Wineport lodge is nice. It's the kind of place you take to by yourself or as a couple, load up with reading material and if possible entrench yourself in this lakeside location for a few days R&R.
The good bits:
The location right on the shores of Lough Ree,
The enormous comfortable and well appointed bedroom. The lake view, The food in the restaurant and the maitre d'.
Breakfast in the bedroom was a luxury and the presentation nice but the food not spectacular.
The excellent shower.
Watching the sun go down and the cruisers quietly passing by.
The morning newspaper, complimentary slippers and dressing gowns.
The pillows. Flatscreen TV.
The bad bits: Among the 'higher' levels of staff there was a very unnecessary snootiness which was off putting and awkward. The reception staff could have been more helpful, they were not , after all terribly busy when we were there. The hotel was not very busy itself. I would say 25% occupancy at the time.
I did not like them phoning my room to ask if I was dining with them. I had previously gone to great pains by email to tell them what my dining requirements were.
I did not like been asked loudly by the bar man if we wanted a night cap before we went to bed. (I'm well able to ask for something when I want it)
The attention to detail in the bedroom could have been better there were cobwebs hanging from the ceiing (which I whisked away before my wife eyeballed them) and a very thick coating of dust on a timber beam above the bed. This fuzz threatend to topple on top of us at any moment.
There was a certain meanness about the quantity of toiletries. Yes it was expensive stuff (L'Occitane)but we ran out before we left and this was not noticed by housekeeping. The bath was chipped, toilet not great to flush and bath surround a bit worn.
There is a little lounge bar on the ground floor which is also a through way from some of the bedroooms so pretty constant traffic.
The mini bar in the bedroom(a source of great annoyance to me)
That irritating person on the Jet Ski, who buzzed up and down incessantly right up until it got dark. Why can they not put a time limit on that particular noisy craft?
Once outside the main gate of the hotel there is not anywhere very scenic to walk, as the lake cannot be seen from the road.
In summary. The bedrooms have everything that is provided by a good quality 4* hotel. The hotel surroundngs are very pretty. We had a very good meal there and the service was mixed.
Would I recommend to my best friend? I would.
Would I go back? Not for what I paid and not until some of the staff get over themselves. It's a hotel in a lovely location, just like so many others dotted all over the country where the welcome is more and the cost is less.
However, if you get a few days there at a reasonable rate, take the opportunity.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You'll feel the difference the moment you arrive. More than a hotel, this is a luxury lodge with a unique sense of warmth and comfort at every turn. Nestled on the banks of Lough Ree, in an idyllic setting surrounded by native woodland, Wineport Lodge is exceptional in both style and service. With hosts who instinctively ensure your every need is met, here luxury and comfort comes wrapped in easy humour and effortless hospitality. Blissfully located in the beautiful countryside of Athlone, Wineport Lodge enjoys an incomparable setting on the edge of Ireland's peaceful inland waterways. Its cedar clad, log-cabin-style exterior is matched with a tasteful, modern interior that reflects the warm and relaxed atmosphere across the lodge and its lakeside grounds. Famously delicious food is matched by genuinely friendly and expert service. An always interesting Menu changes seasonally with the most flavoursome local produce regularly appearing as a daily special. Rustic in style, unpretentious and always generous on the plate... At Wineport Lodge you're in for a dining treat. Each menu is accompanied by an electric, carefully selected wine list. Glasson Golf Club is just a short boat trip away, and a stroll around the lake begins outside our front door. Wineport Lodge was designed to be in tune with our stunning natural surroundings. It's all about having the maximum comfort with the minimum environmental impact. That's why you won't find a sprawling spa with pool here. What you will find though is nothing short of perfect. Two intimate treatment suites are just waiting for you with a range of VOYA treatments and therapies guaranteed to help you relax, rejuvenate and renew. Wineport Lodge - Voted Best Boutique Hotel in Ireland 2013 by The National Hospitality Awards ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wineport Hotel Athlone
- Wineport Athlone
- Wineport Lodge Athlone