The past few months have been such a whirlwind.
My days have been filled with cooking, photographing and writing the cookbook.
And with that comes loads of the mammy guilt’s! Lils has been answered with ” not now hun mammy’s busy” on more than one occasion.
So when we were invited as guests for a two-night stay-cation at Sandymount hotel I jumped at the chance and couldn’t wait to relax and just be “mammy” again.
About Sandymount Hotel
Sandymount hotel is one of the last remaining traditional family operated hotels in Dublin.
It is sited on the old Haig distillery which operated from 1769 to 1860. The Eight Victorian houses were originally constructed in 1866 with bricks for the old distillery and for over 100 years were homes if the aristocracy of Dublin.
The Hotel was founded in 1955 by George and Rosaleen Loughran, who started from a humble beginning of 4 bedrooms in one house. The hotel is now run by Gerard and his father John Loughran and has 170 bedrooms and suites.
The hotel has a 4-star rating and won the award for “Europe’s leading green hotel” at the world travel awards 2017 and have retained the award in 2018.
Sandymount Hotel is next to the Aviva Stadium so its really handy if you are going to a match. Its also close to the RDS, 3Arena, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, and The Convention Centre Dublin.
The Lansdowne Road DART Station is just a few minutes walk from the hotel and that’s how we made our way into the city center as its only two stops away.
As the hotel is so central to town there are loads of activities to do as a family or as a couple for a weekend getaway.
You can check out a tour of the Aviva stadium or even catch a show in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
We decided to try out the Viking Splash tour during our stay.
Ok I’m going, to be honest here I never actually knew it went on water! I thought they maybe chucked a few buckets of water over you at most. But no, the bus turns into a boat and goes on the water. Our tour guide was funny and informative and all 3 of us enjoyed it from start to finish.
We opted for the bar menu on the first night, lils devouring the pasta and fresh tomato sauce. Daddy went for the biggest burger I’ve ever seen on a bar food menu (fact) and I went for the fresh cod. The staff was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere in the bar was laid back with a few families and couples dining also.
On the second night, we went for afternoon tea. This was a highlight of mine, the chef making lils her very own mini afternoon tea. This is available for any little one, with 24-hour notice and is something I’m going to do with her again. Mammy and mini-me afternoon tea!
Its Just a fab idea, I will be booking us in for Mothers day 2019.
She just loved drinking her juice from the fancy teacups and echoed “this is delicious throughout”. She even got little ham sambos with the crusts cut off and said they were the best ham sambos ever!
Each tier of the cake stand consisted of cream cakes ( all daddy’s favorites) dotted with little mini quiches and bread rolls to satisfy my savory palette a well. (hats off to the chef he thought of absolutely everything)
It was so tasty we actually got the waitress to wrap up our leftovers which we enjoyed back in the room later that night with a little nightcap. (Feeling like the aristocracy of Dublin ourselves)
On the night there was a big match on in the Aviva stadium (Arsenal v Chesley) The hotel was buzzing and welcomed match goers with extra bars and a marquee out the front.
altho the bar was busy it maintained the very same friendly polite atmosphere we experienced on the first night.
The breakfast each morning had Irish sourced produce and an array of choice.
It was a Buffy-style featuring all your “full Irish” favorites.
Just before breakfast closed the waitress went around each table and asked if anyone wanted to go back up and get anything else from the Buffy before breakfast finished. I’ve never seen this in a hotel before and was a lovely touch.
What I loved the most
The high light of my stay was that you could feel Sandymount hotel was a family run hotel as soon as you walked in the front door. It has a warm and friendly nature that I never experienced in a Dublin hotel until my stay.
We had home from home experience from start to finish, well that’s if you live in a 4-star, award winning home of the aristocracy of Dublin!
We will be back
Disclosure: I was an invited guest of Sandymount hotel, all opinions are my own as always.
ps.. fancy winning a night b&b and experiencing Afternoon tea yourself? keep an eye over on my Facebook page as I may have a wee giveaway coming up!