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Galway City commands a relatively small area geographically, yet it is one of the biggest cities in Ireland in other ways. It has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland for many years for a variety of different reasons. Its' compact size plays more than a bit part in its' unrlenting popularity as it is small enough to stroll around window shopping and enjoying the sights and sounds of a city that is positively buzzing. It is known as the cultural capital of Ireland or the City of Tribes and has much to see and do. The town is centred around Eyre Square which has recently been renovated to make it a more pleasant area to spend some time and relax. The city has a great selection of hotels, restaurants and bars to satisfy the hordes of tourists that pass through its' gates each year.
Galway City is also the gateway to Connemara which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland and a "must see" on any discerning travellers itinerary to Ireland. All of our recommendations below are within the city limits, but you could go a little further out into the countryside or along the coast where there are many different hotels and guesthouses available (Please use our map or search box to the left of the page or the Places to Stay tab at the top of the page to browse through these).
Galway City with its' enduring popular tourist following has not been through as much growth in the area of new build hotels as many other parts of the country as there were many hotels to choose from already - although there are some notable newcomers such as the G Hotel. The hotels that we have selected below are the best in Galway City in our opinion and there is something there to suit everyone style and budget wise.
Please click through the links to read more about each hotel and to make a booking when you have made a decision.
* For other accommodations such as B&Bs or guesthouses and for the best restaurants in town please use the search box to the left of the page or the Places to Stay tab at the top of the page
The g Hotel €€€€€
An unimpressive facade gives no indication of the g’s stunning interior: Philip Treacy, given carte blanche to indulge his quirky creativity by owner, Galwayman, Gerry Barrett, has given the western capital a stunning new hotel.
The Ardilaun Hotel €€€€
The Ardilaun Hotel has an interesting history - it dates back to about 1840, when it was built as a townhouse for prominent members of Galway society, the Persse family...
Galway Bay Hotel €€€€
This well-named hotel has clear views over Galway Bay to the distant hills of County Clare from public rooms on the ground floor as well as many of the spacious, well-equipped bedrooms.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel €€€€€
Originally an eighteenth century residence, Glenlo Abbey is just two and a half miles from Galway city yet, beautifully located on a 138-acre estate, with its own golf course and Pavilion, it offers all the advantages of the country.
Hotel Meyrick €€€€
Overlooking Eyre Square right in the heart of Galway, this historic railway hotel was built in 1845 and has recently undergone a major refurbishment programme.
Harbour Hotel €€€
This contemporary style hotel is conveniently situated at the heart of the city and offers comfortable, if expensive accommodation with secure parking adjacent.
The House Hotel €€
A smart establishment with excellent facilities that is homely at heart.
Huntsman Inn €€
Within walking distance of the city centre and easily accessible by car (there is ample parking). Twelve smart, contemporary en-suite bedrooms offer all the usual conveniences.
Jurys Inn Galway €€
Jurys Galway Inn is magnificently sited to make the most of both the river - which rushes past almost all the bedroom windows - and the great buzz of the Spanish Arch area of the city (just outside the door).
Park House Hotel €€€€
This hotel just off Eyre Square has the individuality that comes with owner-management and provides an exceptionally friendly and comfortable haven from the bustle of Galway, which seems to be constantly in celebration.
Radisson Blu Hotel Galway €€€
Ideally situated on the waterfront, overlooking Lough Atalia, this fine contemporary hotel is more central than its scenic location might suggest, as the shops and restaurants off Eyre Square are only a few minutes walk.
The Westwood Hotel €€€
The Westwood House is well located, on the edge of Galway and convenient to both the city and Connemara; it’s set well back from the road and offers a high standard of accommodation for business and leisure at fairly reasonable prices.
Maldron Hotel Galway €€
This large new hotel is easy to find (a big plus for business locations) and offers a high standard of accommodation.
Clayton Hotel €€
Convenient to both Galway city centre and Galway Airport, this relatively new four star hotel is well located for business and leisure guests.
The Twelve Hotel €€
Named after Connemara’s famous Twelve Bens mountains, this new hotel in a suburb of Galway (Barna) has brought contemporary fashions to an area known until recently for its quiet, traditional style.
Connemara Coast Hotel €€€€
This beautifully located hotel is an attractive building which makes the best possible use of the site without intruding on the surroundings: set on the sea side of the road, in its own extensive grounds, it is hard to credit that Galway city is only a 10 minute drive away.