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Review: White's Hotel, Wexford

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The leisure facilities at White's of Wexford

The leisure facilities at White's of Wexford

White's of Wexford

White's of Wexford

A staff member at White's of Wexford.

A staff member at White's of Wexford.

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The leisure facilities at White's of Wexford

Location, location, location. If you want a comfortable base in the heart of Wexford town, then look no further than this slick, and surprisingly big, four-star hotel on Abbey Street.

Highlights: Striking a balance between the style and service requirements of a four-star and a practical role as crossroads for the local community isn't easy to do, but White's pulls it off. A brochure at breakfast outlines the history of the hotel, striking a nice counterpoint to the modern facade. There is a decent spa and leisure centre with 20m pool that seems to attract as many locals as guests. A coffee dock in the lobby does a roaring trade in hot drinks, scones, cupcakes, tarts and savoury treats too. If the weather's good, take your order into the leafy little outdoor courtyard.

Lowlights: A busy hotel has to be able to absorb all the goings-on without impacting on guests looking for a more relaxing break. White's mostly achieves this (we slept soundly despite an on-going wedding), but occasionally the lobby all gets a bit full-on. Clattering from the coffee dock, fun in the bar and phones at reception are all natural hotel noises, but when the sounds are amplified by marble tiles, then it can threaten to spill over into a bit of a din.

Room to Book: You could splash out on a suite with a panoramic view of Wexford town and harbour, but our family got the roof-top views without the premium thanks to an interconnecting double and twin on the second floor. They're solid, contemporary-styled rooms with comfortable beds and decent Wi-Fi. I know of several groups who have enjoyed White's too - so it's worth considering if you're on business or with a friends. Parking costs just €3 per night for residents, which is a bonus.

Concierge's Choice: The 63rd Wexford Opera Festival takes place next month (wexfordopera.com; Oct 22 - Nov 2), and White's is right at the heart of the action. 'Salome', 'Don Bucefalo' and 'Silent Night' are just three of the programme highlights - though book quickly, as the best shows always sell out in advance. You can also check www.visitwexford.ie for more to see and do in the area.

Rates: Going to press, two nights' B&B and one dinner were available in some rooms during the Opera Festival from €175pp. A VIP offer of one night's B&B with dinner starts from €69pps midweek.

Contact: 053 912-2311; www.whitesofwexford.ie

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