We stayed here on our first night during our most recent Ireland trip - and a few days later on our way back to Dublin. Overall, great SPG recognition with an excellent and friendly staff. Thanks especially to Natasha. First time, due to platinum status, we were upgraded to an eighth-floor corner room in the towers. On the return, upgraded to an even nicer room with sweeping ceiling-to-floor windows on the ninth floor in the towers. The tower rooms are very quiet, spacious, nicely furnished and decorated. But it is a little bit of a maze and an elevator change to get there from the lobby. We did copy the hotel instructions on driving directions from the Dublin airport, as our GPS did not list the hotel by name nor address. When walking near the castle area in Athlone, we overhead a car stop across the street and ask pedestrians where the Sheraton was - so make sure you GPS has the hotel location, or your have good directions or a map. The hotel parking is in the lot under the hotel (and adjacent shopping mall). It is very easy to get to. There is only minimal space in front of the hotel/lobby to park when checking in, so if it is full, one option is to just drive into the parking lot, very close to the lobby entrance - on the right side if looking towards the hotel, clearly marked with a Sheraton Parking sign. Get your parking ticket upon entrance, drive to the special Sheraton parking area on the same level, push the contact button and tell them you are a guest. Park your car and then go through the clearly marked back entrance and up the elevator to the lobby. The club lounge is very nicely done, but has minimal offerings. Happy hours are slices of meat, cheese and bread - sodas, chips and cookies rest of the time. They had an SPG cocktail reception on Sunday night (wine and cheese) - which I think is a very nice gesture on the management's part - even though there was very minimal attendance (me) that night. I have a feeling that they normally do not have a high number of elite SPG guests - yet! On both stays, the hotel staff was very busy (Rugby tournament one night - several large groups/meetings the other), yet we never felt ignored nor rushed. Buffet breakfast was average for Ireland hotels of this caliber. Bathrooms in the tower rooms were large, spacious and I appreciate the separate walk-in shower! Wifi in the room was a bit "spotty" the first time, but quite satisfactory in the second room. A minor negative point for me, but a very important point for my wife is in regard to all of the recessed ceiling lights. In the fist room (468) there was minimal light present over the bathroom sink. In room 473, the bulb directly over the sink had been replaced with a lower wattage one than the others, so it was even worse. However, all in all, a very pleasant surprise and I would certainly recommend the Sheraton Athlone to anyone (SPG member or not) needing an overnight stay (or longer) anywhere in this area.
- 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:
- Sheraton Athlone Hotel Athlone
- Athlone Sheraton