Radisson SAS St Helen's Hotel

Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Ireland

Price from: £62

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By Yvonne Kerr , your Dublin expert

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#9 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Dublin
Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.8
4.8
Eating/drinking:
4.7
4.7
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
3
3.0
Service:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Sporty types, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, History, Relaxation

Expert review of Radisson SAS St Helen's Hotel

A palatial mansion overlooking Dublin Bay, the Radisson Blu is in a league of its own.

This hotel was first built as a stately mansion in the 18th century where visiting dignitaries were entertained, and the Radisson Blu holds onto that air of grace and elegance today. The drive up to the building, and the dramatic stone pillars and steps up to the entrance, all add to the scene of grandeur, which is compounded by a lavishly clad marble entrance hall. A full time gardener keeps four acres of manicured gardens out the back, complete with a fountain and an elevated terrace area, in pristine condition. It’s no wonder this hotel is so popular for weddings and special occasions.

Location: 

Three miles, or a ten-minute bus journey into the city (buses run every 15 minutes), the Radisson Blu is safely removed from Dublin, while a scenic 20-minute walk will take you into the upmarket suburb of Blackrock. The hotel is close to Leopardstown Race Course and an excellent base for touring around Wicklow. It’s a 40 minute taxi ride from the airport.

Bedrooms: 

The 151 bedrooms have recently been renovated. Beds are extra long with pillow-top mattresses. All rooms have breathtaking views of the gardens and also Dublin Bay from upper levels. Suites are spacious and luxurious, with a homely touch, and separate bath and showers. Modern coffee making machines too.

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Public areas: 

Welcoming fireplaces, soft armchairs and a romantic ambiance in the library are offset by the bright and airy surroundings of the conservatory area where locals and guests chat and relax over a glass of wine or a newspaper. There’s a secret lounge reserved purely for guests who want more privacy. You can step out into the gardens from the terrace when the weather allows. Free WiFi throughout.

Eating and drinking: 

Talavera, in the Michelin guide, was named Dublin’s best Italian restaurant by The Dubliner which is high praise indeed. The soft candlelight setting is intimate and inviting. The Italian chef keeps it in the family, hiring Italian staff, so food is authentic. Other private dining areas for groups, such as Le Panto are in line with the history and elegance of the hotel. You have the option of a BBQ in the gardens. Spoiled for choice basically.

Leisure facilities: 

There’s a beauty salon on site.

Service: 

Impeccable five-star service in formal surroundings.

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Who stays there: 

Couples, honeymooners, business travellers, mature guests - this hotel has something for all.

Price advice: 

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Pros: 
Rooms have garden or sea views
Historical building
Free car parking
Cons: 
It is a bit out of the city centre

More information on Radisson SAS St Helen's Hotel:

Price from:
£62
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Ireland
Free tags / Keywords:
Leopardstown Race Course
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking
Neighbourhood:
Blackrock

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