Monday, November 2, 2015

Style in the city: How to keep it chic at your big city wedding by Lilac Rose Bridal

Brides are often swayed by their choice of venue when it comes to choosing their wedding dress and we often find those who opt for a city based wedding prefer a simple, refined look when it comes to their dress - but still want to look like a bride on their big day. There are plenty of ways to create a standout sophisticated look without compromising on the bridal style stakes.

  •             Fabric comes first.

What is often missed in catalogue photos of wedding gowns is the fabric. Cameras can’t capture the way sophisticated fabrics move when walking up the aisle, sitting down, shimmying on the dancefloor et cetera, so don’t shy away from simpler gowns as sometimes it’s all about the fabric, the fit and those expert dance moves.
  •             Accessorise with care.

The right accessories can make a dress, but they can also break it. Stick to one or two statement pieces that will bring the look together rather than overwhelming you, for example a simple lariat necklace will look stunning with a backless dress or a perfect pair of chandelier earrings will draw the eyes up from a simple boat-neck. As Coco Chanel herself says, less is more.

  •            Get your legs out.

Nothing says contemporary wedding more than a shorter hemline. Although tea length is proving more and more popular, the often ignored ballet length (just above the ankle) is a happy compromise between full on evening dress and the fun and funky prom dress. This length looks just gorgeous in a circle, column and mullet skirt (when the back is longer than the front) and is great excuse to buy some showpiece shoes.
  •         Ditch the bouquet.

If you are holding a civil ceremony you might be dispensing with other traditions so why not take this opportunity to get more creative with your flowers? A wrist corsage, a headpiece even a button hole will still introduce flowers into your look without having to hide your dress behind a large bouquet.
  •        Call the milliner.

Hats are usually reserved for the wedding party but if you opt for a simple dress, a hat can really put the edge into your look, and with the addition of a small birdcage veil, there will be no mistaking you’re the bride. There are plenty of talented milliners in Ireland too who can make your hat match your dress to a T.

  •          Introduce colour.

Even just a hint of colour can transform an outfit from a ‘whatever’ into a ‘wow’! A colourful underskirt, a bright hue on your nails or lips, even a belt to match your bridesmaids can give your ensemble the edge you might be looking for.

Eliza Jane Gown beaded column dress available at Lilac Rose Bridal
Lou Lou bridal tea length dress with Blue underskirt. Also available in Pink at Lilac Rose Bridal
Charlie Brear bias cut slipper satin dress available at Lilac Rose Bridal

Friday, October 23, 2015

Absolute Hotel Limerick triumphs in award season

This year the Absolute Hotel Limerick have been the winner and finalist of some of Ireland’s top hospitality awards including:
Winner ‘Urban wedding venue 2015’ – Brides of Limerick
Winner ‘best value hotel 2015’ – National Hospital Awards
Finalist ‘best value hotel 2015’ – Gold Medal Awards
‘Certificate of excellence’  for the Absolute Hotel Limerick – Tripadvisor
‘Certificate of excellence’ for the Absolute Bar & Grill – Tripadvisor
Recommended by Fodor travel guide.

These awards are a stamp of approval for the team and cements the Absolute Hotel as one of the leading hotels in Limerick.  None of this is possible without a dedicated, personable yet professional team.  A team that are hard working yet has a lot of fun and shares a mutual respect that makes the running of a hotel appear seamless, they are the heart of the Absolute Hotel. 


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween Spooktacular Limerick 2015

This year Limerick families are set for a scare at Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ Limerick.  This event is located in Arthur’s Quay and will run from the 23rd October – 1st November 2015.  There will be much to do and see for all ages from an authentic international food market, vintage carnival experience, live performances, games, competition and many more events to be announced.

For further details of events click on the following link:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Upping the pace for CARI

This year ‘Team Absolute’ are upping the pace with two challenges to raise money for CARI (children at risk in Ireland) as part of the live 95fm stop tour taking place between 21st – 25th September.  They will go head-to-head with the terrifying Adare to survive challenge & they are also jumping on their bikes.  This being the third year taking part in the live 95fm stop tour all the team at the Absolute Hotel wanted to get involved.  Some of the team are opting for mud, brick walls & electric wires as part of the Adare to Survive challenge on the 27th of September, while the rest of the team will clock up the mileage on the hotel’s two exercise bikes during the week.  

