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Absolute Hotel
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Limerick
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 13, 2009

We'd picked this hotel as the location to celebrate our 22nd Wedding Anniversary and were really looking forward to seeing the home of Angela's Ashes (I made her acquaintance on my dinner plate later that evening! )
First the good points. If you're driving from the Dublin/North direction, the hotel is easily located beside a bridge as you approach the city centre, on the N7. There is adequate secure car-parking, accessed via a full electronic shutter. The hotel is quite literally a two minute stroll from the City centre and the medieval quarter, with some lovely pubs / restaurants (The Oyster Bar, Locke, Moll D'Arbys) en-route. The rooms have a nice boutique look, ours overlooked a tributary of the Shannon, but was spoilt by some previous guests who felt the no-smoking law didn't apply to them and had left several burn marks on surfaces and the carpet, along with a rather disconcerting stain beside the bed! If you decide to stay, also make sure you leave the lid of the toilet seat down as the towel rail is directly above it. My wife didn't and we returned to find the sole hand-towel had slipped from the rail and landed straight in the bowl - but at least we still had two huge bath sheets!
I had read previous reviews and thought the "grumpy" receptionist was just someone having a bad day, but I was very wrong. She's alive and well - and still as grumpy. We decided to have our inclusive dinner on the first evening. The first major incident was that we weren't issued with the relevant voucher from reception, which seemed to pass the grumpy bug to the restaurant staff. If you're on a package you get the very limited "early-bird" menu, without no option to up-grade. Which makes them even grumpier. You have to order the entire meal at once - first, main and dessert as it's easier - for the staff of course - if you don't it makes them even grumpier! Our food was diabolical and the service was so bad that I complained to the Duty Manager - who seems immune to the grumpy bug and so was fine and what would be expected. He invited us back for another meal and paid for our wine (which we hadn't finished). On returning to our room, my wife spent the rest of the evening in the well-appointed bathroom, being violently ill. I crept down for breakfast (why do breakfast chefs never cook bacon properly? White flaccid fat and pink half-cooked bacon is never tasty, or appealling!), we packed and left one night early - thankful that we had the ability to drive home! Given the current economic climate and the fact that hotels are depending on guests, regardless of the package, you would think they'd be glad to see you - even the housekeeping staff have an attitude here - it's like being in New York, without the "have a nice day!"

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

The Absolute Hotel was really fantastic, EXCEPT that there was a wedding that had loud music booming into the wee hours of the night (and we are night-owls but the wedding kept going even after we went to bed at 2am!). Other than that, it was a great room with modern amenities and touches. Just make sure to ask for a room far away from the reception rooms if your staying on a weekend! The staff were very helpful, the restaurant was beautiful, and the location was convenient to downtown Limerick. We rented a car and it was quite difficult to find the hotel with only the car-rental provided GPS, so do a bit of research and print directions if you are driving to this hotel from the Shannon Airport. Also check out the Trinity nightclub a few blocks away for some good pints and good music!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

just back from a a night at the Absolute Hotel and it was lovely!.

If you arrive early enough, you should be able to get a free space in their secure carpark, if not you can park in a secure car park across the road for €5 per night. Also some street parking right outside the hotel.

Check in girl was friendly and checked us in quickly.

Public areas are spacious, Access to the bedrooms is secure, as you need a room card to get you up in the lift.

Rooms are spacious and stylish.

Nice place to say if you are going to a match/Concert (Thomond parkonly 15 mins walk) or doing some shopping.

Good rates to be found at Late Rooms.

Overall 10/10

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alanwexford
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Reviewed May 30, 2009

While overall we really enjoyed our stay at The Absolute Hotel, it does have its quirks.

The upside is the decor. It is very modern and clean. We had a nice size room with a great view of the river outside, a big king bed and a plasma tv.

The location was just a nice 10 minute walk to the center of town. We got great recommendations from the front desk on where to go and where to eat.

Breakfast was good - not great. The eggs were a bit undercooked and the selection was just so-so.

The biggest downside to this hotel was the bathroom. While it was clean and modern, there was no shower - just a shower head and a drain on the floor. It had GREAT water pressure but you ended up flooding the entire bathroom! There was no where to put your soap or shampoo besides the floor, which is fine for us but I would think that might be a problem for the more senior guests staying at the hotel. Why not put a shelf up! And the floor was wet and slippery all night after we showered. Lastly, why give us shower gel and no wash cloths? Form over function. It looked great but didn't really work well.

Overall we had a good experience at the Absolute. I just hope they put up a shower door.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank jkasper23
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Reviewed May 28, 2009

Having read great reviews I was looking forward to staying here whilst touring Ireland. How wrong reviews can be!

Firstly very rude reception staff who had a real attitude and was extremely unhelpful. We asked to book for lunch and were told no need to book but just head to level 1 for the restuarant to eat and the same when we asked about dinner reservations.

