We travelled as a group of mature women on a really special deal; two nights' bed and breakfast and one evening meal; plus free entry to Kylemore Abbey, and a round of golf, if we were so inclined.
We arrived quite early - before 2pm, but we were made very welcome indeed...none of this rubbish about not checking in until after 3pm! Basic, but comfortable rooms. Gorgeous beds..they use feather mattress toppers...oh, they are so lovely to sink into at night! The staff are genuinely warm and welcoming, helpful with local knowledge, and chatty. The evening meal was really very good...a lavender and seaweed mousse being a really exotic dessert..a delightful creation that slid down easily.
Service was attentive, without being overbearing. Breakfast is cooked to order; no buffet here, so your breakfast arrives hot and fresh. On the second morning there, the staff seemed a little overwhelmed by numbers, as the dining room was almost full. Things were overlooked, or forgotten. Everyone was very nice and apologetic though.
The hotel is set outside Galway, on the N59 - the route to Clifden, which is over an hour's drive away, but it is easy enough to order a taxi to the City Centre.There is a wonderful golf course, and the grounds are fabulous.
The one thing which this hotel is lacking is a leisure centre; or at least a beauty salon. There are lovely cosy rooms to sit and chat in, turf fires, big, squashy armchairs, the smell of burning turf is everywhere, and it is one of the memories we took away with us.
The staff make this place special; they must be hand-picked! A place we will definitely return to.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Glenlo Abbey Bushypark
- Hotel Glenlo Abbey
- Glenlo Abbey Hotel County Galway, Ireland