My partner and I spent one night at the Westwood during a tour of Ireland last week. I chose it for the location and price, as it was more affordable than the hotels closer to downtown and had easy parking. The hotel is beautiful inside and out, and has the feeling of a well-loved Victorian mansion. The hotel staff were prompt and friendly and we found our room comfortable and large. We were disappointed to find that we could not book at the restaurant that night as it was full, however we were told the bar was open and served good food as well. We found the bar enjoyable and acceptable for what we wanted, although it was fairly casual. We did enjoy people-watching the locals as well as watching the Olympics on the large tvs.
The hotel breakfast was pretty good, although the scrambled eggs were a bit rubbery for my taste. We were also forgotten shortly after sitting and had to flag someone down to order and ask again for our tea & coffee. There were also no croissants left, as well there was not much cheese or fresh fruit as it was about a half hour before the end of breakfast. This was okay for my partner as he ordered cheese and meat for his main breakfast, which he said was good. I thought it was a nice idea that they let you order the hot parts of the breakfast fresh, but the service was a bit lacking when we were there.
We had an issue with water pressure and heat of the water in the shower. The pressure was really poor and the water was much too hot!! I mentioned this to a hotel staff person when we checked out, and she seemed surprised and said she would make sure it was taken care of.
Overall this hotel fit our needs, but with a few small issues that can be easily remedied by hotel management. I would recommend this hotel, especially if the issue with the shower were resolved. The room was very comfortable and large and the location is ideal if you want a stop-over on your way around Ireland. The quality for the price was very good, which you will not find closer to downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the University District of Galway and nestled amidst a rural landscape of greenery, the 4 star Westwood Hotel is ideally positioned only minutes from the city centre and Salthill while also being an ideal base to tour the beauty of Connemara.At the Westwood we seek to exceed your expectations in all aspects of your experience with us and we look forward to welcoming you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westwood Hotel Galway