Hotel Deal Review: The Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire
There is something about cut price romance packages that always makes me a little suspicious - the concern is being wooed by the price, charmed by the brochure and then left at the garden gate on the subject of quality. However, having seen a package at The Royal Marine hotel in Dún Laoghaire for €85pps it seemed that on price alone a brief fling might be worth a try.
The Royal Marine hotel is tall and handsome and comes with a very grand marble tiled entrance. Seeing past the chiseled features of the portico, the hotel also has well preserved victorian features. Ornate plasterwork, marble fireplaces and curved sash windows give a distinct seaside charm and having been recently refurbished, the hotel looks much younger than its age suggests.
Good looks are one thing, but as I was here for the romance I was just as interested in the hotels personality. My romance package turned out to be charm personified. I did wonder how good the quality would be, at the price I was paying, but as I had managed an upgrade I found myself swept off my feet when I opened the door to my room. I have been warned of the perils of internet dating but after a platter of fruit, a test run on a divine divan and a glimpse through the bay windows to the sea beyond I was a bit breathless. Clearly I had bagged a keeper.
As my date with the Royal Marine progressed, so did the surprises. A platter of fruit, a box of chocolates and a complimentary bottle of wine came with the price I had paid and before I knew it I had found myself charmed all too quickly into an unusually comfortable king-sized bed.
Having sipped the grape, devoured the fruit and ravished the complimentary chocolate, it was time for dinner. The three courses weren't the most memorable part of my visit, but looking at the price and the generosity of the package, I feel that taken in the round it would be churlish of me to kiss and tell too much the subject.
I awoke the next morning with the smell of sea air and a view of the sails across the harbour and quickly found myself as attracted to The Royal Marine as I had been the night before. When it was time for breakfast, there were no awkward silences and whilst I'm on the subject my host once again proved to be generous in a bright, busy, serve yourself kind of way.
Following a bracing seafront walk my night with the Royal Marine was all but over and I can safely say that my first attempt at buying romance had been a success. The room was superb, the views were fantastic and although it's really too early to say if I've fallen in love, I have a feeling that when it comes to the crunch, me and the Royal Marine will be seeing each other again.
What's the deal:
The Marine Hotel Romance Package comes with room, three course dining, complimentary wine and breakfast. Currently available through the Marine Hotel website, prices start from €85pps depending upon availability. Complimentary room upgrades may be available at time of check-in.
Room : 5 / 5
Food : 3 / 5
Service : 3 / 5
Atmosphere : 3 / 5
Value : 5 / 5
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