We seem to be on a tour of Dublin with our recent mini holidays at The Shelbourne and The Marker. Last weekend it was the turn of The Haddington in Dun Laoghaire. Formerly The Kingston Hotel, The Haddington hotel is mid renovation with the team there slowly refurbishing rooms and amenities. They are making good progress though. It’s great to see such a beautiful building in a wonderful seafront location being brought back to what it should be.
Entering the hotel, the lobby and reception is fully refurbished, and is beautiful. Art deco styling with high ceilings, sumptuous teal and mustard yellow velvet seating, parquet flooring and retro signage for the concierge and reception desk. If this is a sign of what The Haddington will look like once renovation is completed it will be exceptional. There’s a small reception desk area with a speedy check in, and we were soon on our way to our room on the 5th floor.
Exiting the lift, the first sign of what the hotel was before is still evident here. A dated corridor with red walls and faded carpets, it is however clean and orderly. On this visit, we didn’t have a sea view room but our room did have a view up Adelaide Street towards Georges Street Upper. Our room had a double and single bed, lockers in between, a desk with water and the vitally important Nespresso machine, a wardrobe and small table and chairs in the window. Steps to the front of the room led into the bathroom, perfectly functional with a shower (no bath).
The bed is so very comfortable and there are luxury throws from Foxford adorning each one, perfect to get under for a little afternoon snooze (naps are part of every hotel stay, right?).
Our room had elements of the old hotel with the furniture and the new decor in it. Each room also has an envelope with hotel details, local amenities, things to do and a map – really useful for guests and I loved the thought and detail put into this.
Breakfast is served in Oliveto restaurant. It’s all buffet, serve yourself style, including the Nespresso machine for coffees. While it wasn’t the best hotel breakfast I’ve had it was still good. It’s mostly what you would expect – cereals, cold meats & cheeses, croissants, breads, toast and on the hot buffet, sausages, rashers, fried eggs, white pudding, beans, tomatoes. The setting in Oliveto is superb facing out to the gardens, pier and sea. We ate in Oliveto for dinner the evening before, separate post to follow soon.
A very pleasant stay, The Haddington is modern yet classic, with great styling and ideas, it will be even better with renovation complete. In the summer months the outside space to the front, with the garden bar and seating is lovely; it was a little chilly this visit. I love the location, for walks on the pier or along the seafront, great dining and drinking options nearby in Dun Laoghaire and all along the coast from Monkstown to Dalkey, the Dart to take you into town or further afield. It’s easy to recommend this affordable hotel for a stay by the sea.
The Haddington | 9 – 12 Haddington Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Phone: +353 1 2801810 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org