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The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire

The Royal Marine is no stranger to Octocon and Octocon has never been more at home then when it's in Dun Laoghaire. Because Octocon has been at the Royal Marine for so many years it has essentially evolved with the hotel and so become the convention it is today. When we went looking for new places to hold Octocon nothing could quite measure up to the original home of the con in size or price.

The hotel is only 20 minutes from Dublin city centre by Dart and our U.K. attendees will be glad to know that it's situated close to the ferry port for easy access by car.

The centre of Dun Laoghaire is literally at the back of the hotel. So you won't have to go far for amenities. Tourist points of note are that the hotel is walking distance from Joyce's Tower and the Maritime Museum.

The hotel can be contacted by:

Telephone +353-1-280 1911
Fax +353-1-280 1089
email: enquiries@ryan-hotels.com
www: http://www.ryan-hotels.com/htm/marine_i.htm


Other Places to Stay

If you find that the hotel is booked out or just beyond your budget then there are many other hotels and B&B's in the area. Our intrepid committee member Dave McRory has checked these out based on distance from The Royal Marine Hotel, and therefore the con. They are listed in order, from the closest to the furthest. All the prices listed here are as quoted in the current "Dublin Accommodation Guide 2001", but it would be best to check before reserving anything.
Kingston Hotel, Adelaide Road, Dun Laoghaire.

This place couldn't be closer if it tried. It's about 4 minutes walk from the R.M.H., and although it's the most expensive of the ones listed here, it's about half the price of the R.M.H. and with 50 available rooms is ideal for larger groups who wish to stay together.

Rates - 85 Single 60 p.p.s. twin room

Special rates for groups

Telephone +353-1-280 1810

Fax +353-1-280 1237

email: reserv@kingstonhotel.com

The Portview Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire.

The classic alternative Octocon accommodation, and it's a toss-up as to whether it or the Kingston is the closest.

Rates - 50 single, 55 single on swute 50pps all include Brekfast

Telephone +353-1-280 1663

Fax +353-1-280 0447

email: portview@clubi.ie

Ariemond, 47 Mulgrave Street, Dun Laoghaire.

Ariemond, 47 Mulgrave Street, Dun Laoghaire.

Next one of our selection, and like most of the rest of our selection, is a small family-run establishment. They have 5 bedrooms (3 en-suite), so space is limited, but this is probably the best value in relation to other places to stay. It's about 7-8 minutes walk from the convention.

Rates - 29 pp double room on swite 25 pp single Full brekfast

Des & Marie Power (Nice People)

Telephone +353-1-280 1664

Fax +353-1-280 1664

email: ariemond@hotmail.com

Lynden, 2 Mulgrave Terrace, Dun Laoghaire.

Lynden, 2 Mulgrave Terrace, Dun Laoghaire

2 to 3 minutes up the road from the previous entry, this place is hard to miss with the huge silverbark Birch in the front garden. They have 4 rooms (2 en-suite), and in March, when this survey was done, the place was toasty warm, so all you cold-blooded bodies take note! There is parking available.

Rates - 28.50 pps on swite 24pps stadard 40 single on swite 32 standard

Stephen & Maria Gavin

Telephone +353-1-280 6404

Fax +353-1-230 2258

email: lynden@iol.ie

Innisfree, 31 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire.

Innisfree, 31 Northumberland Avenue, Dun Laoghaire

2 to 3 minutes up the road from the previous establishment, This Victorian house offers 6 bedrooms (4 en-suite) has a spacious lounge, and is another house for the cold-blooded!

Rates - 23 p.p.s. sharing 25 p.p.s. on swite sharing 30 single 36 on swite

Brendan & Mary Smith

Telephone +353-1-280 5598

Fax +353-1-280 3093

email: djsmyth@clubi.ie

That is it for all the places within 15 minutes "staggering" distance from the con. There are several other establishments within 30 minutes of the con for those with a superior sense of direction while under the "affluence of incahol". One to look into is:
Glandore House, Glandore Park, Lower Mounttown Road, Dun Laoghaire.

Glandore House, Glandore Park, Lower Mounttown Road, Dun Laoghaire.

This place looks like a backdrop to Romeo & Juliet, built in the mid-1850's but of an older style. 19 bedrooms, all en-suite, with off-street car parking.

Rates - 50 p.p.s. & 58 single. 70 for single opucncy of double room

John & Cathy O'Connor

Telephone +353-1-280 3143

Fax +353-1-280 2675


email: info@glandorehouse.com


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