A LITTLE PAMPERING GOES A LONG WAY
On Saturday I escaped the hustle and bustle of Dublin and headed to the Midlands Park Hotel (formerly known as The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel) in Portlaoise for a night away with my boyfriend. It is just over an hour outside of Dublin so we arrived in no time. We stayed in one of their suites and decided that fluffy robes, wine and comfort food were definitely going to be on the cards. While I love nothing more than the craziness of Dublin city, it is nice to escape every now and then to take some time out, unwind and relax.
With a busy lifestyle it’s not always easy to find some downtime. I’ve definitely become more aware of it’s importance over the past few months and so I’ve started finding ways to switch off more and I try to take some time away from the internet to just relax. When you enjoy what you do, it is easy to get caught up in it all but it’s important to get the balance just right. What better way than to escape for a night away?
THE IMPORTANCE OF DOWN TIME…
The Midlands Park Hotel is located in the heart of Portlaoise Town. If you want to go shopping, Kildare Outlet Village and Whitewater shopping centre is easy to reach. There are also 2 golf courses 15 minutes drive away. There is a train station right across the road too.
Kelly’s Steakhouse offers a combination of French bistro dining and steakhouse, and The Charter Bar is a great spot for drinks too. On Sunday after breakfast we decided to check out the Midlands Leisure Club which has a swimming pool, gym, sauna and Jacuzzi. It is a must if you stay here. I loved the pool and there are two Jacuzzis, a steam room and a sauna in one place.
Overall, the chic and modern decor really stood out to me. The artwork, furniture and unique setting had me taking photos almost the entire time I was there.
(My pink floral dress is from Primark and it was just under €15 – love it!)
Our suite was just perfect. If you’re a fan of interior design and chic decor then this hotel is definitely worth looking up. I found myself taking photos of various rooms, walls and artwork. The suites are located on their own private floor so you are hidden away from the hustle and bustle of it all. Ours had a stylish bedroom and a separate sitting room. The bathroom had the most amazing Jacuzzi bath which really topped it all off, not forgetting our fluffy robes and slippers.
Bubble baths, wine and a football match later it was time for dinner. We had a reservation at 8pm in the Triog restaurant which is on the ground floor of the hotel next to the reception. I had duck spring rolls to start, followed by a delicious steak dinner and we just about managed to squeeze in chocolate ice-cream for dessert. George ordered the same starter and he had a lamb dish as his main. The food and wine were perfect and the service was great.
On Sunday we had the nicest breakfast. They had a large selection of food from cereals, pancakes, toast and fruit. There’s also an option to order a cooked breakfast. We both had an Irish breakfast with all the trimmings and (of course) a large pot of tea. The breakfast was really nice and the staff once again were so nice.
I had such a great time in the Midlands Park Hotel. I would highly recommend it if you’re planning a weekend away or if you’re just passing through. The location is central and the service and staff were great. I really enjoyed our stay overall. I have just booked a trip to Malta (too excited) so I will be writing some travel tips posts in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for more. If there is anything in particular you’d like me to blog about next let me know. You can catch me on Snapchat: duffyloikes, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Until next time…