Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Osprey Hotel & Spa, Naas Review

Hey everyone, a bit of a different post today but here we go...

I decided to treat myself and my best friend to a night in Osprey Hotel & Spa in Naas Friday the 15th of March to cheer me up from a crappy week and the inner blogger in me made me take pictures(sorry for iphone quality!)

On arrival I was hot and bothersome from walking from the town with my big backpack. With no makeup on and my hair pulled back(but of course my wiry curl's popping out) I walked up to the desk to check in. Now I have to say the only time in my whole experience of staying in the hotel I wasn't very impressed with the service. The lady who was dealing with me was quite abrupt and left me standing there in silence for about 10 minutes while she organised my booking(which I had booked online the day before). I think it probably was because I was young and looked rather like pooh to be honest but that is no reason for being treated any differently. Other then that the staff were lovely stopping what they were doing on the corridors just to say hello!

Anyway after the awky mo-mo of silence I was given my room key and directed towards the lifts. I was staying on the 1st floor in room 105. I straight away loved the room. It was big and airy with a huge bed, TV(with ridiculously priced movies and Internet but isn't that the way in every hotel!?), mini bar(Not stocked unless asked but it didn't bother me) and the most beautiful en suite I have ever had in a hotel room I stayed in. My complaint would be that when booking I booked a King Size bed and like I said it was huge but it turned out to be 2 single beds pushed together which was fine as it was myself and my friend staying but if it where a couple I can't imagine it would be too comfortable!

I headed up to the gym after sussing out the room and I have to say the people in the leisure centre were a delight which was a great pick me up after the check in. The gym is good, I didn't like the cross trainers but other then that it's pretty standard and modern.
When I got back to the room I had a lovely soak in the deep bath which was juts heavenly and I honestly could have fallen asleep, it was bliss in the dimly lit bathroom with the hot water.

Seána arrived soon after and we just lay in bed for a while chatting and trying to work up the energy to do something. We eventually walked into Naas to buy some goodies(to go in our mini fridge) and a chipper for our dinner. We had plans to order desert from room service but they don't do it after 10pm and we happened to only remember at 10 on the button and even then we were stuffed!

After polishing off our food we showered and put on some makeup and at about 10:30 we headed down to the residence bar where the bar staff were very helpful but they all pretty much seemed to really not want to be there(apart from 1 who was lovely and got us a new table as we were using a stool as one by mistake!) I got a Long Island Iced Tea(My favourite cocktail) and Seána got a Cosmopolitan. Hers was lovely mine was OK. I still think that the T.G.I Friday's are the best! They were €10 each so again a little pricey but I wasn't expecting much less to be honest.
There seemed to be a bit of a buzz around the bar which was nice but we were so tired we only stayed about an hour before heading up to our big bed waiting for us. After watching the end of 'Cruel Intentions' on the TV we fell into a deep comfortable sleep.
I woke up at at 10am fully refreshed and headed down to the spa facilities by myself. This was the whole reason I booked this hotel as it has the most amazing facilities that come at no extra cost. When you enter into the thermal area there is a large selection of rooms to wander in and out of from sauna's to steam room's to a below freezing room(I opened the door to this one looked inside, saw all the ice and closed the door-not my cup of tea!). There is also a room with heated tile curved beds to relax on and then also a place to have foot bath. There are a few more rooms that you can book as a treatment which i didn't do but all ready with all of the amazing thermal rooms available I was a happy camper!

I strolled back to the room where Seána was just getting up. We packed up the room and headed down to breakfast. Breakfast is served until 11 and we where there just before. There was a selection of cold continental breakfast or hot English/Irish style breakfast(guess which I went for). When we went back to our table we were presented with toast and pre-ordered tea and coffee. The breakfast wasn't anything special but it filled me up so that's a job done in it's self.

The lady checking us out was a delight.

A double room for night here starts at €130 which is an amazing steal compared to hotels of equal quality up in Dublin. The hotel is 4 star which in my opinion is an accurate rating.

I would highly recommend staying in the Osprey it really gave me a pick me up that I desperately needed!

All the best,

Alice May