Just returned from a fun one night stay at the Bastion B&B. This B&B, on the "Left Bank" of Athlone, provided my daughter and myself a charming experience. The buiding is a maze of winding stairs, diverse textures, woods, glass blocks, colored tiles, alcoves, fresh clean bedrooms and a plant filled kitchen/dining. We booked the most awesome room - with one double bed located under two skylights and an angled, beamed roof, with the twin bed located in a loft, with small balcony outside. Bed linens were crisp and comfy. The room was a wee bit chilly upon arrival but several space heaters soon made it warm and cozy. Bath was very funky, with a Gaudiesque tile design above the sink. Global artifacts, artwork and plants decorate all the walls at the Bastion, and the neighborhood is artsy and ecclectic as well.
Vinny, one of the owners, met us and gave us some local info - we took his recommendation to eat at Le Chateau-right down the street-excellent food, beautiful decor in a renovated church.
Vinny's brother, the co-owner, is currently on a Buddhist retreat in France, so Jacqueline, a lovely lady, is helping run the place. She had coordinated our visit to Clonmacnoise-our main purpose in coming to Athlone- but there was a last minute glitch and the driver was unable to take us ---so she graciously drove us out there. This entailed getting someone to cover for her at the B&B, and waiting for us while we walked around Clonmacnoise...we appreciated that Vinny and Jacqueline were so accomodating of their guests. They both had been just as friendly and helpful in all of my email communications with them prior to our arrival. It was a delight to meet such interesting people and truly a unique experience to stay at the Bastion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bastion B&B - Award winning townhouse accommodation situated in the heart of Athlone's Left Bank area, close to the River Shannon and the 12th Century King Johns Castle. Surrounded by great restaurants and shops and just a stones throw from Seáns Bar - Ireland's Oldest Bar which is officially declared so in The Guiness Book of World Records! Consistently recommended! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bastion Hotel Athlone
- Bastion Bed And Breakfast