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Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate

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Bushypark, Galway H91 XD8K Ireland
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
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Updated 09/27/19 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Value
4.3
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Majestically rising from the still waters of Lough Corrib and dating back to the 18th Century, the 5 star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is where old-world charm meets contemporary elegance. Home to the Pullman Restaurant, two former carriages from the Orient Express and each with their own distinct history and style, this two AA Rosette Restaurant is one of the most distinctive dining experiences one can enjoy. The River Room Restaurant in the main hotel offers magnificent views from the bay windows overlooking the estate and Lough Corrib, whilst private dining can be arranged in the unique reception rooms of the main house and abbey. Palmers Bar & Kitchen offers a more casual dining experience on the estate. With a 138-acre lakeside golf estate, golf among other activities is on your doorstep to enjoy. The unique Championship 9 Hole Golf Course is quickly becoming one of the best 9 holes in the country with rolling hills, lakes and fabulous views of Lough Corrib and it is the closest golf course to Galway City. The 21 Bay Driving Range is the ideal place to warm up before a round of golf but also for group and individual golf tuition. While archery and some of the best fishing in Western Europe are easily organised right on-site on the estate. Glo Spa & Wellness is the latest addition to Glenlo and offers guests a truly unique opportunity to relax and unwind. Other activities that can be arranged near the property include horse riding, boating, water sports and tennis with the ancient sport of royalty – falconry onsite. From the moment you drive through the magnificent cast-iron gates, the beauty of this enchanting lakeside estate overlooking Lough Corrib will captivate you. Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is proud to be part of the Irish owned MHL Hotel Collection.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Archery
Bicycle rental
Babysitting
Car hire
Business Center with Internet Access
Parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Golf course
Hiking
Horseback riding
Fishing
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
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Languages Spoken
English, French
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JonHM08 wrote a review Jun 17
Bradford, United Kingdom35 contributions38 helpful votes
Please beware. This is a 9 hole course and if you are booking make sure you emphasise you want to play 18 holes. We played 18 holes 4 years ago and were charged a reasonable 35 euros. On booking for this year, for a party of 11, I was informed the cost was a more expensive 50 euros but, as we’d played there a number of times, I booked. Imagine turning up and being informed at that stage, that the price was for 9 holes. It is not worth 100 euros for a round. Imagine also, that the charge for a buggy, for 9 (nine) holes, was 30 euros. Imagine being charged 50 euros for 9 holes on a Friday, and 40 euros for two different (18 hole) golf courses on the Saturday and Sunday. The golf course was in good condition, hence the two star rating but, we will not return, and didn’t spend hundreds in the bar afterwards like we did previously. Beware.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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K1234569 wrote a review Jun 15
Los Angeles, California22 contributions9 helpful votes
This is the best hotel I have ever stayed at. It is beautiful, the staff is SO helpful and everything is perfect. We actually ate at Palmers for 3 nights and everything was so good. We had a family room which was nice and large for my family of 4. Overall, we loved our time here and it is a great value for the cost considering that breakfast is included. They even provided us with two drink coupons to use at the bar which was a very nice touch. One more thing, we had to leave early on our last morning and the staff was nice enough to pack breakfast to-go. So great, loved our stay here.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Hayley F wrote a review Jun 13
Johannesburg, South Africa47 contributions13 helpful votes
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Wow! What a place! We have stayed in some pretty amazing hotels over the years but never have we experienced such luxury! Glenlo Abbey is truly luxurious and absolutely beautiful in every aspect. Unfortunately I fell ill when we arrived so never got to experience everything the hotel has to offer but the room and it’s fittings and furnishings are truly luxurious and exquisite. If you’re after something very special then this is the place!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Ronan O'Halloran, General Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Hayley F, Thank you for taking the time to post a review online after you recent visit to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. I am delighted to see that you thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay, but very sorry to hear you fell ill whilst with us. I do hope you might have the opportunity to return in future and experience all aspects of the Estate. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in future. Yours Sincerely, Rónán O'Halloran General Manager
