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Hodson Bay Hotel
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Athlone
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Enjoyed our break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Just had a two night stay in the Hodson and really enjoyed it. The food was excellent, room was gorgeous great view of the lake. Leisure facilities were first class and very clean. Breakfast was good and the staff in all areas were so friendly and helpful. Will be back again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MaryB210
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for your very kind words on Trip Advisor. It was delightful to read that you really enjoyed your 2 night stay here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

It was very encouraging to hear that you found the food ‘excellent’ in the hotel as a lot of hard work goes into constantly reviewing and changing our menus. All our food is sourced locally and we are always looking at ways to improve our selection, preparation and cooking methods. I will endeavor to pass on your kind words to the team. It was also great to see you got the opportunity to avail of many of the facilities here on offer at the hotel and we feel very privileged for your custom.

We would be delighted to see you back at the hotel, if you do decide to return, please feel free to contact me as I would love to meet you in person and thank you for your valued custom and lovely words.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Claremorris, Ireland
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42 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed at the Hodson bay hotel for three days whike at an Active Age event, the rooms were very large and the out look over the river Shannon was wonderful, the standard of the staff and the friendlyness was outstanding, we had a small problem with the heating but as soon as I contacted the front desk it was sorted out straight away, the food was very good and to a high standard, we have been here before and will go back again another day

Room Tip: all the rooms seems to be of the same size and top quality
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for your delightful review on Trip Advisor. I was over the moon to hear you enjoyed your Active Age event here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

It was great to see that you found our food, staff and location to be of the high standard that we achieve here on a consistent basis and we hope you have many happy memories for years to come. I will display your kind words in our teams facilities as its comments such as yours that motivates and encourages team performance and enthusiasm especially in these tough, economic and challenging times.We would be delighted to welcome you back to the hotel in the near future. Your custom is greatly appreciated.

If you do decide to return please do not hesitate to ring me as I would love to meet with you and thank you in person for your lovely and encouraging words.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

When I was a child, I think I was seven or eight, my mother and auntie brought my older cousin (by two years) and myself down to the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone for a weekend. I only have good memories of the hotel and although, I can’t remember everything, I still think about it trip. The staff members were very pleasant and the food was delicious (from what I can remember) even though I predominantly chips or spaghetti. The swimming pool was big and the arcade room which only had a pac man machine and a pool table was still enough to keep my cousin and myself entertained. The rooms were quite spacious and the beds were comfortable.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Emma C
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for your lovely review on Trip Advisor. I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent stay and that you have treasured some happy childhood memories from your visit to The Hodson Bay Hotel.

It was great to hear that you got the opportunity to avail of many of the facilities on offer. We are a family friendly hotel and the hotel itself is a family run business. We host a wide variety of activities for guests both young and old and we are renowned for our Kids Club. This caters for tiny tots aged 0-4 years, children aged 4-12 years and we also have a teenagers room to keep the older kids entertained. All activities are supervised and this gives the adults some deserved ‘alone time’.

We would feel very privileged to welcome you back to the hotel. If you decide to return, please contact me as I would love to meet you and your family in person and thank you for your heartening review.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Donegal Town, Ireland
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

We are just back from a 2 Night Break from Athlone. We had a very smooth check in and all was very fast and efficient. We made our way to the Retreat Suite Room. We decided to upgrade and it was lovely big huge cosy bed and a magnificent panoramic view. We did find the power in the shower was terrible so maybe this would need to be looked at.
We decided to Head to the Restaurant the first evening and we were not disappointed the food and service was brilliant. Linda our waitress was very helpful and friendly !!
The Breakfast was just amazing, lots of variety and caters for all diets !! We went into the City shopping for the Day and came back to find our room had not been serviced which was disappointing. We had to call to get fresh towels to the Room. Later that evening we ate in the Bar and it was just ok nothing spectacular. We did also miss the small touches like bottles of water, robes et.. when you upgrade to a suite but overall lovely hotel and we will be returning

Have to say Sinead was a Gem in Reservations, she couldn’t have done anymore to help in our booking.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the Retreat Suite Rooms Magnificent !!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GG D
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor. It was heartening to hear you that you enjoyed your short stay here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

I would like to thank you for your feedback. The fact that your room was not serviced was unacceptable. I have spoken to our Accommodation Manager and he too would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

On a positive note, I was over the moon to hear that you found our food, staff and room to be of the high standard we achieve here on a consistent basis. I will pass on your kind words to Linda and Sinead and we feel very privileged to have staff such as them on our team.

