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Visit the Waterford Crystal showroom. Drive to Kilkenny to see magnificent 13C castle. Continued to Dublin for two nights. Next morning, see elegant Georgian squares, Irish Presidents home, O'Connell Street and Customs House. Then visit Old Library of Trinity College to admire 8th century Book of Kells. Hotel ...
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Back on the coach and down to Waterford where we were herded into the Waterford Crystal ...
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Great hotel! The rooms are very sleek and modern, but a wonderful job has been done combining the old with the new. We had dinner and breakfast in the restaurant which was incredible as well. Great location as well with a beautiful view from the dining room.
Myself and my girlfriend stayed at the Athenaeum for a weekend in October. We had been looking for a country house type hotel and the Athenaeum appeared to offer all that we were looking for. Our stay involved a series of disappointments that all added up to a situation where we would not reccommend the hotel to anyone. It's not that the hotel was especially bad, because it's not, it's just that it sets itself up as being something that it patently is not.
We chose the romantic package for our stay. On arrival, the scent of lilies filled the reception area and carried on upstairs. We were told that our room had been upgraded to a suite, and that the champagne and truffles would be brought up to our room in a few minutes. The suite was large enough for us, good size bathroom with great views of the gardens and the Suir.
My girlfriend and I stayed at this hotel as a treat to celebrate New Year. We had decided we would like to spend a quiet, romantic New Year and searched the internet for a suitable hotel. The Athenaeum House offered a "romance package" which, for a supplement, included champagne, chocolates, a rose petal turn down and a "special gift" on leaving the hotel. Two of the suites also have a jacuzzi bath (less impressive than it sounds) and, as it was a special occasion, we opted to splash out on one of these.
My husband and I have just returned from a wonderful trip to Ireland - business for him and I was fortunate to be able to tag along. We stayed at the Athenaeum for a few days and were most impressed from the moment we walked into the gracious entry. The staff were professional and very helpful at all times, but also very friendly and approachable, with plenty of local stories for us and tips on things to do while we were in Waterford. Our room was beautifully designed, contemporary and very spacious with lcd TV.
We just spent a two night stay at this hotel with our 2 yr old. The rooms were gorgeous although there were only four tv channels. This did not bother us but may other's.
Generally very good, but just one concern
We had a reasonably priced two nights/ one dinner deal at this hotel. The rooms are lovely, the staff are friendly and the breakfast was wonderful. Though not within walking distance of the city, it's a two minute drive, and we found parking there easily enough. My only complaint concerns the evening meal, the main courses in which were rather bland and a little tasteless, considering the menu's promises and prices. The portions were a bit mean too. Starters and dessert were fine, but we were glad we'd got the special offer deal rather than paying separately for a generally slightly disappointing meal. Otherwise very good.
Recommend the Athenaeum
We stayed here for 2 nights at Easter and really thought it was a great place, the staff were friendly and helpful, the rooms comfortable but the food in Zaks was the highlight. Its not walking distance from the city, but that was not a problem for us. For high standards and good value for money I'd recommend for anyone planing a break in Waterford.
One of the best hotels in the country
I've been to this hotel twice. The first time (August 04) was just on spec. for 1 night and I ended staying a second night I liked it so much. The second time (November 04) was for two nights and was just as I'd remembered it - beautifully appointed setting, fantastic rooms, modern dining. Everything in this hotel oozes modern style from in-room lcd tv and cd players to the cutlery and glassware in Zak's restaurant. The staff are friendly and there is a melting pot of different nationalities working there which makes for interesting chats. This is one hotel I will go back to again and again.
We stayed at this hotel in December 03 for 2 nights because we got a good deal on a package. The rooms were really nice, very spacious and very clean. Comfortable bed, lcd tv, mini bar etc. The hotel itself is not within walking distance to the town (well maybe in the summer!) so we had a few drinks both nights in the hotel.
Dinner was quite nice but I've had much better (for the same price) Dining room was a bit un-atmospheric. Lounge area wasn't the most welcoming.
Staff were nice but overall the whole experience left me feeling that they were trying just a little to hard. (Unlike Knockranny House Hotel in Westport - my favourite! Friendly, relaxed, easy-going staff))
Sadly this hotel is not one I would recommend.