Went to the hotel for a weekend break. We were allocated a third floor front room. It appeared to be recently decorated and the designer had did a good job. It had all the normal modern hotel facilities, flat screen TV and a nice bright clean ensuite. Being an older building, the walls were proper solid ones and the beds were very comfortable. As I live in a very quite spot, I found the road noise at night a bit annoying but the receptionist offered a swop to a larger family suite in the newer rear extension. This was much quieter, although the walls lacked the soundproofing of the older solid brick front building.
We just ate breakfast in the hotel which was served in the dining room at the bottom of the building. To access it, you either took a narrow staircase or a small elevator. There was a reasonable selection of hot and cold foods to satisfy most. The bar area is beginning to show it's age, I'd last stayed ten years ago and it hadn't changed. I found the bar staff, although young and willing, totally inexperienced. When I asked for a brandy it was served in a half pint beer glass and I had to request an alternative. Similarly I noticed the irish coffees were served very milky. The Saturday night's entertainment act failed to show, yet no effort was made to even introduce some background music and dim the lights to improve the atmosphere.
The reception staff were very nice and the lady from Mayo who was managing that weekend, was both friendly and efficient. The hotel has a warm inviting feeling and I certainly would return. It is let down by the ground floor entrance which needs a makeover or reconfigured to divert the overpowering smell of chlorine from the leisure complex and to spruce up the bar/lounge areas.
The location is excellent. It's only a few minutes walk into the town centre which has a great choice of bars and other places to eat. Take the tourist walk around the town and visit the many historic attractions. If you turn right when you leave the hotel, it's a short drive to Strandhill which also boasts many great pubs and restaurants. We found both the Strand and the Venue pubs great places. If you visit the later at sunset, you'll get a fantastic treat. But then there's Ross's Point, Yeats Grave, Glencarr Waterfall, The Isle of Innisfree and the Old Mill Waterfalls at Collooney. There's lots of interesting places right on the hotel doorstep or a short car ride away. I'll certainly be making another visit to that region.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family owned and operated hotel . We subtly blend the elegance and intimacy of a more gracious age, with the best of modern comforts. Accommodation comprises of 94 well appointed bedrooms all ensuite, with direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, hair dryer and, tea and coffee making facilities. The award winning leisure centre boasts a 13 metre swimming pool, a children's pool, sauna, steam room and a fully air conditioned gym. can cater for a wide variety of group sizes with their range of conference suites, allowing for meetings and seminars of different scales to take place. ... more less
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