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“Great Place in Galway” 5 of 5 stars
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Almara House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2 Merlin Gate | Dublin Road, Galway, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #17 of 187 Galway B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great Place in Galway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

My daughter and I loved the place. It was one of the easier B&B's to find, our room was beautiful, and Matt and Marie were so welcoming and helpful when we arrived. Matt gave us directions into town so we wouldn't have to drive anymore, which we both appreciated. The beds were comfy, the room had a great heating system, and there was a drink station right outside our door. The breakfast was absolutely beautiful we almost felt bad eating it. Overall, it's an amazing place to stay, and we can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Heidelberg, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Our room was very modern, clean, and tasteful- the bed was also comfortable. There was even a small fridge in the room with two wine glasses and a bottle of tap water as well. The bathroom was small, but functional and clean! Right outside of the room there was a hot drink station with numerous teas and coffee and a kettle. The wifi was stable and fast. The owner was very helpful to us the evening we arrived, giving us tips on how to get to the city as well as a map. That evening we had been given a menu of breakfast options to choose from and fill out- so in the morning we came down to our breakfast choices. I'm a vegetarian- so I just asked for scrambled eggs- my boyfriend got a full irish breakfast. The food was great! We returned to our room after breakfast to pack our things up- just as we were closing our last suitcase the owner knocked on the door (7 minutes after the posted check out time) and said that the laundry needed to be done- as we were really already done this wasn't a big issue but it gave us a funny feeling...
The B&B reminded us a bit of a hotel- we saw a few business men going in and out and the issue with having vacated the room 7 minutes late. But it's a lovely B&B with very fair prices! We would definitely stay here again!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mount Vernon, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This was our second visit to Almara House, having discovered Matt and Marie's lovely B & B two years ago. As usual they were most helpful and knowledgeable. The rooms are furnished beautifully, and are a nice size. Breakfasts are delicious, as Marie is an excellent cook. Matt is kind and will share his wisdom regarding the area. They go above and beyond to meet the needs of their guests. You couldn't ask for a better place to stay while in Galway.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hanover, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Upon arrival I felt as though I was staying in a private home. Our hosts were very receptive and made us feel so welcome. The room on the top floor was very nice and the availability of being on the bus route to downtown made the trip into the city inexpensive and very convenient. Only 4 parking spaces can be tough, but other spaces ere available nearby. Breakfast was the BEST ever! Also proudly displayed was the Trip Advisor rating!

Room Tip: No A/C was available on the top floor, but window open to let cool air in.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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250 reviews 250 reviews
67 hotel reviews
Reviews in 113 cities Reviews in 113 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The room was a tad bigger than average size along with the bath, a slightly larger shower area but the sink was the size of a casserol dish. There was only parking for 4 cars so you may have to park across the street half on the grass. The steps were narrow making it awkward to carry the larger suitcast upstairs. Breakfast had two seatings, 8 and 9 only. There was not a table with juices, cereal, or breads like other places. It was very clean and nicely appointed and had adaquate outlets.

A note about B&B's: We stayed in 7 B&B's duing our trip, all 4 star or more. Generally they do not provide any wash cloths and just hand soap, no shower soap. As a rule the rooms are small and the bathrooms are tiny, about 3' x 9' with just enough room for the shower stall, toilet and sink. The showers are snall some just 2' square. Most do not have any alarm clocks, have dim lighting especially the bathrooms and few or no outlets for charging phones, tablets, etc. That being said they were all clean with nice bedding, all provided a full delicious Irish breakfast and all the hosts were very friendly.

Room Tip: Rooms on second and third floor only so request the second so you don't have to carry everything...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We only stayed here 1 night, but it was a really great place to stay, rooms were nice and clean, breakfast served was really good, on top of all that, the B&B owners are a great couple.
They welcomed us and made us feel at home.
This is conveniently located about 20 mts walk from city center.
also very easy to get from all the motorways as well.
I would recommend to anyone going to Galway.

Room Tip: Any room would be good..
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelowna, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I stayed at this B&B for 2 nights. The place looks small from the outside, but there was lots of room inside. After helping with my luggage, the hosts made sure that I had everything I needed for my night and next day (breakfast, directions, suggestions on what to visit, etc). There were lots of breakfast options which was refreshing. Breakfast was the hosts' time to shine- they really thought of every detail for my enjoyment- a warm greeting, asking how I slept, music, and every small touch with respect to the food itself. The plates looked professionally prepared and were absolutely delicious. I had to leave early in the morning and just wish I didn't have to miss out on my last breakfast! The hosts seemed to really enjoy doing what they do, which was nice. The drive to Galway was not bad, but there are buses that go directly to city centre until about 11:30pm. A great stay!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2 Merlin Gate | Dublin Road, Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 187 B&Bs / Inns in Galway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Almara House 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is an elegant AA 4 star family residence. Guide du Routard, National Geographic, Arthur Frommers, and The Italian Touring Guide recommended. Contemporary Rooms with complimentary WI-FI, Fridge, Hospitality Tray, Mineral Water, Hairdryer and choice from our Extensive Breakfast Menu. Located in the city suburbs just 5 minutes drive from the City Centre. Tours to The Cliffs of Moher and Connemara can be organized and you are collected from our Home. ... more   less 
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