We stayed here for a Christmas break last month for 4 nights with our three children. We had adjoining rooms which were nice and clean but small and very dark. I expected a lot more for what we paid (2000e) which included meals and kids club. The staff were fine except for one rude receptionist. We were told upon booking that it was possible for the children to have their meals outside of the kids club if this was what we wished. As the first two days saw no children sign up for the kids club as the hotel was quiet, we decided it would be better to have her eat with us than alone. However the receptionist told us she would make an exception just this one time??? Ridiculous since we had PAID for my daughters meals in our package. That was annoying to be honest, we were not looking for favours but we felt belittled by her attitude. She could do with some training in customer relations. Another gripe we had was there was no Budweiser on tap as the pipes were dirty so the pint was undrinkable. You could actually smell how bad the Budweiser was. We were assured it would be sorted but it never was. The first night I was given two bottles of Bud to substitute the pint I couldn't drink but after that I had to buy 2 bottles if I wanted a pint which worked out at over 10e so was too expensive. I was very disappointed at this and also I don't like drinking bottles of beer .Surely a four star hotel should make sure their pipes and taps are clean. The food was fine but certainly nothing to shout about. I had initially been very excited after reading the good reviews The first night I ordered a duck fillet which I was told was normally cooked medium but it was very well done and could have been bounced off a wall. Night times were noisy as there were children running up and down the corridors shouting and banging doors also. In short it's a nice hotel but I doubt that we will return as we paid so much money for what we got, which was not what we expected from a four star hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hodson Bay Athlone
- Hotel Hodson Bay