Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Discover Limerick city’s Medieval Quarter and its 800 years of history…

The Medieval Quarter of Limerick is located in the King’s Island section of the city, originally known as Englishtown, and in the Abbey River area, originally known as Irishtown. The Medieval Quarter’s main attractions include King John’s Castle, the Hunt Museum, the Treaty Stone and St. Mary’s Cathedral, the City’s Town Hall of 1449, and the present City Hall which retains the fa├žade of an old jail. Other attractions include a long riverside promenade and medieval streetscapes. Castle Lane beside King John’s Castle includes a reconstruction of some medieval buildings including a granary, labourer’s cottage and gabled houses.

King John’s Castle is a 13th century Norman castle on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick. The walls, towers and fortifications still remain today. The remains of a Viking settlement was also uncovered during the construction of the visitor centre at the site. The castle boasts impressive views overlooking the beautiful River Shannon. A tour of the castle will allow you to experience what life was like back in Norman times through the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks. King John who was “Lord of Ireland” minted his own coins and the Royal moneyer would have struck the coins in the castle mint. Enjoy the real atmosphere of the era in this impressive castle.

Limerick’s Hunt Museum is another must-see attraction which exhibits one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century, including works by Renoir, Yeats and Picasso. Limerick’s Treaty Stone marks the treaty of Limerick which concluded the Siege of Limerick. The treaty consisted of two treaties which were signed on 3 October 1691 and put on the Treaty Stone, an irregular block of limestone which once served as a mounting block for horses. St. Mary's Cathedral, founded in 1168, is the oldest building in Limerick and was built on an earlier castle belonging to the King of Munster. Surrounded by an old graveyard, this cathedral is hauntingly impressive.

The Absolute Hotel & Spa situated in Limerick’s Medieval Quarter is the perfect base from which to get the best out of the city, be it for business or pleasure. This beautiful design-led four star hotel is surrounded by Limerick’s historic land marks. Only a few minutes walk from the city centre, the Absolute Hotel is very central. The amazing Milk Market with its artisan producers is another must-see for all. The Hotel boasts 99 contemporary bedrooms all with space, style and sophistication. You can choose between standard rooms, superior rooms and chic suites. The hotel’s Riverbank Bar and Restaurant offers outstanding dining facilities and specialises in serving premium quality modern international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce. The friendly and accommodating staff will wait on your every need allowing you to truly enjoy your delectable meal. You can pamper yourself at Escape Spa and Vanilla Brown’s Hair Salon.

To help you discover the charms of Limerick City the Absolute Hotel & Spa is offering the Absolute Medieval Package for only €105 per person sharing. This package includes:
- 2 nights B&B at the beautiful Absolute Hotel & Spa
- Full delicious Irish Breakfast each morning
- A two course evening meal (with Tea/Coffee)on an evening of your choice
- Admission to the Hunt Museum
- Admission to King John’s Castle

To book click here: http://absolutehotel.com/book-online/packages/2147483648.
Offer is subject to availability.
For more information: Email: info@absolutehotel.com or Telephone: +353 (61) 463 600.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Calling All Guys – “Shop in the City” with the Absolute Hotel & Spa and Debenhams and Get it Right this Christmas!

Guys, buying the perfect Christmas gift for your other half can be a stressful experience. This is the time of year that you want to express your love, however, grand gestures can easily go wrong and Christmas morning is a time when you don’t want to be met with a withering look and a wistful sigh. This Christmas, the Absolute Hotel & Spa, Limerick is offering men everywhere the opportunity to “get it right” with their new “Shop in the City” package which includes a unique shopping experience in Debenhams with a Personal Shopper who will advise them on what to buy for their better half.

“Shop in the City” offers the ultimate shopping getaway break and perfect pre-Christmas treat, in association with Debenhams. On arrival at the Absolute Hotel & Spa, you and your partner can both relax with a complimentary drink in Riverbank Bar, knowing that all of your needs will be catered for during your stay.

Choose from a one night break, starting at €90 per person sharing (1B&B plus 1 dinner), or a two night break from €130 per person sharing (2B&B plus 1 dinner). You will enjoy a sumptuous four course meal at the Absolute’s Riverbank Restaurant, before retiring to your stylish room where you can watch a complimentary in-room movie on the flat plasma screen.

The package includes a €50 Debenhams Shopping Voucher per person, so why not leave your partner to enjoy an indulgent spa treatment or hair makeover in the Escape Spa and Vanilla Browns Salon, with 15% off all treatments and applications; while you set off to Debenhams armed with an idea of your partner’s style? Once you’ve arrived, personal shopper, Ann Ryan will take you on a personalised tour of the department store and help you buy the perfect Christmas gift for your girl.

Once your Absolute experience comes to an end, you will have both enjoyed a wonderful break, and on Christmas morning you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’ve made the right decision when you see your partner’s eyes light up as the perfect presents are unwrapped!

The Absolute Hotel & Spa is ideally located at Sir Harry’s Mall, just minutes walk from Limerick City Centre, offering an oasis of calm; while the “Shop in the City” package offers the perfect pre-Christmas urban retreat in this vibrant and thriving city.

To book call (061) 463600 and quote “Shop in the City.”

Friday, February 4, 2011

Civil Partnership

Civil air about hotel weddings
FEBRUARY is upon on us, spring is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so thoughts are turning inevitably to romance. And in the spirit of inclusiveness newly enshrined in Irish law, one city hotel is positioning itself as the ideal location for civil partnership ceremonies as well as traditional white weddings. Since the Civil Partnership Act was passed in December, the Commencement Orders means same-sex couples will be able to apply to the Civil Registrar to enter into a civil partnership. The Absolute Hotel was granted a licence to hold civil ceremonies last year and Wedding Co-ordinator JoAnne Hickey is keen to exploit this new angle in the nuptials market.
The hotel was the official sponsor of Limerick Pride in 2010 and says it appreciates the glamour and the fun that comes with looking after a Civil partnership weddings.
Putting across one’s needs is not always as straightforward as it may seem. Some of the stories that couples have relayed to JoAnne are of a Fawlty Towers nature.
Two ladies who made an inquiry at one wedding venue in Clare had the difficult task of helping the general manger grasp that indeed it was not a double wedding, and they were not sisters or friends shopping for wedding venues and, no, they didn’t want the restaurant and the function room. After several attempts the penny dropped and the embarrassed manager hurriedly showed them the wedding ballroom. The Absolute has positioned itself to being open and understanding to couples’ needs.
“You have to appreciate this all very new in Ireland and there are a lot of challenges facing gay couples when shopping for the traditional wedding fare,” says JoAnne
Wedding Packages range from €38 per person and can be tailored to suit individual needs offering quality menus from ingredients that are sourced locally.
Call 061-463600 or visit www.absolutehotel.com.