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Hotel Review: Absolute Hotel Limerick in Limerick, Ireland

The exterior of the Absolute Hotel Limerick in the evening. Reflections of the hotel in the River Abbey.

4-star Absolute Hotel Limerick’s lobby is full of easy, breezy, modern elegance and good-humored charm. We arrived at 9 a.m., hoping they wouldn’t mind us parking on the property ahead of check-in. It was no problem (and parking at the hotel is straightforward and convenient). The staff at reception made us feel welcome in every way, both that morning and when we checked in that afternoon. 

Absolute Hotel Limerick’s Location

We wanted to park there because everything on our day’s itinerary was within walking distance of Absolute Hotel Limerick. The hotel is located along the Abbey River in Limerick’s medieval quarter. Our favorite Limerick attraction, King John’s Castle, is just a ten-minute walk away.

Our Superior Double Room

An 'Ewe painting by Ann Gadd in our Superior Double Room at Absolute Hotel Limerick.
"Seductive with farmyardy aroma" 'Ewe painting by Ann Gadd. It's just one of the fun paintings that was in our room. Isn't it adorable?

The Superior Double Room is cheery and quirky in a fun, modern way. Everything feels new, super clean, and fresh. Two complimentary cartons of WB Yeats were there for us. Even better, a Nespresso machine with complimentary coffee pods was ready to go. 

We adored the room’s ewe paintings by Ann Gadd. It’s well-furnished with a comfortable super king bed, pull-out couch, big work desk and chair. Our room’s balcony can be enjoyed in almost any kind of Irish weather Mother Nature can conjure. So long as the wind doesn’t send the rain pounding sideways, you can step onto it for a bit of fresh air. 

Classic Rooms, Chic Suites, and Family Rooms are also available. All have air conditioning – an amenity that it’s always wise to double-check for if you’re vacationing in Europe during the summer months.

Tour our Superior Double Room with us

Drinks + Dining

At Absolute Hotel’s restaurant, Harry’s on the River, a variety of tastes are served. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, favor fish, or are craving a steak, you can find it on their dinner menu. When it comes to drinks, a variety of palates can also be pleased. If, like me, you enjoy a good gin and tonic, you’re in luck. They have a great list of Irish gins and World gins, a variety of Fever Tree tonics, and Schwepps. They have a nice wine list, a variety of cocktails, and plenty of beers on draft and bottled. 

Our meals were nice, and the service was friendly. One thing that stands out in my mind, silly though it may be, is a server, knowing we were American, asking for Chris’s John Hancock when it was time to sign the check. It might’ve been more of a nothing moment if we hadn’t been on our way back to the United States to visit family after nine months in Europe. 

We purchased the breakfast package with our room and had a pleasant experience at the restaurant in the morning as well. 


Melissa lifting dum bells in the Fitness Suite of the Absolute Limerick Hotel.

The fitness area has cheerful orange accents. It’s well-equipped, clean, and spacious. I had plenty of room to follow a free-weight fitness routine designed by Michelle Briehler, my favorite fitness instructor on YouTube.

Vanilla Browns Spa and Hair Salon is on the first floor of the hotel. 

The Closest Airport to Absolute Hotel Limerick

Shannon Airport is about a 30-minute drive from Absolute Hotel Limerick. It’s a handy spot to land if, like us on our most recent trip to the Emerald Isle, you plan to spend a fair amount of your time exploring the Wild Atlantic Way. Limerick is the Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City. From Limerick, we went to Valentia Island, took a boat out to Skellig Michael, and went to Kinsale, a charming town at one end of the Wild Atlantic Way.


We stayed in the Superior Double Room in the middle of 2023’s high season. It was €194.00 (about $208) for one night and breakfast for two adults. 

Would we stay again?

Yes! The location is perfect, the place is super tidy, and the staff is accommodating and helpful. There’s more of Limerick for us to see, so I hope we’ll be back someday soon. 

Here’s an itinerary for the fabulous day we spent in Limerick: Limerick, Ireland in 24 Hours: What to See + Where to Stay.

Hotel Contact Information

Absolute Hotel Limerick
Sir Harrys Mall
V94 WP52

T: +353 61 463600

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