This is most certainly, not the worst hotel in Ireland. However, as with all hotels in Ireland, they still simply don't know how to cook. Any 1st year trainee chef will tell you, don't boil the be-jasus out of vegetables, then leave them aside for an hour or two, then reheat them before serving. Gross. It was also hard to cut through the stake I ordered, due to the fat. The potatoes where also reheated. I'm sure I'm being picky, I know, but I have traveled abroad and hotels outside Ireland seem to have much better standards.
Now, I hate staying in hotels while on Business. It's incredibly boring, and I never drink during the week so thats out. However, thanks to the modern age, all televisions have a HD connection. So what does that mean? It means you can plug in your mini DVD player, or XBox, or any gadget into the television in your hotel room to keep yourself entertained. This is great, as most hotels have WiFi, including the Radisson in Athlone, and i might add you do get a strong connection.
So, I brought my XBox, which would allow me to watch DVD's and Webb TV, and perhaps a bit of online gaming with friends. After all I'll have 6 hours to kill each afternoon.
But of course, as you'll notice in Ireland, the TV in your hotel will be about 20 years old, and you cannot connect any technology to it. The TV in my Hotel room is 14" 1991 Philips TV, it only has a scart connection. Not only that, but you can only get a few channels. Of course, hotels in ireland still don't get the fact that you can get upto 30 good channels on free sat, oh no, thats much too difficult for them to arrange, even when it's free?
On a final note, Ask yourself what is the main focal point of a hotel room. It's the same thing you point your furniture to in your living room. A good TV. I'll never understand why hoteliers don't get this.
Other than that I've no complains.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone is situated in the town centre on the banks of the River Shannon overlooking the historic Athlone Castle.Sumptuous food is served daily in the Quayside Bar & Lounge and Elements Restaurant serves innovative dishes which highlight the region and the season’s best ingredients.Synergy Health & Leisure Club is available complimentary to all guests and features an indoor pool, sauna, steam-room and fully equipped gymnasium. The outdoor terrace is overlooks the Marina and is a unique feature of the hotel - Summer Barbeques are a specialty!Many of the bedrooms at this luxurious hotel afford stunning views over the river and old town area.The hotel is within a five minute walk of Athlone’s train & bus station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone Hotel Athlone
- Radisson Athlone
- Radisson Hotel Athlone
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