- Reviews: 836
The Kilbrack House B&B: Our favorite B&B in Ireland
We spent a month in Ireland staying in two hotels and eight different B&Bs. The Kilbrack House was our hands-down favorite. Not only was the location perfect. They had a great view of Galway Bay and easy access to the Connemara Peninsula, but the host and hostess were wonderful. Larry, the host, arranged two tours for us to give my husband a couple days off driving. Caroline, the hostess, gave us excellent directions the day we decided to drive ourselves.
They are across the street from a public bus stop which is very convenient and near enough town to drive or bus in or near enough to the Connemara Peninsula to go out for dinner.
We also voted the bathroom the cleanest in Ireland. It was just a wonderful place to stay for many reasons.
The kindness and helpfulness of Larry and Caroline was so pleasant. Larry arranged a tour of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher for us our first day. The tour bus picked us up right at the B&B. It was so convenient and my husband really appreciated a day of no driving.
Another day Larry arranged an Aran Isles tour to Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest island. We got a shuttle bus to the ferry port right across the street from the B&B.
A third day Caroline gave us careful directions to Clifden so we could visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead and do the Sky Drive. She sent us on a very scenic route that completely avoided Galway morning traffic.
The breakfasts were excellent and the room spotless. We loved it.
- Reviews: 413
The Salthill Hotel: Nice Hotel on the Salthill Promenade
We stayed at the Salthill Hotel for three nights while staying in Galway and had a nice stay. All the staff were friendly and we had a beautiful view of the promenade and Galway Bay from our room. The beds were big and comfortable and the bathroom was very nice - especially the shower. And the hotel is in a real nice location - short ride or moderate walk to downtown Galway and Salthill is right across the street. We didn't eat at the bar, but had breakfast at the hotel and it was pretty good for the price. The only bad thing about our stay was really out of the hotel's control and they did their best to rectify the situation. The last night we were there, they had a large wedding reception and being Ireland, lots of drinking. The drunk people weren't really an issue, until some idiot decided to smoke a cigarette in a room at 2 in the morning and set off the fire alarm. Not only did we get woken up at 2, this caused the elevators to go down, a big issue for us since we needed to check out bright and early in the morning. Fortunately, the gentleman at the reception desk was apologetic and willing to help us out. He got all of our luggage and brought it down on the service elevator, called us a cab that was waiting when we were ready to go, and even offered us some free dry breakfast (coffee, juice, cereals, etc.) before they started serving the full breakfast. While we were a little grumpy about the whole situation, we appreciated the staff doing what they could to take care of us. Overall, we had a nice stay and would stay here again the next time we visit Galway.
Nice location on the promenade overlooking Galway Bay.
- Reviews: 2923
Ashford Castle: The height of Irish luxury
This really is five star luxury. James Bond actor Brosnan hired the whole place out for his wedding ! I had rather hoped that he would offer be a fortune to get out of our room whilst he was resident. Unfortunately I stayed there for my Honeymoon the week after his. Damn.
The Castle setting is very impressive with the lake behind and a 9-hole golf course in front.
One one of the holes Gary Player made it in two shots - and when you look at the severe dog-leg you realise quite what an achievemnent it was.
Just look at the website to see the quality of the place. If you ask, and you are a resident, they will also give you a tour of the place including the most expensive suite (wow!)
Very relaxing location nice walking and sports including Salmon fishing right in front of the hotel.
- Reviews: 13
"The Thatch": Galway Thatch Roof Cottage
We stayed a week here in September of "07. The cottage was just wonderful. Amenities include kitchen with all the nessisary cooking implements, including coffee maker,teapot (and even a waffel iron), two showers (one in bath and one off the larger bedroom), three bedrooms with sleeping for five,hairdryer,iron,telivision,radio and towels and bedding.
In addition there is a large fireplace in the main room and an ample supply of peat sod to feed the fire,and a washer and dryer so you can catch up on your travel laundry.
The cottage is off the street at the end of a gated lane, very private and secure. In front is a three sided walled garden area and out the back window is a meadow with two beautiful horses.(one friendly and looking for hand outs, one more reserved) Located at the edge of town it's about a 15 to 20 min. walk to city center. If you don't want to walk there's a bus stop within 1/4 mile, or a cab ride will cost about 7 and a half euro to downtown.
Although this cottage is over 100 years old it has been lovinly redone to be as comfortable as posible while maintaining it's original flavor. The owner was very kind and helpful and we enjoyed our stay. If we return to Galway I wouldn't stay anywhere else.
I'd recomend this place to anyone with the exception of a particularly large person. The showers are pretty small and there is no tub. It was a close fit for me. (I'm 6'5" and close to 300 lbs.) I have some friends who just would not have fit into the shower.
Other than that it's perfect for a small group or family, and much less expensive than a hotel or B&B.
The Thatch is close to the city, with shopping,dining and nightlife within easy reach, but FEELS like the Irish Countryside. A perfect blend of the two.
- Reviews: 65
Kirwan Lane Apartments: Cheap apartments in a great location
This is an apartment block located just off Shop Street in the middle of Galway city. The location couldn't have been better. As it's closed off in it's own courtyard it is also quiet enough. We rented an apartment that could sleep 6 and cost about €100 for the two weekend nights each. It was very tidy and all the little extras (shampoos, tea, coffee, towels, hairdryer etc) where there too.
