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“A Nice Hotel- but nothing amazing”

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Harbour Hotel Galway
Ranked #14 of 45 Hotels in Galway
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Virginia
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“A Nice Hotel- but nothing amazing”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

nice. large room/bathroom. breakfast was very salty- not very good- probably was our least favorite of our 2 week stay in Ireland. The hotel definitely could use some remodeling. Good location. Enjoyed that we could leave the car in the parking lot once we checked out of the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

Stayed at the Harbour Hotel for 4 nights in September, a triple room for B&B. Location was excellent we were able to walk into Galway day and night time. Food was lovely can definitely reccommend the afternoon tea! Galway night life is excellent but avoid the first week of college starting, we seen some sights on a Monday night! Breakfast was excellent plenty to choose from but be prepared to wait for a table towards the end of breakfast time as the restaurant is a little small. Would definitely return to the Harbour Hotel and can reccommend it for a great stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

My wife and I had a very enjoyable break in the Harbour Hotel from the 10th - 13th September inclusive. This is a hotel with very friendly and helpful staff commencing with Dan Regan and team members in reception - John Devine, Dominic and Martin (waiter),in the restaurant. This hotel is only 5 minutes walk (literally) from the hustle and bustle of Galway city centre where you will find some great pubs etc. if I was trying to construct a complaint about this hotel the answer is NO!!!!!!! Both my wife and myself would have no hesitation in recommending this Hotel and further to this WILL go back and stay here again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

If you are on a business trip and just need a place to stay, this is fine, but it is not the place to stay if you are on a pleasure trip. The hotel needs to be refurbished and modernized. The carpet is dismal - a dark brown with some beige lines in it. In many places it is stained and nothing has been done about it. There were cracks in the bathroom floor of my room which were quite unseemly. I just got a very rundown feeling staying there.

The people at the front desk were lovely and I had no problems with service. It just looks like this hotel has definitely seen better days and is a bit down on its luck. I dined at the hotel restaurant because it was raining heavily outside and I didn't want to walk around. It was pretty empty and the food is mediocre at best. I was with my 17 month old grandson and at 7PM, the cook agreed to make him scrambled eggs, which was very nice of him. The waiter was very nice, but service was slow, even though the place was empty.

I would look elsewhere if you want a hotel that is aesthetically pleasing and modernized. If you just need a night's sleep, this is fine. The environs of the hotel are not pleasing. In the back is a coal refinery and you can hear the trucks roaring by. On the plus side, it is a short walk to town to get to shops and restaurants. Definitely not a place for a romantic getaway or a place for families. This is a place for the not-so-fussy.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

The hotel is a 3-5 minute walk into the city center. The hotel staff is very nice and helpful. They set up transportation for us in the morning. They even served a late night cap after the bars was closed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

My wife and i had a very enjoyable visit to the Harbour from the 3rd to 5th September inclusive. A hotel with friendly and helpfull people, from- Dan and team in reception to -John and crew in the restaurant and a very efficient cleaning team.
As we were not using our own wheels we found the hotel very central -15 minutes from bus and train station also just stroll round the harbour and over the bridge towards Salthill and you can walk to your hearts content along the coast
Lets not forget Galway City itself a bustling friendly town good for shopping and just having a good time.
Trying hard to work up a good complaint but " sorry cant find one"
We would not hesitate going back to the Harbour Hotel

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We stayed at the Harbour Hotel for two nights in late August. The staff were really friendly and helpful, from trying to get us reservations at Ard Bia at Nimmo's to answering what seemed to be silly questions (e.g., how the car park works - they stamp your ticket to exit and put the minimal charge [5 euros] on your room account - or does the hotel have air conditioning in the guest rooms - no). The hotel is a little pricey, but most locations in Galway are; however, one might expect air conditioning in the rooms during the Summer (if you are used to it in hotels) for the price paid. The rooms are comfortable, yet basic; same goes for the bathrooms. That being said, the walk to Shop Street or the Spanish Arch is not far, maybe 8 to 10 minutes, and so the location is great. Also, the hotel lobby, restaurant, and bar are modern, colorfully decorated, and nice places to end an evening or begin the day. A big thanks to the staff for providing us with a pleasant stay!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Harbour Hotel Galway
Address: 17 New Road | The Harbour, Galway, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Galway
#14 Romantic Hotel in Galway
#16 Business Hotel in Galway
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Harbour Hotel Galway 3*
Number of rooms: 96
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbour Hotel Galway, is centrally located in the heart of Galway City - just a 3 minute walk to Eyre Square, Shop St. & Quay St. A family owned hotel, the focus is on customer service. Guests return to the Harbour Hotel, time and time again. Whilst the hotel is right in the heart of Galway City Centre, you will be able to enjoy a peaceful night's sleep as the hotel is located at the historical port in a primarily residential area, removed from the roar of the famous Galway nightlife in full flow. With a range of double, twin, triple, superior doubles and family rooms available, The Harbour Hotel Galway is the perfect choice for a leisure break or a business trip. All of the guest bedrooms feature complimentary high speed wireless internet access so you can work in comfort or keep in touch with loved ones at your leisure. A snapshot of our rooms: • Complimentary Wi-Fi (Wireless High Speed Internet) • Tea and coffee making facilities with Nespresso Machines in Superior Bedrooms • Pillow topped beds with fuffy duvets & crisp white linen • Writing Desk • Cable TV • Trouser Press • Hairdryer • Bathroom amenities Onsite parking is available to the rear of the hotel. Stay in touch with friends and family with Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel The Harbour Bar & Restaurant at the Harbour Hotel offers the very best of city centre dining in Galway. The perfect venue for a casual lunch or lingering romantic dinner. Head Chef Paddy Anslow's focus is on homemade, wholesome food using the very best of fresh, local produce. The ambiance is casual and you will feel instantly at ease on arrival. Recently renovated, with private booths and a warm, yet contemporary feel, the Harbour Bar & Restaurant is very popular with locals and residents alike. The Harbour Bar; Wind down at the Harbour Bar, the perfect place to chill out, catch up with friends and soak up the atmosphere. After a busy day, enjoy a glass of wine or a fun cocktail with friends. Watch up to the minute sports live on one of the two large Plasma Screens. Bar Menu served daily from 12noon until 10pm. Haven Health & Fitness allows you to work out in a personal environment at your own pace. Facilities of the gym include cardiovascular machines, weights and a stretching area. Conveniently located in the heart of Galway this small yet exclusive Fitness Club is designed with your modern busy lifestyle in mind. ... more   less 
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