We stayed for two nights over Christmas with our baby girl. This used to be my absolute favourite hotel, have not been in a few years and was really looking forward to it, was a birthday treat from my husband. We decided on check-in to stay an extra night and very quickly regretted it, went in to our room which was a mile away from the lift and so disappointing, it over looked a roof and was old and dated, carpet was frayed and coming up in places and the room was impossible to negotiate with a buggy, was just a sad place really! I went down stairs and offered to pay extra to change or upgrade to a better room, explained I was disappointed, was given a key and told to take a look at another room, it was much the same but had a nice view. Evening meal in restaurant was lovely as was the pool and spa. Carvery was awful, very poor selection and just awful, awful food like something in a school canteen over cooked veg, triffle that could of been there for over a week and also really expensive, I did complain and got a refund, they also charged me €2.95 when I asked for a couple of chips with me main meal?! Two scones and tea nearly €10... I know the hotel cant do anything about the amount of kids but they should have a policy that they are at the least supervised in the bar some child tried to repeatedly kick me in the face, they blocked the lifts I could not get in or out, they even jumped over our buggy with our baby in it, no adults in sight?! What really upset me was when I came back from the pool with my little girl our room had been serviced, I left my handbag and wallet etc in the room along with my rings and other jewellery, our room door was wedged open children from neighbouring rooms were running in and out of our room, and no house keeping staff were anywhere to be seen, I was freaked, I asked kids to leave, closed the door and checked everything I brought this to a managers attention on checkout and I really did not get a satisfactory response, it just was not acceptable and I don't think he understood how upsetting I found this anything could of been taken! I can not see us returning to this hotel, there is much nicer places to stay in Athlone. It is no longer my favourite place to stay and I would not recommend it as I would of in the past.
- 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