What I loved about my weekend stay in Limerick was the location of the hotel I stayed at. The Clayton Hotel is in the heart of the city centre and everything is within easy distance. Also as I was road tripping around the area, Limerick was an excellent base to explore the nearby Cliffs of Moher, the ‘Father’s Ted House’ and of course the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum. Located next to the River Shannon on the western side of the centre, the hotel can’t be missed as I believe this is the second highest building on the riverfront. As I had a car, I drove into the secure parking lot just around the corner on Steamboat Quay (the road which the hotel is located on) and took a short walk into the hotel.
I received a very warm Irish welcome with very well mannered staff greeted me, giving me all the information I needed for a pleasant stay and managed to answer all my questions about the hotel and city straight away and very good replies. I love it when the hotel staff can help me or give me information just like that, sometimes it always the staff what makes a hotel stay an excellent one and I got that here for sure. The front of house area had some funky colourful chairs next to a modern fireplace and adjourns onto the restaurant area (more of that very shortly).
Let’s talk about rooms. I didn’t have the basic standard room what the hotel offers (but they sure look comfortable as I walked around the place) but I stayed in an executive room right near the top of the building. The room consists of the Clayton Hotels signature king-size King Koil bed with duck down duvets. I found the bed to be extremely comfortable and always got a good night’s sleep on my two night stay here. When I had an afternoon of playing catchup on the laptop, I sat on the bed to be honest and not at the desk because I had to keep an eye on the rugby being played on the large flat-screen television (come on, when there is complimentary Sky Sports offered, gotta watch some sport). Heck, I made the afternoon a great one as I ordered food to the room (with a pint of the local brew) and was wearing a bathrobe and slippers which the hotel provides. I was all cozy and it was just nice to relax after road tripping around this part of the beautiful country for two weeks. The room also provides a Nespresso Coffee machine (which I didn’t use), table and chairs, plenty of storage space and a fantastic clean washroom. What I love the most was the views from this floor. Beautiful autumn views over Limerick, probably the best one in the city.
As my followers and readers know (if you follow me on a regular basis), I love to keep fit and used to be a marathon runner (now I just run at shorter distances). Well, the hotel on ground level has the Club Vitae Gym and Leisure Centre located here (separate to the Clayton). However guests here do have access to use the facilities. I didn’t use the gym here but I did check out the swimming pool before dinner one evening, to get a few strokes in and just simply relax. Number one rule here is that guests have to wear the hats in the water. I didn’t mind, I love swimming in clean pools. That’s what all guests want, right? I also enjoyed checking out the steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. Just a perfect end to the day after walking around the beautiful city of Limerick.
What I love the most here (and took me by surprise on my first visit to this region), is the food! I know the drinks are amazing in Ireland but come on, the food! Now that did that me by surprise. I honestly thought the food was going to be similar to that of my home country just across the Irish Sea, or that all meals had potatoes (I am joking), but seriously, the food is amazing from the products the chefs used, the way its cook, the presentations to the taste. It was no different here in the Grill Bar & Restaurant located next to the front of house here in the Clayton Hotel. The standard of the food, service, and cleanliness of the restaurant was totally amazing. It was that great I actually spent two evenings on the bounce in this restaurant and didn’t eat out in the city! I also had breakfast here which was a buffet style, all the food once again amazingly cooked and well presented and left here both mornings with a full stomach and a big grin on the face. The hotel also offers the Waterfront restaurant (which hopefully I will check out on my next visit to the city and the hotel of course).
In all, the Clayton Hotel in Limerick has it all. The location in the centre of the city and besides the river, the views, the comfortable beds, the exceptional service, the fitness and swimming rooms, the food, I would totally recommend my readers that when staying in this part of Ireland, then a stay at the Clayton Hotel is a must.
A personal note from me – my time at The Clayton Hotel in Limerick was paid for by myself at a discounted rate which was arranged on behalf of Limerick tourism. The opinions in this post are my own and are totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making my short stay here an enjoyable one.