Checking In: Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links
Dublin • Ireland

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Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links: Upscale hotel 20 minutes from Dublin on the Velvet Strand. Step into modern luxury in the former Jameson whiskey estate.

Hotel

  • Accomodation: 4-Star
  • Brand: Owned by Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate
  • Location: Strand Road, Portmarnock, Ireland

FIRST IMPRESSION

Elegant!
The glass atrium entry & hanging lights in the lobby were stunning.

THE SCENE

Country club vibe

THE ROOMS

Modern & Luxurious

PERKS

Spa on site
Golf… of course

The Location

The Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is located in an area called ‘The Velvet Strand’, one of Ireland’s most stunning stretches of uninterrupted coastline.

It is just 20 minutes drive from the Dublin city centre & a 13 minute drive from Dublin International Airport.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland

The History

After I dropped my bags and a quick walk to see the sunset, I headed to cocktails with my friends and I found a little history.

The bar is located in the original building of what was the Jameson estate.

The property was built by John Jameson III, the grandson of the founder of the Jameson Distillery at Bow Street in 1847.  Thanks to the new railroad, Jameson could travel to Dublin with ease to oversea his whiskey distillery empire. 

The Jameson family crest, a ship in full sail and the motto ’Sine Metu’, Latin for ‘Without Fear’, still stands proudly on the front of the building overlooking the golf course.

The property passed down through subsequent Jameson’s including sporting man Willie Jameson (1851 -1939) and his socialite wife Henrietta who entertained the English kings of the time Edward VII and George V. They had grand parties here with aristocratic set.  

After Henrietta’s death, Willie took a second wife Flora who continued the festivities at Portmarnock with the artistic community.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - Jameson Bar
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - Jameson Bar

The Scene

The property has both gorgeous interiors and even more gorgeous views out to the golf course and the seaside in the distance.

The hotel has a country club feel as guests were coming in from golf and outings and heading to the bar for cocktail hour and then the restaurant for fine dining.   There seemed to be a mix of both locals on “staycations” from Dublin’s city centre, just 20 minutes away, golf groups and travelers like me looking for R&R and quick access to the airport.

Both the bar and the restaurant were comfortably busy.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland

The Rooms

While the estate has roots going back over 100 years which house the bar, the rest of the property is modern and was refurbished in 2014 with a 5 million euro upgrade to the 134 hotel rooms, spa, restaurant and a 1 million euro improvement to the golf course.

Rooms were decorated in cool blues matching the seaside destination. Everything had a contemporary vibe with fast wifi and lots of ports – thank you as I charged my kindle, noise cancelling headphones and phone for my trip home the next day!

  • … lots of ports for charging
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland • Room

The Dining

After drinks, we headed to dinner at The “1780”, proudly serving cuisine with the freshest ingredients.

The three course meal was not only delicious but well presented with views out to the sea.

Starters

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Homemade Bread, Sun-dried tomato butter

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Amuse Bouche, Soup and goat cheese

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Duck Parfait, Rhubarb Chutney, Warm Brioche

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Salmon & Crab “Cannelloni”, Cucumber Jelly

Mains

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Mushroom Tortellini, Sauté King Oyster Mushroom, Parmesan

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Free Range Chicken Ballantine, Cabbage, Bacon, Smoked Shallot

Dessert

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Chocolate Ganache Tart, Rhubarb, White Chocolate

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Banoffi, caramel sauce

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland - 1780 Restaurant

Irish Artisan Cheeseboard, Pear Chutney, Homemade Crackers

In the Area

This property is 20 minutes drive outside of Dublin so it is still accessible for city sightseeing.

The main draw to this property is the Golf, Spa, and rest & relaxation with that gorgeous beach.  The village of Howth is also nearby.

Dublin

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland

Golf

Final Thoughts

I had the chance to stay at this gorgeous hotel on my last night in Ireland before heading to the airport.

We arrived at ~8pm after an adventure filled 10 days in Ireland starting in Dublin and venturing all along the Wild Atlantic Way.  Did I ever want to stay here longer!

An early flight meant I did not have time to enjoy the spa and other amenities on this gorgeous property.  For the little time I was there, this property was a sense of both luxury and calm with breathtaking views.

But… I’ll be back!

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf LInk • Dublin Ireland

Thank you to Tourism Ireland & Steller for hosting me on this trip.  All thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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