Limerick Strand Hotel

Last year, Patrick, the boys and I enjoyed A Family City Break at the Luxury Four Star Limerick Strand Hotel – and I mentioned in the article that ‘Patrick and I will return minus the buachaillí’ some day. Well the opportunity arose this year. And although many changes have arisen since our initial stay due to the arrival of COVID-19, I will say that our ‘Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel’ in September was just that.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Limerick Strand Hotel Building Front

The sun shone for us as we made our way to the hotel, and it stuck around all weekend. Check-in was friendly and welcoming, the perfect start to any hotel stay.

We wore our masks around the communal area of the hotel, not because we had to but because we wanted to respect the staff and other guests.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Lobby


Limerick Strand Hotel Executive Lounge

Our room was on the Executive Floor, and included access to the Executive Lounge.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Executive Floor View

This is an excellent service to avail of – complimentary refreshments and snacks during the day.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Executive Lounge

And wine and canapés in the evening, usually from 6-7pm.

We enjoyed both, a coffee and treat after checking in, and a glass of wine and canapés later. We had the lounge to ourselves for the former but it was busier for the later – and so we didn’t stay long, conscious of space.


Our Junior Suite at Limerick Strand Hotel

There are 14 Junior Suites at the Limerick Strand Hotel and our room was one of them. From the minute we opened the room door we could see why these rooms bestow such a name.

 

The size of the room was the first giveaway, the eye-catching view, and the luxury the next.

 

From the crisp white bed linen to the velvet sofas. Add floor length curtains, flat screen T.V., mirrored wall, and double wardrobes that don’t even infringe on the sleeping quarters – and you have yourself the makings of a very luxurious stay.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Mirror Reflection

From sanitising wipes to the ‘fresh remote’, the support of Irish made toiletries to the fact that you can actually interconnect these suites – you think it can’t get better but then you check out the view.


Room with a View

The panoramic view from our Junior Suite was gorgeous.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Room with Castle View

St John’s Castle standing strong, the River Shannon down below, the city in full view.

 

The Cathedral, the ferris wheel, buildings of all shapes and sizes – I couldn’t get enough of this balcony space.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Ferris Wheel and Cathedral

And so we treated ourselves to the welcome pack, after a toffee delight from Chef Tom Flavin, claimed a chair to watch the world go by, and cracked open a beer each from the Treaty City Brewery – a lovely start to a relaxed, romantic night away.


Dinner at The Terrace Bar & Restaurant

The restaurant was a little different to when we dined there last year. Furniture had been removed, moved and spaced even further apart to allow for our ‘new normal’ way of dining. But even so it was still pretty, the warmth hadn’t died, and how could it when the kitchen is headed by the award-winning Executive Chef Tom Flavin.

Hints of his, and his teams dishes wafted gently through the air as we were shown to our seat. And we knew we were in for some excellent dining.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Restaurant

Michael was our host for the night, and he looked after us well. Warmly welcoming us to the restaurant – we couldn’t fault his attention, eye for detail, and charming personality.

 

For starters Patrick thoroughly enjoyed the Homemade Skeaghanore Duck Liver Parfait served with sourdough croutons, Cumberland sauce and pickled cucumber – comparing it with some of the best paté and parfait he’s eaten in France.

For starters I devoured the Castletownbere Squid Calamari in chilli butter. It was fantastic, the texture of the calamari was smooth and tender, and its flavour along with the squid was delicious. It’s a dish I’ll return to again and again.

 

For mains Patrick enjoyed the 8OZ Irish Ribeye Steak. It was served with rooster chips, onion rings and his choice of pepper sauce.

Although I fought with myself on my mains choice – my experience of the fish dishes at the restaurant were amazing – I decided on the Plant Based Burger. Made from ‘Spiced Chickpeas, Sweet Potato, Pickled Courgette & Cucumber Beetroot Bun’ the burger was served with a side of chunky chips. I enjoyed the burger, and could taste the consideration that was put into its creation – it would actually work gorgeous in a toasted pita bread too!

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Cocktails

We spent most of our time both before and after dinner outside on the terrace of the The Terrace Restaurant & Bar. The weather allowed for us to sip wine, enjoy a couple of perfectly concocted cocktails, and chat and giggle the night away.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Night Room View

When it was time for us to retire to our room we were met with the prettiest of city lights. And although we had planned to finish our bottle of wine gazing out at the stillness of the river below, the super king size bed and its sleep inducing charms beckoned us to join it, and it was too good to refuse.


Mornings Made Easy

Waking up to a cityscape, the city of Limerick. Under the warmth of a duvet as the sun creeps higher in the sky –

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Early Morning City View

I couldn’t help but take a closer look at the stillness of the waters and the streets below.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Early morning River View

A power shower, and breakfast reserved for 9am, we made our way to the River Restaurant, for our fill and a breakfast of champions.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Fresh Healthy Options for Breakfast

A buffet Breakfast with a change but still a buffet breakfast, and our plates were adorned with our choices.

 

Fresh tea, coffee, toast and pastries served straight to our table.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Full Irish Breakfast

A quick change after breakfast for a dip in the pool, also pre-booked and we were back in our Junior Suite for one last look at the city below.

A Romantic Night Away at Limerick Strand Hotel - Wrap Around Room View

A city we love to explore.

 

Because Limerick you are lovely.


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