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White Sands

3 Star

Dublin, Portmarnock

Hotel description

The White Sands Hotel is a stunning family run hotel located in the picturesque coastal village of Portmarnock in County Dublin, Ireland. The hotel fronts onto the Irish Sea with many of our rooms offering spectacular seascape views overlooking the golden sands of Portmarnock beach. The White Sands Hotel is a short twenty-minute drive from Dublin Airport and is a nine-minute drive to Dublin City Centre. The White Sands Hotel is a Dublin Hotel without the hassle of city living.

Check In From

3:00 pm

Check Out Up To

12:00 pm

Cancellation Description

Once you cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival you will not incur a cancellation fee from the hotel. Cancellations that are made within 48 hours prior to arrival and no shows at the hotel will be charged the 1st night of the stay to your card. Please note that your booking deposit is non refundable.

Travel Description

Drive through Portmarnock Village and continue along the coast road for approx 2 miles. Hotel is located opposite the beach on the left hand side.

Area Description

The Hotel is within walking distance of the heritage fishing villages of Malahide and Howth both of which offer panoramic sea views and scenic walks. As well as being a scenic gem, Portmarnock is Irelands centre of excellence when it comes to Golf in Ireland, some of Irelands most prestigious golfing can be found in Portmarnock.

Hotel Restaurant
  • Breakfast served
  • Dinner served
  • Lunch served
  • Vegetarian options
Hotel Children Facilities
  • Baby sitting service on request
  • Cot available on request
Hotel Bar
  • Bar food menu
  • Weekend Entertainment
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Fully licenced Bar
  • Sky sports available in bar
Hotel Business Centre
  • Fax
  • Meeting rooms
  • Limited facilities Available
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Photocopying service
Hotel Leisure Club
  • TV equipment
Hotel Meeting Rooms
  • Natural daylight
  • Internet access
  • Dedicated organiser
  • Black out facilities
  • LCD projector
  • Stationery
  • Complimentary Wifi access
  • Projector / screen available
  • Refreshments available
Hotel Guest Services
  • Wireless internet in areas
  • Ironing service
  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facility
  • Wifi access in public areas
  • Baby sitting on request
  • Free car parking
  • Babysitting service
  • Dry cleaning
Hotel Venue Entertainment
  • Theatre for shows & plays
  • Music venue for concerts
  • Wedding fair
  • Christmas parties
  • Banqueting rooms available
Things To Do In The Area
  • Golfing
  • Sea fishing
  • Night clubs
  • Children play centres
  • Shopping
  • Visit local heritage sites
  • Cinema
  • Bowling
  • Surfing
  • Horse riding
  • Hill walking
  • Historical trails
  • Go to the beach
  • Visit castle
  • Museums
  • Local sightseeing
  • Cycling
  • Walking trails
  • Boat trips
  • Live music venues
  • Guided tours

Reviews for `White Sands`

Liam scored 3 / 5 on 28/08/2023

White Sands hotel is a great location for those who enjoy walks along the beautiful very long sandy beach of Portmarnock and also there is a lovely safe coastal walk to Malahide from White sands hotel Portmarnock. We found the staff most helpful and breakfast was very tasty.

Mollie scored 5 / 5 on 21/08/2023

Gorgeous, charming & clean hotel with spectacular sea views! All staff were kind & friendly, and so attentive when we dined in the adjoining restaurant that night Breakfast was also delicious Can’t reccomend enough

Colette scored 4 / 5 on 20/08/2023

Very helpful staff

Mary scored 4 / 5 on 20/08/2023

Very friendly and helpful staff.. Great breakfast.

Geraldine scored 4 / 5 on 16/08/2023

Nice hotel, bit dated but perfectly adequate and clean. The location is great and the staff were very friendly. We were there on a Sunday so only the carvery dinner was on offer. Will go back again during the week to check out the bar food. We will be back for an other stay soon as well.

Amber scored 4 / 5 on 12/08/2023

Lovely stay with a love breakfast and helpful staff!

John scored 5 / 5 on 06/08/2023

Breakfast was lovely bed was comfy view from hotel is fantastic reception staff very friendly and bar and restaurant staff very friendly my wife and I enjoyed ourselves. John.

