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“Twelve Stars!”
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The Twelve Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barna
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Reviewed September 12, 2008

What a super find this was. I needed a hotel on my way to the Arran Islands and just picked this one off the map. The rate was excellent and ever since arriving I have been surprised and delighted by this hotel. It is spotlessly clean, modern, well finished and the rooms are fitted with everything you could want. No need to ring down for anything like an iron, kettle, coffee machine - it's all there. The pictures on the website are, for once, a true reflection of the look and feel of this hotel. I had supper in the West restaurant which was great - food, service and decor. My wife and I will definitely be back - maybe to sample one of the suites! If you are in this area definitely check it out.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

What a lovely hotel!! Truly worthy of every single one of its 4 stars and more! Superb value for money. Excellent staff right the way through, rooms spotless and lots of little extras like the handwritten welcome note (yes, handwritten!!!) and the delicious choccies and chocolate coated strawberries awaiting us in our room. the breakfast was brilliant, better than a lot of 5 star hotels I've stayed in! Every single staff member was most pleasant and we felt so welcome we would cheerfully have stayed another night but alas work beckoned! If I was absolutely pushed to find a fault, it would be the etremely poor lighting...everywhere!! But hey, everything else more than compensates! I will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

Really great hotel and would highly recommend. The staff were all excellent which is rare in my experience. The extra touches like the welcome card, nibbles from the hotel bakery etc all made for a lovely start to our stay.

The breakfast menu was excellent and freshly cooked so even better. We had dinner in the restaurant on saturday night which was very good. My seabream main course was delicious but my fiancees rib eye steak wasnt a good cut or as well cooked as requested so that was the only disappointment of our stay.

The bar was lively and the food looked good. Its not far from Galway city at all and because the weather was so bad we didnt get to see much of Barna. Overall a great hotel with excellent staff and good food. Pity they dont have a leisure centre but you cant have everything I suppose!

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2008

This was our first stay at The Twelve, but it will certainly not be our last. My husband and I spen the August Bank Holiday there and were very impressed with everything. From the moment we arrived we found all the staff to be extremely pleasant. The check-in was fast and efficient and our bag was taken to the room for us. The room was lovely - supeking bed, flat screen TV and lovely products in the bathroom. We had a snack in The Pins and found it to be excellent. Breakfast was freshly cooked - a real plus as we hate self-service buffets. There are some lovely restaurants nearby e.g. O'Grady's on the pier and Boluisce in Spiddal. Congratulations to all the staff of The Twelve for making our stay most enjoyable.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2008

Stayed here with my mum who was born just up the road in Spiddle. On the plus side a very nice room and warm welcome. On the minus side the bathroom was small and the one evening meal we took was not very exciting and given that the food was not great it made the design flourishes make it feel a little pretentious. The Bar was very lively with a nice atmosphere and plenty of locals.

The real delight was lunch at Donnelly's which is just two minutes away, terrific quality seafood in a wonderful setting even though it was raining. We ate at Mulberrys that evening which had a very lively atmosphere.

I agree with the other reviewers that Barna feels like a Galway City suburb however Donnellys alone is worth a detour !

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2008

I have to stop staying here. There must be more to life. I constantly find myself drawn back again and again to this wonderful place in Galway. Last week they had a whole suckling pig roast and a marvellous BBQ happening outside. Fortunately, it was the one sunny day of our 3 day stay at the twelve.
Anyway, happy to say it is a very special place and seems to be even more enjoyabe each time we return. One word of advice though, book a treatment early as they only have one therapist. The west restaurant is great. I even reviewed that here.
Well, I promise to try really hard not to return for awhile. -Help!

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2008

This marked my second return to this gorgeous hotel in less than a year. If you are an admirer of style you'll love this place. The decor is distinctive, and you just know, a lot of thought went into it. Although stylish and upmarket it was no way pretentious. The Twelve is situated in Bearna aprox 5miles outside Galway City you are right on the coast.

On both occasions I managed to get great deals. if you check out their website you'll see that they've come up with some imaginative deals. On both occassions I stayed Sunday & Monday night and got a Suite for €120 per 2 people sharing plus breakfast. Quite jammy I know. Would have been happy to pay €200 as the place is definetly worth it.

On being shown to our room they had a personalised handwritten welcome card & chocolate - nice touch, The suite had a kingsize bed, 2 flat screen TV's and an Ipod doc. also had a fully stocked fridge with all sorts of goodies, coffee maker, microwave, and Bar Counter. Would make a great venue for after pub tipple with friends.

The bathroom was a bit on the small side, and it was only on the second night that I discovered a chain that when pulled trigger sa light show of sorts -colour therapy? Nice I suppose, if you were relaxing in the bath, I felt however that the colour changes were a bit too frenetic to be relaxing - felt more like a rave.

Would say that the decor in the rooms is a bit on the darkside, and had to keep the lights on - even during the day. The light shades being dark in colour throw out very little light - so i struggled when reading my Sunday Papers.

The bar is always busy and again nicely kitted out. Again you are not too far from Galway to dine out and we chose this option out of variety.

Your 2 minutes from Rusheen Bay (on your left hand side as you make your way into Galway City from Bearna) where you can go kayaking on sit-on top kayaks. My girlfriend can't swim - so the sheltered bay was ideal. €15 per hour great value and had a ball. Further north from Bearna you have Spiddal where you can fly to the Arran Islands in less than 7 minutes.

Always love Galway and the atmosphere and quirkiness of Shop Street (main shopping area) in the city. The Twelve Hotel in Bearna just makes it that extra bit special. I will return again & again.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: Barna Coast Rd., Barna, Galway, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway > Barna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barna
Price Range: $122 - $221 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Twelve Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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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