Fodor's Expert Review Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone

Northgate St., Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

In a prime location on the banks of the Shannon, this property has a distinctive water theme; not surprising, as more than half the bedrooms have superb views of the meandering river with a lovely look at Sts. Peter and Paul across the way. Guest rooms are clean, comfortable, and modern, and all were refurbished in neutral shades during 2018. Swans preen around the bridge and cruisers are berthed beside the hotel. The Elements Bistro serves lunch and dinner, and you can snack on lighter fare at the Quayside Bar. Everything you need to see and do in Athlone is a short walk away. Between May and September, barbecues light up summer nights on the terrace. As you enter the main lobby, a huge piece of permanent artwork entitled Sionna by the Kerry artist Susan Leen gives an immediate sense of place. Sionna was the ancient river goddess of Celtic mythology after whom the Shannon is named. The stunning artwork reflects peat bogs, boundaries, borders, road networks, and other topographic features found along the midsection of the River Shannon.

PROS

  • stunning views
  • great location for exploring the town, castle, and left bank
  • rooms are clean and modern

CONS

  • precooked breakfasts are mediocre
  • good pool but no spa
  • can be noisy during family communion and confirmation lunches

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
RomanticViews
Casual
Central
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 090-644–2600

HOTEL DETAILS

128 rooms

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