152. 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, Mirabelle restaurant closed Sun, Mon, first 2 weeks Jan.
5 lounges, bar, 2 restaurants, function/meeting facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, terrace, spa/health club (indoor and outdoor pools), 2-acre garden (putting, etc).
in restaurants, live music at weekends.
all ages welcomed (Junior Crew club, family dining, crèche).
allowed (‘strictly controlled’) in bedrooms, not in public rooms.
all major cards.
 per room B&B £190–£250, D,B&B £270–£330. Set dinners £43.50 (Mirabelle), £40 (Garden), à la carte £55.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Beloved for its ‘wonderfully old-fashioned’ aura, this ‘majestic’, ‘splendidly luxurious’ Victorian hotel exults on the seafront, basking in the praise of ardent fans who have long lobbied for a full entry in the Guide. Its ‘superb’ public rooms, including sea-facing lounges with ‘the sun streaming in through big windows’, are ‘happily plentiful and welcoming’. ‘Admirable staff are efficient, smiling, helpful.’ Book ahead for the ‘ceremony’ of afternoon tea in the ‘very special’ Palm Court (‘It had echoes of Albert Sandler, but I preferred to think of Debussy finishing La Mer here’). Bedrooms have ‘every conceivable comfort’; the best have ‘sea views you could never tire of’. ‘Our spacious junior suite was admirable in every way – a comfortable bed, armchairs and sofa, an excellent bathroom, everything in good nick – and nicely sunny in the late afternoon.’ Men are requested to wear a jacket or collared shirt for dinner in the Mirabelle (‘atmospheric, with impeccable service’) and Garden restaurants. ‘Very good’ breakfasts have ‘freshly squeezed juices and perfect kippers’. Popular for weddings and conferences. (Edward Mirzoeff, BMF and ADF, and others)
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Documenting over 9,000 years of Irish history, with displays showing how the Celtic, Norman and Viking settlers made their mark.