Powerscourt

A night in Wicklow

Where we stayed

With some birthday and new job celebrations to be had, we decided to treat ourselves to a night away in the stunning Powerscourt Hotel. They very kindly upgraded us to a mountain-view suite, which was phenomenal. It had two queen-sized beds, a separate lounge, a large hallway, a bathroom with double sinks and a walk in shower and a dressing room full of wardrobes! We were sorry to only be staying one night. Claire has stayed here a good few times in the past and she assures me every room she stayed in is as fabulous. As well as stunning views and a stone’s throw from Powerscourt Estate and Gardens, it also has a gorgeous spa, which was the other part of our trip. A night of pampering and gorgeous cocktails!

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A weekend in Athlone

Where we stayed

We had a voucher for two nights’ B&B at the Prince of Wales Hotel given to Claire and it suited her to go when we did as she was just finished a large charity event she works on. It’s a small hotel with 46 rooms so it can book out quite fast, especially as one of the few hotels that openly welcomes hens and stags. It’s incredibly central and with The Prince Bar and Karma Nightclub, it’s definitely a party hotel. Our room was quite spacious and very quiet, as it was at the back of the hotel, away from the nightclub. The food is very reasonably priced and the menu is quite extensive; there’s everything from fajitas and pizza to Cajun chicken burgers and steak, basically typical bar-food. The staff in the bar, restaurant and at reception were lovely, funny, friendly and at times flirty throughout our stay.

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