Booked over the phone for 5 night family holiday and first off was impressed with the very friendly and helpful Gillian. On arrival, we were unimpressed with the very dull colour the hotel is painted outside - although it is well kept it doesn't look very inviting - but views from hotel are to die for. Lovely bright interior with lots of areas to sit in and around reception.
Were directed to a tired but excellent sized family room having more toiletries than I've seen in some 5 star hotels. Although the room was very spacious it only had a small double and two singles so nowhere to sleep for 3rd child - we had been advised of this on booking so brought blow-up bed with us - hotel doesn't supply extra camp beds or pull-out sofas. On seeing size of room we wondered why sofa-bed or set of bunks would be a problem to add to the room - but there must be a reason! Tea/coffee making facilities were on hand as were hair-dryer, iron and ironing-board. Once settled in we set off to explore.
Fab leisure centre with lovely staff, pool slide is a hit and kiddies pool is a great size. Bar area is lovely with great little sunrooms to take in the wonderful scenery. Gardens are a treat and were in full bloom. Breakfasts and bar food were all delicious. Staff throughout were friendly and courteous - Gillian continued her superb service when we needed help with a couple of things.
The twin towns of Ballina/Killaloe are so picturesque with many areas to take a stroll. We liked it all so much that we stayed a sixth night! Weather was on our side but with places like this in Ireland there really is no need to travel abroad. So glad we found this hidden gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre in Killaloe on the County Clare and County Tipperary border. This Family Friendly Hotel is situated in a stunning location on the banks of the river Shannon, proudly overlooking the twin towns of Ballina Co. Tipperary and Killaloe Co. Clare with its famous 13 arch bridge and 13th century cathedral, St. Flannans. With its innate sense of peace and warmth, it is often described by locals as "Ireland's Best kept secret" and is one of the top hotels Clare has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeside Hotel Killaloe