Q: What is it? A: A friendly, pleasant and charming little hotel in the not so metropolis-like town of Limerick, highly recommended for staying and sleeping, less so for dining.
She’s a brick… house (sung by the Commodores’ drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange – not Lionel Richie) located next to a little park, not offering too many parking options. Luckily, the hotel has their own parking space one block away.
First you need to go to the other side…
If you come to Ireland I suppose you’ll stay in Dublin (the exception would be golfers). Not that Dublin is a bad place to stay, but you will be missing out on the beautiful west coast of Ireland. Since the green island is not huge, there’s only 203 km between Dublin and Limerick (and very good toll-roads). Your destination is the quintessential Irish mid-size town (population 57,106 in the city and some 134,000 in the county) with little streets and a well-known Milk Market, with all kinds of local produce and whatnot. Anyways, the place to stay is No 1 Pery Square.
There’s a vintage section and a more modern one.
When booking, I specifically asked for a period-style room. If you want what you see in the pics above, I suggest you’ll do the same. Of twenty rooms available, fifteen have been made over in a more contemporary style. The vintage stuff is concentrated in the original building, the Georgian Town House, dated 1830. The request is probably the reason I end up in the Lord Barrington Room, located on the top floor (no elevators in this building). It’s spacious and feels just like something you’d prefer for your wedding night. A free-standing bathtub and a bed as large as the hood of a 1975 Chrysler Imperial are the most prominent features. But it’s cozy. And it’s modern where it has to be. And arriving here means a very warm welcome. Not bad.
Service the Irish way.
I don’t think this level of service could be experienced in any of the large hotel chains. Terri Culligan is the person who makes this place. When I arrive, she mans the front desk, she brings my car to the hotel’s private parking space and sends my luggage upstairs while serving a nice cup of tea (which I change to coffee) along with some heaven-sent cookies in the library. I can’t but reflect on how so little can mean so much – yes, I’m referring to that cookie (I calculate the cost for the hotel is probably about 0.30 Euro). I will never stop repeating this: The most important thing a hotel can deliver does not require huge resources, nor does it have to affect the bill very much.
So why isn’t it a five?
In the walkway to the restaurant, there are numerous framed articles where the headlines praise the restaurant, Brasserie One. The articles are all local. I don’t know whether it’s the wedding that is taking place this evening or if the head chef is on vacation, but what’s being served is a sad excuse for an ambitious dinner. The beef is so mistreated that I’m alerting the WWF, The Sierra Club and Save the Rhinos. After experiencing a seriously understaffed breakfast (tipping the server heavily because she really tried her best to cope with the situation), it’s my sad duty to report that this is an area where there’s a huge space for improvement.
With a Brasserie One in great form, I’d be happy to award No 1 Pery Square with a five.
No 1 Pery Square
1 Pery Square,
Georgian Quarter, Co. Limerick
+353 61 402 402