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It’s the time of year at the Sandymount Hotel when we all end up getting a wee bit teary eyed now and again. That’s because, for many of our guests, they’re about to embark on one of the most exciting adventures of their young (and not-so-young life’s). Yes, the matrimonial season keeps us on our toes from spring right through to September – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
After all, we do enjoy a bit of romance ourselves here at the Sandymount Hotel. The odd chocolate on the pillow as we make our way bed wards and a slice or two of thickly buttered heart-shaped toast at the breakfast table – they fair lighten a partner’s heart (especially when he knows he has a buffet for 200 to organize later that day). Here at the Sandymount Hotel we offer special wedding packages – but more of that later.
Right now we want to discuss why so many engaged and soon-to-be married couples come to Dublin (and so many of them to actually tie the knot itself). Well, apart from the fact Dublin is undoubtedly a beautiful city and the capital of southern Ireland, there’s more than a few romantic little locations scattered around about and inside its city boundaries. What Makes Dublin Such a Romantic Destination? • There’s certainly no shortage of romantic walks and stunning scenery to choose from. Take the Kiliney Hill for instance.
Crowned by an obelisk, it’s 153 meters high so good for a brisk walk (take a picnic too) and has stunning views of the Irish Sea and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. • The Iveagh Gardens (also known as the ‘hidden garden’) are gorgeous for a summer scented stroll. Sitting just south of St Stephen’s Green if you take a wander you may encounter the rustic grotto, fountains and woodland.
And, if you’re up for it, take a trip round the maze too. It’s great fun! • Really, what could be more cosy than a cuddle in one of Dublin’s old world pubs with a glass of health-giving Guinness warming your insides and a roaring fire doing a fine job with your fingers and toes on a cold day? The Waterloo Bar has already received the accolade of Snug of the Year. • Expand your cultural knowledge at the National Gallery of Ireland where you’ll find masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Vermeer.
But first take a romantic stroll through the gardens at Merrion Square where the Gallery is sited.
Meanwhile, we promised you earlier we’d discuss our special wedding packages. Our hotel, if you haven’t been before, is actually eight Victorian houses combined together with large landscaped gardens to the rear – both the building and the greenery provide an excellent background for wedding photographs.
Our Cordyline Restaurant seats up to 90 guests (round tables) or 120 (banquet) while the adjoining private gardens has room for a further 200 guests and a separate area for reception drinks and canapés. And to make sure your day goes exactly to plan we’ll also introduce you to our very dedicated wedding co-ordinator.
Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.