Our party of four, which included my wife and I, arrived Friday 11th for a weekend stay. On producing our booking reference, we were asked 'Will you pay now?'. This we found strange but complied with the request.
We had trouble with the key card but, after several attempts, were successful in gaining access to our room. The room itself was clean and the bed (Queen size) was comfortable. We were unable to control the room temperature and could only open the window a small bit. The television was a dated one with very bad reception on some channels.The bathroom was big and well stocked (towels, facecloths and shampoo etc.) The bath/shower combo was not great, I would prefer a walk in shower (but that would be my personal choice).
On returning from a night out, we found that the key card failed to open the room door again. We went to reception, where the night porter reprogrammed it. On returning to the room, the card failed again. On my second visit to reception, the night porter issued me a new card and warned of the dangers of carrying my key card next to my mobile, to which I replied that I hadn't my phone with me all evening. The room door opened on first try with the new key card!
We found the breakfast very good on both mornings. Varied and plenty of choice, although we had to ask for tea for the table on the second morning after 10 minutes of being passed by. There was music in the bar on both nights and the seating was comfortable, but very limited in the bar.
The car park was a bit of a joke. You got a ticket on entering which would be validated at reception on leaving. But as both exit barriers were raised, parking became a free for all and space was at a premium (cars double parked etc.) The Hotel itself was very well located, although some of the staff could be unwelcoming.
Our party enjoyed the Viking ship up the river Shannon. Captain Mike was very informative and for €10, the round trip to Hudson Bay Hotel was well worth it. I would be staying elsewhere if I were to return.
- 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
- Athlone Radisson Sas