Firstly I'd like to start with the booking process back in March. My booking was dealt with by Sinead Doherty and from from start to finish she accommodated my every wish!
This weekend was a birthday celebration and it was a group of ladies where the ages ranged from 30 right up to 80!
The building is very impressive from the outside and has a beautiful foyer. On check in there was only one girl on check and as others have mentioned she was dealing with a long queue and answering phones but on checking us in was very helpful and pleasant.
The bedrooms - we had 5 rooms booked and we were all accommodated on the 1st floor. I don't want to complain about the rooms as every other aspect of our stay was so good but it wouldn't be a true reflection if I don't. The rooms while on the large side are very stuffy and dark on the front of the hotel. There is no aircon in the rooms but we were facilitated with a fan when we asked for it. The rooms to the back seemed somewhat brighter and bathroom looked a little more modern. The rooms are clean they are just a little dated and a tiny bit musty.
We had a fantastic weekend. Breakfast on both mornings was buffet style. There was a good selection and it was very tasty. A few of the girls used the swimming pool and said it was lovely with great changing facilities. A few of us used a hairdressers in the town which was recommended by the hotel. The hotel gave us 20% of treatments & the hairdressers was fantastic.
We ate in Spagos restaurant on the Saturday night and the food was TO DIE FOR. The meal was included in our very reasonable 2 night package so it was a different more limited menu but that didn't matter. 10 people sat to eat and there was 10 empty plates after each course. Food was served promptly and piping hot. The restaurant was busy with a few large groups in at the same time so well done to the staff for a job well done.
I cannot praise the staff in the hotel highly enough. There were a few things I asked for which would have been above and beyond the call of duty and staff went out of their way to help me. For instance on the Saturday night I had a photo dvd which I wanted to show the group and a guy(I'm assuming to be a manager. I didn't get his name) let me go back to pre dinner drinks with the group while he set up their own laptop in a boardroom so we could watch a 7 min dvd of photos. It isn't everywhere you will get that kind of service.
What the hotel lacks in finesse in the bedrooms is MORE than made up for by the helpfulness of the staff and the food.
Thank you to all at The Portlaoise Heritage for a memorable weekend.
Oh and one last thing - we had no issues at all with car parking. When we checked in we were given tickets we could use to get in and out all weekend. We never moved the cars until we were leaving on the Sunday morning as the hotel is in such a great location in the town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Designed to reflect style, planned with meticulous care to deliver service excellence, The Midlands Park Hotel has earned itself the reputation of being the most sought after hotel in Ireland. Nestled in the heart of Portlaoise Town, this sophisticated urban setting is perfect for business or pleasure. Its striking entrance creates an impressive sense of space and classic modern elegance. Our 115 deluxe bedrooms, incorporating executive rooms & suites offer the splendour of classic design with modern elegance and includes the latest in wireless internet technology complimentary. You will be spoiled for choice with our unique choice of Restaurants and Bars. Our White Flag Award Winning Health & Leisure Club is also available for all our guests. ... more less
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