we decided to travel to sligo on probably the worst wekend of the year.(weather ice and snow) On arrival after a 4 hour drive from n ireland (again weather ) we were meet at reception by a helpful member of staff.After this it started to go down hill. we changed went to the pool with the kids and then turned to bar for a quiet drink before dinner. i have to mention there was nobody in the bar and we got the feeling that we were about the only people staying in the hotel. the kids were running about and we felt like it was causing a problem for the staff not that they were busy doing anything. not once did they come to our table to take a drink order. we left and proceeded to the restaurant to eat what i can only describe as the worst meal i have ever had put in front of me. waiter was foreign and she had problems taking our order and understanding us.i have been a chef for twenty years so i think i can safely discuus a good and bad meal also the two husbands with my party are also long standing chefs. returned to the bar for more of the bad treatment we had recieved earlier. left the hotel for a few drinks and on our return we discussed the food and service with the night manager. (he was very helpful). day two and we could have been staying in a differnt hotel. from first thing in the morning the staff were bending of backwards to be helpful. i am not complaining it was great we had a fantastic day the bar manager was brilliant with the kids and the duty manager was fab and was helpful in every way. i spoke to her about the different intreatment we had recieved and she said she had no reports from the previous day. can only say thanks to the staff we had the pleasure of dealing with on the saturday and sunday. dined on saturday night and im sorry to report we recieved and even worse meal than the night before. this hotel could be a fantastic find in sligo if the staff were more guest friendly and they could serve a meal you would consider paying for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Great Southern Hotel Sligo is a family owned and operated hotel that has been a major player in the hospitality business in Sligo for over 20 years. We subtly blend the elegance and intimacy of a more gracious age, with the best of modern comforts. Accommodation comprises of 98 well appointed bedrooms all ensuite, with direct dial telephone, multi-channel television, hair dryer and, tea and coffee making facilities. Kick start your day with a hearty hot breakfast from the large breakfast buffet. We serve an appetising bar menu through out the day, from gourmet sandwiches and traditional Atlantic chowder to mouth-watering main courses all of which is very popular with locals, our Garden Room restaurant offers an extensive menu each evening using fresh produce sources from local suppliers. We also serve a variety of pastries, scones and finger sandwiches which can be enjoyed throughout the day beside an open fires in our lobbies The award winning leisure centre boasts a 13 metre swimming pool, a children's pool, sauna, steam room and a fully air conditioned gym. Great Southern Hotel Sligo 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. Sligo, home to the infamous poet and playwright WB Yeats offers a wide range of amenities from the 340 seat Hawks Well theatre which hosts a diverse programme of arts and entertainments to the 12 screen multiplex Gaiety Cinema. We have it all, riverside cafes, museums, art galleries, shopping centres and within a 5 mile radius you have a choice of beaches, links golf courses, woodland walks and scenery renowned internationally. For our active clientele there is a fitness trail freely available in Sligo Town. Follow the river to the entrance of Lough Gill and along the way avail of an outside gym and a woodland walk, all within walking distance of the hotel and Hazelwood Forest Walk is just 3 kilometres outside Sligo on the shores of Lough Gill, follow the nature trail, enjoy lake views, picnic areas and unique wooden sculptures. The Great Southern Hotel Sligo & Leisure Centre offers a variety of holidays to suit all tastes, activity breaks include surfing, stand up paddle boarding, golfing and walking to name but a few, theatre breaks, over 50's and family holidays are also on offer all year round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sligo Southern Hotel