First off i must point out that this is now called the GLEN OAKS HOTEL and not the Hanley as this might confuse people completely as we could not find any reviews for the Glen Oaks and i hope this is sorted out by T.A. or whoever is deemed at fault.
My wife and i stayed here for three nights as part of a six day surprise holiday booked by our children to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and we cannot thank them enough.
We arrived at Dublin airport and picked up a hire car there and travelled via the remarkably quiet motorway over to Galway which took a relaxing two hours and with thanks to the sat-nav we found the hotel without problem,it's located on fairly busy road but the hotel is set back off this a wee bit so road noise is not a problem.We were given our room key at reception by the friendly staff member and directed to our room which was located on the 1st floor to the rear of the hotel overlooking the spacious hotel car park.
The room was a good size with a double bed,large wardrobe,two bed side cabinets,chest of drawers,tv and thankfully a kettle and well stocked tea and coffee supply.The bathroom was a fair size with a good working shower.Both rooms were very clean and towels were changed daily.
Downstairs there is a large bar/lounge with a seperate dining area for breakfast.The bar offers a variety of hot food all day and a well stocked bar of drinks.We used the bar everyday as it's ideal for an early drink before you head down into the town and also very handy for a nightcap or two,the barmen were both very friendly and helpull with any local info you required and theres apparently no hurry to close the bar.
The full Irish breakfast served is a must,you can start with cereal,juices,fruit and yoghurt and a plentifull supply of tea or coffee,the traditional Irish comprises a couple of rashers of bacon,sausages,fried egg,beans and black or white pudding and a rack full of toast.Excellent.
The hotel is located around a 5-10 minute drive from the city centre although there is a bus that runs from nearby,we also used the local taxi's for nights out down in the Quays area and these cost €9-10 each way,the barman will book you a taxi outwardbound and there are plenty of taxi's available around the Quays area for your journey back to the hotel.
All in all a very good choice of hotel for a stay in the city of Galway,the city itself is wonderfull and the countryside surrounding it is stunning,i would reccommend a drive up through the rugged beautiful Connemara and also down to County Clare and take in the Burren and the cliffs of Moher both absolutely stunning.
Many thanks to all the staff at the Glen Oaks for a memorable stay and i'm sure we'll venture back soon.
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