Donate what you can by following the link

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Absolute Hotel on a sunny day

Antonia is a Spanish student in Limerick Institute of Technology.  On placement for 6 months with the Absolute Hotel she was first challenged in the sales & marketing department to create a video that would best portray the Absolute Hotel.  Creating a video was something she had never done prior but she rose to the challenge.   Taking it with determination and many hours of research regarding lighting, composition, music and edition, a plan was created.  She decided to take shots that say a lot with just one image, and added rhythm and animation.  She gathered inspiration from other videos, suggestions from the marketing team, used her own creativity and of course the beauty of the hotel and limerick city on a sunny day.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Absolute Hotel names Limerick’s best dad 2015

With Father's Day nearly upon us the we invited the public to tell us "why have you the best dad in Limerick’.  
Immediately fierce competition started on the hotel's social media site with great stories depicting bravery and kindness from dads all across Limerick.
On June 9 the winner was announced as Seamus Harrold who had been nominated by his daughter Sinead Cleary. Sinead wrote of her dad's kindness, being there through everything in her life, the close bond he had with his mother and described him as her ‘rock'.  
As his prize, Seamus will be wined,dined and pampered in The Absolute Bar & Grill and Vanilla Browns Spa.  


Friday, May 22, 2015

Urban wedding venue of the year 2015

The Absolute hotel are the winners of the Brides of Limerick
Click here to view our packages

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Absolute’s Hotel Limerick 5 essential BBQ tips

Preheat properly If you’re going to get a good crust on your food and that BBQ flavour, you need your BBQ to be hot before you start cooking.
Don’t poke BBQ's take time.Only turn steaks or burgers once or twice. And definitely don’t squash everything down as this forces the juices to run out and leaves the meat dry. Sausages are also best left alone – piercing the skins dries them out.
Remember food hygiene Even though BBQ's are out doors and the hunter gatherer instinct will keep in remember to keep it clean. Do not mix raw and cooked food, check temperature of your food and make sure to wash your hands.
Give it a rest Let cooked meat rest on a clean plate, cover with foil, for about 10 minutes before carving so juices can redistribute evenly.
Leave the BBQ to us.. We would be more than happy to look after the BBQ for you CLICK HERE for packages 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This year we are proud to be the main sponsor of the Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh transition year original play “Guns & Roses”.  It will be staged in LIT Millennium Theatre on 12th, 13th & 14th of March.  This year’s newly written show by drama teacher, Ógie Ó Céilleachair & transition year pupils, is set in the Wild West.  The town of Richville has been left without a Sheriff or Deputy and is facing a crisis.  Governor Wallis sends a replacement Sheriff that will offend and split the town that they will end up fighting each other in a mini civil war.  This will leave him a messy situation to clean up. Why does he want this to happen? Does he get his way? Come to the show and find out!

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is one of the few schools in Ireland who offer speech and drama on the transition year curriculum.  Last year's original production 'The Snapchat Diaries' was a roaring success with two sold out performances and two standing ovations in LIT Millennium Theatre.

Tickets are available on the door or from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Absolute Hotel is to host the Ultimate Urban Wedding Expo.

Join us on the 22nd February '15, time 1-5pm for our ultimate urban wedding expo. 
This free event will provide advice on every aspect of planning your wedding from quirky flower arrangements, to planning the cake and everything in between.

Register your attendance click here and be in with a chance to WIN an overnight stay for two people in the Absolute Hotel with breakfast.
T&C apply, Subject to availability, winner will be announced on the day.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Complimentary bike seat covers in the Absolute Hotel!

To celebrate the launch of the Coca‑Cola Zero Bikes in Limerick the Absolute Hotel would like to help with the inevitable occurrence of the wet “ass”.  With thanks to the Absolute Hotel no longer will you have to use the plastic shopping bag or wet your sleeve when hopping on and off the Coca Cola bikes.  They are offering complimentary bike seat covers to all those who drop into the hotel for a coffee.

Close walking proximity to the Coca Cola Island Road terminal means guest and employees alike can opt for a healthier mode of transport whether visiting the hotel for work or leisure.  The idea of the bike seat covers came to light when the General Manager Donnacha Hurley was using the bike to get up town for a meeting.  Of course with the changeable Irish weather the seat cover was wet and that was when the Eureka moment occurred.  “We are excited and delighted to see such a positive scheme come to Limerick. The Coca Cola Zero bikes have been such a great success story in Dublin over the last number of years and without a doubt will be the same in Limerick”

Make sure to get your bike seat cover while stocks last, one per customer.