No need to seek directions for Athlone’s newest hotel, as the glazed 12-storey tower soaring high above the new town centre shopping complex makes finding this landmark building an easy matter.
Views from the tower take in the mighty Shannon and four surrounding counties (Westmeath, Roscommon, Longford and Offaly) as well as the town itself and, although the vast street level foyer is impressive enough, it is in the upper floors that this unusual hotel excels.
In addition to a smart contemporary restaurant, there is a casual café-style restaurant which opens onto a particularly appealing rooftop garden at the base of the tower, and has direct access to the shops - a useful feature that bonds this shiny newcomer to the town.
Although it will also appeal to leisure guests, this hotel’s key offering is exceptional conference, business and leisure facilities, and a very large banqueting capacity, which will make it an attractive venue for a wide range of events.
A double height Presidential Suite ups the ante when it comes to impressive accommodation, and accommodation is luxuriously appointed throughout (although, strangely, curtains bundle untidily against the floor to ceiling glass in the tower, spoiling its pristine perfection), and an exclusive club lounge is available to all club level bedrooms.
Off duty delegates will enjoy the Fitness Centre, with swimming pool and several feature pools among the facilities, and a Stephen Pearce designed Urban Spa offers seven treatment rooms.