John scored 5 / 5 on 02/08/2023

Great staff Great location Great prices Will be back

Jacinta scored 4 / 5 on 31/07/2023

Fabulous location, delicious breakfast and very pleasant staff. The hotel is old and hasn’t been updated but was spotlessly clean. Will definitely stay again

Dominic scored 4 / 5 on 16/07/2023

Great value. Lovely hot breakfast. Beautiful setting!

Ita scored 4 / 5 on 15/07/2023

Lovely staff

Peter Edward scored 5 / 5 on 29/06/2023

This Hotel offers exceptional value for money. This the second time we have stayed there and it's proximity to the airport is good when awaiting relatives to arrive. It is also handy for visiting the city via the Luas as carparking is available at the stations. We will certainly stay there again and again when the need arises.

Catherine scored 3 / 5 on 25/06/2023

We spent few days recently at this lovely hotel beautiful views great room on ground level ..No fridge in room no aircon as it was extremely warm ..Breakfast very good bar lovely little expensive but worth it for night or 2 as we travelled around we ate out 1 evenings .Public transport few steps away if was tour around Howth Malahide city centre . Hotel old needs little TLC otherwise its perfect for views especially. Reception staff might need little course in cluster service one ladies lvly friendly smiling other s not to much ..As we travel Lot definitely like see nice reception staff it's so important for hotel ...We had lvly stay definitely go back again ...

Michael scored 5 / 5 on 22/06/2023

Great location on the sea front. Friendly staff. Delicious meals. Excellent value.

Christopher scored 4 / 5 on 08/06/2023

Nice clean hotel very good value The bar food is pub grub fairly priced Breakfast very nice good size portion friendly atmosphere Superb location great size parking Bit dusty with the lose gravel Enjoy the stay!

Caitriona scored 4 / 5 on 12/05/2023

Beautiful food at reasonable prices, I stay in hotels regularly and while the white sands is slightly dated, it is incredible value for money and the breakfast is fabulous.

Mary scored 5 / 5 on 03/04/2023

We were treated so well. Staff could not do enough. Room was huge & beautiful. Will be making it a regular. Just a nice break away by the sea. Sean the manager fantastic guy. Thanks again forq

John scored 4 / 5 on 03/04/2023

Wonderful location Friendly staff Great value Will be back soon Sean on desk most helpful

David scored 4 / 5 on 27/03/2023

Great view. Friendly staff

John Payne scored 5 / 5 on 27/02/2023

Very friendly staff also great value for money Great location

Emma scored 3 / 5 on 13/02/2023

The hotel was centrally located & within walking distance to the beach. The Receptionist was very friendly & welcoming. The room was clean, but no netted blind & curtains were hanging from the railing, which wasn't a good 1st impression. Breakfast was lovely & the waiting staff were lovely & very attentive.

Lorraine scored 3 / 5 on 08/02/2023

staff so friendly & welcoming, great location

Hilda scored 3 / 5 on 08/02/2023

We had a lovely time at the White sands hotel .We found all the staff to be very nice and helpful. Thanks, rooms were on the small side but we had a lovely view out over the sea .

John scored 4 / 5 on 24/01/2023

Clean and friendly. Great breakfast

Margaret scored 4 / 5 on 22/12/2022

Good food, breakfast and dinner, friendly staff. Rooms need refurbished little run down.

Margaret scored 4 / 5 on 16/12/2022

Good food, breakfast and dinner, friendly staff. Rooms need refurbished little run down.

Susan scored 3 / 5 on 07/12/2022

A lovely stay with a nice view,staff lovely..however the room was cosy but very dated,curtain hanging off the rail when we arrived but my partner fixed,Tables thick with dust and definitely not cleaned in a long time..No room service,It definitely a hotel that needs abit of Tlc as in a fab location and one of our favourite spots to walk.

Mary scored 3 / 5 on 28/11/2022

Very friendly, clean, good location

Geraldine scored 3 / 5 on 10/11/2022

This hotel has a lovely sea view, but the windows are small.I think it would benefit from balconies and sliding doors.The receptionist was very friendly and accommodating.Breakfast doesn't start until 8sm.She left sandwich ect for us .Why doesn't breakfast start at 7am like everywhere else?

Paula scored 3 / 5 on 24/08/2022

Had a nice stay! Fantastic location right by the amazing beach in Portmarnock, but the hotel needs a major revamp but that’s reflected in the price! Had mentioned when booking that a sea view would be nice so it was lovely to get it????The toilet was a bit too close to the radiator, luckily it wasn’t on, it could have been nasty???? There was a carvery until 6.50 on Sunday, the restaurant was closed due to staffing issues, had stayed last year and it had been quite good so that was disappointing! Nevertheless had a lovely breakfast freshly cooked, so well done to the chef and served by two very pleasant and professional young waitresses! A good base and will probably return!

