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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.

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Written May 9, 2008

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  • ernie01 profile photo ernie01
  • Reviews: 13

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"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.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written October 12, 2007
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  • Clodagh profile photo Clodagh
  • Reviews: 65

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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.

Best location.
Great value.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Study Abroad, Backpacking
  • Written August 13, 2007
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  • Reviews: 43

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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.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written June 9, 2007

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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.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Singles, Women's Travel
  • Written November 24, 2006

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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.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Road Trip
  • Written June 6, 2005
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  • Jen.W profile photo Jen.W
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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.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written March 10, 2005
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Our 'Trainspotting' Experience


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  • Reviews: 5

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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.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons, Hiking and Walking
  • Written December 12, 2003
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  • Reviews: 3

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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.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written October 8, 2003
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The Conservatory at the B&B


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  • Astralka profile photo Astralka
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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

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written June 11, 2003
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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.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written June 11, 2003

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Sleepzone

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.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written May 26, 2003
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A pub with your name on it, cant be bad!


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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.

  • Opinion of Price: N/A
  • Written February 4, 2003
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SON AMAR: GREAT B&B OUTSIDE GALWAY CITY

The Son Amar in Orenmore just outside Galway City came highly recommended. It lived up to our expectations. This was the view from our window which overlooked Galway Bay. It was inexpensive and perfect.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Beaches, Historical Travel
  • Written September 12, 2002
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SON AMAR


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Sacre Coeur/Sacre Ceour and O'Flaherty's Hostel: Memories or Horror Nights

In Galway town I seem to attract lousy accommodation apparently... in 1990 we stayed in O'Flaherty's hostel - in a room which looked like a garage and smelled like a rabbit cage (see picture). In 2001 we stayed in a B&B which was called Sacre Coeur on one side of its sign - and Sacre Ceour on the other ;-) And the rooms were ... hmmm let's say ... basic!
Hostel: 4 IEP incl. breakfast
B&B: 17.00 IEP but not worth it!

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written September 12, 2002
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Sleeping in a rabbit cage in Galway


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