GALWAY AREA - Reasonably-priced B and B for family of four?

Not sure what the deal is, but I've sent inquiries to Petra House, Ardawn House, Four Seasons,and Balcony House (all in the RS Ireland guide),and NONE of them has responded! Asgard House and Clarevilla B and B did respond, and each of those is booked. This represents literally every B and B suggestion listed in Rick's guidebook (plus a couple of others I found online; they, too, have not responded). I've even widened the search to nearby Barna. Anyone have a good suggestion for a clean, reasonably-priced, quiet place in or near Galway that might have a family room / quad for early June, 2013? Thanks. Wendy

Posted by Mark
Colorado Springs, CO, US
8 posts

Wendy,
I will be interested in the replies you get. We are booked at the Four Season for September. Initially I got a fast response and pleasant conversation over the phone. Then I had to reduce our stay from 4 to 3 days and have not heard back from them after 3 separate emails tring to confirm our change of plans. I now plan to call once we land, since the reservations are for later in our trip. We may need an alternate bed. Good luck enjoy the planning and the trip!

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7670 posts

There are dozens and dozens of B&Bs in that area. Don't be afraid to venture outside of what RS says! You can look them up by area at the Irish tourism website, www.discoverireland.com. June is the beginning of peak tourist season, so it's possible that RS's choices might be booked - but he also hasn't stayed everywhere. There are lots of great places out there, all regulated by the tourism board.

Posted by Joel
Tempe, AZ, USA
834 posts

Wendy - Our family used Amber Hill B&B last June and couldn't have been more pleased. Our family room had to double beds and still had more than enough space. The breakfast was very generous. *** EDIT *** Wendy, Amber Hill has a sister property right next door Amber Heights. I believe they have another property down the street.

Posted by Wendy
Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
16 posts

Nancy, yes,I have checked other places, too - I only listed the RS places since this was a RS site! I've not heard back from the several other places I've contacted either, which has been surprising. I would understand if they're already booked, but it would be nice to know one way or another! I'll try the website you suggested. Mark, hope you do hear back about shortening your stay, and that you enjoy that particular place. In many ways I do wish we could travel a bit more "off-season," - it'd make arrangements quite a bit easier! Joel, I could have sworn I did contact Amber Hill, since I remember reading about it online, but perhaps I meant to, and didn't quite. I've sent them an inquiry today - that seems like a good place! You've been helpful about suggesting places in other cities too, a couple of which we have booked, and that has been much appreciated. Thanks to all for your responses!

Posted by Nancy
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
149 posts

Hello Wendy, When we were in Galway a couple of years ago, we stayed at the Western Hotel in one of their quad rooms. It worked perfectly for our family and was walking distance into Galway -which was great! As I recall, the room rate also included breakfast. The room was very clean and nicely furnished - not top of the line of course, but more than adequate for our needs. Good luck and enjoy Ireland!!!

Posted by Wendy
Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
16 posts

Thanks, Nancy! I looked on their website, and for that very weekend, the price for a quad nearly doubles, then goes back down again. I'm now wondering if there's some big event there that weekend, and that's why I've having trouble getting anyone to respond?! Well, I'll see what they say, but I'll probably need to keep looking, too. It does look like a good place!

Posted by Eric
Beaverton, Oregon, USA
82 posts

Petra House on College Road was wonderful in August 2011.

Posted by Eric
Beaverton, Oregon, USA
82 posts

I'm not sure if this is still a problem, but in 2011 I could not receive an email from Ireland at my comcast.net address. I know others have had the same issue. Just a thought if you have a comcast address.

Posted by Steve
Gaston, Oregon, USA
869 posts

Wendy another trick when everything "seems" to be booked is to try Booking.com and Venere.com. We have done this in the past when a web site said that all of the rooms were "booked". Have you also gone to the Galway site in Trip Advisor and looked thru the options that have good reviews? That is how we found our Galway B&B for early June.

Posted by Wendy
Brentwood, Tennessee, United States
16 posts

These are great suggestions! I didn't know that about a comcast email address, so might try my gmail address instead. I also found out that June 1 and 2 is a bank holiday, and prices are dramatically increased that weekend (said one honest hotel proprietor), so we may just re-work the whole thing and stay somewhere in Connemara, and visit Galway coming and going. Yes, I have consulted Trip Advisor - they have some very helpful reviews! Thanks again, fellow travellers...Wendy