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“Great family get-away!”
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Hodson Bay Hotel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2011

We had a wonderful, relaxing stay here. We took a boat trip from directly outside the hotel which was very good. Athlone is a lovely town to browse around. Breakfast was great, loads of fresh fruit to choose from! Service everywhere within the hotel was great. Our eldest loved the kids club, our youngest enjoyed the playroom and we enjoyed the complimentary babysitting in the playroom in the evenings, we were able to enjoy the delicious restaurant food without the kids, although the restaurant is on the pricey side. The chocolate terrine dessert is divine! The spa was fabulous too! We'd all love to go back, if we could avail of special offers!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2011

Dear Guest

It was wonderful to read that there were so many positive aspects to your stay and I’m delighted your children enjoyed the kids camp so much. I would also like to thank you for your comments which we have taken on board. At the hotel we use feedback such as yours to look at ways to improve the service and experience that our guests receive when they stay with us. Please make us aware when you are returning so I can meet and welcome you back.

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Reviewed July 27, 2011

8 of us went down for Friday and Saturday night. rained most of the the time but it did not stop us having a great weekend. We stayed in the new side of hotel and the room was very nice, over looked the bay its self. First night we ate in Carvery as we all did not get to Hotel till after seven o clock. Food was very nice. Few drinks in the bar that night as there was live music. On the Saturday morning we got out for a game of Golf witch was only next door so you could walk up and the girls went into Athlone town witch was only 10 min drive. Saturday we all had dinner in the Restaurent and all went well. Weather was to bad to head into town so we went back into the main bar. Very busy even people up dancing. Great to see as most Hotels and bars may only have a hand full of people on Saturday night. No seats left in bar as it was so busy but a Manager, think he was from Dublin asked us if we would like to sit in a glass dome area next to the bar. We did not want to sit in there as it was a little away from the action. He came back a few mins later with a table, chairs and made room for us in the main bar. It was very nice of him as we did not even ask for them. we had a great night. Could do with a better smoking area

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your comment. We appreciate that it was made some time ago, however, as part of a revised social media policy we want to ensure that each and every comment is reviewed. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that you have since returned to make many more happy memories at Hodson Bay Hotel. If you would like to return some time in the near future I would be happy to arrange your stay so please don't hesitate to contact me at thayes@hodsonbayhotel.com

Kind Regards,

Tim Hayes

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Reviewed July 26, 2011

Spotless hotel and staff friendly and help full in anything you ask for.Kids club was a big plus with 10 to 1 & 6 to 11 times which gives you time to visit the spa or go to dinner,Kids are fed at the kids club and there are plenty of staff to watch over kids which is very comforting.Only down side was a la carte menu a bit pricey and the bar seating too spread out.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank PatDelap
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2011

Dear Guest

We appreciate that there were many positive aspects to your visit here at the Hodson Bay Hotel, there were however elements we can improve on. It is unfortunate that I did not get to meet prior to your departure so I could have had the opportunity to make amends for issues which you raised in your review. Should you wish to discuss this matter in greater detail please drop me a line to thayes@hodsonbayhotel.com, and I would be only happy to discuss your concerns.

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Reviewed July 26, 2011

We loved our stay at the Hodson Bay hotel. Our package included a game of golf - organised by the hotel according to our wishes. The golf course is conveniently situated beside the hotel and is a very good one. We did not request any special room and were very impressed and pleased with our given room which was an end room with an almost panoramic view of the golf course. Staff also facilitated evening dinner to suit our late arrival.
We did not use the Spa or room service so cannot comment on them.
Our room was spotless, food was excellent and staff really nice, To be honest we couldn't find anything to complain about and would happily stay there again - and recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2011

Dear Guest

It was wonderful to read that there were many positive aspects to your stay, and I would also like to thank you for your comments. At the hotel we use feedback such as yours to look at ways to improve the service and experience that our guests receive when they stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the future and perhaps you might stay for a week the next time, please make us aware so I can meet and welcome you back.

