Hopefully I’ve written enough about Limerick now that I’ve whet your appetite to visit this 2014 City of Culture for yourself. If you find yourself in this fascinating city, you’re going to need a place to stay and I can highly recommend these two luxurious hotels.
No. 1 Pery Square Hotel
This Georgian townhouse boutique hotel charmed me right away. That was partly due to the rooms being named for Irish writers. They plan to emphasize the connection between these writers and rooms in the future by including some bits of their writings on the walls. I’ll be back for that — and for the luxurious feel of the rooms and personal touches, such as the furnishings from Limerick suppliers and doilies hand-crocheted by the mother of one of their staff. I like that.
While you’re here you’ll definitely want to dine at the Brasserie One. They use local ingredients from local suppliers to create exceptionally exquisite meals. While I was there I was treated to goats’ cheese panna cotta & beetroot tart with mixed Mesculin leafs and hazelnut dressing. That was followed by oven baked cod, roasted purple potato and yoghurt Hollandaise. Scrumptious!
Limerick Strand Hotel
This 4-Star hotel was quiet, comfortable and right in the city centre. From the window, we could look across the Shannon, and easily walked to King John’s Castle and to Curragower Bar & Restaurant where I had the best fish & chips I’ve ever eaten!
Undoubtedly, there are plenty of other places to stay in Limerick, too, but I was lucky enough to experience these two through the generosity of Failte Ireland.
Have you added Limerick, Ireland to your travel plans yet?