Discover the beach
Explore the pretty beach just a few minutes stroll from the Hotel, the pretty Sandymount Strand which has been made famous by appearing in James Joyce's work, Ulysses. Simply take the Pedestrian Crossing on Merrion Road and walk down Sandymount Avenue. In Irish, Sandymount Strand is called Dumhach Thrá - and is adjacent to the village and suburb of Sandymount. The Strand is part of the South Bull, (a mirror to the North Bull sandbank, which grew into North Bull Island) and is major component of the south side of Dublin Bay, part of the Dublin Bay Biosphere Reserve. Sandymount Strand is a popular place for locals to take a walk, relax, go for a jog or push a pram. Look out for the Martello Tower, about half way along the Strand, part of a system of defences built to warn of an invasion by Napoleon. Also look out for the landmark red and white chimneys of ESB's Poolbeg Generating Station which provide a striking landmark on Dublin's skyline and are deloved by locals.