We had stayed at The Galway Bay Hotel a few years ago and it was a enjoyable experience, so it was with some degree of confidence that I booked the hotel again for a weekend break before Christmas. All was fine until we seen our room. . drab and dreary are two words that best describe it, as for four star . . no way. The window looked out on to the car-park which is at the front if the hotel, I can't remember the last time I'd stayed in a "four star" hotel that still had a CRT television and a plastic shower curtain. At the back of the hotels own brochure (that was in the room) I noted that the hotel had not won any award of note since 2005, that's not surprising looking at our room.
The next disappointment was when the four of us went down to dinner. We were told that dinner was to be served in the Cafe Lido, (I believe the dining room was being used for a Christmas function) that's fine if there's only two of you but each table was round and about two feet in diameter so you couldn't possible seat four at one table, the Manageress asked a young couple if they would mind moving so that she could put two tables together. The food was very enjoyable and the staff were second to none, pity the room did not live up to four star expectations because we payed four star prices!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted as one of Europe's Top 20 Resorts by the prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast, the Galway Bay Hotel is situated in Salthill overlooking breath-taking views of the famous Galway Bay and Clare Hills. The hotel is only 5 minutes from Galway City and is within easy access to Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way route. Facilities include fully equipped gymnasium, pool, steam room and sauna. The Lobster Pot Restaurant offers modern style cuisine with fresh fish and lobster from the tank. 'An Scadan Caoc' Bar has an informal dining experience with live music at the weekends. Complimentary broadband access in all guest bedrooms and conference suites is available also. The hotel provides an array of complimentary activities to all guests including; Wine Tasting, Ballroom Dancing, Beauty Demonstrations and more. During school holidays the Galway Bay Hotel offers family packages that include kids camp and family activities. ... more less
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