Discovering the Boyne Valley with Teens – A stay at Glenside Hotel in Drogheda

The family run and family oriented Glenside Hotel is located only 2km from the busy town of Drogheda. As it’s only 20 minutes away from Dublin Airport, it’s a handy base for exploring the Boyne Valley.

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It’s a lovely small 3-star hotel with only 17 bedrooms. You can check in from 2pm which is earlier than most hotels which is so handy if you and your family are tired from sightseeing. There’s plenty of parking so when we arrived in the rain, we didn’t have far to run with our bags.

When we checked in, I admired the decor and the receptionist proudly told me that the hotel has recently renovated the area. There was a lovely homely feel to the place and I instantly felt relaxed.

There’s no leisure facilities but if you and the kids would like a swim, you can pop over to Funtasia Waterpark which is only ten minutes away. Talking of family -friendly things to do nearby, Tayto Park is only 25 minutes away and Dublin Zoo is 35 minutes by car.

Bedrooms

The hotel has a number of family rooms which have a double bed, single bed and a camp bed or cot. Perfect for a family of four. The bedrooms are comfy and nicely decorated. The bathrooms were a little dated but they were clean and functional and the shower was excellent.

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Dinner at Glenside

We headed into Henry’s restaurant which had lovely seating outside but the weather was cold and wet so we chose to sit inside. The restaurant was pretty busy with families who weren’t staying but were there to enjoy the food.

There was a wide selection of dishes available and the meals we ordered were tasty and excellent value.

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Breakfast at Glenside

A continental breakfast is served Monday to Friday. Hot breakfasts are only served on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8am.

I liked the fact that when we ordered, we were asked if we wanted toast. On that occasion we didn’t so it meant that there was no food wasted. You can order fruit and a selection of pastries to the table. A few of us ordered pancakes which were freshly cooked and they tasted just like we’d made them ourselves at home.

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If you’re interested in finding out more about Glenside, head over to their website https://www.glensidehotel.ie

Discover Boyne Valley

To find out more about what there is to do in the area for families with teenagers, read our ’48 hours in the Boyne Valley with teenagers’ guide or head to Discover Boyne Valley for even more information and holiday inspiration.

Disclaimer

We stayed at Glenside Hotel as guests of Discover Boyne Valley. All photos and words are our own and 100% honest.

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