It’s still not clear to me if the Irish spell that fluffy thing under your head without the terminal “w” or “Pillo” refers to something different. Anyway, we thought the hotel by this name was pretty enjoyable, with some drawbacks. One drawback for some people is the location: about a 20-minute walk from Galway city center. We are good walkers and in fact liked having to walk into town, but the way is along an extremely busy main artery with its attendant noise and exhaust fumes. (The buses are unreliable and taxis are expensive so if you can’t or don’t like to walk far, you face a problem.) Another drawback is the wi-fi. Yes, it is free and the access is simple, but it is available only in common spaces, not in the rooms. We had a conference room at the head of our hall and as it was used only once during our stay of several days, I just took my iPad the few steps to that room--or go to the lobby with its nice balcony. We had a dinner in the hotel and thought it nothing special. The room, however, was quite nice, with both a safe and frig. There are useful stores close at hand, and we found a peaceful walkway by a nearby stream with wildflowers (alas, amid terrible litter). Finally, the lobby is decorated with beautiful Connemara marble, which you’d be lucky to see anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated a short walking distance from Galway city centre, Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway is the perfect base for both leisure and business visitors to city. The focus is on customer service. Guests return time and time again.With a range of double, twin, triple and family rooms available, it is the perfect choice for a leisure break or a business trip. All of the guest bedrooms are non-smoking with wireless internet access & free underground parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Galway
- Courtyard Galway
- Galway Marriott
- Galway Courtyard