County Galway

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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.

The Best Places to Stay in County Galway

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.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in County Galway, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

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  • The G

    Galway, 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.

    101 rooms from $126
    Suites  -  The hotel has 3 remarkable "specialty" suites designed by Philip Treacy, with spectacular views
    5* Luxury  -  The only truly 5 star hotel in Galway
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes from Galway centre
    Spa  -  Award winning ESPA
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
  • The House Hotel

    Galway, 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 breaks

    40 rooms from $133
    City Style  -  Within walking distance of vibrant nighlife
    Sights nearby  -  Situated right in the centre of town within easy walking distance of all major attractions
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
  • Ross Lake House Hotel

    Rosscahill, 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.

    10 rooms from $157
    Golf  -  Oughterard Golf Club, Barna Golf club, Galway Bay Golf and Country Club and Ballyconnelly Links Course.
    Active Holiday
    Sights 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

    County 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.

    20 rooms from $157
    Country Escape  -  Ideal spot for blowing out the cobwebs, with the National Park and coastal walks and cozy fireplaces to return to
    Fishing  -  With the "Brazen Hussy" company
    Great walks  -  Through Connemara Loop route
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors, Good Hotel Guide
  • Lough Inagh Lodge

    Galway, 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.

    12 rooms from $190
    Country Escape  -  On the shores of Lough Inagh, with fishing, country walks and outstanding views
    Great walks  -  Along Western Way which commences in Oughterard and goes to Westport via Leenane
    Fishing  -  In the two Loughs, Derryclare and Inagh for salmon, sea trout and brown trout
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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