Any recommendations for hotels in Galway for two nights (Wed and Thu, Apr 17 & 18? We have two adults, and need a King bed, non-smoking accommodation. We will be driving a rental car, so parking is required. Thanks!
Are you against BnBs? Galway has an entire street of BnBs alone College Road that are walking distance to the city center and most have parking out front. We stayed at the Balcony BnB which was run by the sweetest lady - it really felt like staying at your Grandmother's house. http://www.aaabalconyhouse.com If that;s not your style there are easily 10 more along that road to choose from or maybe someone will have an actual hotel recommendation. Good luck,
Tod - Thanks for the comment. My husband is not a huge fan of B&Bs, so I think a hotel might be better for us.
We are flying in and out of Dublin, and have personal business in Dublin at a few points that we can't change (and which make our plans admittedly a bit awkward). For example, we arrive in Dublin on Thu morning Apr 11 and will be there Fri Apr 12. We plan to leave early Sat morning Apr 13 for Killarney, and stay in Killarney Sat and Sun nights. We need to be back in Dublin Mon evening Apr 15 and on Tue Apr 16. Then we plan to leave Wed morning Apr 18 for Galway and stay there Wed and Thu. We need to be back in Dublin Fri evening Apr 19 for an early-morning flight back to the States on Sat Apr 20. Whew. Not ideal, but there you go.
Ireland is a small country - about the same size as Ohio (my birthstate), so you won't be too inconvenienced by your "back-and-forth." My advice is to stay in Connemara instead of Galway. It isn't much farther and Connemara is incredibly beautiful. If you decide to stay out in the Connemara countryside, the two hotels we have enjoyed there are Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, just north of Roundstone, and Quay House ( a small hotel in an old mansion) in Clifden, a small town with several excellent restaurants and pubs. Highlights of Connemara are driving through the area and up to the Delphi Valley, driving on the bog road, and taking the passenger ferry at Roseaveal to one of the Aran Islands. Galway has some good shops if you haven't found enough of those in Dublin. In Roundstone, visit the music shop where they make bodhrans (small Irish drums.)
Thanks so much for all the helpful comments! We appreciate it very much!
We stayed in Salt Hill, not far from Galway city. It was much nicer.
Thanks, Mary. Where did you stay?
Once again, I seem to be in complete agreement with Cynthia. We stayed at Currarevagh House just outside Outerard about 10 miles north of Galway. A incredible charming manor house with great food. We used it as a base to go our to the Aran Islands and tour Connemmara- The "Quiet Man" bridge is nice and Roundstone and the drum factory were charming. We thought Clifden was a little touristy but loved driving through the countryside.
If you decide to stay in Galway, I recommend Petra House on College Road. Wonderful hosts and delicious breakfast. They have parking too if you have a car.
Thanks for all the suggestions! This is a great help.
If you need a hotel in Galway, there is a Jurys, Hotel Meyrick, or Forster Court which should satisfy the husband. I don't think Forster Court has it's own private parking garage, but there is a public parking facility nearby. While not right in the very heart of Galway, The G Hotel is absolutely amazing. College Road does have many B&Bs and I understand B&Bs don't appeal to everyone. I stayed several times at the Four Seasons B&B on College Road which I liked because the hosts, while very nice, will pretty much let you determine how much personal interaction you want to have with them. They seem to understand not everyone who stays there wants to spend hours chatting over a cuppa with them in the living room. So they are there if you need them, but if your husband just wants a place to sleep, shower, eat breakfast in peace and park his car in their private lot right outside the front door, it's a possible alternative (although not sure if they have king size beds - I wasn't looking for that specifically when I stayed with them). It's also an easy 10-20 minute walk or a cheap and very quick taxi ride to many different pubs, the shops and Eyre Square if you want to leave the car in the lot until you are ready to leave Galway.