Mary scored 3 / 5 on 22/08/2022

Hotel staff were excellent bar & dining also excellent. Room was small & dated but car parked directly outside window on yellow line spoiled the view and blind had to be closed to get privacy there was a car parked directly outside window for entire stay.

Maurice scored 5 / 5 on 22/08/2022

A lovely quaint family hotel in a superb location right across the road from portmarnock beach. A comfy atmosphere and friendly, pleasant staff. Breakfast was served quietly and with a smile ???? The bar has great character and atmosphere and we even got a sing song on one of the nights! ???????????? Loved it and a big thank you to Lorraine and all the helpful staff! ????????????????????????

Paul scored 1 / 5 on 19/08/2022

We were informed on arrival that the hotel had no chef for the duration of our stay . We had to dine out each night which was inconvenient and expensive . The room was small and cramped due partly to heavy , dark , ancient and tired- looking furniture . The en suite bathroom was also cramped , so much so that the toilet was placed so close to the radiator that using it would be unpleasant , if not dangerous in winter when the radiator was on . Coffee and tea provided but paper cups !! Really ! Staff were pleasant and helpful .

Sharon scored 3 / 5 on 15/08/2022

Excellent night away in tye white sands room was basic but nice and clean good value for money great atmosphere in the bar we had a beautiful meal and breakfast was also lovely will definitely be back and we recommend this hotel

Catherine scored 3 / 5 on 13/08/2022

This was our second time staying with White Sands. Fantastic location. Staff friendly & welcoming. Only one issue was with breakfast on the second morning. One breakfast to table…then ten mins before second plate delivered and another ten before third delivered. Fourth breakfast was even longer and other three were finished despite two plates returned to kitchen as bacon was not cooked. In the third morning wrong breakfast arrived at table. Asked staff member for milk but it never arrived. Noticed other guests having similar issues and like ourselves retrieved requested items from other tables. Despite all these minor issues, staff were all courteous & pleasant. So we will be back.

Mary scored 3 / 5 on 01/08/2022

We enjoyed it, staff nice, breakfast good.

Ciara scored 3 / 5 on 01/08/2022

Rooms very very dated mould in bathroom missing wall plugs was in a great location food was nice

Patricia scored 5 / 5 on 25/07/2022

Great stuff and very relaxing

Caroline scored 4 / 5 on 24/07/2022

Lovely hotel to stay in,staff were really nice and friendly ????

Fiona scored 4 / 5 on 23/07/2022

Lovely hotel excellent location beside the sea for a family holiday. Convenient location to Dublin, Malahide and other destinations. Only downside was the service at breakfast. Having to ask for items that should have been provided ie. Side plates, tea, no hot food order taken had to ask to order. However once highlighted to the waiting staff attention was paid to the table and our needs. Despite this, would return again due to pleasant hotel, lovely views and convenient location to sea and surrounding areas.

Sean scored 4 / 5 on 21/07/2022

lovely hotel on a beautiful location,lovely staff and very helpful,our first time staying and we were very happy with it and very good value

Susan scored 3 / 5 on 13/07/2022

Staff were friendly.. Food served in the carvery was awful, waste of our money as we ate none of it.. had asked about just getting a sandwich, was told flat no.. would have been good to be told about the sandwich truck on the premises! We had to go into town to eat which was annoying as we had planned to stay at the hotel for the day.. The room was very small, bed not appropriate size for two adults.. Way too much dated & unnecessary furniture in the room, four lamps!! Bathroom functional but in need of a major overhaul.. Over all location was the positive….

Patricia scored 3 / 5 on 14/06/2022

Lovely hotel. Had a great night would definitely return.

David scored 3 / 5 on 07/06/2022

Nice hotel with beautiful views over the coastline. Spacious well furnished room was very welcome. However disappointment of stay was what appeared to be rather disorganized breakfast arrangements and service, with items on the table menu already unavailable by 08-30 on both mornings.

