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September 2017, Our lunch experiences
During a weekend in September 2017 my fiancé and I stopped on our way to Foxrock for a quick lunch at The Orangerie Bar and Ballroom Lounge at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel Dublin, Ireland.
The hotel is an estate dating back to 1750 and on Stillorgan Road in Blackrock, an upscale suburb of Dublin. It can be easily reached from the airport by taking the Aircoach or from the city centre by bus like the 46A.
Our first impression was that we had entered a completely different era.
To reach the hotel we had to stroll through the park and the rose garden with fountain, both beautiful.
To the left of the small entrance was the reception and past it were first the Ballroom Lounge, which has massive pillars and classic chandeliers and is completely marbled and then the Orangerie Bar.
The Orangerie was a tasteful winter garden attached to the original building.
If you are wondering where the guest rooms are located, they are in the new wing, which has been carefully added and doesn’t obstruct from the Georgian architecture, while in the actual manor house is an Italian restaurant and the meeting rooms.
We were a bit worried we wouldn’t find a table since we hadn’t made a reservation. The bar and lounge were very busy. We were lucky and found an unoccupied table in the Ballroom Lounge.
A waitress arrived soon afterwards to hand us the menu. We decided on two hot chocolates and two feta cheese with watermelon and basil salads. It was refreshing and delicious. The cool sweetness of the melon went well with the creamy and salty cheese.
The staff was very friendly, had time for chats and seemed to know a lot of the guests, who ranged in age from toddlers to matured couples.
The hotel is child friendly, suitable for a romantic getaway and weddings, as bonus we enjoyed the gardens and saw indeed a wedding party incl. the beautiful bride and maids.
Our bill was 27 Euro / ca. 30.85 USD.
We were very impressed with the imposing architecture, friendly staff, good food and gorgeous gardens – there is one at the back too, leading to the sea – so at some stage we would love to stay at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel.
Would we recommend this venue to a friend? YES!
Would we want to enjoy lunch/dinner again at this venue in our future? YES!
Has anyone stayed at the Radisson BLU St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin?
It would be indeed fascinating to hear/learn more about this hotel from a guest perspective.
Thank you and safe travels.