Radisson SAS St Helen's Hotel

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Address: Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Ireland

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.7

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
4.3
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Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
3
90%
Service
4.8
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Value for money
4.4
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

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.

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.

Who stays there

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

Price advice

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Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • History
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

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