We have just returned from a midweek break (from Sunday to Wednesday) that included 3 nights B&B and 2 Table' d'Hote dinners in the Merlot restaurant. We arrived early on Sunday afternoon (2:30pm - check-in not till 3:30) and although our allotted room was not ready we were assigned a room of equal status straight away. The room was on the first floor, spacious with modern tasteful decor and large marble bathroom with separate shower and jacuzzi bath. The room exceeded our expectations in terms of size and standard of fittings/decor. Included in the room were wired internet access and new release movies on demand via the in-room entertainment system, both at no extra cost. Interestingly the television at it's loudest was perfectly adequate to hear from the bed, but it could not be turned up so loud as to be a nuisance to neighbouring rooms - a great idea if it is intended as such.
The style of the hotel's public rooms is modern chic and some may find this a little cold, especially compared to the sister hotel, the Castlecourt, across the courtyard. We found the (traionally-styled) bar in the Castlecourt more inviting than the segmented bar in the Plaza with it's different seating and partitioning styles. Just a matter of personal taste.
There are both Irish and non-Irish staff throughout the hotel and all were found to be professional, warm and courteous. A special shout out to Joshua and his restaurant staff who were superb, both at breakfast and dinner. A nice touch was that if you wanted something off the a la carte menu you payed a small supplement (3€ for starters and €5 for mains) though the choice on the Table d'Hote was impressive.
Often Irish hotels let themselves down when it comes to food and we were a bit anxious that the dinners in the Westport Plaza would be quantity over quality. No such problem here. Their French-born chef can turn out superb bistro-style food ( we had great starters of pork belly and scallops with cepes accompanied by beautifully cooked halibut and duckling). Served in a nice atmosphere by professional staff makes eating a high point of a stay in this hotel.
The hotel was surprisingly busy at this time of the year with a number of bus tour groups booked in and we had to queue for breakfast for about four minutes on our last morning, but the restaurant staff were as attentive when the restaurant was busy as when less busy.
My wife had one session in the Sula Spa which she reported as relaxing and the facilities up to her expectations. We didn't use the complimentary leisure centre on this occasion. Plenty of free parking is available in the underground carpark which has lifts to the guest room floors as well as reception.
Staff do seem to be genuinely interested in you enjoying your stay and that must reflect the owners' commitment to quality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The stylish 4 **** standard Westport Plaza Hotel elevates the hotel experience in the West of Ireland to a new level. Comprising of 88 deluxe rooms, including the silver, gold and presidential experience, with king size beds as standard and a selection of rooms with balconies overlooking the roof garden, the Westport Plaza Hotel is a haven of contemporary luxury. Our Resort Spa, Spa Sula is a spacious, tranquil sanctuary which is designed for you to relax and luxuriate in and includes 12 spacious treatment rooms and Thermal Suite with outdoor heated Jacuzzi Rockpool. In our Resort Leisure Centre, The C Club you’ll find a range of facilities to help you unwind. Why not take a leisurely swim in the indoor heated pool or let the jacuzzi bubbles ease those aches. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plaza Hotel Westport