The Claddagh is a symbol of love and friendship. The story of the famous Claddagh ring began in a small fishing spot in Claddagh, Galway. The area contains little more than a church, a school and a visitor centre, providing privacy and yet a tradition steeped in love.
Here are our Top Hotel Recommendations in Galway.
The G Hotel
A few minutes walk to the city centre, The G Hotel is ideally located to discover the theatres, the restaurants, the souvenir shops and the nocturnal vibes of Galway. Whatever your expectations, this fabulous 5 star hotel is willing to carry you in its glamorous atmosphere. Each room has its personal workspace, furniture and artworks equipment; all design by Philip Treacy. His muse was supermodel Linda Evangelista and the evidence is everywhere.
Padraic, owner of Fresh Eire Adventures, stayed here to evaluate it for future guests. Here is his review from TripAdvisor :
‘’Elegant, efficient, stylish and professional. I had feared that this mecca of luxury would be a case of style over substance...however I was wrong. The lobby is very impressive; lots of glass and subdued lighting and something you'd be more likely to see in Miami Beach than in Galway. Staff were well-informed, courteous - nothing seemed to be any trouble to them. The rooms are super luxurious; great comfortable beds, huge wardrobes, comfy sofas and stylish fittings. The bathroom was top class with a great bath and fantastic shower. I also had dinner; an exquisite affair...an inventive menu, extensive wine list and friendly, professional service. Breakfast the next day was a relaxed affair. Great value and a fantastic top-end experience in Galway; there's nothing else like it.’’ Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking Lough Atalia.
The House Hotel
The House is one of our favourite 4 star hotels in Galway. Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, the hotel offers chic and quiet spacious rooms to make its guests feel at home. We recommend spending time in the bar to enjoy a delicious homemade cocktail and appreciate the stylish surrounding.
The Meryck Hotel
This is another highly recommended 4 star hotel for your trip to Galway. Based in Eyre Square to facilitate your stay, the Meryck hotel combines efficient sophistication and elegance. Originally named The Great Southern Hotel, and honouring its links to the great rail heritage of yesteryear, The Meryck has no less than 163 years of Irish hospitality under its belt.
The Park House Hotel
The Park House, situated in the heart of the city centre is a traditionally luxurious 4 star hotel which offer guests an authentic "cead mile failte" * in Galway. The quality of the service is impressive and Kitty, a Galway institution in her own right and a tour de force of hospitality professionalism, will ensure you will feel at home.
* "one hundred thousand welcomes"
The Victoria Hotel
Located in front of Eyre Square shopping centre, a few minutes walk to Galway Cathedral, the Victoria is a great 3 star hotel and an ideal budget option for a stay in Galway. The rooms are clean with good quality accommodations and stylish furniture while their Irish breakfasts will set you up for the day.
The Heron’s Rest Boutique B&B
Located on the pier behind the Spanish Arch this boutique B&B is lovingly run by local nutritional expert Sorcha Molloy and her fabulous team. Rooms are cosy and have excellent views over The Claddagh and the River Corrib as it enters Galway Bay. Breakfasts here are a real treat with delicious and nutritious homemade Granola and freshly baked scones, brown bread and muffins. Very highly recommended.