Aymeric scored 5 / 5 on 19/05/2022

Very nice place and friendly staff. Also reasonably priced food and drink

Frank scored 3 / 5 on 20/04/2022

Overall the hotel was clean but there were cobwebs in around the window of the bedroom. We ordered scrambled egg with our breakfast but got fried eggs.

Robert scored 4 / 5 on 14/03/2022

Lovely staff, room was small but comfortable and the breakfast was served to the table.

Julie scored 4 / 5 on 08/03/2022

Great place to stay for a weekend break

Marita scored 3 / 5 on 13/12/2021

Very helpful friendly staff, lovely food 10/10

Thomas scored 4 / 5 on 29/11/2021

very friendly hotel staff nice room looking out to see very clean and the breakfast was have a good selection for breakfast and it was warm with pleasant staff serving you

Mary scored 3 / 5 on 19/10/2021

Food was loveky service was good . Would have liked fresh fruit at breakfast , bathroom ceiling had mould stains and over all look of interior of hotel could do with an upgrade

Therese scored 5 / 5 on 29/09/2021

No problems experienced

Patricia scored 4 / 5 on 23/09/2021

Loved the proximity to the sea. Able to take walks on the beach at sunset and sunrise. Ladies on reception were so friendly and moved us to a seaview room on request without extra charge.

Paula scored 3 / 5 on 14/09/2021

Overall a pleasant stay! Rooms basic but clean. Bathroom probably in need of an upgrade! Guests should be advised about the bag being left on your door in the morning with clean towels, toilet rolls etc. hadn’t experienced that before and thought the housekeeping staff were setting themselves up for when you went out, you need to take in the bag! Breakfast and evening meal, good! Friendly staff in bar and restaurant, some reception staff could do with a little more Umph!!! Fantastic location! Great value! Some people look for too many faults, but we would definitely come back!

Jennifer scored 3 / 5 on 06/09/2021

Have stayed here a few times as love that the hotel is across from a lovely beach. The staff are friendly and I was given a room with a sea view as requested. The room was small and this was probably due to the furniture been too big for the room. I could not walk past the end of the bed to get to the window with having to turn sideways to get by. Breakfast was not great was waiting 35 min for our breakfast and it was not overly hit when we got it. I asked for toasted brown bread 3 times and never got it. I think they should block that you can hear into the kitchen as raided voices could be heard from the staff. It's a nice hotel if you want to be close to the sea.

Sarah scored 4 / 5 on 14/08/2021

Asked for an upgrade as it was our anniversary and was given it and it was lovely. Sea view, balcony and jacuzzi in bathroom perfect night. Thank you Sands Hotel ??

Joan scored 3 / 5 on 31/07/2021

Very friendly staff disappointed there was no food other than breakfast as we had no other choice than to go out.

Ray scored 4 / 5 on 21/06/2021

Great location, very pleasant staff, good food and drink.

Ray scored 4 / 5 on 21/06/2021

Great location, very pleasant staff, good food and drink.

Mervyn scored 4 / 5 on 15/06/2021

Lovely room nice restaurant although very busy staff good

Ruth scored 4 / 5 on 04/11/2019

Very nice hotel. Reasonably priced for an overnight stay included breakfast for 2. Breakfast was fabulous. Hotel is right across from the beach, so we were able to enjoy a lovely autumnal beach walk. Great music in the bar.

Itstomas scored 4 / 5 on 11/12/2015

Lovely staff, really good breakfast and nice food in he bar. we had a nice big bedroom in the new section but it did smell that it hadnt been used or heated in a while apart from that everything was really good, was in another room in old part of hotel and lovely warm room . would stay again location and views are lovely from from of hotel, ask for a sea facing room, unfortunately mine wasn't.

Yvonne scored 4 / 5 on 31/08/2015

Stayed one night in this hotel , staff were friendly and helpful, food was good and room was comfortable and had a great view of the Portmarnock strand . I would recommend this hotel and would stay again.

Marion scored 4 / 5 on 31/08/2015

Lovely hotel, staff very helpful. Great price with Lidl breaks. We had a sea view & ate in the bar. The meal was excellent. Would definately stay here again

Maria scored 3 / 5 on 13/07/2015

Stayed here for two nights ,Hotel is in need of some TLC Eg new carpets but we had a lovely quiet room with Sea view and it had all the comforts we needed. We ate in the Hotel Restaurant on the first night which was very good .Hotel staff were very helpful and we would stay again .Good Dart links into Dublin centre

Michael scored 5 / 5 on 23/06/2015

Enjoyed our stay, Staff and Management went out of their way to help, Will definitely stay again thanks Michael Mc Donnell

Reviewer15466146 scored 5 / 5 on 15/06/2015

Lovey friendly staff. Great location. Free into the nite club to break some moves.

