I recently stayed in The Clarion Hotel, Sligo (now The Clayton Hotel, as of December 2016) and I have to say it’s a really lovely place. What I liked a lot about the hotel is how close it is to all the local amenities. It’s handy for Sligo town, it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk there. It’s also around 10 minutes from the bus/train station. If you fancy a trip to the beach it will only take you about 10 minutes to drive there, or you can catch a bus from the station. This makes it a great place to stay if you’re on holiday, or simply taking a weekend break. The hotel is also near to the town’s Institute of Technology, which made it an ideal place to stay for the recent Sligo Live concerts.
The hotel was built in 1848 though it has been restored. The hotel boasts a modern, relaxing interior while still keeping the character of the building from the past.
There is a beautifully converted chapel (Canis Major) on the grounds , I love the spire above. The chapel can hold civil ceremonies….what a beautiful place to get married. “From the small intimate reception to the larger, more traditional banquet, Clarion Hotel Sligo can cater for weddings for up to 350 guests.” The hotel is a very popular place for weddings, and I can see why. If you fancy a spot of golf the hotel also has a mini golf course on the grounds. Alternatively if you’re on a business trip the hotel also offers spacious conference rooms for meetings.
The reception area has recently been refurbished and it looks beautiful…..all that’s missing are some of my photos 😉 As soon as you walk in you can tell you’re going to enjoy your stay – the free WiFi in the reception and the rooms make it even better. The decor is welcoming and not too overpowering. The hotel also boasts a wonderful leisure centre and gym (I’m a member myself and find it great for Jono’s physiotherapy). I especially enjoy the jacuzzi – even more when the Sligo Rovers players are in there 😉 If you want to relax the hotel’s Essence Spa is perfect, offering all your usual beauty treatments with a luxurious touch. We didn’t eat in the hotel but the restaurant looks lovely and I’ve heard great reviews about it.
Now on to the rooms. There are a range of different rooms to choose from, whether you’re on a family break, a couple or even just on your own. If you have the kids with you, you can even hire out a tent so they can camp in the room! The beds are comfortable, there’s plenty of room and most rooms have kitchen amenities such as a microwave and fridge, so you can feel at home. We all had a great sleep here; the hotel was quiet and comfortable and I wanted to stay in the bed all day. There’s also plenty of closet space in the rooms so if you have a lot of clothes (or just a lot of crap) you won’t have any problem fitting it all in 😉 Hopefully I’ll be back to visit the hotel again soon as I really enjoyed my visit.