While I had heard a lot of good things about the hotel, I had not been able to forge my own opinion until last November.
I had the pleasure to deal with the staff at the Brooklodge hotel for a few months last year as I was helping organising a big birthday party. The planning and organisation took place over a few months so I got to know the BrookLodge and its staff quite well! BrookLodge is quite different from any other hotel I have ever visited. It is not just a hotel, it is a village (Macreddin Village) Between the hotel and the village you will find: a pub, an Italian restaurant, an organic restaurant, a fabulous spa, beautiful grounds, a golf course, a café and even an equestrian centre to name but a few.
The Hotel reception feels very warm and welcoming. On cold days, you are greeted by a warm and glowing fire. Checking-in is a relaxed affair with a large desk and some comfortable chairs, nearly as if you were sitting down to have a cup of coffee with a friend. Even though it is a large hotel, it feels intimate and you do not realise how big it actually is.
The hotel is split between BrookLodge and BrookHall, which is a few hundred meters from the main building: our party used both. There is also a reception hall called the River room in BrookHall, which is where we held the event. Our room was in BrookLodge and as we had brought our little dog along (yes, it is a dog friendly hotel with only a few rooms designated as dog friendly) was on the ground floor. I could not fault our room. It was spotless, well equipped and comfortable! One thing you will notice at the BrookLodge is their love for good food and their commitment to the environment.
Food is something they take very seriously indeed and it shows. Every meal we have had there was simply delicious. Good food is about fresh and natural ingredients are used; and this is a philosophy they have grasped extremely well. It is all about good quality food! What I like about the BrookLodge is that while you do get the feeling of being away in a hotel, when you push that front door, it feels as if you have arrived in the home of a friend or family member. There is a definite warmth about the place which makes you instantly comfortable.
Another point I also need to cover is the staff…. Any establishment can have stunning grounds, lovely rooms etc… but what makes it stand apart is the experience, the service received. It is obvious that the staff are committed to make one’s experience the best as possible as nothing is impossible for them. They will do their best to ensure that you are well looked after.
A special and massive thank you to Suzanne and Tara who have been such a joy to deal with. They have worked so hard to ensure that our event was a success and that what we wanted was produced, and it was. So, thank you ladies!!! It was so much fun planning the whole thing with you! All our 100 guests had a memorable week end and commented on how beautiful the property was and how amazing service was! Now… a 100 cannot be wrong, can’t they?