I tend to travel on business a fair bit and on those occasions the budget is basically unlimited - 5 star and Swiss 5 star aren't unusual. The downside of this is that I can become a bit used to this level of luxury - which in reality isn't necessary.
However if I am travelling personally within Ireland and won't be spending a long time each day in the hotel then this changes the dynamic and I tend to aim for mid-range hotels run by experienced hoteliers who know how to get the basics of a hotel right within a budget.
In the west of Ireland and Dublin city centre this invariably involves one of the McEniff family hotels.
Here you will get everything a reasonable traveller could need with experienced and professional staff, good homely food well-prepared, free parking and a well equipped leisure facility.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Sligo Southern earlier this week.
This is managed by one of the second generation of McEniff professional hoteliers.
I had a minor problem with noise on the first night (not the hotels fault but another inconsiderate guest).
The response from Katherine (manageress) was everything that I could have hoped for - an immediate apology and the delight of an upgrade for the next night.
The impression that this created has cemented my opinion of these hotels.
The default for me in these circumstances will be (as before) to only stay elsewhere if a McEniff group hotel isn't available.
Katherine - thanks again for your help and the delightful reminiscence/conversation that this evolved into.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Great Southern Hotel Sligo is a family owned and operated hotel that has been a major player in the hospitality business in Sligo for over 20 years. We subtly blend the elegance and intimacy of a more gracious age, with the best of modern comforts. Accommodation comprises of 98 well appointed bedrooms all ensuite, with direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, hair dryer and, tea and coffee making facilities. Kick start your day with a hearty hot breakfast from the large breakfast buffet. We serve an appetising bar menu through out the day, from gourmet sandwiches and traditional Atlantic chowder to mouth-watering main courses all of which is very popular with locals, our Garden Room restaurant offers an extensive menu each evening using fresh produce sources from local suppliers. We also serve a variety of pastries, scones and finger sandwiches which can be enjoyed throughout the day beside an open fires in our lobbies The award winning leisure centre boasts a 13 metre swimming pool, a children's pool, sauna, steam room and a fully air conditioned gym. Great Southern Hotel Sligo can cater for a wide variety of group sizes with their range of conference suites, allowing for meetings and seminars of different scales to take place. Sligo, home to the infamous poet and playwright WB Yeats offers a wide range of amenities from the 340 seat Hawks Well theatre which hosts a diverse programme of arts and entertainments to the 12 screen multiplex Gaiety Cinema. We have it all, riverside cafes, museums, art galleries, shopping centres and within a 5 mile radius you have a choice of beaches, links golf courses, woodland walks and scenery renowned internationally. For our active clientele there is a fitness trail freely available in Sligo Town. Follow the river to the entrance of Lough Gill and along the way avail of an outside gym and a woodland walk, all within walking distance of the hotel and Hazelwood Forest Walk is just 3 kilometres outside Sligo on the shores of Lough Gill, follow the nature trail, enjoy lake views, picnic areas and unique wooden sculptures. The Great Southern Hotel Sligo & Leisure Centre offers a variety of holidays to suit all tastes, activity breaks include surfing, stand up paddle boarding, golfing and walking to name but a few, theatre breaks, over 50's and family holidays are also on offer all year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sligo Southern Hotel