Booked rooms (confirmed reservation) in the new part of the hotel 6 weeks before our visit. Got an email a few days before arrival to ask me to confirm booking. Got a call 2 days before arrival to say the hotel was over booked and we'd been moved to the Sheraton "sister hotel" in the city centre. Told them we booked the Hodson Bay as that is where we wanted to stay. Got another call on the day of arrival to say they had fitted us into the hotel but that we'd have to stay in the old part of the hotel for the first night and then they would move us to the new part of the hotel for the rest of our stay. On arrival we were told that we couldn't stay in the new part of the hotel at all as the rule was "no children". Pointed out the "child" they were referring to was my 18 year old son who is 6 feet tall, has a beard and is an international athlete! (receptionist was clearly trying to free up rooms in the new part of the hotel?). Reluctantly they agreed we had no "children" in the party. Only had small smoking rooms (very smelly) for our first night.despite the fact that we'd booked non smoking rooms :-(
Also beware of wedding parties as they allow fireworks at midnight right outside the hotel rooms - very very loud and unwelcome as we were there to compete in the European Triathlon Championships which started very early the next morning!
New part of the hotel, spa and location are superb. Restaurant a bit overwhelemed at breakfast and ran out of bread.
Would certainly stay there again but would worry about over booking and getting bumped from the reserved rooms at short notice into not so nice rooms in the hotel or, even worse, getting moved to another hotel in the town centre to make room for wedding guests!
- 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