The bustling town of Athlone lies on the banks of the River Shannon, half way between Dublin and Galway. It has a population of over 20,000, some great nightlife and shopping, an ancient castle, a fine contemporary art gallery, The Luan Gallery, and the legendary Sean’s Pub reputed to be Ireland’s, and one of the world’s, very oldest.
The town is also a great base for exploring the mighty River Shannon and Lough Ree, one of Ireland’s largest lakes, and in recent years has become a very popular stopping off point for boat trips. It is also just 10 miles from the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, a must visit in this part of the country.
ATHLONE’S MOST POPULAR HOTELS IN 2020
(in no particular order..)
THE SHERATON HOTEL:
The Sheraton Hotel is without doubt the finest luxury hotel in Athlone, with modern, stylish rooms and top of the range suites, excellent spa and leisure facilities including a 20 metre indoor swimming pool, and some of the best food and drink in the town.
THE PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL:
Right in the town centre the 4 Star, family owned Prince of Wales is a long standing local institution, one that, despite its now slick and modern interiors, is still warm, welcoming and full of local charm. It has spacious, well appointed rooms, an excellent restaurant and a lively, friendly bar.
THE HODSON BAY HOTEL:
The 4 Star Hodson Bay Hotel sits alongside Lough Ree, one of Ireland’s largest lakes, about 7km from Athlone town centre. It has a range of spacious comfortable rooms and suites many with great views over the lake. It has an indoor leisure centre, spa facilities, an adjoining golf course and lots of organised water sports activities on the lake. It is very popular with families but also has a separate adults only section that is peaceful and relaxed.
THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL:
The Radisson Blu, Athlone is a 4 Star design hotel with a great location along the banks of the river. It has luxury rooms and suites, and its own modern spa and health & leisure centre.
THE SHAMROCK LODGE HOTEL:
The family run Shamrock Lodge Hotel is a boutique hotel on the more peaceful Roscommon side of Athlone. It has 40 spacious and comfortable rooms, and 11 even more spacious and comfortable suites, it is surrounded by beautifully tended gardens and lawns and there is an onsite day spa.
WINEPORT LODGE HOTEL:
Wineport Lodge is a peaceful boutique retreat by the peaceful shores of Louge Ree a couple of minutes drive from the centre of Athlone. It is a place to relax an unwind, with some great food and wine, and also some very good spa facilities.