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Hodson Bay Hotel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A. PLUS”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

i stayed here recently with my partner, and i have to say from the moment we arrvied we knew we had chosen the right place to stay. check in was swift and courtous. our room was spaiocus and clean to a very high standard. while the sun was shining we decided to take advantage of this and walk by the lake, the views were breath taking. we tried the carvery the frist day we were there which was lovely nice slection of hot and cold food, and desserts, we sat in the bar having a drink the staff was very freindly and potlie which makes any stay enjoyable. we had dinner in the restuarant one night i have to say i never enjoyed a meal like this before, from the starters, to the mains and dessert every thing was delicous and cooked to perfection. will be going here again to eat. we went to the lesuire center as well the amenties were excellent and clean. breakfast in the morning was excelllent and a lot of different choices i couldnt decide what i wanted to eat as all looked so good and fresh. the only thing i was dissappointed about was checking out we didint want to leave. all in all excellent hotel we are planning our next trip here very shortly. well done to all at the hudson bay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Duboboy
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James_Dilleen, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 6 December 2016
Dear Duboboy,

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor. It's great that you had such a memorable experience with us.

It makes what we do all the more worthwhile and I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to the people who you have mentioned.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel should your travels next bring you to Athlone.

Kind Regards,

James Dilleen
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Ennis, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

My wife and i had the pleasure of staying at this hotel a couple of weeks ago.when we arrived there was a wedding in full swing with staff buzzing around among the guests and all smiling and happy.we were greeted by a lovely smile at reception and dealt with very efficently. The room we got was georgous and so spacious and clean and most important spotless clean.we spent two beautiful days here and had the pleasure of using the spa and pool both top class and as for the food breakfast was the best and we had a beautiful dinner in the resturant.the staff and the hotel were wonberful and i would reccomend anyone to stay here what a fabulous hotel and grounds'

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank kenoshaughnessy
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James_Dilleen, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 6 December 2016
Dear kenoshaughnessy,

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor. It's great that you had such a memorable experience with us.

Reviews like this give me great pleasure in sharing such feedback with our entire team in the hotel, from the room to your experience in our Spa.

It makes what we do all the more worthwhile and I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to the people who you have mentioned.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel should your travels next bring you to Athlone.

Kind Regards,

James Dilleen
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Galway, Galway, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

Stayed in this busy hotel as a stopover on the way to Galway.
Great food lovely clean room and great leisure center. Greeted well on arrival by the staff, well polished and professional establishment, all in all excellent stay provided by excellent staff.
Will be back

Stayed June 2014
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4 Thank Anthony P
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James_Dilleen, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 6 December 2016
Dear Anthony P,

Thank you for a great TripAdvisor review.

It makes what we do here in the hotel more worthwhile we are glad that you had such an enjoyable stay.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel should your travels next bring you to Athlone.

Kind Regards,

James Dilleen.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

I'm just back from a wonderful and relaxing week end in the Hodson way. The room was so spacious , with beautiful views over the water, the swimming pool was delightful and facilities were all good, and my partner found the gym very good. The highlight of our stay was definitely L'Escale restaurant. The quality of the food was second to none, it was in fact the best meal I've had in a hotel in Ireland. For starter , we had the pork belly and the tian of chicken . Both of them were delicious, the pork belly was so tender it was melting in my mouth. To follow we had the beef fillet served with fondant potato And oh my I am still talking about this fondant, and we had the duck. Both dishes were ridiculously tasty and well prepared with a great attention to detail. The service was very attentive making sure we always water at the table and topping up our wine without being too pushy. I would like to thank you all for a stay we will not forget. It is extremely unfortunate that other reviewers have so much time in their hands to write absolute non sense and nasty reviews, as it is certainly not deserved. Thank you again, we will be back!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank RebeccaMiton
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James_Dilleen, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 6 December 2016
Dear RebeccaMiton,
Thank you for your fantastic review on Trip Advisor. I would like to thank you and your partner for choosing The Hodson Bay Hotel for your relaxing break. We feel very privileged that you had such a wonderful stay.

Your kind words will be passed on to the teams of people that had the privilege of looking after you as guests at our beautiful hotel.

If you should ever decide to stay with us again in the not to distant future please do not hesitate to contact me in person as i would love the opportunity to meet with you and thank you for your wonderful review.

Kind Regards,
James Dilleen
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

My father was at a conference her late last year and when we were looking for a place to go he suggested here, now i was here a few years ago so he just reaffirmed it in my mind. my partner enjoyed the spa thoroughly enjoyed her treatment, we had a lovely walk by the lake and in the beautiful weather we are having its a real plus for the hotel. Myself not being a fan of carverys, we had decided to chance it, it was fresh tasty & busy for lunch and has made me reconsider my views on carverys (well in the Hodson Bay at least). We had dinner that night in the restaurant L'escale, I couldn't fault it, again tasty and i could see an improvement from my first time there a few years ago, not to say that it was bad back then, but something has changed. Breakfast was efficient and what you would expect. All in all we had a great time and will be back

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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6 Thank Ryanadam82
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James_Dilleen, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 6 December 2016
Dear Ryanadam82,

Thank you for a great TripAdvisor review.

It makes what we do here in the hotel more worthwhile we are glad that you had such an enjoyable stay.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel should your travels next bring you to Athlone.

Kind Regards,

James Dilleen.

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Cavan, Ireland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

No wifi in room, despite assurances to the contrary. Only Irish TV channels, incredible for a 4 star hotel in 2014. One of the few available channels scrambled every 10 seconds, so world cup unwatchable! Breakfast ok, but hotel should aim for quality rather than quantity: fresh summer fruit in season please, lose the tinned pears and peaches. Staff didn't seem to have a problem with one gentleman guest who wandered barefoot around the breakfast buffet; found this offputting, and I would expect hotel to deal with this. Plus side: nice room and view, staff efficient, if lacking somewhat in personality.

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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4 Thank Gilda207
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Dundalk
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Stayed here with my other half for a weekend. We both enjoyed our stay very much. The hotel itself is in a beautiful location. The rooms had everything you'd need, no complaints about the beds or sleep quality and I admit I can be a tad fussy about this sometimes.
Didn't actually eat in the hotel which I regret after seeing so many positive reviews of it.
Staff were superb - very friendly. Sincere thanks to the reception staff especially.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Sharon W
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James_Dilleen, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, 15 November 2016
Dear Sharon W,

Thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

It was great to see that our standard of customer service throughout the hotel was fantastic and I will make sure to display your kind words in our staff facilities. It is important for staff morale to get recognition for their hard work and dedication.

We look forward to welcoming you back again to the Hodson Bay Hotel, Spa and Leisure.

Kind Regards,
James Dilleen
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Property: Hodson Bay Hotel
Address: | Hodson Bay, Athlone N37 XR82, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Westmeath > Athlone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Athlone
#3 Spa Hotel in Athlone
#4 Romantic Hotel in Athlone
#4 Family Hotel in Athlone
#5 Luxury Hotel in Athlone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hodson Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 176
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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