Following the completion of an extensive refurbishment under new owners, Kennedy Wilson, the new Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links opened its doors earlier this year. Its location just minutes from Dublin Airport and a short drive to the city centre make it the ideal location for visitors – whether travelling for business purposes or wishing to enjoy a leisurely stay along Dublin’s beautiful coastline. As soon as you walk through the new entrance and are struck by the stylish, newly refurbished lobby, you’ll know you’ve made the right choice in picking the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.
The new hotel, located along the idyllic ‘Velvet Strand’ of North County Dublin, boasts 134 newly refurbished bedrooms; a new state-of-the-art Spa; three standalone dining offerings – The Seaview Restaurant, The 1780 Restaurant and iconic Jameson Bar as well as its Bernhard Langer-designed, world-class Links 18-hole golf course.
The refurbishment took place across an 18 month period with the interiors co-ordinated by local interior designer, Ciara Ni Laoi. The new contemporary décor is inspired by the property’s coastal setting with cool and neutral tones reflecting the surrounding landscape and sea.
The hotel is also steeped in history as it was the original home to the Jameson Distillery dynasty and the original Jameson House, built in the early 1800s, remains part of the hotel structure today.
The food and beverage offering at the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links encompasses a mixture of casual and gourmet dining and celebrates the array of fresh and seasonal ingredients available on the hotel’s doorstep. New Executive Chef Tom Walsh has carved a stellar reputation as one of the industry’s most exciting and innovative figures with a career spanning over 20 years working at some of Dublin’s finest establishments and now he brings that craft and expertise to Portmarnock’s three amazing dining locations.
With its panoramic windows and views over Dublin Bay and Ireland’s Eye, The Seaview is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy exceptional food and drink. By day, guests can enjoy casual all-day dining or Afternoon Tea By-The-Sea, while by night, The Seaview experience is a celebration of the sea offering guests an exclusive seafood-only menu complemented by a wonderfully inventive cocktail menu.
At The 1780, guests will enjoy an entirely different offering as Tom Walsh serves up a contemporary fine dining experience. The restaurant carries an air of New York chic with its modern interior design and relaxed atmosphere.
Situated in the heart of the old Jameson House, the Jameson Bar features the original oak panelling, high ceilings and even original oil paintings from the Jameson era, creating a unique and unforgettable atmosphere that instantly transports you back in time to the early days of this famous dynasty.
One of the most exciting new additions to the property is the hotel’s new stunning state-of-the-art Spa. Embracing the tranquillity and serenity of its natural surroundings, The Spa at Portmarnock is a haven of relaxation and indulgence and offers a range of Elemis, Carita and Essie treatments carried out by its team of expert, friendly, in-house therapists.
Portmarnock has long been famous as a golfing destination. Situated on the shoreline of a rugged peninsula, The Links Portmarnock was the first links course designed by three-time winner of the Irish Open, Bernhard Langer. Along with architect Stan Eby, Langer designed an 18-hole course that is challenging for all golfers and which has hosted several professional and amateur tournaments over the years including the 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open. The recent renovation at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links has also included investment in the iconic Links with upgraded machinery and the creation of new pathways to maximise the rugged terrain.
That glorious coastal setting also makes Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links a much sought-after wedding destination. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or a lavish gathering, the hotel’s team of experts are there to take care of your every need for your special day. The hotel is fully licensed to host indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies on site. There are packages to suit all needs, which include a drinks reception and the option of a barbeque the following day in their stunning secret garden. You can also enjoy drinks in their new Sibin, which once again harks back to the days when the Jamesons were the residents of the estate.
The hotel’s proximity to Dublin Airport, the M50 motorway and Dublin city centre makes the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links an ideal destination for conferencing and corporate events. The property’s high spec meeting rooms and facilities accommodate up to 300 delegates, who can enjoy the added bonus of free parking, picturesque views and world-class golfing facilities as standard.
Whether it’s business, golfing, pleasure or a venue for that most special of days, the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links can cater for the need of every visitor. Their highly trained staff are a pleasure to deal with and they will make your stay a time to remember. For anyone planning to visit Dublin this year, the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is the perfect destination to base yourself.
Visit www.portmarnock.com for more information.