We've just returned home from having our wedding in the Ice House and can only give praise for such a fabulous hotel.
During our stay as part of our wedding we felt like we made some firm friends out of Ken and the Ice House team, who are a true credit it the hotel, amazing staff (Angela, Lorraine and Shauna to name but a few we came across) on the front desk giving our guests with a warm Irish welcome- so many people commented on this!
Everyone loved their bedrooms, and considering we took over the whole hotel, I feel we got a wide spectrum of opinion. We personally stayed in the Bartra suite for our most recent stay and I slept so soundly (even on the eve of our wedding) that Noel the night porter who brought up my breakfast at 6am had to knock a few times to wake me. You can use the fabulous old shutters to block out very scrap of light or close the curtains and leave gaps. There are plenty of radiators in the room if you like the warmth- personally it was radiators off and windows (beautiful original sash windows) open for me.
Bathrooms are well equipped with beautiful old ceramic sinks, large walk-in rain showers and, in the old heritage part if the hotel,large wooden baths that I think you could swim in!! A nice touch is that candles and matches are placed in the bathroom in case the mood takes you for a candle lit bath.
We've also stayed in a new suite in the past- and the bathroom in that was nearly as big as our bedroom at home!
All in all we couldn't fault a single thing, whilst at the Ice House we utilitised the spa (they have an amazing hot stone massage and outdoor hot tubs overlooking the river), sampled the delights of the restaurant several times and during our wedding breakfast the quality was nothing short of brilliant, as was the service from Joanna the restaurant manager and her fabulous team of waiting staff. We never got his name but there's a fab bar man there who never stops smiling- must be very happy in his work.
We got nothing but compliments on our choice of venue and wedding breakfast menu- the chef Anthony deserves every bit of the praise he received. We had a chef in our wedding party who was dying to get into the kitchen to talk shop with him.
We love the hotel so much we've already booked to go back in a few months and a few of our guests have expressed an interest in returning too.
We had a fun few nights in the local pub Crockets on the Quay which is a few mins walk away. They frequently have bands in there and a great atmosphere which was enjoyed by young and old alike within our party.
I can't quite believe the bad reviews of the Ice House on tripadvisor- can only presume they were 'off days' - we are all allowed those. We heard of no complaints from all of the 32 rooms we occupied at the hotel during our wedding, most of those were taken for at least two nights.
Keep up the great work, Ken. We'll be back soon, we just wish we could do it all again with you!
- 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