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About County Galway
Galway embodies the traditional, slightly wild beauty many visitors to Ireland are looking for. And The Hotel Guru's selection of the best places to stay in County Galway offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for rural retreat or a base in town.
The green expanses of the Connemara region are where you'll find remote villages where Irish is still spoken; and where you'll find those white, windswept coastlines you see people riding horses along in the adverts for Ireland. Off Galway's shipwreck lined shores are the rocky surprise of the Aran Islands and Inishbofin, more places where Irish lore and legends are strong.
But along with these wild expanses Galway has Galway city. Colourful and lively, with a wonderful live music scene, Galway city is a surprise for a lot of visitors. It does have its historic side, it's dilapidated medieval walls and shops selling Aran jumpers, but Galway's history is alive rather than a museum piece.
In all of Ireland this is where you're most likely to hear Irish spoken, and to hear new music but with a traditional sound. Galway is a lot of fun. Maybe it's the large number of pubs? Maybe it's because students make up a quarter of the population? Or maybe it's the famous local oysters, but there's certainly something in the air or the water here.
The Connermara Peninsula will treat you to an exceptionally dramatic road trip. The winding roads follow the inlets of the coastline, past hidden beaches and through almost hidden villages. And if you nip inland you'll see the strange bogs and remote dark coloured lakes. This is a mysterious looking landscape. There are numerous hiking and biking trails if you want to leave your car behind.
Across from Galway the Aran Islands offer more wild and windswept, green and peaky landscape. As well as fascinating archaeological sites and colourful real Irish pubs with their warm traditions.
For urban chic
- The G proves that Galway is no backwater. This five star hotel has bright Philip Treacy interiors, a spa which will match the expectations of the most demanding city-breaker and a choice of bars and restaurants - all with decor which will surprise. The G wouldn't look out of place in London or New York, though it has Galway's own spectacular views.
For rural retreat
- For those who want rural beauty plus a spot of action, the Ross Lake House Hotel is one of the best places to stay in County Galway. Situated on the edge of the Connemarra National Park for walkers and hikers, it also has easy access to several golf courses.
Best Hotels in County Galway
The G 101 rooms from $117Galway, County Galway
Extraordinary contemporary five star hotel just outside Galway. Interiors designed by Philip Treacy feature brightly coloured (some might say garish) public spaces, whilst rooms and suites are more restful. Stunning views out to sea, great food & ESPA. All a stone's throw from Galway's attractions.Suites - The hotel has 3 remarkable "specialty" suites designed by Philip Treacy, with spectacular views5* Luxury - The only truly 5 star hotel in GalwaySights nearby - Five minutes from Galway centreSpa - Award winning ESPARecommended by - CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
The House Hotel 40 rooms from $124Galway, County Galway
The House Hotel is contemporary, without being pretentious, and situated in the heart of the city centre, offering good food and bright, lively accomodation with all the attractions of Galway on the doorstep. The Hotel is especially well situated for Galway's nightlife and ideal for romantic breaksCity Style - Within walking distance of vibrant nighlifeSights nearby - Situated right in the centre of town within easy walking distance of all major attractionsLively - Hip and happening.Full of character
Ross Lake House Hotel 10 rooms from $146Rosscahill, Co Galway, County Galway
An elegant countryside manor house surrounded by golf courses, coastline and the Connemara National Park. Traditional bedrooms and suites have four poster beds and fireplaces. A great choice for an active holiday in style.Golf - Oughterard Golf Club, Barna Golf club, Galway Bay Golf and Country Club and Ballyconnelly Links Course.Active HolidaySights nearby - Cliffs of Moher and magical Connemara with its mountains and lakes.Great walks - Connemara National Park with its walks and mountain climbing.Recommended by - Sawdays
Rosleague Manor 20 rooms from $146County Galway
Traditional country house. Elegant bedrooms feature antique furniture, four poster beds and large bathrooms. 30 acres of woodland grounds, conservatory and sitting room with fireplace. Great dining with focus on seafood.Country Escape - Ideal spot for blowing out the cobwebs, with the National Park and coastal walks and cozy fireplaces to return toFishing - With the "Brazen Hussy" companyGreat walks - Through Connemara Loop routeRecommended by - Sawdays, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
Lough Inagh Lodge 12 rooms from $176Galway, County Galway
Cosy country house. Traditional bedrooms have armchairs, great views and floral furnishings. Fireplace and book-filled lounges. Good seafood and wild game dishes from the restaurant and welcoming bar.Country Escape - On the shores of Lough Inagh, with fishing, country walks and outstanding viewsGreat walks - Along Western Way which commences in Oughterard and goes to Westport via LeenaneFishing - In the two Loughs, Derryclare and Inagh for salmon, sea trout and brown troutSecluded setting - For escaping.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Currarevagh House 12 rooms from $188County Galway
A charming country house hotel on the picturesque banks of Lough Corrib. Retaining it's traditional feel, the rooms are decorated with period wallpapers and antique furnishings. Perfect for a peaceful countryside escape. A lakeside idyll.Total relaxation - Set in a peaceful, undisturbed natural environment, it's perfect for a relaxing escape.Local exploring - Well located for exploring the vast beauty of Loch Corrib and Connemara.Great walks - Beautiful walking routes in the surrounding 180 acres of woodland.Fishing - The hotel can organise fly fishing on Lough Corrib.Recommended by - Sawdays
Ballynahinch Castle 48 rooms from $204Co. Gallway, County Galway
Castle hotel with warm and sumptuous ambience. Bedrooms feature four poster beds, creamy furnishings and gorgeous bathrooms. Great restaurant with local, seasonal produce: fresh fish, wild mushrooms, woodcock and cosy pub for an afternoon. Outstanding outdoors activities; the ideal country weekend.Country Escape - Outstanding fishing opportunities, miles of walking stunning paths, roaring fireplaces and nearby castles to seeGreat walks - Take a look around the Castle's picturesque shores of Ballynahinch Lake and woodlandFishing - From February to September the estate offers a fantastic fly fishing experienceViews - Great views from hotel