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Perfect Wedding Reception for a Princess...
The choice of Hotel for a wedding reception is perhaps one of the most important decisions couples have to make in their lives.
The Prince of Wales Hotel in Athlone Ireland should be on top of every couples list. We have just returned from a family wedding there and the Prince of Wales has all the ingredients to ensure a magnificant and successful day. The romantic ambience, warm and intimate lighted candles on every table and the welcoming staff, created the most enchanting atmosphere imaginable.
The attention to detail in every aspect of preperation is essential and the Operations Manager Neil Cummins ensured that we received all the attention we needed. His vast experience particularly in relation to wedding receptions was an added bonus for us. Neil took complete charge and his personal attention to detail ensured a beautiful, successful day. The Prince of Wales Hotel is located in the heart of Ireland and is easily accessible from anywhere in Ireland. The hotel is newly refurbished with beautiful bedrooms and is a must for a successful wedding reception. We simply cannot say enough in praise of the management and staff of the Prince of Wales. We want to record our sincere appreciation to them for their professional and expert attention to the Bride and Groom and also to our guests. The Prince of Wales has made their day one to remember with pride for the rest of their lives. Thank you. Dublin Family
I have stayed here twice now, the first time was in April 06 for my birthday. And oh my god!! Ive never seen a bigger bed in my whole life. Massive tv, dvd player, alarm clock/.radio, and the shower... oh the shower... perfect, water pressure amazing, three shower heads.. perfect.
The 2nd time we stayed there was for our anniversary in Sept 06. this time I had a few issues with the hotel. Firstly, check in is 3:30pm, which I was there for, it was still 4:45pm before we could check in. I was not a happy camper at that stage. We were not even offered tea!! The room we got this time, was not a big, and very stuffy. having said that, it was still spotless, everything the other room had this room had. still perfect.
However we did go out on the friday night for dinner,and when we returned at 11pm, the car park was full, so I had to park on the street and get up at 6am to move it before getting Clamped.
However, the food was amazing, room service spot on, staff not the worst. Would I stay again?? Of course!!
Fabulous hotel, great service, great price!
I stayed at this hotel for 1 night on business with my boss back in January.
We'd booked 2 single rooms, but were given doubles & my room was automatically upgraded to a suite free of charge (I didnt even ask!). The rooms were amazing, the bathroom in my suite was like something from an Interior design programme.
The breakfast (included) was also very good. Staff were so helpful & informative.
Would definitely stay here again when visituing Athlone in the future.
Spotless room, huge bed, pity about the awful stale smells
Thank goodness we were only staying at the hotel room for one night. I had booked a non-smoking room on the internet but on arrival were met with a tremendous smoky smell (like a nightclub had carried on the room the night before). It was horrendous. Unfortunately they were fully booked and couldn't change our room (we are both non-smokers). A porter came to 'freshen up' with an industrial sized noisy fan! but the stale smell of smoke made our stay uncomfortable, like sleeping in an ashtray even though the room was spotless The staff were ok but certainly didn't offer any complimentary drinks or any discounts. The furniture had burn marks on it and the window barely opened. The room was stuffy even after turning thermostat down. Because of the nightclub below, loud noises and scuffles were heard outside the nightclub area below (so beware if you are staying on weekends and actually want to sleep). The best thing about it was the breakfast on leaving the next day.
Would I stay there again? Probably not.
We have fitted treble glazed windows to ensure the rooms are sound proof. We have also installed air conditioning units into over half of the rooms as well. This stops you having to open the windows on the main street. There was a problem last year but we have rectified it.
Great place to stay
I stayed in the hotel for the St. Patrick Festival weekend with my girlfriend, from the moment we walked into the hotel we were personally greeted and made to feel so welcome. The manger (whom we met in the lobby) and hotel staff are very friendly and only to pleased to help with any questions you may have.
The location of the hotel is excellent, right in the centre of town you could not pick a more convenient location if you tried. It is perfect for shopping or going out at night which is not really necessary as the hotel has a great bar (The rooms change colour), and a cool nightclub.
We had food in the bar both nights and found it was delicious (good choice), and very reasonable too.
Great Hotel, rooms beautiful
What a great hotel, we stayed in the Prince of Wales for the weekend and really enjoyed our stay. The rooms were beautiful (probably the biggest bed we ever saw in a hotel room!). The rooms were spacious and very clean. We ate in the bar and found the food good, The bar staff were very friendly and the drink very reasonable for a hotel. The Prince of Wales is smack bang in the middle of Athlone so its close to all amenities. Would definitely stay there again. thumbs up!
Lovely Place - Great if for a stop over from Dublin to Galway
We decided to break our Friday evening journey from Dublin to Galway by staying for a night at The Prince of Wales in Athlone. We were pretty tired and frazzled when we arrived but were pleasantly surprised by the fresh modern decor in the lobby, receptionist was neither pleasant nor unpleasant (neutral I suppose!), the room was spacious, clean and modern. We quickly changed our travelling clothes and headed down to the bar before bar food finished at 9.00pm. It was a bad weather night and we didn't feel like wandering around Athlone town.
The Prince bar is modern, but has kept a cosy atmosphere and we got a nice seat beside a real fire where we ordered food from a broad ranging menu. The food was lovely and the floor staff were exceptionally friendly - for a while there I'd nearly forgotten what a smiling waitress looked like!
There seemed to be a nice mix of clientele in the bar, a few welsh rugby fans and locals of all ages. It seemed to change later on in the night to a sort of disco bar scene, but the music wasn't loud enough to be invasive, I'd imagine on a Saturday night it's could be quite lively there.
Breakfast next day was grand - either a hot buffet style, cereals, fruit salad etc or you could order a full Irish Breakfast. All in all I'd recommend the Prince of Wales to anybody.
Lovely hotel great location, was a big surprise. Rooms are big, bathrooms are excellent and even has a dvd player in the room.
Has to be the best hotel that I have ever stayed at
We just got married there on the 26th of august after been at my wifes sisters wedding the year before (see earlier review) and this is what I can say.
The staff are the best hotel staff I have ever had the pleasure in meeting with, and were so helpful in the days leading up to our big day.
The Manager Neil went over and beyond the call of duty in every aspect of the wedding and made my wife feel she was the most important guest that weekend which made her feel special for the 3 days we stayed there.
The food is always fantastic and the day after the wedding about 30 guests who had stayed over had dinner the next day and a lot of Guinness.
If you are staying in the Irish midlands, stay here it has everything you need and more
If you have any questions regarding this hotel feel free to email me.
Great location, everything is pretty much on your doorstep. Go down by the harbour and take a boat trip. The twin bedrooms are large enough so that you're not constantly tripping over each other and the bathrooms are spacious. Food was good and staff very friendly and helpful. I would definately go back.