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“The Best Birthday”
Review of Glenlo Abbey Hotel

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Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bushypark
Certificate of Excellence
Plainfield, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“The Best Birthday”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

A birthday trip to Ireland and Aer Lingus did Ellen and I a HUGE FAVOR....they sent us to Glenlo Abbey for Ellie's Birthday. Our second and third nights of a weekl-ong driving trip and Sandra had the flowers I had arranged, a special room, birthday greetings and kind, patient and fun treatment. (The flowers were so well packaged and presented we took them with us for the rest of our trip!) Where to drive the next day to SEE Conemarra, which pub to go to and how best to walk in town....Sandra and John will set your hospitality bar as high as it can be set! And all the other staff at Glenlo is friendly and made us feel welcome and warm. Add to that the rooms, the view and our dinner....all special and breakfast spectacular. And what we did in those couple of days with Sandra and John's expertise and patience in and around Galway and on our way to our next stops made the balance of our trip just as swell! We know whenever we are near Galway, we'll be back at Glenlo Abbey.Thanks, Again Sandra & John!
Howard & Ellen

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChrisAustinDublin, Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear HowardB

I am so happy to read of Ellie's birthday experience and overall stay with us. We are glad you enjoyed your room, our beautiful views over Lough Corrib and your dining experience with us. Sandra and John are both hugely knowledgeable about the local area and are always most happy to assist. I will pass on your kind comments to them both and to all the staff.

We look forward to seeing you both again when you are next in Galway!

Warmest regards

Chris Austin

Group Operations Manager, Tifco Hotels Ltd.
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Upon entering and being greeted by Moira on Reception nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff, can genuinely say they were all the friendliest bunch I have ever met. Moira was a star.
We eat in the restaurant on the first night, it was very quiet which was a shame but the food was superb well done to the chef and the portions were huge you dont need a starter. Breakfast was good as well with plenty of choice either the full irish or continental which you help yourself to or you can order from the menu which is a nice touch kippers or eggs benedict etc. Another nice touch is if you want tea/coffee in room which is complimentary you just ordered from reception which we did and it arrived within 10 minutes alot better then having a kettle and milk in little cartons sitting around. Everything in the rooms that you need although the only downside is they are a little dated (sorry about that) I really didnt want to be negative on anything as they were great. Nice walk around the Lough as well. Well done.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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ChrisAustinDublin, Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Shal22

We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for taking the time to share your experience. It is indeed nice to have tea and coffee delivered to your room in a nice silver pot rather than having to make it yourself. And even nicer that it is complimentary in your room! I am very happy to read your comments about breakfast, it is a lovely way to start your day. I will personally pass on your kind words to Maura and the rest of the staff here.

Warmest regards

Chris Austin

Group Operations Manager, Tifco Hotels Ltd.
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Lebanon, NJ
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

Imagine you have a wealthy auntie living in Galway and she's invited you to stay with her. That's what a stay at Glenlo Abbey feels like. It's not a traditional hotel experience because you really feel like you are staying in a grand, old home. The dining room is without a doubt the prettiest I've ever seen. Breakfast is delicious! The staff works hard to provide for your comfort (free coffee and tea is delivered to your room!). Beds are very comfortable.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a water view - very nice!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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ChrisAustinDublin, Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Deb7111,

Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. A comfortable bed goes a long way to helping with a good nights sleep! We would agree that the family home ambience here at Glenlo does indeed add to the guest experience.

Thank you again and warmest regards

Chris Austin
Group Operations Managerr, Tifco Hotels Ltd
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Staff went above and beyond what was required. I had misplaced an item and Sandra willing mailed it to me in the US. All employees extremely courteous and helpful. Building beautiful and very comfortable. Felt like home!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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ChrisAustinDublin, Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Dear Janie M,

Thank you for your lovely review! We are delighted that you felt at home with us. Glenlo Abbey was always a family home and has been welcoming guests for generations. It is very nice to hear that this atmosphere has been retained! I will pass on your kind words to Sandra who I know will be delighted to hear them.

