We arrived into the historic village of Slane, weary after a fun day exploring Boyne Valley with the kids. We were booked into the Conyngham Arms Hotel which is located right in the centre of the village, in fact if you didn’t know it was there you could drive straight past it. It’s in an excellent location, 30 minutes from Dublin Airport and the World Heritage Site, Newgrange and the Battle of the Boyne Site are just minutes away.
After parking in the free car park behind the hotel, we checked in. We were lucky enough to have two rooms so there was plenty of space for everyone. It’s worth noting that there’s no lift in this hotel so if you have lots of luggage you might be carrying your bags up two flights of stairs.
There 15 bedrooms in the hotel, 4 luxury four poster bed suites and 11 standard rooms and they are just beautifully decorated. From Nespresso machines and quality waffle robes to artisan handmade soaps and Voya bathrooms products, there’s a real attention to detail in the rooms. I was also delighted to see that water was available in a large glass bottle in the room, no plastic waste here.
There is a lounge area in the hotel called the Library, however it was closed while we were there. There’s a relatively large restaurant in the hotel however I would recommend booking in advance to be sure of a table.
The evening dinner menu was limited but the food we ordered was excellent. My son and I had the buttermilk chicken burger and we both agreed it was the best we’d ever tasted. Everyone else around the table was happy with what they’d ordered.
After all our fresh air that day we all had an early night however there was loud music being played in a nearby beer garden which delayed our sleep.
In the morning, we headed downstairs for breakfast. There was a lovely breakfast menu and the food was definitely freshly cooked. The coffee was the best I’d tasted in a hotel in a long time and again we were delighted to be asked if we wanted toast instead of just bringing it to the table.
I also really liked the mini breakfast idea (pictured below) which was a smaller version of the full Irish and was the perfect portion for an early breakfast.
To book your Slane escape, head to the Conyngham Arms Hotel website.
The hotel offers good value two night family packages which include afternoon tea and 4 passes and all access wristbands to nearby Tayto Park and a family pass to Newgrange. Family package prices start from €450.
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.
We stayed at the Conyngham Arms Hotel as guests of Discover Boyne Valley. All opinions and photos are our own and 100% honest.