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Jackie H wrote a review Jun 2
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Glenlo Abbey is a beautiful hotel. I stayed here recently with my family and felt the need to write a review given the warm hospitality we received from everyone at the property. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed by Troy. He provided amazing local recommendations that we capitalized on and he even went above and beyond driving my family to town in the hotel shuttle when there were no cabs large enough to fit us around. Jordi at the lobby bar was also a complete rockstar - patiently making a custom cosmo for my mom! He was so friendly and warm. Everyone we encountered was great though. Breakfast was delicious and set in a stunning room - you could order a warm meal and then browse the cold buffet while it cooked. My siblings and I also stayed in a family sized room which had a generous over sized bathroom. Pro tip: ask to stay in the newer section of the hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Jackie H, Thank you for taking the time to post a review online after you recent visit to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. I am delighted to see that you and your family thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay, thank you in particular for your kind words on Troy & Jordi, I know they will both be delighted to see your comments. We very much look forward to welcoming you back in future. Yours Sincerely, Rónán O'Halloran General Manager
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Brian C wrote a review May 2022
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The hotel is an aging "country house hotel", with rooms built before handicapped access was required. No ramp for wheely luggage, let alone wheel chairs. No elevators. Rooms accessed by stairs only. General reaction of extended family group was "disappointing". Pleasant setting, but Lough Corrib at some distance from the hotel and quite narrow at that point. Walking access (+/- half mile) comes with warning of stray golf balls. "Grounds" converted into 9-hole golf course. No sign of the "two bicycles per room" although wet and windy while we were there. One good public room where breakfast is served, although reservation required for breakfast. Other public rooms are tired (frayed carpet in "residents lounge"). Train dining rooms rusting in place - and yes, we did look closely at them. Rusted through in some places, and cobwebs. View rooms look onto squat three-story building that contains two meeting rooms and casual dining room/ cum golf club drinks location. We had a room overlooking the garden, with windows secured in place with screws. Could not be opened. Some traffic noise from main road. Bathroom updated at some point. Comfortable, but... In need of a make-over.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Ronan O'Halloran, General Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear briancL9788QU, Thank you for taking the time to post a review online after your recent visit to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. I am very sorry to see that you did not enjoy your stay. I'm happy to confirm we have a very robust maintenance and refurbishment programme in place and works are scheduled for our Pullman Carriages, taking place (weather permitting) in the next couple of weeks. We regularly receive feedback on how well maintained and presented our property and guest bedrooms are, it is very unfortunate this was not your experience throughout your stay. Yours Sincerely, Rónán O'Halloran General Manager
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pramod1947 wrote a review May 2022
Jacksonville, Florida78 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed here 3 nights during our Ireland road trip and it is located less than 2 hours drive from both Dublin airport and cliffs of Moher. We booked the room with Hyatt points and hotel was busy over the weekend with a wedding. Hotel is located in several acres with distant water views and walkable golf courses. Internet connection is fast (~50mbps) and breakfast was excellent with both hot (freestyle eggs, pancakes, French toast) and cold (cereals, fruits) items. Room size, mattress, bathroom amenities are all up to the expectations. Pillows were a bit thin & collapsing and they did not have any memory foam pillows available.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Ronan O'Halloran, General Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
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Dear pramod1947, Thank you for taking the time to post a review online after you recent visit to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. I am delighted to see that you enjoyed most aspects of your stay. I am sorry to hear your feedback on our guest room pillows, and I have addressed this with our Senior Management team. I do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the not so distant future. Yours Sincerely, Rónán O'Halloran General Manager
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Julianne B wrote a review May 2022
8 contributions5 helpful votes
