Wondering where to stay for a quick break in Ireland?
This post is the first in a series of Luxury, Unique or Affordable breaks in Ireland. Ireland is known for it’s outstanding 5 five star hotels, one of which we speak about here: Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa.
We’re going to focus on a few aspects of our break there in this article:
- Transport Links, distance from the airport
- Working on the Road/ From Home capabilities
- Exercise Facilities
- Food & Beverages
Ireland has a wide variety of excellent hotels, ranging from the budget breaks to the luxury break-aways. There is a huge variety of boutique and quirky hotels with something for everyone (few yurts anyone?) and of course Wedding’s in Ireland are big business.
We hope you enjoy this review of Powerscourt so let’s get to it:
Introduction: Powerscourt Hotel & Spa
The Powerscourt Hotel & Spa, once the Ritz Carlton was built in 2007 at the Foothills of the Great Sugarloaf near Enniskerry, in Wicklow.
The drive up to the hotel reminds makes you feel like you’re leaving all of your troubles behind as you pass through the grand gates of the estate. It really feels like you’re traveling back in time to a more sophisticated age, this feeling just intensifies with your stay at the Powerscourt Hotel.
The great avenue of the estate of Powerscourt House & Gardens slopes off to the left as we drive down towards the hotel. The Palladian elegance of Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa is slowly revealed as you drive down the gently twisting entrance.
The sight of the hotel really is something special, the 194 Room hotel glimmers in the sunshine with it’s beautiful and dramatic Palladian style architecture.
The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is visible across the valley, between the tall elegant beech trees. The avenue slopes down, through woodland, before revealing the elegance of Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, with its breathtaking views. Located on the famous Powerscourt Estate, one of Ireland’s finest estates, with its historic house, beautifully manicured garden and its waterfall, the highest in Ireland, you may be just half an hour from Dublin but it could be a million miles away.
One of the most visually astounding and beautiful hotels we’ve stayed in anywhere, not just Ireland. This five star hotel oozes luxury from the very beginning. It’s recently been name AA Hotel of the Year, has two championship golf courses (which we were very lucky to be able to experience, the weather was amazing) and a 30,000 square foot spa which has some male specific treatments which is a nice change.
There are many options for great food with the SIKA signature restaurant, the Sugar Loaf Lounge and even a full traditional Irish Pub called McGills (serious pint of Guinness).
Transport Links to Powerscourt Hotel:
Powerscourt Hotel is so easy to get to! We hopped on the M50 and were there in less than an hour from North County Dublin, a very easy drive, well sign posted and a nice way to start your break.
Travelling by Car:
Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa is less than an hour from Dublin which is a big plus if you’re looking to escape the busyness of the city for a night, it’s a lovely drive down and is equally easy to get to from the airport, hit the M50 and drive straight for a hour!
We rented a Hyundai i30 from carhire.ie who are owned by Europcar in March for €31 for 4 days! Amazing value although I’m sure this gets more expensive during the summer months. We’ve used them a few times and never had an issue
The view from the suite, perfect.
Travelling by bus
The closest public transportation to the estate are the 185 and 44 bus services which leave visitors in Enniskerry village in County Wicklow, a short walk from the Estate (approximately 25 minutes, wear comfortable shoes). Bus timetables are available here.
Travelling by train
The nearest DART station (rail) to the Estate is Bray, County Wicklow which connects the 185 bus with Dublin City Centre. The rail line runs along the coast of Dublin, from Malahide and Howth southwards as far as Greystones, County Wicklow. Full timetables for the DART are available here.