Irish West Coast Cool – 8 of the best places to stay in GalwayLast Updated: January 1, 2020
Galway is Ireland’s most internationally beloved destination city: an Irish west coast capital of culture that is for millions of people around the world—Irish descendants or otherwise—symbolic of all that’s great about the Emerald Isle. Pack your Aran Sweater for our trip around 8 of the best places to stay in Galway.
In many ways, Galway is like Ireland’s love letter to the world: this bijou but culturally and economically thriving hub on the Irish west coast has given us the Claddagh Ring, an internationally recognised and worn symbol of love and friendship; the Aran Sweater; and those distinctive ships, the Galway Hookers. It’s little surprise that one of Galway’s principle economic engines is tourism, and indeed, visitors from home and much further afield, millions of them every year, can choose from some of the most splendid hotel accommodation on the planet. Here are just 8 of the best places to stay in Galway to ensure a memorable visit to the west.
1. Park House Hotel
Starting off our roundup of the best Galway hotels is the venerable four-star Park House Hotel, in the heart of the city centre, which has been caring for tourism and business visitors from home and abroad since 1975. The Park House has earned its formidable hospitality reputation primarily for the excellence of its food and the quality of its service. All 84 bedrooms in this hotel are luxurious and spacious, offering all the comforts of home, enhanced by that signature Park House excellence in service.
2. Glenlo Abbey Hotel
In the stunning Glenlo Abbey Hotel, just outside the city centre, guests enjoy exemplary service in the warmth of an incredibly sumptuous 5-star setting that breathes history and elegance. The hotel offers a range of superior dining and entertainment options for formal and informal occasions, in addition to the opulent and spacious guest rooms where you can unwind in utter style.
3. The Twelve Hotel
The Twelve is one of the finest AA approved hotels in the city, so therefore no list of the best places to stay in Galway would be complete without it. Visitors will experience the last work in luxury accommodation and service standards, with a choice of 48 boutique style guest rooms available. A memorable and enjoyable visit to the Irish west coast is guaranteed with a stay at The Twelve.
4. Jurys Inn Galway
Jurys Inn Galway is a long-standing social hub for the local business and residential community, and it is just as popular with visitors from further afield, drawn by the guaranteed standards of the Jurys brand as well as the hotel’s convenience. Its location on bustling Quay Street is close to all the shopping, hospitality and entertainment activity for which Galway is renowned, and also boasts a beautiful view overlooking the world-famous natural beauty of Galway Bay.
5. Clayton Hotel Galway
From its ideal location just minutes away from Galway city, the four-star luxuries of The Clayton Hotel are a delight for visitors, who experience all of the warmth and attention to detail that is characteristic of west of Ireland hospitality, but in a truly stunning contemporary environment that is the last word in modern hotel accommodation design. Another of the best places to stay in Galway and one of the most individual.
6. g Hotel & Spa
It would be impossible to talk about contemporary individualism in Galway hotel design without tipping the hat to the luxury five star g Hotel & Spa. Designed by world-famous milliner Philip Treacy, the g has 101 bedrooms and suites, lounges for casual dining, in addition to the award-winning Restaurant gigi’s. Located on the edge of Lough Atalia, just on the lip of the city centre, the g Hotel & Spa is easily one of the most memorable and best places to stay in Galway.
7. Radisson Blu Galway
ESTABLISHED in 2001, the Radisson Blu Hotel is situated on Lough Atalia Road, just a three minute walk from the famous Eyre Square in Galway city centre. The hotel boasts 261 guestrooms, all with breathtaking views, and appointed with the most luxurious furnishing and facilities for guests.
8. Galway Bay Hotel
The Galway Bay Hotel is located just a five minute drive from Galway City. The extra distance is worthwhile for the visitor, for the hotel is situated on the Salthill Promenade, with its stunningly panoramic view of the world famous bay that gives the accommodation its name. This is one of the most adored hotels in Ireland, exuding class and elegance, while visitors enjoy superior service standards and all of the facilities and luxuries to make their stay on the Irish west coast a memorable one.