After a long sweltering drive from Dublin to Ballina during an extremely rare Irish heat wave, we were greeted at The ice house in Ballina with two cool glasses of champagne and a warm welcome. Our luggage was whisked off to our room and we were shown to our suite once we finished our drinks. We booked a Heritage suite and were kindly given the largest one in the Hotel, the Bartra Suite. When booking I mentioned our stay was for my wifes 30th birthday, and on arrival they gave us the nicest room and a welcome brownie with happy birthday written in chocolate on the plate. a nice touch. The view over the river is fantastic, and the bed is amazingly comfortable. The bathroom holds a huge cedar wood bath which fits two people easily and where we spent many an hour over our 3 day stay! The Spa area boasts two outdoor hot tubs which in the hot weather were amazing! It was too hot to use the sauna. Unfortunately, there is no swimming pool, but that would be my only disappointment.
The food in the restaurant was top notch and the bar food menu, particularly the Tapas were delicious.
Of course this does not come cheap, but you know what you are getting in to when you book somewhere like the ice house. I cannot fault the staff, cleanliness or setting of this hotel either. I would definitely go back.
- 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