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Hodson Bay Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Hodson Bay, Athlone, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Athlone
Galway
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Trip to Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Last week myself and my partner spent two nights in the Hodson Bay and I have to say it was an amazing break. We enjoyed every part of it. Breakfast each morning was delicious. We ate in the bar one night and the restaurant the next and again the food and service were super. One of highlights of our stay was the leisure centre and the thermal suite, they were so relaxing and enjoyable, couple that with the spectacular views and we felt like we were in paradise. Thanks to all the team for making our stay special

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your charming review on Trip Advisor. I was really happy to hear that you and your partner have such high recommendations of your recent stay at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

It was lovely to hear that you found the food during your stay to of such a high standard. I passed on your kind words to Mr. Rory Gabriel, our Executive Head Chef and he too would like to send you his sincere thanks. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into sourcing local suppliers and we are constantly reviewing our methods of selection, preparation and cooking. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

It was also fantastic to see that you both got the opportunity to avail of many of our in-house facilities during your stay and that you appreciated the beauty of our location, for which we are very privileged.

We would love to see you both back at the hotel in the future. If you do decide to return, please make sure to contact me as I would like to thank you in person for your review and valued custom.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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cork
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Stayed in Hodson Bay last weekend, there was a mix up on ourside reception staff went the extra mile to get me aroom . Had friend on sixth floor super rooms and facilities. Lovely food on Friday, good mix of staff. Full house but no sign of panic. Will return great value to be had. Well done to all.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review on Trip Advisor. I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

Customer care and satisfaction is the key to any successful business and I was happy to hear that you found our staff ‘went the extra mile’. I will make sure to display your kind words in our team’s facilities as its important for staff morale, especially in these tough, economic and challenging times.

We would love to see you back at the hotel in the near future. If you do return please feel free to contact me as I would like the opportunity to meet with you and thank you in person for your feedback and custom.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Malahide, Ireland
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We booked this last minute and got an amazing deal. This hotel is a must with small kids. The deal consisted of breakfast, overnight family room with ample space, an amazing breakfast and then to top it all off, there was a secure supervised kids club from 7 pm to 10 pm that night. An amazing bonus for tired parents with four year old twins. The hotel is spotless and the staff were so friendly especially the lovely girl that checked us in who was only getting trained that day. She was amazing. The pool is a must for energetic kids and my husband loved the fact that there was a hydro therapy section. I can't fault this hotel in any way, we will certainly be making the trip again.

Room Tip: Family room is so spacious, you don't need interconnecting!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review on Trip Advisor. I was delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your recent stay here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

I was really happy to see that you and your family were impressed by everything that was on offer for families in the hotel. We pride ourselves on being a family friendly hotel and the hotel itself is actually a family run business. We host many activities for both young and old and our Kids Camp gives the adults some time to relax and unwind. As a father of three myself, I understand how important that is.

We feel very privileged to have been so busy to date and I was delighted to hear that this did not affect our overall customer service skills. I will make sure to relay your comments to the rest of the Management team. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated as its important for staff morale to get recognition for their hard work and loyalty to the hotel.

We would be delighted to welcome you and your family back to the hotel in the near future. If you do decide to return, please do not hesitate to contact me as I would love to meet you all in person.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Ireland
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52 hotel reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

I have just returned from a 1 night stay in this hotel. It was a really enjoyable experience. I stayed in room 608 which is in the new section of the hotel. The room was very spacious with a really comfie bed. Decor was modern and very easy on the eye. Check in was v swift and efficient. I enjoyed a lovely swim in the fabulous leisure centre. It has stunning views of the shannon. Dinner in L'Escale restaurant was top notch. The steak I had was top notch!! Breakfast the next morning in the Octagon restaurant was great with a wide selection of hot and cold foods. Check out was also quick and efficient.
If I had one minor quibble, it would be that the bar area is quite dated.
A thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to returning in the near future!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your charming review on Trip Advisor. I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

I was really happy to read that your room was to your satisfaction and that you enjoyed the views from the hotel. We feel very privileged to have this natural waterside location just outside our door and the area itself is a wonderful nature reserve.

