We stayed in The Ice House hotel after receiving a blue book voucher and decided it to use it to stay on Easter Sunday night. When we arrived we were greeted with a glass of "bubbly" and asked to take a seat in th Lounge area while our room was prepared. When the room was ready we were shown to it and everything was explained very nicely! The view from the room was really nice and as the day was lovely we had a great view over the river moy. However there was a few little things that seems strange for a hotel charging the prices it is...1) No milk in the room for tea/coffee, you have to ring reception and they'll bring the milk to you 2) The window sills were pretty grotty with kind of black mold on them 3) There was two leather seats in the room and one had a big tear down the middle with the fluff coming out. We just thought it was a bit shotty considering we'd paid €180 for the room.
We had dinner in the restaurant, which Im afraid to say lacked much atmosphere, even considering it was an Easter Sunday. We were looking for something small but they could only offer us a Sunday lunch menu, they said that the bar menu was not on that day. Which was a bit wierd as the family to our left were dining from the bar menu!! There are plenty of spots to eat in Ballina and Im just sorry we didnt go into town instead for lunch.
As a hotel I think its nice but a little cold, there is nothing too warming or welcoming about it. We've stayed in some nicer places at home and in the uk for a fraction of the price. We stopped off in Mount Falcon on the way home and they have fabulous grounds. We just had tea and they gave us some yummi biscuits but the staff were very attentive and the house itself seemed lovely. We didnt see any of the rooms but the grounds are worth a visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary chic meets old world elegance throughout the Ice House. Funky furnishings, eclectic styling and stunning architectural design combine to make you feel like you're in the heart of the city. One look at the unrivalled riverside views from all our rooms and you'll immediately know you're not. The distinct, interior fusion of traditional and new styles are woven in to an eclectic mix. Together they form the perfect accent to the amazing views that stretch across the River Moy to the woodlands beyond. With great service, fantastic food, fine wines, clever cocktails and a hotel spa guaranteed to sooth... ...Discover the best of both worlds at The Ice House and make it your escape to the extraordinary. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ice Hotel Ballina
- The Ice Hotel