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!"
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Absolute Hotel And Spa