Our Executive Head Chef, Mr. Rory Gabriel would like to thank you for your comments regarding your dinner in our L’Escale Restaurant. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into sourcing local suppliers and we are constantly reviewing our methods of selection, preparation and cooking. Your feedback was greatly appreciated.

We would love to see you back at the hotel in the near future. If you do return please feel free to contact me as I would like the opportunity to meet with you and thank you in person for your feedback and custom.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Derry, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We wanted to keep this hotel secret, because if too many people know of it, we'll never get a room when we want. We spent a glorious 2 nights there in July, 2013. As disabled seniors, the receptionist ensured we had a suitable room, which turned out to be perfect, with views of the lake and all the activities outside. The attraction for us though, was the hydrotherapy pool/spa, with aquaerobics in the indoor swimming pool; sheer bliss for aching muscles and joints. Breakfasts were good and tasty, and we had our evening meal while out exploring the beautiful Athlone region. The only negative seems to be common for Irish holidays; the evening entertainment doesn't start till our bedtime!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review on Trip Advisor. It was great to hear that you have so many happy memories of your recent stay here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

I was over the moon to hear that your room was perfect and that you got the opportunity to avail of our hydro-therapy pool and leisure facilities during your stay. Customer care and satisfaction is the key to any successful business and I was happy to see that both your needs were accommodated throughout your stay.

We would be honored to welcome you both back to the hotel in the near future. If you do decide to return, please do not hesitate to contact me as I would love to meet with you in person and thank you for your appreciated custom and your kind words.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Tipperary
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We went as a group of 30 on a Golfing Weekend, played Athone Golf Course beside the hotel. This extremely busy huge hotel could cater for the mass numbers without flaw. The hotel rooms, leisure facilities and food were of very high standard. Most friend efficient staff in all areas of the hotel. Well done to the Management & Staff, good to see you thriving and succeeding.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your kind words on Trip Advisor. It was fantastic to hear that you and your golfing group enjoyed your recent stay at The Hodson Bay Hotel and that everything was to the high standard we expect here on a consistent basis.

I was delighted to hear that you found our staff so friendly and efficient and I will make sure to display your kind words in our staff facilities. It’s important for staff morale to get recognition for their hard work and dedication, especially in these tough times.

We would be honored to welcome you back to the hotel in the near future. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you do decide to return as I would feel very privileged to meet you and thank you in person and thank you for your lovely review.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Recently while on our way to Ploughing Championship, we called into the Hodson Bay Hotel for Breakfast. We were delighted to find that Breakfast was still been served as we had travelled a long journey.

We had the most tasty breakfast we could expect. My Husband had a fry which was most tasty and hot with a big pot of freshly made tea and loads of hot toast and lovely wheaten bread. My daughter had pancakes which the lady made specially for her. She really enjoyed them and myself had cereal and fruit which I really enjoyed.

The young waitresses who were serving the tables were just so nice and helpful and could'nt do enough for us.

The price was very very reasonable and we look forward to returning to the Hodson Bay for their really good food and hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, November 21, 2013
Thank you for your lovely review on Trip Advisor. It was fantastic to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your recent experience at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

I was delighted to hear that you found our breakfast tasty and reasonably priced. We understand how tough and challenging the economic climate is and we try our best to reflect this in our pricing structure. With regards to our customer service, I will endeavor to display your kind words in our team’s facilities. We feel very privileged to have such a fantastic team on board and it boosts staff morale to get recognition for their hard work and dedication. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

We would love to see you both back at the hotel in the future. If you do decide to return, please make sure to contact me as I would like to thank you in person for your review and valued custom.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Address: Hodson Bay, Athlone, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Westmeath > Athlone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Athlone
#3 Spa Hotel in Athlone
#4 Luxury Hotel in Athlone
#4 Romantic Hotel in Athlone
#4 Family Hotel in Athlone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hodson Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Heart of Irish midlands on the shores of the picturesque Lough Ree, guests at the 4 * Hodson Bay Hotel can relax to the gentle sound of water lapping on the shoreline, while enjoying the panoramic backdrop of the Irish Countryside. Our location is simply unbeatable and the hotel commands breath-taking views of the Lake and its numerous islands. Guests can unwind and rejuvenate in the The Spa at Hodson Bay. ... more   less 
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