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Timothy Hayes, General Manager

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Reviewed July 26, 2011

Stayed here with a group of 50 in June 2011. This hotel is set in beautiful surroundings, and has fantastic facilities. The food and service are excellent and I will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2011

Dear Guest

Thank you for your review of the Hodson Bay Hotel. All on the team are delighted that you really enjoyed your stay here and we all look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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Timothy Hayes, General Manager

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Reviewed July 25, 2011

Booked a three day stay at the hotel with wife and three kids(4,3 and 6months). We were first attracted to the hotel because of the facilities provided for the family. They advertised the "Penguin Club" which provided activities for 3 hours in the morning and up to five hours in the evening. Furthermore, there was also the facility for a "Tiny Tots" club which catered for children from 6 moths up to 4 years. This was from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The children really took to the clubs and we let them decide whether they wanted to go or not and all they wanted to do was to go to the club. The evening club provided games and activities in the play room and also outdoors in front of the hotel. The baby was well looked after in the evening which provided a pure luxury for mammy and daddy to enjoy a delicious evening meal in comfort.
Everyone had a great time and the accommodation, facilities and food were exceptional. The staff and management were extremely pleasant and helpful at all times. The hotel room(222) we got was ideal with a mini entrance with main bedroom, twin room and bathroom off it. With the baby, it was essential that we had a fridge. This request was dealt with and within an hour. The initial family package included 3 nights B&B and two evening meals with the kids club included. Because the children were having so much fun, we booked a further two nights and we had a ball. The hotel is very clean and the grounds are ideal for small walks with the kids. There is also a "Viking Cruise" which goes from the front of the hotel and travels into the heart of Athlone with an option of getting off and getting the next cruise back. The kids really enjoyed the trip with viking swords and helmets available on the boat.
The food was excellent. There is a huge selection in the morning with a fine selection of fresh fruits, cereals and hot food available. Because of the luxury of the kids clubs, the evening meals were a joy and all in all, we really enjoyed the five nights. Oh, nearly forgot, the swimming pool an spa were also excellent. Very clean changing areas and well staffed. The wife enjoyed two hours of relax in the thermal spa and the kids loved the pool. In all, we had a great time and we'll definitely be returning next year. Thanks to all the staff for a truly lovely stay. See you next year..

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2011

Dear Guest

I would like to thank you for such upbeat and positive feedback. Both you and your family seemed to have really enjoyed your time at the hotel and of course the complimentary trip on the viking boat really gives you the opportunity to experience beautiful views of the lake. Thankfully we are in a position to be able to facilitate each guests needs whether it’s a family holiday, group night away or a short romantic getaway. I am delighted that both you and your family had such an enjoyable stay with us and I look forward to welcoming you all back to the hotel in the future.

Yours sincerely

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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We booked the 2 night B&B 1 D Family package where grandparents stay free. We arrived early so our room was not ready which was to be expected so we all had lunch and we received a phone call around 1 to tell us our rooms were ready. We were put in rooms very near each other both rooms were clean and one of the rooms bathroom had been recently renovated the other rooms bathroom was dated but both were clean.
The kids went to the kids club at 18.00 (Girl 8 boy 5) and played games and were given their dinner there, the kids all eat together in a specially made up table in the breakfast room them more games and then a movie, normally our kids are not keen on kids club but they really liked this one and it was very well run (it was available in the mornings too but we went off on day trips instead). With the kids in the kids club the adults could all dine together in the restaurant which we ate in both nights the food was very good.
The leisure center and Gym were super never too busy and the leisure centre staff were very helpful. In general all the staff were friendly and helpful - we all had a really good stay and we will be going back.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2011

Dear Guest

Thank you so much for your review of the Hodson Bay Hotel, and such positive feedback. Our grandparents staying free has proven a huge success this summer, as has our Penguin Club. We look forward to welcoming both you and your family back to the hotel for many years to come.

Yours sincerely

Timothy Hayes, General Manager

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Address: | Hodson Bay, Athlone N37 XR82, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Westmeath > Athlone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Athlone
#3 Spa Hotel in Athlone
#3 Family Hotel in Athlone
#4 Romantic Hotel in Athlone
#5 Luxury Hotel in Athlone
Price Range: $94 - $263 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hodson Bay Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 176
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the gorgeous shores of Lough Ree and with 176 bedrooms, the 4-Star Hodson Bay Hotel is the premier choice for a divine relaxation getaway. With scenic lakeshore walks, championship golf courses and lake cruises on our doorstep, you’ll have a rich choice of enjoyable activities. For families, we have our fully supervised Penguin Kids Camp with fun and games to keep all our little VIPs entertained. Why not avail of our babysitting service and relax in our onsite spa? Or enjoy quality family time in our leisure centre complete with kiddies pool. 'Retreat at Hodson Bay’ is an area of the hotel which is exclusively for adults to ensure your stay is restful and that you are guaranteed peace and quiet to unwind in the beautifully-designed rooms. To revive and rejuvenate yourself, take advantage of our award-winning 'Spa at Hodson Bay'. Both of our restaurants offer mouth-watering local produce; and to end the day take a seat along our lakeview conservatory or enjoy our nightly in-house complimentary activities. The heart of the Midlands is a magical place, so treat yourself to a break in this picturesque setting and let our dedicated staff make your stay one to remember ... more   less 
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