Hugh scored 4 / 5 on 11/09/2014

we enjoyed our stay staff very friendly and helpful food and service in oasis bar excellent stayed 07.09.2014-08.09.2014 excellent weather and lovely beach added to the visit as well as the lovely views of lambay island irelands Eye and Howth with a beautiful harvest moon over the sea at night. WE WILL BE BACK.

Noreen scored 1 / 5 on 22/05/2012

I booked this hotel for my son and his new wife. He was so disgusted with the run-down exterior of the hotel, the cramped bedroom that felt like a prison cell and the faded bed lined he refused to stay and cancelled the booking. Very disapointing. Zero rating. The receptionist was nice. Noreen Meyler

Dec scored 3 / 5 on 01/05/2012

we found the hotel to be a very nice hotel but have one gripe. we booked a weekend stay in a double room to celebrate my 40th a have time away from the kids one of which still sleeps in our bed but when we checked in we did get a double room but 2 single beds pushed together with 2 single mattresses not attached so they kept seperating if we tried to cuddle even. not what we were expecting and genuinely the only problem we had. the staff were very pleasant and professional and the hotel itself was very clean. all in all a nice weekend apart from the bed situation

Anne scored 5 / 5 on 15/06/2011

I really enjoyed my stay in Sands hotel. It's a lovely hotel, very clean and cosy with friendly staff. The hotel bar is really nice and relaxing and breakfast next morning was very tasty. I would stay in this hotel again, it's in a great location and Lidl Breaks offer great value for money

Paul scored 1 / 5 on 15/02/2011

The hotel room was very modern, clean and tidy. I didn't like the fact that the meal which I thought was going to be in the hotel restaurant was in fact, similar to pub grub in their bar. Due to the lack of staff, it was approximately 30 minutes before we received the menus after being seated. The meal itself was average. Although the bar was by no means busy, approximately 20-30 patrons, it still took 5 minutes to be served by staff who couldn't care less. The fire alarm sounded twice during the night without reason or explanation. The breakfast the following morning was also average with a poor selection of cold meats and cheeses for a continental breakfast. Again, lack of staff. Two latex gloves covered two smoke detectors in the restaurant which sums up this hotel, nobody cares! I would never set foot in this hotel again after our experience here. What was supposed to be a romantic, relaxing break, especially for my wife, ended up being a nightmare. As hotel breaks go, it wasn't expensive but thats not the point, it still will take me sometime to pay it off my credit card. I couldn't recommend this hotel to anyone, thank you.

Paul scored 5 / 5 on 15/02/2011

This was not my first time to stay in a hotel booked through lidl breaks and I do find them great value for money, unfortunately I didn’t feel the white sands hotel lived up to other hotels I have stayed in .When it came to ordering our meal for dinner (which was bar food) & again for breakfast, the service was extremely slow ( although the staff serving me seemed to be rushed off their feet!!). The dinner was mediocre and we had an extra charge for ordering the steak & Salmon for our main course which I don’t think was highlighted at the booking stage. The staff were nice , the room was just ok but the fire alarm sounding at 2am and again at 7am added to an already disappointing stay.

Mary scored 3 / 5 on 09/02/2011

we enjoyed our two night stay in the white sands. It was clean comfortable and the reception staff were very friendly. breakfast was just o k. not great choice expecially the fresh fruit or lack of ;; bedrooms were very nice and very clean . Im sure this must be really beautiful in the summer with the beach just across the road with really nice walks.

Betty scored 1 / 5 on 08/02/2011

The hotel is nothing like it looks in the pictures, although the staff were nice everything else failed to meet expectations. The room was average for a hotel of its rating but that could be forgiven. Dinner was in a bar beside a pool table with poor service. On asking the waitress for a glass of wine with dinner she asked me to go order at the bar. When the food arrived it was presented well but on further inspection it was raw red in the middle. We had the option of ordering another meal which too turned out to be under cooked. The rooms are not soundproof and after the nightclub was finished down stairs the party proceeded into the hallway until 6am. I must say the breakfast was nice with friendly service but a little to late to enjoy the experience.

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