Galway is one of the most popular areas to visit in Ireland and includes famous tourist spots such as the Aran Islands, Connemara, Galway City, and the Twelve Pins and is home to Ireland’s only fjord at Killary Harbour in Leenane. There are over 75 Galway Hotels and Galway Guesthouses in the city and county with great value Galway hotel breaks and deals.
Galway City, otherwise know as the City of the Tribes – known as such because of the charter which was presented to the 13 Anglo-Norman tribes or families in the 14th century. Galway is a vibrant city based at the estuary of the Corrib River, which flows into Galway Bay. The heart of the city is around the elegant Eyre Square and off it run the many colourful streets, which make up the heart of the old medieval part of the city.
Part of the lively atmosphere is due to the many students who attend Galway University. With its location on the Atlantic coastline it is not surprising that Galway is well known for its seafood and in addition festivals, such as the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival. Galway has a number of excellent restaurants, hotels and pubs to sample all types of food.
The city also has a vibrant nightlife with pubs, clubs and music and theatre venues and every night there is a traditional music sessions going on somewhere in the city. Each year sees Galway City host a number of festivals such as the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races, held in Ballybrit each summer and in 2009 the city hosted a stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race.
Irish music, dancing and song abound in County Galway and the area also has a number of Gaeltacht or native Irish speaking areas, such as the Aran Islands – which is made up of three islands including Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr, and one of Ireland’s largest gaeltacht areas, Connemara with its attractive main city of Clifden. Connemara has a dramatic landscape of mountains, lakes, rivers and rugged coastline.
The outdoor enthusiast can enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, surfing and diving throughout the area. It also has islands, gardens and visitor attractions such as Kylemore Abbey that are well worth a visit. The Aran Islands have a unique landscape, which includes thousands of miles of stonewalls criss-crossing the islands and also has dramatic cliff-top walks and spectacular coastal scenery. The islands are also well known for their archaeological treasures, including prehistoric and Christian monuments such as Dún Aengus Fort, one of best examples of this type in Europe. Other sites worth visiting include Dún Eoghanachta and Dún Dúcathair.
Whatever your reason for visiting County Galway you can book any of our fully approved Galway hotels and guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find a Galway Hotels or Galway Guesthouses to meet your needs.
WELCOME TO LOUGH REA HOTEL AND SPA Winner of Best New Hotel 2009 at the National Hospitality Awards Situated overlooking the majestic Lough Rea, the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa offers discerning guests a host of state of the art facilities in contemparary surroundings. Now only 1hr 45 mins from Dublin on the new M6 we are now your first stop for the West... Fantastic amenities await you at the Loughrea Hotel and Spa: 24 hour Concierge and front desk 24 hour room service available Abbey Restaurant Air-conditioned throughout including bedrooms and public areas Baby sitting service on request Beauty rooms Bike hire available Car hire available Check-in 15:00pm, Check-out 12:00pm Complimentary high speed WIFI Daily newspapers available at the reception desk Disability facilities Doctor on call Dry cleaning and laundry service Floral and special room requests Free car parking Golf (Loughrea Golf Course 5 min drive from hotel) Gymnasium nearby with complimentary access Hair Salon (appointments made at reception) Externally located heated smoking areas High speed WIFI Late checkout avaliable Lir Bar and Brasserie Local activities Multi-lingual staff Non-Smoking bedrooms Postal service Rooftop Garden Shore Island Spa- Thermal suite, Facials, Massage treatments, Relaxtion rooms Sky lounge Tailor made chauffered tours on request Various conference rooms to accomodate up to 500 delegates Wake up calls
Located in the heart of Galway city centre and the closest hotel to Galway University NUIG, the Imperial Hotel has an impressive location. Flanked on all sides by high profile shops, restaurants and bars; Galway centre day or night, is a whirl of activity just outside the door! The hotel enjoys close locality to the bus and railway station, which are a mere 3 minutes walk. The taxi rank resides just outside the door and all main bus routes leave from Eyre Square. Newly refurbished, the hotel is the height of modern comfort. Every care has been taken to ensure guests feel right at home.
A family run hotel in the best traditional sense with all the attention to detail, homeliness and excellent service you could expect. Ideal for everyone from young couples to families. Superb food in a relaxed atmosphere. This hotel stands overlooking the beautiful entrance to Inishbofin harbour. Boat trips, angling, diving walking, hill walks or romantic walks surrounded by incredibly beautiful scenery are all on your doorstep when you stay in Murrays' Doonmore Hotel.
The Twelve may be the best hotel in Galway to give the closeness you want to Galway city’s atmosphere and enough room away to love it. An oasis on the outskirts of Galway city, the award winning Twelve is a true innovator and goes above and beyond to make your stay different from any other hotel. Hence, its awards for ‘best new hotel, and ‘Best boutique hotel’. It is the focus on food, however, that really sets the tone. Complementing the hotel's mission to impress, with a hip, urban style (awarded best gastro pub in Ireland), The Pins Bar attracts an eclectic crowd. Grab a cocktail and enjoy the best of live music on the weekends. True foodies will be blown away by the world class West @ The Twelve. Retire to your posh room, order spa treatments, enjoy the complimentary DVDs or simply sit back and plan tomorrow’s host of activities available in this wonderful part of Galway. Whether you come to Galway for the night life or to live in the lap of luxury, The Twelve hotel delivers.
A Castle Hotel for Romantic Breaks or a Tour of Connemara The family run 4* Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in Connemara is nestled in the romantic setting of the Twelve Bens with beautiful views overlooking Clifden. Only 3 hours from Dublin, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is in a perfect location for touring Connemara or a romantic break with breathtaking scenery. What guests like about Abbeyglen Castle in Connemara - Panoramic view of Clifden with a backdrop of the Twelve Bens - Beautiful gardens with babbling brooks and streams - Complimentary Tea & Scones is a speciality - AA Award-winning restaurant, 1 AA Rosette