We stayed at The Twelve at the end of August for 4 nights in a family suite. Two adults and two small children. We have stayed here before just over 1 year ago and so obviously we thought it good enough for a return visit. Our room was a double room with a separate living area with two sofas which can be used as single beds. The living area also has a small kitchen area with a sink, microwave and fridge. The room is well appointed and generally well kept. Housekeeping was not perfect, the coffee machine was never cleaned during our stay, a large dead spider on the window sill was still there after the room was cleaned and on our first day no face cloths had been left in the room (only an issue as they were standard the other days).
Apart from those housekeeping issues, the staff are very friendly and helpful. They all seemed to genuinely enjoy interacting with our 3 and 1 year olds. The hotel's trump card is its food. It has an excellent fine dining restaurant and a very good bar bistro which has a dedicated pizza kitchen attached. Children are accommodated in both but are really only suited to the bistro. There is also an incredible selection of wines and beers. On top of all this they also have an in house bakery so breakfast is excellent.
The location is in a small village, there is little to do but plenty of dining options beyond the hotel and a supermarket all within walking distance. If you are travelling with a car however you are positioned between Galway (10 min) and Salthill beach and promenade (5 min) on one side and Connemara, the Aran Islands and the Atlantic Coast on the other.
Overall, I think this hotel is well run, a beautiful place to stay and a gastronomic delight. I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Twelve - where history and tradition meet luxury and style. The Twelve is located a beautiful ten minutes from Galway city on the coast road to Connemara. Opened in 2007 to rave reviews, The Twelve won 'Best new hotel in Ireland' and since then has been judged the 'Best boutique hotel in Ireland' every year. Acclaimed for its passion of advocating great food through the use of local, seasonal products, The Twelve has also won every food and wine award there is to win. The Pins Bar really sets the tone with a hip, urban style (awarded Best Gastro Pub in Ireland), this hangout attracts an eclectic crowd. Grab a cocktail and enjoy the best of live music on the weekends. Experience West at The Twelve for the ultimate, gourmet dining experience, then retire to your chic room and consider ordering exclusive seaweed spa treatments to begin your next wonderful day in Barna, Galway. Visit West restaurant and The Pins BarBistroBakery on Trip Advisor ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The 12 Hotel
- Twelve Hotel Barna
- The Twelve Hotel Galway/Barna, Ireland