We then had circa 20 children running around the hotel totally uncontrolled and the staff did nothing. Finally got to our room, which had mud on the floor and lipstick and mascara from a previous gift on the sink.

The rooms were quite small compared to other hotels and were nothing special with the new design often not being either good to look at or of great comfort.

We then headed to the restaurant and were rudely told we had to have booked as they were fully booked and had no space. We were told we could eat in the bar, which was full and had children running all over.

Therefore we went out for lunch and found the hotel is located quite a way from the city and is a good 15 minute walk to the city centre.

We then returned and headed for dinner. We were rudely told the restaurant was closed due to a kitchen floor problem and we could eat only soup and sandwiches. However, others were eating in the restaurant and the bar server was rude and we left. Room service was also closed, which is ridiculous!

Finally pleased to leave we checked out and again had a rude receptionist slamming the bill down and being genuinely rude.

If you want to have dreadful service, lots of screaming children and poor cleanliness then Irecommend you stay here!

To anyone who likes cleanliness and good service then go elsewhere

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2009

Stayed at the Absolute for 3 nights, with my Wife from the 15 May 2009. Our trip to Limerick was to coincide with the last game of the Magner league match between Munster and Ospreys, so wanted a Hotel close enough to the ground so we could walk there, it turned out to be the best option of all the large Hotels in town, not just close to the Ground but also to Kings John’s Castle, St Mary’s Cathedral and the Hunts Museum. The Hotel turned out to fantastic, upon arrival the front desk staff was very helpful, explained all about the hotel, times of Breakfast and where to find things and the location of interest around the city, had a little bit of banter about the evenings game and we were then direct to our room, upon opening the door we found we had been upgraded to a suite, the room had a small sitting area, desk with chair, settee and armchair, the room was divided by a wall on this hang two large LCD TV’s one facing the sitting area and one facing the large bed, the room’s very modern bathroom as an opaque glass door, the shower was great a large enclosure with a moon shower head, really woke you up after a night out in one of Limericks restaurants and bars. Breakfast is a buffet, I’m don’t care for scrambled eggs so I asked if it was possible to have a fried egg, the reply was not a problem and within a few minutes I was presented with two fried eggs, only other meal we eat at the Hotel was lunch the day we left, I had the club sandwich and the size and quality of the meal was excellent. Turning to other eateries, you must try The Oyster House at the Locke, the Oyster’s only a 5 minute walk away from the hotel, food is rustic and plentiful but the place as a real buss about it on Rugby nights, as visiting supporters we were welcomed and made friends very quickly, goes without saying you must try the Guinness, the wait for it to settle is worth it, the Oyster House also has live Irish music Sundays to Thursdays, the young band that played on Sunday was very good. On the walk into the city you will come across the Bailey Bar, very nice place. If I was going to Limerick again I would have no issues staying again at the Absolute Hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Love2travelwithS
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

I stayed at the Absolute for a total of two nights (1 night each a few days apart). The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is modern and very clean with an interesting decor that doesn't quite seem like it is fully developed, but that is neither here nor there.

The rooms were a comfortable size and the bathroom as well. Plenty of counter space and a good shower. The frosted glass door to the bathroom was a little surprising as it doesn't offer quite as much privacy as a solid door. (you can see very blurry shapes of the person using the bathroom.) and besides the visual aspect, the fact that the bathroom offers no sound proofing is a little annoying when you're not traveling alone.
And something i noticed throughout Ireland and Germany on this trip was that none of the bathrooms had electrical outlets!!!

I didn't enjoy the firm mattress. If i wasn't recovering from jet lag, i don't think i would have slept very well at all.

Breakfast was very good. All the fixings for a traditional hot Irish breakfast.

The hotel is located a little out of the way, but still well within walking distance of interesting places to go. My fiance was with me on this trip and we wandered around without bothering to look at a map. It turns out that we completely missed the main avenue where all the shops and stores are, but we enjoyed a walk by the river and to King Johns Castle and to St. Mary's Cathedral.

I booked this hotel based on the good reviews here on tripadvisor, the location, and the price. My company pays for my business trips, but they won't approve anything crazy expensive. I try to hit around the $150 mark.

I probably would come back again, because it really was nice. But if i can find a hotel in the city for the same price and with good reviews as well, i'll check that out, too.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Address: Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Limerick > Limerick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Limerick
#1 Family Hotel in Limerick
#2 Business Hotel in Limerick
#2 Romantic Hotel in Limerick
Price Range: $105 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Absolute Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great rooms, gre­at food and friendly service in a really stunning hotel situated on a bend on the Abbey River in Limerick City.­ Here in the Medieval Quarter of Limerick we are only minutes walk away from King Johns Castle and the Hunt Museum, not to mention the amazing Milk Market with its artisan producers. The Absolute Hotel Limerick is the perfect base from which to get the best out of the city­ be it business or pleasure. ... more   less 
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