Ireland’s Hidden Gems: Where to Stay in Galway Ireland

Best Hotels in Galway Ireland


Where to Stay in Galway, Ireland


Located on Ireland’s west coast, Galway is truly one of the Emerald Isle’s hidden gems. Whether you’re checking out the famed 16th century Spanish Arch, headed to do some shopping and pub crawling in Eyre Square, or simply enjoying the gorgeous coastal scenery of this Irish harbor town, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Ireland’s fourth largest city.

Keep reading for suggestions on where to stay in Galway, Ireland!



1. Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa

Located right along the Lough Atalia, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s premier luxury hotels offering stunning panoramic views of Galway Bay.

With 261 suite-style rooms perfect for families or couples, multiple dining options, and a full-service spa integrating wellness treatments from around the globe, the Radisson Blu has something to perfectly curate any vacation experience!


What makes this one of the best hotels in Galway City Centre?

Besides being of Galway’s most prestigious upscale hotels for its rooms and amenities, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa has without question the most unrivaled location anywhere in Galway.

When you enjoy a three minute walk to the famed Eyre Square and just a five minute walk to the pubs and shops of Quay Street, what more could you want?

Check rates: Booking.comHotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor



2. The G Hotel & Spa

Designed by famed milliner Philip Treacy (I thought it would’ve been named after Kenny G at first, too!), the G Hotel & Spa has a well-deserved status as Galway’s only five-star luxury hotel.

With 101 rooms, 3 lounges, daily afternoon tea, a full-service spa, and Restaurant gigi’s, winner of the best hotel restaurant in the 2016 Irish Restaurant awards, the G Hotel & Spa is an amazing blend of Irish hospitality and luxury.


What makes this one of the best luxury hotels in Galway?

As one of Galway’s most famous hotels, the G Hotel & Spa is plugged in and able to offer its guests incredible access to incredible events going on throughout the Galway community.

Whether it’s the Galway Sessions music festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, or the world-famous horses of the Galway Races, guests at the G will always have the first look at everything that’s great to do in Galway!

Check current rates: Booking.com, Hotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor



3. Hotel Meyrick

Overlooking Eyre Square, the 165-year-old Hotel Meyrick offers its guests a classically Irish luxury experience. The hotel’s four room and suite options offer everything from shimmering silk linens and curtains, stately wallpaper, and antique wood furniture and poster beds all housed in a gorgeous Victorian building at the epicenter of Galway’s social culture.


Why do we love this Galway hotel? 

Though it may be one of the city’s older luxury hotels, there is no modern amenity the Hotel Meyrick can’t seem to provide.

With a range of packages featuring the Meyrick’s two award-winning restaurants (including full Irish Breakfast daily!), pamper treatment at the spa, or access to community events such as the Galway Races or Galway Oyster Festival, the Meyrick has something to elevate any Irish vacation experience!

Check current rates: Booking.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor



4. Galway Bay Hotel

Overlooking the Clare hills on the shores of Galway Bay, the Galway Bay Hotel offers a luxuriously secluded hotel experience that’s still conveniently located near all the excitement of Galway City.

With four room and suite options that include a range of stunning ocean views, gorgeous European architecture, the Galway Bay Hotel provides a fantastic all-around upscale Irish experience.


Consider Galway Bay if You Want the Best of City & Ocean… 

The Galway Bay Hotel’s location just outside the main city offers guests a perfect blend of Galway’s rural and urban delights.

Whether you want to see the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean as you stroll along the Salthill Promenade or take a short ride into the city to experience the hubbub of Eyre Square or enjoy free access to the Galway City Museum, the Bay Hotel offers everything that’s great to gaze at in Galway!

Check current rates: Booking.comHotels.com

Read reviews: TripAdvisor



5. Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway

Located just outside the center of Galway City, the Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway is one of Galway’s most picturesque hotels. With myriad flowing riverbanks and numerous Galway castles just minutes away, the Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway is the perfect escape into Ireland’s treasured (and beautiful) history.


What distinguishes the Maldron? 

Despite being set among Galway’s most treasured historical relics, the Maldron Hotel Galway offers all modern amenities you would expect from a European hotel, including flexible meeting space, multiple room and suite options, and a full-service spa.

If this tickles your fancy then make sure to extend your stay at the Maldron Sandy Road, where guests always enjoy 10% off their booking when staying more than 2 nights!

Check the latest prices on: Booking.com and Hotels.com

Read reviews on Tripadvisor


And that’s it! Our guide to the best Galway hotels to make the most of your stay.


The Best Hotels in Galway, Ireland – Summary Comparison Chart

Whether you’re looking for a convenient hotel in Galways’ city center, a boutique hotel by Galway bay for families with kids or a luxury hotel for spa and nature lovers, we hope our recommendations for top hotels in Galway will suit for your Ireland vacation!

To summarize, here’s a handy chart of our recommended Galway hotels. All include free wifi and are known for comfort, great locations and great customer service.

Name Location Best For Price
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway City Centre Spa lovers $$ – Check current rates here
The G Hotel & Spa Galway City All travelers $$ – Check current rates on here
Hotel Meyrick Eyre Square Luxury travelers, foodies $$ – Check current rates here
Galway Bay Hotel Beachfront All travelers, beach lovers $$ – Check current rates on here
Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway Headford Point Budget travelers $ – Check current rates on here

All room rates are approximate and vary depending on season. Prices quoted in table are based on high season, for double occupancy standard rooms. Price Table: $ <100 dollars; $$ ~101-199 dollars; $$$ ~200-299 dollars; $$$$ ~300+



Visiting Ireland – Travel Checklist

Aer Lingus, the national Irish airline, offers non-stop flights from select US cities. Weirdly enough, on both departure and return flights we were passed over for meal service at every possible meal. Needless to say, we did not have the most pleasant flight or experience good customer service (then again, flying is never pleasant these days.)

Two reasons to recommend Aer Lingus: low fares, some non stop, from many US cities and their pre-clearance facilities. We found cheap flights to Ireland in October – you can check for flight deals and routes here.

When returning to the U.S., take advantage of the U.S. pre-clearance facilities at Dublin and Shannon airports, where you complete U.S. immigration, customs and agriculture controls before departure so that when you land in the U.S., you can just collect your bags.

I highly recommend staying at an Irish country house or family run hotel during your trip. Irish hospitality is truly something else. Check out Ireland’s Blue Book for luxury, boutique accommodation with a focus on family-run properties and excellent food.

Lastly, be sure to visit Ireland with travel insurance. Whether you get injured and need to be hospitalized, or your phone gets stolen, or  delayed flight leaves you with nothing but the clothes on your back, travel insurance will help when you need it most. Hurricane Ophelia hit Ireland smack in the middle of our road trip and nearly blew our mini rental car away! I use and recommend Allianz travel insurance.


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