Warmest regards

Chris Austin
Group Operations Manager, Tifco Hotels Ltd
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

I stayed in Ireland for a week and was at a few hotels. Glenlo Abby was among the best of them. It was a great place to stay and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Thank you Maura, Sandra, Ali, Anna, and the rest of the staff for helping to make our stay there a great one.

  • Stayed April 2013
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ChrisAustinDublin, Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear djbodrog,

Thank you so much for your kind review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Hearing your kind comments is most encouraging! I will pass on your kind words to Maura, Sandra, Ali, Anna and all our staff who I know will be very happy to hear them.

Warmest regards

Chris Austin
Group operations Manager, Tifco Hotels Ltd.
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Sligo, Ireland
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

My wife and I arrived to the hotel and immediately were made feel at home by the very warm and very helpful Sandra, thanks again Sandra. The hotel is ideally situated just a 5 minute drive from the city centre, yet when you arrive on the grounds of the hotel you feel you are away from all of the hustle and bustle, which made it very easy to relax and unwind. The hotel is very quaint with an elegant decor which adds to its charm. Our room was quiet spacious, with a panoramic view of Loigh Corrib. We were out of season for the Pullman Restaurant but the River Room restaurant did not disappoint, there is a lovely ambience to the dining area and the chef/staff were top class as was breakfast the following morning. Thoroughly recommended, great location, great staff and great hotel. Will be back again. Eamon and Loretta from Sligo.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank EamonCoyne
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ChrisAustinDublin, Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Dear EamonCoyne,

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed both dinner and breakfast with us. Our chefs and restaurant team work very hard and thoroughly enjoy ensuring that all our guests dining experiences exceed expectation. We are indeed ideally located but a stones throw from the vibrant Galway city but on our own very private land overlooking Ireland's largest lake, Lough Corrib. I will pass on your kind comments to Sandra who I know will be very happy to hear them.

Warmest regards

Chris Austin
Group Operations Manager, Tifco Hotels Ltd.
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

stayed with my wife for easter weekend 2013. Had a wonderful relaxing stay which was what we wanted. Treated to a tour when we arrived. Small and quaint with an clean comfortable room overlooking golf course and loughcorrib. Fab food and professional attentiveness when we wanted it. Pullman out of action but food in rstaurant and bar was excellant. Maura and Anna were great in their advice and being made welcome. Great advice on to do things. Will be back definately and do the loughcorrib boat trip. A good way to get to the city.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Thank Bilcom
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ChrisAustinDublin, Manager at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Dear Bilcom,

We are delighted that you chose to spend Easter here at Glenlo. The brief tour we offer our guests on arrival is a lovely way of helping people feel at home with us. And the boat ride down the river into Galway city is such a wonderful alternative to driving! I will pass on your kind comments to Maura and Anna who I know will be most appreciative.

Warmest regards

Chris Austin
Group Operations Manager, Tifco Hotels Ltd
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Property: Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Address: Bushypark | on the N59 to Clifden, Bushypark, Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway > Bushypark
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bushypark
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Glenlo Abbey Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Galways 5 star luxury Hotel is the ideal resort property for midweek or weekend breaks, weddings, family events, and corporate events. Just two miles/ 4 km from Galway city centre with ample parking and a 138 acre lake side golf estate. The unique 9 hole golf course is a par 72 parkland golf course with rolling hills, lakes and fabulous views of Lough Corrib. The ideal location for exploring Connemara and the West of Ireland - with superb dining options. The Oak Cellar Bar, situated in the main hotel is ideal for casual dining and it has a varied menu, lively atmosphere and cosy surroundings. The River Room Restaurant boasts elegant surroundings and old world charm. Breakfast is served here daily with view overlooking Lough Corrib and the estate. Three opulent and elegant reception rooms, the Ffrench Room, the Kentfield and the Reading Room where guests can enjoy a relaxing drink, our Abbey Signature Afternoon Tea, or take time out to relax and read the newspapers. The award winning Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express in the estate grounds at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers a unique dining experience. Converted into a restaurant car maintaining its original character, these historic Pullman train carriages offer two dining rooms. ... more   less 
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