Located on the far side of the River Shannon where the Abbey River flows into it, this stylish modern hotel enjoys a great site with a waterside bar and restaurant, decked outdoor seating area and views of the hills - and a peaceful situation in what is still a city centre area.
Absolute is a pleasing combination of an old stone building and contemporary interiors; giant blown-up photographs of Limerick in former times make the link, dominating the vast lobby and public areas on all floors.
This Limerick Hotels accommodation is designated Comfy (standard), Cosy (deluxe) and Chic (suites) plus three special business suites with boardroom, accommodating meetings for up to 12.
Comfy rooms are smaller, but there’s no shortage of style at any level with standard features including good lighting (although a wall-mounted bed light would be useful), a giant wall-mounted flat screen where you may choose between music, television, pay film and internet; generous storage space; ironing facilities; black-out curtaining; safe; mini-bar and state-of-the-art coffee and tea makers.
And, for a surprisingly small premium, the larger Cosy rooms also offer free access to the sauna/wellbeing room in the spa as well as internet and movie deals.
Bathrooms are spacious but, with frosted glass door reducing privacy, no bath (only a power shower with rain dance shower head in all rooms) and a ‘Belfast-sink’ washbasin, they are fashion-led and may not be to everyone’s taste.
Dining and socialising options are between the very spacious first floor Absolute Bar & Grill, which overlook the river and leafy bank opposite, with a decking area for sitting out.
With its fine location and facilities, complimentary underground car parking and surprisingly reasonable room rates, Absolute represents real value for money for anyone visiting Limerick city.