Booked a three day stay at the hotel with wife and three kids(4,3 and 6months). We were first attracted to the hotel because of the facilities provided for the family. They advertised the "Penguin Club" which provided activities for 3 hours in the morning and up to five hours in the evening. Furthermore, there was also the facility for a "Tiny Tots" club which catered for children from 6 moths up to 4 years. This was from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The children really took to the clubs and we let them decide whether they wanted to go or not and all they wanted to do was to go to the club. The evening club provided games and activities in the play room and also outdoors in front of the hotel. The baby was well looked after in the evening which provided a pure luxury for mammy and daddy to enjoy a delicious evening meal in comfort.
Everyone had a great time and the accommodation, facilities and food were exceptional. The staff and management were extremely pleasant and helpful at all times. The hotel room(222) we got was ideal with a mini entrance with main bedroom, twin room and bathroom off it. With the baby, it was essential that we had a fridge. This request was dealt with and within an hour. The initial family package included 3 nights B&B and two evening meals with the kids club included. Because the children were having so much fun, we booked a further two nights and we had a ball. The hotel is very clean and the grounds are ideal for small walks with the kids. There is also a "Viking Cruise" which goes from the front of the hotel and travels into the heart of Athlone with an option of getting off and getting the next cruise back. The kids really enjoyed the trip with viking swords and helmets available on the boat.
The food was excellent. There is a huge selection in the morning with a fine selection of fresh fruits, cereals and hot food available. Because of the luxury of the kids clubs, the evening meals were a joy and all in all, we really enjoyed the five nights. Oh, nearly forgot, the swimming pool an spa were also excellent. Very clean changing areas and well staffed. The wife enjoyed two hours of relax in the thermal spa and the kids loved the pool. In all, we had a great time and we'll definitely be returning next year. Thanks to all the staff for a truly lovely stay. See you next year..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the gorgeous shores of Lough Ree and with 176 bedrooms, the 4-Star Hodson Bay Hotel is the premier choice for a divine relaxation getaway. With scenic lakeshore walks, championship golf courses and lake cruises on our doorstep, you’ll have a rich choice of enjoyable activities. For families, we have our fully supervised Penguin Kids Camp with fun and games to keep all our little VIPs entertained. Why not avail of our babysitting service and relax in our onsite spa? Or enjoy quality family time in our leisure centre complete with kiddies pool. 'Retreat at Hodson Bay’ is an area of the hotel which is exclusively for adults to ensure your stay is restful and that you are guaranteed peace and quiet to unwind in the beautifully-designed rooms. To revive and rejuvenate yourself, take advantage of our award-winning 'Spa at Hodson Bay'. Both of our restaurants offer mouth-watering local produce; and to end the day take a seat along our lakeview conservatory or enjoy our nightly in-house complimentary activities. The heart of the Midlands is a magical place, so treat yourself to a break in this picturesque setting and let our dedicated staff make your stay one to remember ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hodson Bay Athlone
- Hotel Hodson Bay