Fodor's Expert Review Wineport Lodge

Glasson, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Ireland's first "wine hotel" began life as a humble boathouse, but today it is one of Ireland's most enchanting hideaways—stylishly modern and light filled, with rooms opening out onto the placid waters of Killinure Lough. Guest rooms are minimalist, but stylishly adorned with leopard-skin prints and goose-down duvets. If you feel like splurging ask for the Champagne Suite spread over two floors with a mezzanine floating bedroom, a flickering fire stove, and a cradle bath. The welcoming reception area has a real log fire, comfy seats, and soft, neutral carpeting to complete the relaxing effect. In the restaurant, fine vintages and new Irish brews accompany mouthwatering offerings such as salmon fillet, pan-roasted duck breast or tofu, and zucchini spaghetti.

PROS

  • magical lake and forest setting
  • underfloor bathroom heating
  • water views

CONS

  • serenity is occasionally broken by Jet Skis on the lake
  • restaurant service can be slow
  • only some rooms have balconies

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Romantic, Trendy, Views
Intimate
Countryside
Design
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 090-643–9010

HOTEL DETAILS

29 rooms

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