The hotel was very easy to find from Dublin. It was a straight road on the Motorway and signposted well once you took Junction 10 off the M6. Check-in by the lovely Natasha was a breeze and she couldn't have been more helpful and offered us a newspaper delivered to our room each morning, which I thought was a lovely touch. Thank goodness she informed us that the Viking Boat Trip's times change and to check with Reception on the day you wish to sail as the times were different than specified on their website. Natasha offered us a room upgrade complimentary, but as I am a smoker, we didn't take her up on the offer as they only have smoking rooms available in their classic rooms. That being said, the classic rooms were more than adequate. Modern, clean and spacious and the bathroom was gorgeous, with a separate shower and bath. There was complimentary still and sparkling water in the room as well, which was very nice. The bed is extremely comfortable, I wish our own bed at home was as comfortable. Our package (2 nights BB&D for €258) included a 3 course dinner and there was plenty of choice and it was top notch. The waiting staff were friendly but not overbearing. My only gripe with the restaurant is it is quite large and open plan, and as we stayed mid week, it was quite empty and you felt a bit lost in the room.
I must say Natasha (the Receptionist) is a credit to the hotel and was so nice and friendly and when I rang down from the room to ask for ice. I just mentioned my first name and she remembered me immediately and called me Mrs. X, which really made the experience much more personal and it was little things like this that really added to our stay.
The breakfast was good, not the best I have had compared to other 4 star hotels in Ireland but it was enjoyable. My husband doesn't eat pork so loves all types of eggs, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms for his hotel breakfast, but there were no mushrooms with the buffet. But the staff were very accommodating and got the chef to cook some mushrooms for him. There was a nice selection of cold meats and cheeses (as well as the usual hot buffet), 2 type of natural yoghurt and plenty of nice fruit and fruit salad, among other things.
The pool was nice, a little small but the ambiance nice and there were a number of different massage jets (lower back, upper back, legs etc) in the Hydrotherapy Pool. The Jacuzzi (or bubble pool as they called it) was only a few degrees warmer than the pool but was nice all the same.
The hotel is right in the centre of the town and is walking distance to everything, which is nice. The downside to a city/town centre hotel, is the views from the room are not great at all but it is expected and you don't come to a hotel to sit and stare out the window.
All in all, we had a very enjoyable stay. It is a lovely hotel and the experience is made more enjoyable and memorable by the friendly staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A local landmark in Athlone thanks to its 12 story glazed tower, Sheraton Athlone Hotel is a unique hotel in Ireland. Offering all of the comfort you can expect from a four star hotel, including 167 luxurious bedrooms and suites, with many affording spectacular views over the River Shannon and Ireland's lakelands, as well as outstanding spa facilities. Health & Leisure facilities include a remarkable aquatics area with 18m pool, 3 feature pools and state of the art fitness equipment. Sheraton Athlone Hotel is located beside the Athlone Town Centre shopping centre giving it prime location, and only 70 minutes from Dublin, which makes it perfect for business or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Athlone Sheraton