Please god we have the opportunity to welcome you back to the hotel in the near future. If you do decide to return please do not hesitate to contact myself or my PA so we can make the necessary arrangements for you and ensure your stay is an enjoyable one.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
140 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Stayed here 11 times over the past 5 years. First time back in 12 months and think it has lost some of it's gloss. Fantastic price (though you need to be ready to go through every line at check out as they have a wee penchant for getting their figures wrong), super food, lovely ambiance but most of all the Staff are wonderful. Great to see William again, even though he has moved to reservations he still made the effort to visit the Restaurant and chat with people - fabulous people skills. Missed the Welcome Back card, water in the room, etc. the little touches.

Room Tip: Retreat Rooms are really quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rover5262
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor. While I appreciate there were many positive aspects to your stay, I was disappointed to read that you found we were lacking somewhat on your most recent stay.

I would like to apologise profusely for any shortcomings you received upon check out and I will be discussing your feedback with our Front Office Manager. I can assure you that this is not the high standard we achieve here on a consistent basis and your feedback is greatly appreciated.On a positive note, it was great to hear that you found our food, ambiance and staff to be ‘wonderful’. I have passed on your kind words to William and he would like to thank you for your kind words and added it was a pleasure speaking with you also.

We would love to see you back at the hotel in the near future. We really value your custom and your repeat business especially in these tough times. Please feel free to contact me if you do decide to return as I would feel very privileged to welcome you back

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Limerick, Ireland
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10 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

I stayed here with some mature friends and it is in a beautiful location. Unfortunately we did not realise that it was more geared towards families so there were a lot of children here. Room was quite nice and tea-making facilities were provided. Location is amazing. Food was excellent too. Staff are extremely efficient and friendly. Although I did not use the Spa I have heard it is excellent. The pool was fantastic.

Room Tip: I would try stay in the new part of the hotel next time. Try get a room with a view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank catonafazer
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor. It was great to hear that you and your friends enjoyed your stay here at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

You are correct in saying that we are a family orientated hotel but we do cater for various types of guests. We do have a Retreat Section, which is the newer part of the hotel and is a child free/quiet zone. We also have our Library and Winter Garden areas if you wish to escape and have some quiet time. It was great to hear that you got the opportunity to avail of some of the facilities on offer here at the hotel. We host a wide variety of activities available for both young and old. I was very happy to hear that you found our food, staff and location to be of a high standard also and I will pass on your lovely words to the team.

We would love to welcome you back to the hotel. If you wish to be put on our mailing list for future events or special offers, please do not hesitate to contact our Reservations team or alternatively you can contact me and I would be more than happy to speak with you. Once again, thank you for your lovely review.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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IRELAND
Level Contributor
45 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed at his hotel recently for 3 nights as part of a very large group of seniors. We cannot fault in any way the staff, hotel, facilities, service of food. We had a wonderful time on what is an annual event held in different places every year. Many people on this break said it was the best one they had ever been on. Personally I was very impressed by the fact that when the bed turned out to be too soft for my back, they had the maintenance man make a board to fit and go under the mattress. I had a wonderful quality of sleep after that. The outlook over the lake was very scenic and the Viking tour proved very popular.
On a personal basis we would be happy to go to this hotel again even though we know there would not be a full aganda, the pool and leisure centre would be enough for us.

Room Tip: Try to book a room in the new part of the hotel
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kath4989
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Timothy_Hayes, General Manager at Hodson Bay Hotel, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for your very kind words on Trip Advisor. We remember you fondly and we are delighted you and your group enjoyed your 3 night stay at The Hodson Bay Hotel.

We were only too happy to help you get a quality nights sleep! Customer care and satisfaction is our no.1 motto and I was delighted we lived up to your expectations. I will pass on your kind words to the team as I feel it’s good for staff morale to get recognition of their hard work and dedication. I will also pass on your lovely words to ‘Viking Mike’ as he is known locally and it’s great you got the opportunity to avail of many of the facilities on offer here at the hotel.

We would love to see you all back at the hotel in the near future. If you ever decide to return, please do not hesitate to contact myself or my PA so we can make the necessary arrangements for you and to ensure your stay is another memorable one.

Yours sincerely,

Timothy Hayes
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Property: Hodson Bay Hotel
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
#4 Romantic Hotel in Athlone
#4 Family Hotel in Athlone
#5 Luxury Hotel in Athlone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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