We spent two nights here on a family break.
It was Easter time so the hotel, on the first night at least, was at full capacity with a wedding on and lots of families with kids.
The hotel has an original building and a new wing. We were in adjoining rooms on the first floor of the older building (which I think is where all the families stay). On the first night we didn't get much sleep as there was a lot of noise from the corridor outside, including kids being v. loud until about 4 am. Couple that with the phone in our kids room ringing twice and you have the makings of a sleepless night.
However, the hotel rectified this quickly the next morning moving us to rooms on the 3rd floor which were much quieter (and had a great view over the lake).
The rooms themselves were fine, although the beds were not very large, nor super-comfortable (very soft). There is wifi in the hotel but it is very patchy away from the lobby and proved too weak to be used in either of the rooms we stayed in. Mobile reception (on 02) in the area in general seems weak so there wasn't a lot of web surfing to be done. The TV reception was crap too, with a limited range of channels on offer.
Breakfast was of good quality, although a bit hectic even between 8 - 9 am given the large number of people staying in the hotel.
The kids club was excellent and our kids loved it. All of the staff looking after the children were friendly and attentive.
Food in the bar was average at best, with carvery on offer during the day and a bar food menu by night. I wouldn't relish eating in the bar again.
Food in the restaurant was of a high quality and service was good too. Unfortunately the wine list doesn't match the standard of the food and reads like a walk down a supermarket aisle, with little to tempt one away from the house red or white.
The pool was first rate. The changing area was spotlessly clean and very attractive, while the pool itself is wonderful with a kids area and a couple of hydrotherapy options for adults. (There's a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room too.) The water is super clean and doesn't seem to be chlorinated, making it a very pleasant place to spend some time, particularly with the sun streaming in through the floor to ceiling windows.
Would I go back? With the family, probably. My kids loved the kids club and the pool and the fact it only took us an hour to get there was a big plus.
- 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