Hodson Bay Hotel
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A definite No No
Myself and partner booked two nights in the Hodson Bay Hotel in March. It was quite expensive but from the brochure it seemed really nice. We got to our very basic room and found it quite dull with very dated decor. Our room was facing onto the lake but the window was so small that you couldn't see out unless you were actually standing at the window. The room was clean enough, just very basic. We went for a drink in the bar and found there to be no atmosphere in the place, so we just stayed for one and headed back up to room. We decided to go for a swim before dinner in the "extensive leisure facilities" (???). The pool is tiny and the tiles in the pool are crumbling off. The "gym" is the size of a box room but the staff in the "gym" are friendly. There aren't enough seats in the bar in the evenings and we had to stand so eventually had to bring our drink back to the room. The next night we decided to have dinner in the restaurant, food was nice. Went for breakfast the next morning and was seated just inside the main door. The door to the hotel was open which meant that a high breeze (coming from the lake) was blowing in and our napkins etc kept flying off the table, not to mention how cold the breeze was. I asked the lady who was in charge could I close it and she informed me that she couldn't. I asked her could she seat me elsewhere and she said there were no other seats available. She had no solution to this problem. A lot of other guests were complaining also about the breeze but she didn't seem to mind. I had to tie my hair back just so I could finish my breakfast without actually having to eat my hair too. This was very unsatisfactory and I should have really complained to the manager there and then because the weekend was expensive enough and if you're paying a price like that you expect to be accommodated when you have a problem. Not much to do in the hotel or on the grounds. No nice walkways or gardens. Wasn't very impressed at all with this Hotel. Don't waste your money there. Not good value for money. They should really rethink the wording and pictures in their brochure. One thing good though, reception staff were very professional.
1 Star Room 4 Star Price
Beware the Hodson Bay website, the photos are misleading.
The grounds are a building site and I suspect that most prisons have better appointed leisure facilities. The building works are supposed to be completed by early 2006 and include a new leisure centre so things will probably improve. However, the room we were first given was tiny - I've never seen smaller or dingier for these prices - we were upgraded after I complained to a "superior" room which was better but still not great for the price.
On the plus side, the restaurant wasn't bad.
Excellent time at the Hodson Bay
My husband and I have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone, and we really couldn't fault this hotel. The setting is fantastic, the rooms and food are superb, and the staff are friendly, efficient and very helpful. If you want a romantic, pampered and relaxed getaway this is a great choice. We will definitely be going back when their new health spa opens.
Beautiful location but staff are hotel's greatest asset
Our stay at the Hodson Bay was one of the best short breaks I have been on in Ireland. Like other reviews I found the staff to be the so helpfull and friendly, nothing was too much trouble and all our extra requests were attended to with a smile. I booked online and received a great discounted rate without any problems.
The food is of a fine dining restaurant standard even though the restaurant was quite busy. The carvery was perfect for a casual meal on the evening we arrived and we stayed on for the live music in the bar, which was a great end to the night. The new Spa will be amazing when it is finished and I look forward to coming back, it coundn't have a more beautiful location. It has recently been refurbished and there is a lovely warm, welcoming atmosphere throughout the hotel.
My sister brought her family down for midterm recently and said is was a great place for families with children and they plan on going back for a few days during the summer to the Children's Camp.
Lousy service & facilities
Firstly, the pool was closed off which we weren't advised in advance. Then our room key cards wouldn't work and the whole of one floor were locked out of their rooms for about an hour. We had dinner in the restaurant on one of the nights and were waiting over an hour between finishing our starter and receiving our main course...we were told it was because they were so busy but while the restaurant was full surley they shouldn't have taken the bookings if they felt they couldn't cope. When we complained at check out we were not offered and satisfactory explanations for any of the problems and were made to feel as though we should just put up and shut up. Never again!!!
This place will only get better
I stayed at the Hodson Bay Hotel for a long weekend after the Christmas and had an amazing time. The hotel is undergoing a complete refurbishment and it really is paying off. The food in the restaurant was better than what most reasaurants in Dublin offer and the staff and service were second to none. No problem was to small for them to deal with immediatly. Everyone was so firendly.
They are building a new extension to the hotel with a new 5 star spa and I will certainly be back to minute is opens. Would highly reccommend the Hodson Bay to anyone looking for a relaxing romantic weekend.
Wonderful View - Older Buildings
The view and grounds of the hotel are probably the best to be found in the Irish Midlands. The staff were friendly and the rooms were clean if a bit old looking. The only thing negative I can think to bring up is the rooms looking a bit on the old side and the building looking more like a solidly built hospital or prison than a luxery hotel. If they ever rebuild this place it will be a 5 star resort.
Beware the online booking
Though the lakeside hotel has a beautiful aspect for the otherwise unremarkable Irish midlands, it is unfortunately a little institutional in outward appearance. The rooms, though, are pleasant enough, as are the staff. We did find our double bed a bit on the small side, though, and the bathroom needed some refurbishment. Service was prompt and cheerful.Booking online at the Hodson Bay is hazardous, as you can end up paying a great deal more through the hotel's website than by making direct contact - a reverse of the situation generally obtaining with online travel bookings.My wife and I wanted just one double room for one night, and this was quoted on the hotel's own website (-----------------------) as 158 euro (about 190 USD) including breakfast. Judging this to be a bit on the high side for Athlone, I then sent an email through the website's fedback form, asking for their best price for one night.Ten hours later, having received no reply to this query, I went ahead and booked the room online for 158 euro. But a few hours later the hotel's Reservation Desk replied to my original query, offering us a standard double room for 100 euro including breakfast, or a Superior or Lakeview room for 140 euro.When I replied to this, and asked them to adjust my online booking down to 140 euro, the hotel said it could not do this, as the booking had been 'made through an external agent', i.e., their own website.Upon arrival at the hotel, I asked if our room was a Superior or Lakeview, and was told it was booked as a standard room. In effect this meant that booking through the hotel's website would have cost us an EXTRA 58 euro (about 70 USD) for a standard room for one night.Only after I had protested did the Reception Desk give us a Lakeview room instead of a standard room. But it was still 18 euro dearer than if I'd booked directly with the hotel.What was astonishing was that no-one at the hotel seemed to accept that such an anomaly was in any way unusual.
Spend a fantastic weekend at the Hodson Bay little while ago - what a breath taking location. The hotel is right on the shores of Lough Ree.
On the first morning of our stay it had been particularly foggy overnight & to take a stroll along the waters edge as the fog cleared & the sun rose over the lake was amazing. What else I though was refreshingly different about this hotel was the attitude of the staff - so friendly & geniunely cared that guests enjoyed their stay. My partner also took advantage of their Beauty Salon for a soothing massage. Would recommend it to anyone
Stunning Location - Relaxing Break
We stayed at the Hodson Bay Hotel recently for a relaxing post Christmas Break. The perfect location! The Hotel has a fantastic location on the shores of Lough Ree & our room had a beautiful view over the Lake. Other than the location this hotel is set apart from the rest by its attentive staff, all were friendly & extremely courteous.
The food in the hotel restaurant was delicious & there was good choice on all menus. I would recommend this hotel to anyone - Enjoy
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