We only stayed one night but we packed in all that we could including afternoon tea, dinner and falconry with Jason which was absolutely the highlight of our stay! Of course, the rooms are very lovely-we had 2 large family rooms (6 people total) one had a huge, luxurious bath with tub & large shower. I loved that they provide wall mounted bottles of toiletries to minimize environmental impact. The staff was quite lovely, especially Michael who greeted us with a tour of the property & the Pullman restaurant & bid us good bye just as warmly. Wait staff was also great, especially during afternoon tea service (Lily) and breakfast (Chloe). The reception desk attendants were wonderful as well. The only downside we encountered was rain the afternoon we arrived that prevented exploration of the property. Would have like to tour around on bicycle.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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glenabbey3 wrote a review May 2022
Belfast, United Kingdom59 contributions102 helpful votes
A group of us stayed here in March for a birthday celebration and I can honestly say it was one of the best hotels in Ireland I have ever visited. It is a very elegant hotel and the rooms were fabulous with everything you could possibly need. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful but I will give particular mention to Michael, the concierge, and Sandra and Jennifer at reception. They went out of their way to make us all feel welcome and we got the impression that no matter what we would request they would do what they could to arrange it. We ate at the Pullman restaurant on the first night and it was a fabulous experience, a must if you are staying at the hotel. We ate dinner in the bar on the second night and, again, we all had a very enjoyable meal. We booked the Falconry experience and I am so glad we did - it was brilliant, Thanks to Jason and his wealth of knowledge and fascinating facts about the birds. I would highly recommend this. Overall, a fabulous trip. I would highly recommend Glenlo Abbey and we will be back!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Road56322887668 wrote a review May 2022
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We were booked at the Abbey by our travel agent. This was the end of a two week holiday traveling around the country and an absolutely perfect way to end our stay in Ireland. From the moment you step into the facility it feels like a moment back in time with the elegant surroundings and the genuine attention and hospitality of the staff, especially Jordi in the Resident’s bar, were first class. Look forward to coming back again!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Easy, free parking. Best to take a taxi into Galway city center
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Responded May 15, 2022
Dear Road56322887668, Thank you for taking the time to post a review online after your recent visit to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. I am delighted to see that you have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay, and it was a fitting end to your holidays in Ireland. Thank you in particular for your kind comments on Jordi, I know he will be thrilled to see your feedback. I do hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again in future. Yours Sincerely, Rónán O'Halloran General Manager
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Attracta D wrote a review May 2022
Trim, Ireland31 contributions7 helpful votes
Absolute perfection! So this is what 5 star accommodation is all about. The message from the entrance to this beautiful hotel is "we are here to make your stay enjoyable". Met by Troy and Phillip who carried our cases up the steps and to our rooms...smiles all round. More friendly staff at reception...in fact, all the staff without exception were friendly , helpful and clearly glad to be working here at Glenlo. Food, room, everything to a high standard. Enjoyed our night at the in house cinema, popcorn included! Beautiful walk around the perimeter and down to the jetty. Next time will book a trip on the Corrib Princess. Lots to do and see. Pullman dining was enjoyable. Took a trip out the road to Silver Strand and watched the kite surfers. Glorious!! Looking forward to a return visit. Oops, almost forgot, this gluten free veggie was more than happy with her meals, especially in Palmers Bar. My favourite room was the Abbey. Beautifully decorated. Could sit there all day reading.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Responded May 15, 2022
Dear attractadoran, Thank you for taking the time to post a review online after your recent visit to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate. I am delighted to see that you have thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Thank you in particular for your kind comments on the team and in particular Troy and Phillip, I know everyone will be thrilled to see your feedback. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome you both back in the not so distant future. Yours Sincerely, Rónán O'Halloran General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$343 - $575 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
glenlo abbey bushypark, hotel glenlo abbey
LOCATION
IrelandWestern IrelandProvince of ConnachtCounty GalwayGalwayBushypark
NUMBER OF ROOMS
73
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Frequently Asked Questions about Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
Nearby attractions include Pedal Power Galway (2.7 miles), Open The Door Escape Room (2.7 miles), and Wild Atlantic Way (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Esquires Coffee (Galway), Zappi's, and Apoema Bistro.
Is Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Bushypark.
Are any cleaning services offered at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The Medieval City Walls (2.8 miles), The Lynch Memorial (2.6 miles), and Kilconnell Franciscan Friary (3.4 miles).
Does Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.