We found this an excellent base for exploring the local hills and tourist sights, while the spa provided an alternative for wet weather as well as relaxation after a hard day on the hills. It is situated on the edge of Clonmel overlooking the river a short 5 minute drive from the town centre. We would use it again if we return to this area. Definitely deserves a 4 star rating and close to a 5 star.
The hotel is based around an old house with the majority of the bedrooms in a modern extension. The main area contains a bar, spread over two rooms, a restaurant and a breakfast room, a TV room and ballroom as well as some conference rooms. The bar had a varied menu, including light snacks, main courses and desserts. We had our main meal here the first night and the quality was fine and service rapid, in large part owing to the speed of movement of the friendly staff!
The restaurant served a set price menu which was excellent value albeit a limited though varied menu. The service was efficient and speedy and the staff very friendly. The breakfast room is separate and airy. The first morning we had a very nice bespoke breakfast cooked for us. Subsequently there was a breakfast servery, providing an average quality substantial breakfast.
The leisure facilities were excellent. It has a large swimming pool with sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and outside hot tub. Towels, swimming hat and pool shoes are provided. The swimming pool had one lane marked off for serious swimmers and it is of irregular shape with a couple of inlets and bridge so would amuse children for a morning. The large gym contained a wide range of modern equipment, with many such as treadmills and cross trainers in a good number. The aerobics room was being used for a spinning class which was well attended. Spa treatments are available, but were not used by us. The tennis court was being used with flood lighting. The Leisure Centre is also open to non-residents, but as it is physically separate from the main hotel although busy this did not impinge upon the peacefulness of the main hotel.
We were upgraded to a suite, which comprised two separate areas - a bedroom area and a sitting area. The bed was super King sized with views over the river and town with a medium sized TV, arm chairs, wardrobe and dressing table. There was a small outside balcony with a table and two chairs.
The sitting area contained a large TV, L shaped sofa, a desk and chair with overhead lamp light and (free) Ethernet internet connectivity - free wireless connectivity is also provided. There was fridge, tea making facilities and room safe and other furniture. Numerous power points are available, including a number for European two pin connectors. There is a small study area within the sitting area.
The very large bathroom has a large shower cabinet and a Jacuzzi bath. A plentiful supply of towels and toiletries were provided.
There were a few niggles. The lack of overhead ceiling lighting (except in the bathroom) was not entirely compensated by the many side lights and there was no bright light close enough to a mirror suitable for make-up application - though there was a number of mirrors with overhead light - nor a magnifying mirror in the bathroom. Our towel rail did not work throughout our stay - various reasons given for it not working - but we were offered the use of their laundry to dry any wet clothing. The TV has a very limited range of channels.
We found this an excellent base for tourist activities. There are some well marked walking routes in the local mountains and forests and a variety of other tourist attractions such as the nearby Cahir Castle. The leisure centre would have kept us suitably amused had the weather been bad. Definitely recommended.
The staff were all friendly and helpful (standfast the towel rail!), the reception staff were efficient though the bar staff could have done with an extra person, though we think that they were short one person due to illness. All in all though a very pleasant and enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Owned by the Nallen family since opening in 1962. The minella is situated on the banks of the river suir just 1/2 mile from clonmel town.A 5 million development has just been completed. Club Minella is the Health & fitness club with a 20 meter pool & outdoor hot tub overlooking the river. 4**** family owned and managed hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Minella Hotel Clonmel