Had a very brief trip to this hotel in November to visit a relative nearby and my wife and I just loved the place. Lovely room which was a good size, well appointed and spotless. Dinner in the restaurant was good value and maybe a tad old fashioned was very enjoyable with great friendly service and got very busy as we started our main course. A manager appeared and immediately other staff were re-directed from the bar and all went smoothly. Which was typical of this hotel as management were evident at all times. This to us is a very good sign of a hotel and directions were givnen quitely and politely to staff. This is a happy place which takes its clients care at a premium.
We asked for a quiet room as when booking we were informed as it was Friday there was a function in the hotel. To be honest there was some noise from music at this function but it packed up reasonably early and was not too much bother.
Breakfast was a feast with everything one might ask for and plenty of it including smoked salmon. All served seamlessly and again despite it being November the place was full.
Very good value for money and just off the hustle and bustle of Athlone.
Lots to do in Athlone with great shopping so this is a great place for a break. Lovely pint in the bar and as I wandered down alone a young barman asked if I would like a newspaper...nice touch.
One small gripe is that about 8.30 in the morning we were awakened by music and discoverd later that the public music system had a speaker in the corridor just outside our room. Why would anybody put hotel background music in the area adjacent to bedrooms??? So no lie in for us unfortunately. We did mention this as we checked out.
Despite this we will definitly go back and we would highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of Ireland in the historic town of Athlone Co Westmeath. Set on its own private grounds and gardens with ample FREE car parking. 5 minute walk from the town centre.75 minutes from Dublin.40 Bedrooms and 12 Two Bedroom Suites/Apartments. ... more less
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