Hodson bay is at the southern end of Lough Ree on the West side. The bay is quite famous as it is meant to be the geographical centre of Ireland. There is a pillar on a small island just beyond the harbour which marks the spot.
The free public harbour is owned and operated by Waterways Ireland who are a state body with responsibility for the Irish Inland Waterways. Arriving by boat at the hotel is quite an experience
as we had the largest audience we've seen in Ireland ( most likely due to the god weather, rather than see us parking ). Fortunately we made a better than normal job of mooring. The substantial free car park is owned by Roscommon County Council. The hotel is close to a
quite classy private golf club, an eighteen hole golf course, the Athlone Town Golf Club, which can
apparently be used by guests at reduced rates (?).
Needless to say we headed for the nineteenth hole.
The Hodson Bay Hotel
● The Hodson Bay Hotel
is a slightly strange addition to these pages as most of the other bars
featured here are 'proper' bars. However we did stop here as we where in
Athlone a day early and decided to explore the southern end of Lough Ree.
We where however pleasantly surprised by the
hotel. The bar lies to the left of the main entrance and runs across the entire
front of the hotel. It also serves as a restaurant but the food that was being
served was the standard carvery hotel food, left warming under infra red
lighting which personally I would avoid. The bar was extremely comfortable being
more like a bar than a hotel. The other big surprise was the price of the
drinks, they where the same as everywhere else, a pleasant shock as we were
expecting a price hike as this was a hotel.
Recently Refurbished (2004)
Updates: July 2008.
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Last Updated 2nd July 2000 - Neils Travel Web - Ireland - Hodson Bay - Pubs