I have to say i was very very weary of staying here after some of the previous reviews, but the hotel wasn't as bad as the reviews made out. When you arrive, it is the Ramada Encore the only time i saw the Galway Oyster written was on the letterheads used in the hotel, everything else is the Ramada Encore, even room keys. This would be frustrating if you didn't know this before you go - even hotel confirmed to me on the phone it was signage as the Ramada Encore.
The room itself was bright, clean and modern styled. The room was shower only and was more of a wet area than full shower. I will say though that i found the shower to be a bit of a disaster, as the pressure was very low and it went from cold to tepid to sorching constantly but it was ok for a quick shower.
My main problem with the room was the noise. There are wooden floors which means that it can be quite noisey in the room and from rooms around. The walls are quite thin which means you can hear conversations next door, especially in the bathroom. Slamming of doors on the corridors and balconies then the coaches outside reving their engines at 07.30am of a Sunday didn't leave me feeling refreshed. I was actually quite irriated by it all.
Breakfast was ok - staff were friendly and helpful. There was a selection was did the job but it could have been a bit better. I think the later you leave it the worse the selection and quality, same with any hotel really.
Overall, the hotel is a nice, basic, base for a trip to Galway. There are lovely pubs and restaurants in Oranmore if you don't fancy the trek back to Galway city in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This budget property is located in the heart of Oranmore village overlooking Galway Bay. This hotel also contains a state-of-the-art casino for those who fancy a flutter! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Oranmore
- Oranmore Ramada
- Galway Oyster Hotel Oranmore, County Galway, Ireland