We booked the old Groupon deal, as had many of my friends who
raved about their stay, many also with young children.
I have heard of the Slieve Russell over the years, and it always had fab
reviews, so we were really looking forward to our stay.
In short, we were left wanting.....
The hotel was busy when we checked in (A Sun afternoon, busy foyer). We checked in early..receptionists were efficient and our room was ready..All good so far....
The hotel looks a little tired...scuff marks
on wallpaper, furniture with handles missing etc
However, our room was pleasant enough...
Then we get to the food in Setanta restaurant...The only 2 choices available were
this or the bar food, which was literally only soup and sandwiches. We debated
eating in this restaurant as it was quite expensive, then we threw caution to
We had a 3 year old with us, so wanted to get her something decent...Ordered the
cod fish fingers....We were so disappointed...It arrived about 10 mins after ours, and was
4 frozen fish fingers and frozen chips...for the guts of 8 euros...Our local pub does a fresh
version of this for much less that would knock the socks off it!!
My husband and I had the burger (16 euro 50) and chicken ( 18 euro odd) and both were mediocre.......
Only other real negative was the soft play area which can only be described as a children's
dungeon....No windows, smelly and grubby.....A very depressing space!!! There apparently is another 'Games Room' but this was locked on both days...We did enquire via a member of staff who simply told us it mustn't have been opened that morning...And that was that?!!!!In fairness, the weather was dismal so we didn't get a chance to experience what the grounds had to offer..
However, there were positives...all the staff we encountered were fab..The Cavan charm! The leisure centre was great, the spa area was nice.....
Like I said, we were just left wanting....The overall feeling I had was one of uneasiness and
uncertainity (understandably!) but cutting corners on food and leaving your guests with limited options for dining is definitely not the way forward...
I doubt we would ever return which is a shame as, like I say, we really wanted to like it...
Sorry Slieve Russell!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club is a top quality four-star hotel. Set in 300 acres, including 50 acres of lakes, the resort offers a unique experience in relaxation and leisure. Facilities include 222 stylish bedrooms, a world-class spa, excellent conference and banqueting facilities, along with a magnificent leisure centre. Enhancing the facilities is a superb 18-hole championship golf course, (ranked 5th in a survey of Irish Parkland Courses) with a nine hole par 3 academy course and adventure golf. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Slieve Russell Hotel And Country