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About Galway

Bohemian Galway (Gaillimh) is one of Ireland’s best-known cities, famed for its live music scene, foodie delights and fabulous fusion of contemporary arts and medieval history. A hugely attractive place to visit, Galway boasts a wide range of accommodation options, ranging from simple B&Bs to luxurious hotels with fantastic facilities. Many of the best places to stay in Galway are near the centre of town, ideal for a stylish city break within easy reach of the brightly-painted pubs and lively creative scene which makes the city so special.

Poised at the mouth of the River Corrib on Ireland’s picturesque west coast, Galway originally thrived as a trading hub during the Middle Ages, ruled by merchant families who exchanged goods with Spain, France and Scotland. Remnants of the city’s medieval walls now sit between traditional pubs and quirky bookshops, handicraft boutiques and musical instrument emporiums. Delve into the area’s turbulent past at the Galway City Museum or the Hall of the Red Earl, before stocking up on food and art at the Galway Market and perusing the shelves of the iconic Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, a rambling maze filled with more than 100,000 volumes. Don’t miss admiring the Spanish Arch, strolling along the 2.5km Salthill Promenade, or trying your hand at fishing from the Salmon Weir Bridge during the summer months.

For a taste of Galway’s innovative arts scene, catch a performance penned by a budding Irish playwright at the Druid Performing Arts Company or perch in the city’s bars for toe-tapping gigs and a pint or three. Enlivened by its energetic student population, Galway is a great place for a night out, and some of the best pubs and restaurants are located in the charming Latin Quarter, a magical maze of cobbled streets and excellent eateries spilling out onto the streets. Food is a tremendous part of life in Galway, and there’s splendid seafood to savour, as well as regular annual foodie festivals, including the Galway Food Festival and the Galway Oyster & Seafood Festival, both of which also feature lots of live music. The Galway International Arts Festival, too, is a highlight for culture aficionados.

Beyond the city itself are myriad heritage attractions, as well as the beautiful landscapes of the dramatic Wild Atlantic Way -- a road trip of a lifetime. Whether you’re a couple or a group of friends looking for an artsy weekend away in one of Ireland’s most soulful cities, the best places to stay in Galway are chic and creative, reflecting the buzz and bustle of the city itself.

The Best Places to Stay in Galway

For contemporary chic

  • The House Hotel features stylish interiors with bright splashes of pattern and colour in a beautifully refurbished historic building. Pick this place for its hip feel and wonderful location in the Latin Quarter -- ideal for enjoying the best of Galway's nightlife. The Yard Kitchen/Bar is a great place for a cocktail, too! One for couples, groups or trendy business travellers.
  • The Galmont Hotel and Spa promises cool, contemporary decor in beautifully-appointed rooms, with a fabulous seafood restaurant, lively bar, and excellent fitness centre. The indulgent Spirit One Spa is a real highlight. A chic, luxurious choice with waterfront views and top-notch facilities.
  • The G Hotel and Spa is a glamorous property with sophisticated rooms and suites designed by world-famous milliner Philip Treacy, set on the banks of Lough Atalia. Facilities include a soothing spa and a superb fine dining restaurant. A fun, flamboyant choice!

For a country house hotel

  • Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers luxurious, antique-filled rooms and suites in an eighteenth century house on a peaceful County Galway estate. Pick this place for opulent interiors, a calm, restorative atmosphere, and the property's fantastic golf course. The city is within easy reach. A sumptuous country retreat.

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Shannon Airport in County Clare and hop into a bus or taxi to Galway. The journey should take less than two hours by road. Alternatively, travel by car, bus or train from Dublin (2 - 2.5 hours).
  • Galway and the surrounding region are wonderful to explore by road. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Travel between May and September for warmer weather, averaging at around 17°C. Winters are cold and sometimes rainy, but can be very cosy! The summer is a hugely popular time to visit, so book your stay well in advance, or consider coming in the spring for fewer crowds and long, bright evenings.

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Best Hotels in Galway

  • The G Galway 101 rooms from £97

    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

    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. See More

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  • The House Hotel Galway (The Latin Quarter) 40 rooms from £103

    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
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character

    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 See More

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  • The Galmont Galway 269 rooms from £207

    Local exploring  -  A decadent base with easy access to the culturally exciting Galway
    Spa  -  Spriit One Spa boasts a Thermal Suite, relaxation area and wide range of treatments.
    Great walks  -  Get out of the city and hike in the rugged Connemara countryside
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool

    A large, unabashedly contemporary hotel well placed in a quiet spot yet within walking distance from vibrant Galway. Spacious modern rooms have large expanses of glass from which to take in the sea views. Featuring an award-winning spa, indoor pool and two restaurants; an indulgent city escape. See More

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  • Glenlo Abbey Hotel County Galway 50 rooms from £194

    Country Escape  -  Set on a charming country estate with an acclaimed golf course, book this hotel for your next escape from the city
    Local exploring  -  With easy access to Galway, and plenty of natural beauty around the hotel, there is lots to explore here
    Foodies  -  Foodies will love the stylish Pullman Restaurant, housed within a former train carriage
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    This luxury hotel is located on a peaceful country estate in Galway, on the banks of Lough Corrib. Guestrooms have period furnishings in keeping with the 18th-century property; book the Presidential Suite for opulent living space. Spend a day on the hotel's acclaimed golf course; a stylish retreat. See More

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