Stayed here as part of a round trip in Ireland. Went over for a family wedding and needed to get away for a rest.
They, along with other hotels in Ireland have a "Golden Age" package which provides a cheaper deal for those of us who are retired. E139 per person for two nights DBB. We stayed in a suite, No. 644, which was incredible.
Huge bed, bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and a walk-in shower.
The room was at the end of a corridor and had two window walls each of which had floor to ceiling glass and gave views onto Lough Righ; superb.
Breakfast was buffet style in the Octagon restaurant; all the usual fruit, juice, pastries etc, hot buffet with any thing you could think of . Eggs cooked to order, coffee and toast brought to your table.
A la carte dinner in the main restaurant. Food excellent, apart from the chef adding ratatouille to every main course whether you wanted it or not!
Stand-out restaurant staff were Michael Dolan, restaurant manager, and Jana, a waitress who really wanted to ensure that you got what you wanted.
The hotel had wine tasting events which were educational as well as enjoyable.
We enjoyed our stay so much that we booked into Hodson's Bay on the return leg of our trip, this time for three nights DBB at a cost of E199pp. Managed to get the same room so were very happy. Greeted like old friends in the hotel and restaurant.
Due to our return ferry being cancelled (see earlier post re Lastra Farm) we needed to stay at the hotel for as long as possible. Mrs K. talked to reception who said that the room wasn't needed so we could keep it until 15.00 free of charge.
We decided that we would have a bar meal at lunchtime to set us up for the trip back to Dublin Port. The roast of the day was lamb, and the lady serving carved off two slices about the size of my hand and nearly an inch thick. My wife said she would share mine, knowing that I would never manage all the meat and veg piled on the plate so the lady serving asked if we wanted more on the plate! We couldn't finish the plateful so got a napkin and took the rest of the meat with us for the journey.
Stays at the hotel also included vouchers for a trip up the lake and along the Shannon. Well worth it but we needed our warm coats as it was a bit breezy.
Great hotel, great staff, great value for money.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hodson Bay Athlone
- Hotel Hodson Bay