Before You read my review, it might be worth knowing that I have never given any hotel I have reviewed up to now such a low rating. I am the type of person who does not let a few minor hic-ups ruin my stay or lead me to give a low opinion of a place, which is why when I booked this hotel for my wife and I, we ignored the negative reviews that we seen to our peril.
We Stayed one night in the Abbey Hotel (Room 29 in the old part of the hotel) booked it through a Groupon deal. Check in was very efficient and receptionist very nice. First impressions of the room were good, nice large room with 2 queen size beds and small sofa with a little walk in wardrobe in one corner and small ensuite with shower in the other corner. Everything about the room was quaint and oozed character.
However as the evening wore on this hotels quaint character showed itself even more and more. Things like -
The musty damp like smell in the room,
Hot water coming from both the cold and hot taps,
Loose and uneven floorboards walking into the ensuite,
Majority of light fittings missing bulbs,
No TV channels on the ancient television, and when it was eventually fixed , it was not for long and we were left with only 2 channels for the rest of the stay.
Jacuzzi in leisure centre not working on the afternoon of arrival.
Oh how my wife and I felt really lucky to be staying in a room with so much character.
But It Gets Better
We got to experience a cold night while sleeping as the heating is not left on during the night and these old buildings do not retain heat.
And then the Pièce de résistance.
Went to have a shave and this time there was only cold water from both taps and the water was spurting out the rust residues from the inside of old pipes. Same residues came from the shower when I tried that. We both ended up going to the leisure centre to have a shower there and we noticed that the Jacuzzi was fixed so we though,t great at least we can have a Jacuzzi.
Sat in the Jacuzzi and could feel grit in the water looked down and it was full of sand.
Earlier at the restaurant for the buffet breakfast, the sausages, rashers and sliced fried potatoes where like leather. We packed up and were out of this calamity of a hotel by 10:30.
Never never never again
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The family run 4* Abbey Hotel located on the Galway Road in Roscommon, is a charming 18th Century Castle Style Manor House Hotel, set idyllically on it's own private grounds and gardens. With an ambiance described as one of "casual elegance in a timeless relaxed atmosphere", The 4* Abbey Hotel boasts 50 beautifully appointed bedrooms. For that extra touch of luxury the hotel offers superior deluxe bedrooms. Guests can avail of free and unlimited accces to our Diamond White Flag award winning Leisure Centre which boasts a 20m Indoor heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room, plunge pool and Fully Equipped state of the Art Gymnasium and Treatment Room. We are also proud winners of the prestigious Restaurant Association of Ireland Award for Best Hotel Restaurant in County Roscommon (Connaught Winners) for 2014/15. This family run property is the ideal location for your relaxing family break with our complimentary supervised kids club available during the school mid –term breaks and holidays. Our RAI Award Winning Restaurant, situated overlooking the ancient Dominican Abbey ruins offers a range of innovative dishes, all made from fresh locally sourced produce and served with great attention to detail and presentation by our dedicated team of chefs. Centrally located in the heart of the Midlands, 90 minutes from Dublin and Westport and under an hour from Galway and Sligo, the hotel is easily accessible by rail and bus and there is also a Heli Pad on the property for those who choose to travel in style. Those travelling on business can avail of our comprehensive conference facilities while the Abbey is also the perfect venue for your wedding day with it’s vast private gardens, and magnificent bridal suite beautifully appointed Ballroom and banqueting facilities.We are also a fully licensed Civil Ceremony Venue. The Award Winning Abbey Hotel, Roscommon ~ hosting events and weddings of distinction since 1963. ~ John Drennan, Journalist Irish Independent " The Abbey is a real gem of a hotel in Roscommon" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abbey Hotel Roscommon