We stayed here from the 21st of February 2013 for 3 nights. We were a large family group and had a reservation for 5 rooms.
On arrival we were greeted by a very efficent receptionist, she proceeded to check us in and filled us in with all the info regarding breakfast/dining times and locations and opening times hours of the fitness centre and that children must vacate the fitness centre/pool by 630pm.
We had booked a family room. We were allocated a standard room which had a double bed, a single bed and a rollaway single bed. The room was very small and we had very little space to walk. We actually had to stack some of the furniture in a corner to have more space. The hotel does have larger family rooms, if you are a family you might want to ask for one of their larger rooms. Some of the furniture was a little worse for ware.
Our entire party arrived by 430pm and the celebrations began.
We all had bar food for dinner, the menu was good enough but we would have expected more choices. Pasta dishes, curry, lasagne did not feature on the menu. The child menu is very limited but having said that the four options that were available were quite reasonable and included a bowl of jelly and icecream.
At approx. 850pm we were informed that we must leave the bar because this was the hotels policy. This was not mentioned to us at checkin, when we should have been advised.
Children are not allowed enter the bar after 9pm. Howvere, we did find out that The Brennan Hotel chains policy is that children that are residents of the hotel can remain in the bar until1230am. We also spoke to other families and they had the same experience. Having stayed in quite a few hotels over the years we have never experienced anything like this.
Usually in a hotel, if children are resident are permitted in the bar. Also, as far as we know the law also confirms that once they are resident they can enter the bar.
We walked to the Bridgewater Centre about a 12-15 minutes and into Arklow Town, approx 15-20 minute walk. Great shopping centre with lots of shops and an Eddie Rockets.
The town itself is quite large and has plenty of shops, bars and a few nice restaurants.
We used the Spa in the hotel on the Saturday morning, I had a Swedish back massage and my daughter had a facial. We both floated out of the Spa and went to the pool. We then used the jacuzzi and sauna. Unfortunately, the steam room was out of order.
On Saturday night there was live music in the bar. As we were seated in the reception area we missed out on the atmosphere this might have created.
All in all we had a good weekend but I dont know if I would recommend this hotel for families.
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