One of Ballina’s leading hotels is back in business following lockdown, during which management made improvements and renovations to the iconic building.
The owners of the Ice House Hotel & Spa did not stay idle during the shutdown and got down to work with various improvements around the four-star hotel once public health guidelines deemed it safe to conduct the work.
General manager Niall Kerins explained to the Western People: “A lot of work went on behind the scenes and the customer isn’t going to see all the benefits but they will help the building. We replaced our old boiler system, which was a big undertaking but now the new boiler runs more efficiently and is more environmentally friendly. It has improved the overall water service at the Ice House.
“We painted every wall around the hotel, we had a few issues with leaking due to the amount of glass we have but that has been resolved with flashing on the glass which prevents the water from getting in.”
The Ice House has been renowned for its award-winning Chill Spa offering an extensive treatment menu and Niall explained that management has put work into the Spa with more plans further down the line.
“We renovated the Spa area. The thermal area has been extended with two new rooms, the aromatherapy room and the vitality shower.
“There are plans to expand our decking, which are on the back burner, but we’re hoping it’ll go ahead in 2021 if not 2020.”
Vital work related to Covid-19 has also been done and the Ice House can welcome staff and customers back safely. Niall said they are positive about the next few months.
“We have to stay optimistic and our plans for the future will keep our business looking the best we can.”