Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo
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POTTERY POETS & SPIRITED SLTGO.
Join a local expert to see Derry's Walls, the Guildhall and the city's cathedral. Cross the border to see O'Donnell's Castle in Donegal. Drive south to visit the Belleek Pottery Centre. Continue to the churchyard at Drumcliff, the last resting place of lrish poet WB Yeats. Then it's on to Sligo Harbour.
A very moving morning stroll thru Derry - the area where the Protestants and the Catholics fought against each other. I clearly remember this time when I was younger - the time the Irish call "the troubles".
The bars, the razor wire etc are all still visible and are a reminder of a darker day. We look at the Bogside from the coach but go …
... Catholic shrine to Our Lady of Knock. Since we're in the area, knowing several members of my family would appreciate mementos from here we stop. The story goes that on a rainy night in August, 1879 at the south end gable of the small parish church, an apparition of the Virgin Mary, dressed in white robes with a bright gold crown appeared, looking as if in deep prayer. By her side was St. Joseph, also wearing white and looking towards Mary, and on her other side St. John ...
... some green rocks and where the quiet man movie was filmed... But it was getting late, rainy looking, and we were very tired and ready to be off the small roads. So we headed straight to Sligo! We checked in had some tea and cookies while talking to our hosts. But unfortunately we were exhausted and headed to bed before too long. Sligo did sound like a cool place, ...
Another overcast and wet day on the west coast of Ireland. Travelled firstly to the Cliffs of Moher which are high cliffs on the Atlantic coast. Unfortunately visibility was reduced to almost nil. Nextly drove through limestone district of Burren ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo Ballincar
Great place to stay
Just back from a 2 night stay here for a wedding - absolutely fantastic. Room spacious & very clean, great shower, very helpful staff & mega breakfasts! Service & food for the actual reception couldn't be faulted - amount of food was incredible. Swimming pool looked great but didn't use as didn't like the idea of the swimming caps which are compulsory?? Taxi into town only 5 mins and can thoroughly recommend the Coach Lane restaurant, wonderful food & service. Would love to return to this hotel and area again some day.
Perfect for a romantic get-away
My fiancé and I stayed here for 2 nights in May we loved it. The hotel itself is stunning, although our room was quite small we did have a nice view and it was very clean and modern. Breakfast was brill - there was everything you could have wished for and it was all fresh. We had dinner one night in the restaurant & were very impressed - I would highly recommend the steak! The leisure facilities were the best we have stayed in yet - the outdoor Canadian hot tub is just fabulous. We also had treatments in the beauty centre (a facial and a back massage) and it was the perfect end to a perfect weekend. The only downside to the hotel is that it does not have any entertainment in the bar. It is a lovely bar but lacks atmosphere because of this - some live music would have been ideal. Because of this we had to travel into Sligo centre by taxi as the hotel is situated a good bit from the centre of town - too far to walk - about 10 mins by taxi. Maybe the hotel should reconsider this aspect and guests will not have to leave the hotel at night to travel into town!
One of the Best!!!
Stayed in this hotel on Saturday 11th June, 2005 for one night with my girlfriend...had a fabulous time!!! Hotel is beautiful...from the marble reception area/lobby, the corridors to your room, the room itself, the bathroom, the leisure complex!!! Can you believe they have an ice-maker and shoe polisher at each lift on every floor...cool or what!!!
Staff are helpful enough...breakfast was lovely (except you had to cook your own toast!!!)...overall I was very happy with my choice of accommodation!!!
If you're staying in Sligo...gotta be the place to book into!!!
Loved the radisson in Sligo
Stayed in the radisson hotel, all 18 of us at hen night and we had a ball. The hotel made it, the staff were so helpful, food was beautiful, hotel in general was spotless and leisure facilities were excellant.
Would highly recommend this beautiful hotel - nice and peaceful location but not far from Sligo town. Can't wait to go back!
