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Reviewed June 2, 2013

My wife and I stayed several nights recently after a week in the UK - hotel is old style - larger than typical rooms, good baths, large comfortable common areas - good locale for touring Connemara by car - Salthill strand was grand - proximity to Galway centre also good - I dis recommend driving in - bus / cab much more convenient and cheaper if staying more than a few hours. We would come back - trad show on lower level also very convenient.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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danmurph, General Manager at Galway Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Dear ‘Tenttom’,

Thank you sincerely for choosing to stay here in the Galway Bay Hotel recently and thank you also for your super feedback.

Your positive comments are most welcome and indeed very encouraging. I use feedback such as yours to help me when it comes to motivating and encouraging the team to perform to the highest level consistently. Your comments are a replica of the numerous amounts of feedback which I receive on a daily basis, particularly regarding the comfort throughout the hotel and in particular the hotel bedrooms. You also mention our location and we are used as a base by very many guests when touring Connemara and indeed the west of Ireland . I hope you enjoyed the fantastic views from the hotel as we overlook the famous Galway Bay and the beautiful Clare Hills .

Thank you once again and we all look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again soon.

Sincerely, Dan Murphy

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Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

We got married in April 2013 and had our reception in the Galway Bay Hotel and we just cannot compliment the hotel enough.

From our initial enquiries, throughout all the preparations and on the day itself, all the staff we dealt with were exceptional. Special word of thanks to John, Declan and Barbara for handling everything so smoothly. All our guests were equally happy with the hotel.

Regards the food, the meal went down really well with everyone, our guests loved the duck and the chocolate fondant was exceptional. I can honestly say the breakfast is the best I've had in any hotel, in terms of quality and choice. We've eaten in The Lobster Pot before and the restaurant is excellent in its own right.

The rooms are spacious and spotless and the location is excellent, spectacular on a sunny day overlooking Galway Bay. If you're looking for a wedding venue or break away, look no further, you just can't go wrong.

Martin & Tracy Hanlon.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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danmurph, General Manager at Galway Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2013

Dear Tracy and Martin,

Thank you most sincerely for choosing to host your Wedding reception here in the Galway Bay Hotel and thank you also for this wonderful feedback. All on the team are delighted to see that we contributed in such a positive way to your very special day.

A special day for you is most definitely a vey special day for us and we really enjoy working tirelessly to ensure that all of the ‘minor detail’ and special extras’ are always in place to make it so special not just for the bride and groom but for all family and friends also. Thankfully, we are a very popular destination for wedding receptions and the feedback we consistently receive is phenomenally positive. Like your good selves, all guest really enjoy the spectacular, picturesque views from the hotel, overlooking the famous Galway Bay and beautiful Clare Hills . The excellent quality of food throughout the hotel is always mentioned in such a positive manner, the professional, friendly, well trained team are again mentioned in the same light and also the spacious, clean bedrooms consistently receive positive feedback. Thank you for mentioning John, Declan and Barbara, they are delighted to be mentioned in such a positive manner through such a public medium and they pass on their sincere gratitude to you – I am so lucky to have such a wonderful team who are so focused and motivated when it comes to delivering top class service to all guests consistently – they really do make my job so much easier!

Hopefully we will have the opportunity to welcome you back again at some stage in the near future. Thank you again and we all look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincere regards,
Dan Murphy

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We have just returned from our Son's wedding at Galway Bay Hotel not only with a new Daughter but with praise and admiration for this Hotel. From the moment we arrived the service was professional, friendly and extremely Guest orientated. We cannot fault it. The Hotel made sure that this special day went without a hitch and they succeeded. Unfortunately we were only able to spend one night as Guests but would have loved to have stayed longer. As far as the wedding itself was concerned and speaking as someone who has personallly supervised weddings in my own career, this Hotel did themselves and our son John and daughter-in-law Susn proud. I could't recommend the whole package highly enough. We would like to extend our thanks to ALL the staff and especially Bridie,Chris and Mary and Managers from Banquetting and to the Girls on Reception...you were all Stars...give yourselves a big 'pat on the back' and ask for a pay rise immediately...you all deserve it....well done and THANK YOU....M.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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danmurph, General Manager at Galway Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2013

Dear Mariann,

Thank you most sincerely for taking the time and effort to share your views following on from your Son’s wedding reception here in the Galway Bay Hotel. all on the team are delighted that you had such a wonderful time with us.

Your positive feedback is most encouraging. We are always delighted to be part of a very special occasion and really enjoy ensuring that it is extra special for all of the Bride and Groom’s family and friends. To say that you ‘cannot recommend the hotel highly enough’ is a real compliment to us and very motivating to all on the team. Bride, Chris and Mary are all delighted to be mentioned in such a positive manner through such a public medium and they pass on their gratitude to you.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again at some stage in the future.

Warmest regards,

Dan Murphy

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Stay at the hotel on a three day package with two kids. From check-in this was nothing but a positive experience. Staff were excellent with nothing too much to ask. As part of the package we had two evening meals included. This was not normal hotel but restraunt food at its best. A very special word to our waitress Kate. She treated us with style and respect at all times. The hotel should be proud of her. The room was clean and we wanted for nothing. Outside the hotel was very well kept and commanded an excellent location overlooking the sea. For those without transport, the bus stop for Galway is 1min outside the gate.

Room Tip: Ask for front house room for added view
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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danmurph, General Manager at Galway Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Dear Noel,

Thank you sincerely for choosing to stay here in the Galway Bay Hotel recently and thank you also for this wonderful feedback. I am delighted that you had such a super time with us.

Your positive feedback regarding the excellent quality of food, the team, the quality of the bedroom and our location is great to hear. Kate is delighted to be mentioned in such a positive manner through such a public medium and she passes on her sincere gratitude to you. I certainly am proud of the excellent job she does for the Galway Bay Hotel along with all of the other members of the team – I am so lucky to have such a super team whom are so focused when it comes to delivering top class service consistently to all hotel guests – they really do make my job so much easier!

Thank you again and we all look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again soon.

Best regards,
Dan Murphy.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

My wife and I were on a CIE Tours of Ireland, and had the pleasure of staying at your hotel for two nights. We can't say enough good things about the management and staff of the hotel. The rooms were very comfortable, and the meals were outstanding. The location was ideal for an after dinner walk along Galway Bay. We very much enjoyed our stay, and hope we can return someday soon!

Room Tip: Try to get a room that looks out onto Galway Bay
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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danmurph, General Manager at Galway Bay Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2013

Dear George,

Thank you most sincerely for taking the time and effort to post your views. I am delighted that you had such a lovely time with us.

Your positive feedback is very encouraging to all on the team. It is such a compliment to see that you cannot say enough about the team here – thank you again. I am delighted to see that you found the rooms to be very comfortable and the meals in the hotel to be outstanding. I am also delighted that you were able to enjoy an after dinner walk along the promenade here in Salthill – this is very popular with a lot of our repeat and regular guests. I hope you enjoyed the views also!

We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back again soon.

Warmest regards,
Dan Murphy

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