It was the little touches that made this hotel experience stand out from the rest. First off we got a special deal which allowed an upgrade to a suite for very little extra. A member of the staff contacted me prior to our visit to offer help with booking restaurants or anything else we might be interested in. On arrival to our room the strawberries dipped in chocolate were a welcome surprise, as was a card with a handwritten message wishing us a nice stay. My husband and I were only 2 nights in the hotel and we checked in around 9pm on the first night but we were still able to get food from the bar which was of a high standard. The decor in the hotel is fabulous particulary the enormous mirrors in the hallways. The second night we ate in West, which is the hotel restaurant . The food was top notch and my husband who loves and knows his wines found a great wine on the list to have with our meal. Later the hotel manager , Fergus, who is a sommelier , told us he had chosen that particular wine himself.
Paying for our meal that night was also a thrill as our hotel package had included a voucher each for nearly 20 euro which we used towards the bill ,which halved it.
All through our visit the staff were so helpful and friendly. I was sorry to leave , but we had to pick up our kids from their sitter and return to normal life. Next time I would consider taking the kids as the suite had a sitting room off the bedroom, which had a L shaped couch , which turns into 2 single beds , a table and chairs for eating at and a unit which contains a sink and a fridge . This would allow for more flexible eating particularly with younger kids.
This hotel had all kinds of guests the weekend we stayed, lots of couples ranging from mid twenties up to retirees. Some people had toddlers with them and there was even a hen party who we saw at breakfast but thankfully didn't hear at night. The staff took all the varying groups in their stride and I am sure the guests went home fatter from the fabulous food and well rested from their time out in The Twelve.
- 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