I'd definitely recommend it.
Try www.daft.ie under the lettings section for similar accommodation.
- Reviews: 43
Fenagh House: The Best B&B of the Trip.
Our host, Evelyn, was a pleasure. Very helpful and friendly. This B&B is situated directly behind the GAA stadium so it is a great location for sport. It is about a 20 minute walk into town from here in Salthill. I will be staying here again.
- Reviews: 71
Four Winds B&B: Lovely B&B in Salthill
We arrived in Salthill road weary & frazzled, this having been our first long day of driving. Our first impression of Four Winds was "we can't afford this", as we took in the enchanting gardens, beautiful views and a conservatory. We were greeted warmly by our hostess and shown to our room. The room was small but comfortable and well decorated.
One Caveat, this is NOT a B&B for those with CAT Allergies, as there is a cat in residence
Conservatory was a wonderful place to start the day with breakfast
Breakfast was absolute delicious and all organic.
- Reviews: 130
Four Winds Lodge: A Very Cozy (and friendly) Bed and Breakfast
First of all, this place has a terrific breakfast. Great tea and coffee, lots of fresh fruit and cereal, followed by a traditional Irish fry-up. Great for giving you all the energy you'll need for a day of walking around.
Our room was large and very comfortable, well-kept. There's a large sun room with many interesting plants. We felt easily at home here. It's out of the city so it's very quiet. Also, there's a campground nearby for those interested in camping.
He might not be alive any more, but they had a very nice little dog there that would follow us around and smile at us. I think he was a bit sick, because he had some residue around his eyes and a raspy bark, but he was very friendly all the same. Dogs add flavour to any place.
- Reviews: 19
Niland House: Our Trainspotting experience!!
I found this place on the web - looked great!! I can't tell you HOW awful it really was! The place looked nothing like the pics on the web. The key for our apartment was the same key for the front door to the building (spooky)..There was no hot water in the morning, and we couldn't get hold of the people who owned it. My Mom refers to it as her trainspotting experience; the accommodations/building must have reminded her of something in that movie! We didn't feel safe - we put two chairs up against the front door of our apartment..it was awful!! We had to stay that one night - but left the next morning, calling Visa to make sure NO charges went through!! It was terrible!!
Terrible, terrible, terrible...unless you want a 'trainspotting" experience!! We just didn't FEEL safe.
- Reviews: 5
Tawin Lodge: Galway Irish Cottages
Lovely secluded spot 40 mins from Galway city. You can see the rock burren and the area is actually a series of connected Islands. A real getaway. THe cottage lies in a nestled area of stone walls and long hedge grass. The light is astonishing. The amenities are modern enough for an old cottage. Loved it.
Secluded, but close to galway city. Found my inner leprauchan.
- Reviews: 3
Side By Side B&B: Delightful Women-Only B&B
Owned by two women, Sally & Bernie, this is a great option for women when visiting Galway. The hosts make you feel as though you are very welcome visitors to their home.
It was Bernie's birthday during our stay and we were welcomed guests at her celebration, for instance. They provide pick-up and return service to the train or bus stations, treat you to the tradition tea or coffee welcome (regardless of the time of day), and provide a nicely varied menu for breakfast - including a "traditional" Irish breakfast.
- Reviews: 114
Bed and Breakfast
If you can read the sign in front of the house, sorry I cant. I have completely forgotten the name of this friendly house. But I will certainly remember later. It was a lovely accomodation with a friendly landlord and her daughter looking after the guests. The choice of different breakfast dishes was good, I never could decide, so I stayed there for several days
- Reviews: 37
Barnacles Quay Street House
Very nice hostel with friendly staff and good prices! central location on charming quay street! 5 mins from the train/bus station.
Sheets are Included. Bedding is Provided. Breakfast is Included. A Kitchen is Available.
Restaurants Near Hostel. Includes a FREE shower. Laundry Facilities are Available.
There Is Internet Access. Luggage Storage is Available. Lockers are Available. There is No Smoking Throughout Hostel.
- Reviews: 1308
Sleepzone, just round the corner from Eyre square is a new hostel, very clean and has all the neccessary facilities including a good big kitchin. It costs 50 euro for a double.
- Reviews: 92
You wont go wrong with these: Somewhere to keep the rain off
Really all budgets are catered for from 5 star luxury to back packer’s hostels. Where possible I tend to stay in locally owned hotels and stay away from the international chains. But at the end of the day, 'you pays your money and you takes your choice.'
If your budget can stretch to it, The Great Southern Hotel in Eyre Square is a wonderful experience, particularly at Christmas. Old World charm and hospitality combined with one of the best restaurants in Galway. Currently being renovated (I’m told ‘sympathetically’) it reopens in spring 2003
Brennan's Yard hotel is a medium budget choice, offering a great central location and superb value for money. Ask for one of the few rooms with a balcony (there are at no extra charge) overlooking the port.
Kinlay House hostel: 30 seconds from the Great Southern with another great location. Budget accommodation that is clean, friendly and safe. Dorms available along with a few en-suite double rooms. Booking well in advance is advised.
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