We stayed here for 2 midweek nights at the beginning of september. We booked over the phone on the evening of arrival and were assisted by a very helpful person called laura I think. Parking is free for guests at the underground carpark adjacent to the town centre shopping centre. We arrived up at reception and were looked after by robert who was very efficent and friendly. We asked about an upgrade to a room with a view( we had booked a king room for €138 b&b per night.) and there was availabilty so we upgraded to €178 b&b per night. We were asked did we want help with our luggage as a 4* should do. We were given a room in the tower on the 9th floor I think. The place is like a maze to begin with until I found my bearings. The room was fab but we were very very disapointed with the view. For the extra €40 euro a night we had a view of the bus or train station and a very distant river view. Total waste but the sunset was nice. I think if we had been in the room next door we would have had a better view. The room was great. Seperate shower but it took ages for the hot water to come thru. Total waste of water. Very comfy bed. Pay on demand movies and internet on the tv however it did not work but there is free pcs to use in the lobby.
We slept in for breakfast on the first morning and just as well as on the second morning it was crap to be honest. Portion control must be on the cards as someone was serving on the hot food counter. He was very rude to the older man he served before me and I asked for scrambled eggs I got one deserst sized spoon. As this was all I was having hot with toast I asked for more and It was like it was coming out of his wages he was so mean with it. There was no apple juice and the fruit was canned. a bowl of Mandrin oranges out of a can. just terrible. We were sitting for well over 5 mins before we were asked did we want tea or coffee and toast but the girls were really busy in fairness(talking in a group presumbly about last nights going on). When it did come 5 mins after there was 2 slices of white toast cut in half. A bit mean for 2 people.
bar area was ok. We had a few drinks there in the evening. The bar food menu wasn't great.
The location of the hotel is good as its in the centre of town next of the shopping centre which has all the major shops and a few restaurants.
Athlone is a great town. There is many many restaurants to chose from. The 1st evening we ate at the prince of wales bar. It was the 1st place we stumbled on and it was suprisingly good we thought. The second night we ate at some place with bistro in the name. It was good too. But to be honest there are so many restaurants you will be spoiled for choice so I therefore wouldn't bother with a dinner package at the hotel.
We took a cruise on the shannon in the viking boat which was great. Run by a kerry guy called michael I think who was great.
So I would recommend the hotel most definetly but breakfast was terrible and the upgrade was sooo not worth it.
- 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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