For first time visitors to Galway, the location of this hotel is perfect. An easy 1 block stroll to Merchants Road's fun pubs, restaurants, shops.
The lobby is a bit Alice in Wonderland, and dated, but the rooms do not reflect the same. They are pleasingly mod, small and decently appointed. This was our first encounter with energy-saving lighting—the key card doubles as a power main for the room. Slide your card into a wall dock in order to get electricity. The hall lights are on motion sensors. Smart.
While the room looks cool, a couple drawbacks. The bathroom is not well lit for doing make-up, ladies. Luckily there is good natural light in the room during the day, huge windows. Also, the beds (ours and our friends') were quite hard and with thin pillows. Not the best night's sleep. We were on floor 2 out of 3, but heard no noise at all on a Tuesday.
There is a cute lobby bar, and restaurant. I didn't use either, but two friends reported over-cooked eggs, one said breakfast was the "best yet in Ireland."
For our purposes - a quick stop in Galway - the hotel met our needs.
• Garage parking two blocks away, discount with hotel stamp
• Hotel management, please check doors at night. We returned at midnight to find the lobby door literally open to the street. There didn't seem to be anyone hanging around - seems a safe area - but an unlocked door can be a bit disconcerting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the House Hotel, a luxurious boutique hotel located in the heart of Galway City. The House Hotel represents the ideal "Home away from home" with its cosy atmosphere, chic style, excellent facilities and personalised service. Features of the guestrooms include flat screen TV's with internet access, safe and crisp white linen that will guarantee you a comfortable night sleep. The Parlour Bar & Grill specialises in modern and international cuisine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The House Hotel Galway
- Galway The House Hotel
- House Hotel Galway