order specialities from the kitchen. The Spinach & Goats Cheese Omelette is m y favourite, while the Eggs Benedict are the best ever. We would certainly give a breakfast award here, and the service and surrounding scenery make the experience memorable.
ESPA AT POWERSCOURT HOTEL
While we have many excellent spas in hotels throughout Ireland, the spa at Powerscourt has the benefit of being able to bring the spectacular outdoor environment into the numerous spa treatment rooms and suites, relaxation areas, pools and saunas. Natural materials including stone, wood and slate mirror the surrounding scenery and the glass walls offer great mountain views. With 20 treatment rooms and taking in 30,000 square foot, this is a substantial facility. Treatments include Chinese, Ayurvedic and Balinese influenced therapies and a full range of face and body therapies for both men and women. We both opted on our last visit for the new signature Peat Ritual which took all of ninety minutes of total pampering. It began with an Elemis Salt & Oil Scrub, the Irish peat is applied to the body and while that detoxing the body, an indulgent head massage is given. A full body massage and a mini facial make up this fabulous treatment. It left my skin feeling silky smooth, and I was so relaxed that I floated back to our room afterwards in total bliss!There is a full range of pampering spa treatments for both men and women with the massage being particularly excellent, and there is also a very popular day spa package which includes lunch.
A visit to this hotel is just what the doctor ordered – total relaxation together with ultimate pampering and foodie indulgence. When the weather is bright and warm, we enjoy walking around the wonderful grounds. When winter is blowing outside, there are few places to match the warm cocoon of luxury that is the Powerscourt Hotel in the heart of the Garden of Ireland.
What's To Do In the Area?
On our last visit the sun shone brightly and so we availed of the complimentary bicycles to go for a fabulous cycle around the estate and long the river walk. Previously we did not do too much except enjoy all the facilities at the hotel, but we did opt for a round of golf at the Powerscourt Golf Club. This 36-hole championship-standard golf complex is set in some of the most beautiful scenery. The East Course was designed by Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy and opened in 1996 and the West Course, open since 2003 was designed by David McLay Kidd.
The beautiful Powerscourt gardens are right on the doorstep, and so exploring them is a seasonal delight. Avoca Handweavers is also very close to the hotel, and well worth a visit for buying special gifts and enjoying a coffee.
Despite the surrounding countryside, Dublin city centre is just half an hour away on the N11 which is not much more than five minutes from the hotel. Details of all the best shopping and cultural areas can be had from the concierge at the hotel. Dublin Airport can be reached in less than an hour.