No sleep at the Radisson all for £90 per nite
I stayed with my husband for a quiet night away from the family, this was not the case, we arrived at 2.30 pm to check in and where told on arrival that are room wasnt ready and it would be another half hour. Later that evening we went for a lovely meal and drink and came back to our room around midnight but because of the loud music coming from down stairs at a function are quiet night turned into a noisy one. I rang reception and they said it would end shortly but it wasnt until 2.20 that eventually we could get asleep, I was told that because of the disturbance I could have a late checkout and that my bill would be adjusted accordingly, that was not so we got a very rude call the next morning to say that we had over stayed are welcome and when we checked out are bill was not adjusted. The receptionist wasnt helpful and the manager the nite before did not communicate with any of his staff to let them know how annoyed we where at the disturbances from the nite before. Not somewhere we would go for a quiet nite and at £90.00 per night it wasnt cheap.
A most enjoyable Stay
My family and I (five of us) had a very lovely break at this hotel in January thisyear. The staff were both helpful and friendly the rooms were comfortable and room service excelent.We dined in the restaurent when we could the food was superb the atmosphere very relaxed.I congradulate the Management and staff on the there efficency and thank you for makeing our trip to Sligo so enjoyable.
What Lovely Staff
We stayed in the Radisson Hotel on the 13/02/05 for one night as a get away for half term...we really felt we had been away fo a month.
The staff were the friendliest (without being pushy) we have ever encountered. The room was very clean and well presented. The breakfast was really something else. The leisure complex is a definite must during your stay.
Nice place in Yeat's Country
I stay at the Radisson 4 times each year on business. The outside is quite plain, almost looks like an institution, but the inside is very nice, clean, with nice rooms. The location is excellent, outside of town. The food is average at best but there are several excellent restaurants in Sligo town (just a 10 minute drive away) as well as an excellent restuarant (Waterfront) just 3-5 minutes up the road on Rosse's point. The staff is very good. This is the best hotel in the Sligo area.
Lovely for a chain
We spent one night at the new Sligo Radisson in early August 2004. The hotel, which had only been open for a couple of months, was quite busy--mostly with Irish families and English golfers. We arrived after 6 to discover that there was no record of our booking (through Expedia), but the staff members at the desk couldn't have been nicer: they apologized profusely, found us a room asap, and simply took a copy of our expedia printout and told us they'd sort it out in the morning, as we'd clearly been traveling and were tired. The hotel is outside Sligo town proper, out on Rosses Point towards the ocean (driving distances are very small), and so is quiet. The hotel is complete as far as we could see, and very clean and well-run; rooms were standard business-hotel style, but light, bright, and very comfortable, with nice views. We ventured out for a terrible dinner at a local Rosses Point restaurant, came back hungry to discover the restaurant at the hotel closing up, and were able to order very respectable food through room service (one of us is in the restaurant business, so we don't say this lightly). Delivery was quick, too. The bed was a bit soft (this is a problem at Radissons in Ireland) but otherwise comfortable; the fitness center and pool were really great for Ireland; and in the morning, the manager simply honored our expedia booking, even though this meant that she would have to wrestle with expedia to get paid for our room. Staff were really, really lovely.(The area is gorgeous, too--true Yeats country). The only downside: the water on Rosses Point has a strange yellow tint. Apparently, it's not at all dangerous or polluted: it just is (though the nice man who checked the boiler for me when I called him about my yellowish bath didn't know that). The morning desk clerk told me that she only takes showers for that reason: it's not dangerous, but it's not pretty, either. No fault of the hotel, though.
Trip to sligo, and staying in the radisson
I stayed in the new Radisson in Sligo last weekend; the hotel is really beautiful, with a great swimming pool, outdoor hot tub sauna, and steam room. The staff were really friendly also, ask for a room with a view as the views over the bay are spectacular when the sun is setting,
Rosses point is only a few kms away also. It is lovely for a walk around and beautiful scenery also. We had lunch at the waterfront bar, which was really nice also.
Strand Hill was also fantastic, had a great time looking at all the surfers braving the cold Atlantic; we took the easy option and relaxed in the seaweed baths.
There was a great restaurant in Sligo called Coach Lane, Great service, excellent food, really enjoyed this meal and would highly recommend anyone to go there, It was my first time to have Ostrich there. It is on Georgina Campbell's (well known Irish Restaurant critic) list of good restaurants in Ireland.
All in all we had a great trip to Sligo the only down side was that the food at the restaurant at the Radisson hotel itself was of poor quality. But this was the hotels first weekend opened so hopefully it will improve.