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“Great Place -Reasonable Price”
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Absolute Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Limerick
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Dallas, Tx
1 review
“Great Place -Reasonable Price”
Reviewed 9 October 2010

I found this through TripAdvisor for a one night stay before catching a flight the next morning out of Shannon. Very modern with reasonably sized rooms and fair price for the accomidations. Walked to the Rugby match Saturday night and several sights in Limerick with no problem.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

Let me say straight away the hotel looks nothing spectacular from the outside but is nice inside espicially the rooms. The night I stayed I didnt have any hot water which meant no shower in the morning.(no bathtubs in rooms either) Having no water was a right pain especially when no one at reception knew or seemed interested when it would be back on. I left at 10.30am and it was still off. Heres a warning and a tip about room service, first the warning- €7.50 tray charge for food brought to your room yep €7.50 now the tip- order your food at the bar and take it up youself! The hotel is a 10min amble to the city centre where there are plenty of shops and bars. If you have not been to Ireland before you will discover that food and drink is very expensive, so fill your wallet you`ll need it. To sum up briefly nice hotel but it let me down on having no hot water or any communication from the staf!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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DonnachaGM, General Manager at Absolute Hotel, responded to this review, 3 October 2010
Dear Alicanteman
Thanks for your comments. We did have a problem with the hot water and please believe that we were very interested in sorting out the problem!. As soon as we got complaints we realised we had a hotel wide issue, our maintainence team got onto it right away. We did send a message to all rooms on the hotel info TV channel but you did not see this. However I see our team at the desk did not convey properly that they understood what was happening or its effect on guests. This was not what should have happened. I will go back and review with the team.

We do have a €7.50 tray charge in place. You have identified a way to avoid it and that perfect with us!. The charge is clearly stated and unlike some other hotels our room service menu is not significantly more expensive than the lounge or restaurant menu. It is the exact same wherever consumed with the delivery charge. I understand it is expensive but we hope that our clear highlighting of it gives guests a choice.

The main thing I will be taking from your comment is ensuring the team communicate better with guests when there is an issue
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2010

This hotel is very nice. The rooms are large, very clean and bright, and modern looking. We got a great deal through hotels.com -- buy two nights get the third for free.
The shower, as other reviews have mentioned, was excellent.
The free wireless internet didn't reach our room, but there was free wired internet, which worked fine.
As far as safety, which has been mentioned by others -- we had no issues, and we walked into town in the evening. If you have been to cities like New York or LA, you won't have any issues here. Just be aware of your surroundings.
It's about a 20 minute drive to the Shannon Airport.
Breakfast is 10 eur if you tell them the night before, and 12.50 eur if your order in the morning.
One issue -- the free underground garage is not big enough to hold every guest's car. There is street parking (for free from 6pm-8:30am and on Sunday) or a pay garage nearby. Get there early, and leave the car there, if possible.
Also, we had no trouble finding the hotel. It's right where the map indicates. It's walking distance from King John's Castle.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2010

Cant fault the place - reasonable rates, large rooms, free cocktails, walking distance to the city.

We stayed in a suite which had a huge bath and a separate luxurious shower. The 'suites' arent huge by other hotel standards, but at the very reasonable prices on offer they are well worth the upgrade!

All the staff were really helpful and polite too. Really liked this hotel will defo go back.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2010

Like other reviewers it can be difficult to find with GPS but once you settle in it is a delight. Very clean, very modern and the service was great. Breakfast was included and was the typical buffet fare. The eggs left a little to be desired but you could request a made to order fried or poached egg that is in better condition than the tray of scambled eggs. We had a dinnner there as well and it was very good for a hotel restuarant. The staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms were large with modern ammenities.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Waterford, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2010

We booked this hotel as part of a deal I got in a department store recently. (2 nights B&B and 1 evening meal for €98) I made the reservation online and paid the deposit with a Laser Card.

We arrived at the hotel and we were impressed with the clean, modern lobby & reception area. The place looked lovely! We checked in at reception & we were asked for our credit card. I explained we only had Laser cards and we were told we had to pay for our stay in full PLUS a €50 deposit up front. I was hesitant but agreed as it was hotel policies ,but when the receptionist asked me for an extra €50 I was baffled to say the least! She said it was a €50 deposit for EACH night and we would get it back after I stay. I was annoyed because we had to hand over so much money up front as well as the full amount for our stay before we even saw our room and it left me with less money to spend in the hotel during my stay. Also, we were not allowed credit to our room, so no room service, no movies etc. all because we had a Laser card & not acredit card. Hotel policies fair enough, but I think customers should be made more aware of this at the time of booking so they would know to bring more cash with them. We got €50 back after our first night and the remaining €50 on check out.

On a more positive note, the rooms were nice and comfortable The shower was lovely-really large, powerful shower head but no bath. The bed was comfy & the flat screen tv was nice too. There were tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and toiletries in the bathroom too. Also, The food was gorgeous! We had bar food on the fist night which was lovely & the food in the restaurant on the 2nd night was even better. The bar man was kind and friendly and so were the waiting staff in the restaurant.

We booked in to the spa to use the thermal suites & it cost €15 per person. The staff were nice & friendly there too. We were told that the ice cave wasnt working and one of the steam rooms wasnt working either. When we went down to the thermal suites we realised that only 1 of the 2 showers was working, and some of the jets in the jacuzzi wernt working either :-( We were disappointed but we enjoyed the sauna anyway. We were only charged €10 each because of the inconvenience and the girl on reception at the spa gave us loads of free samples which were gorgeous!

I would probably stay at this hotel again if I got a good deal because its in a good location (only about 5 mins walk to the city centre) and most of the staff are really, really nice and welcoming. However, the fact that non-credit card holdres have to pay so much money up front on arrival and have restrictions during their stay would put me off I think! I would only recommend this hotel to a friend/family member if they ha a credit card.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Mountshannon, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

such a great hotel. the hotel itself is really trendy and the rooms are just fab. have no compalints at all. would def stay again the next time im in limerick!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Absolute Hotel
Address: Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Limerick > Limerick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Limerick
#2 Romantic Hotel in Limerick
#2 Business Hotel in Limerick
#2 Family Hotel in Limerick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Absolute Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great rooms, gre­at food and friendly service in a really stunning hotel situated on a bend on the Abbey River in Limerick City.­ Here in the Medieval Quarter of Limerick we are only minutes walk away from King Johns Castle and the Hunt Museum, not to mention the amazing Milk Market with its artisan producers. The Absolute Hotel Limerick is the perfect base from which to get the best out of the city­ be it business or pleasure. ... more   less 
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