If you’re in search of the best luxury and 5 star hotels in Galway, you’ve landed in the right place.
Well-known for its bohemian vibe and cobblestone walkways dotted with artisan shops and traditional Irish pubs, the lively city of Galway is not short on luxury accommodation options.
From luxury castle estates with fine dining and vast grounds to beautiful lodges to rent by the sea, you’ll find the best 5 star hotels in Galway and swanky accommodation below.
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5 Star Hotels In Galway
Whether you’re planning on exploring all day long or after a more reclusive and chilled stay, below you’ll find the best 5 star hotels in Galway for those of you willing to splurge on some extra luxury.
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1. Glenlo Abbey Hotel
This, in our opinion, is the best of the 2 5 star hotels in Galway. Situated on 200 acres of grounds right on the edge of Lough Corrib, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate offers 5-star accommodation in a picturesque setting in the west of Ireland.
Dating back to the 18th century, this wonderful property boasts 50 luxurious rooms with en suite marble bathrooms, air conditioning, turndown service, and flat-screen TV’s.
Converted into a restaurant car, the on-site Pullman restaurant offers a memorable dining experience. There is also the River Room Restaurant that boasts magnificent views of the estate and Lough Corrib.
Guests can enjoy a 138-acre lakeside golf estate and choose from other fun activities including fishing, boating, archery, and horse riding.
2. The G Hotel
The second of the 5 star hotels in Galway is well-known G Hotel. A glamorous 5-star destination designed the world-famous milliner Phillip Treacy, the G hotel is one of the finest properties near Galway Bay.
Guests staying at this lavish hotel will have access to an award-winning two-floor destination spa where they can enjoy a wide range of beauty and health treatments.
The on-site Gigi’s restaurant boasts an AA Rosette winning kitchen and offers an Irish menu with a European flair with signature dishes like baked fillet of cod and braised Irish ribs.
Luxurious bedrooms are spacious and fitted with comfortable beds, bathrooms with free-standing tubs, and flat-screen satellite TVs.
Luxury accommodation that goes toe-to-toe with the best 5 star hotels in Galway
So, there’s only 2 5 star hotels in Galway. Yep – just the 2. However, there are plenty of luxurious spots for a night away in Galway, if you don’t fancy the G Hotel or Glenlo Abby.
Below, you’ll find some luxury accommodation in Galway, with a mix of hotels and self-catering options to have a nosey at.
1. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
You won’t find any spa centres and swimming pools at this elegant property. However, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel offers an array of outdoor activities ranging from salmon and trout fishing and boating on Ballynahinch Lake to woodcock shooting and horse riding.
Beautifully appointed bedrooms and suites with views of the surrounding estate are commodious and comfortable. Foodies staying at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel can look forward to dining at the Owenmore Restaurant, the Fisherman’s Pub, and Ranji Room.
2. The Penthouse
Located in the centre of Galway with spectacular views of Galway harbour, the Penthouse is an ideal base to experience many of the best things to do in Galway.
The apartment is spacious and boasts 4 bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, flat-screen TV’, and 3 bathrooms. In the master bedroom, the en-suite bathroom is fitted with a Jacuzzi.
The living area is awesome and features a wide range of In-house entertainment including Playstation & Wii games consoles, pool table and table tennis table, and DVD players.
In summer, you can prepare a barbecue on the balcony. There’s a reason this is one of the most unique Airbnbs in Galway.
3. Sea Breeze Lodge
Welcome to the Sea Breeze Lodge, the finest of the many B&Bs in Galway. This is another spot that, in our opinion, goes toe-to-toe with the best 5 star hotels in Galway.
With spectacular views of Galway Bay, this property is located on the main coast road in the village of Salthill and has an “International Five Star Award” for B&B accommodation. What makes it so special, you ask?
From spacious rooms with luxurious and modern furniture and amazing memory foam mattresses to beautifully kept gardens, this place has it all.
If you wish to get away from it all, yet want to be a short drive away from Galway city centre, you’ve definitely come to the right place.
4. The Hardiman
The Hardiman is one of the oldest hotels in Galway. Dating back to 1852, this iconic hotel is blessed with Victorian grace and has welcomed many notable guests in the last century and a half.
The location is hard to beat. You will be staying in the heart of the city, just a stone’s throw from popular attractions, pubs, and restaurants in Galway.
Get your afternoon tea fix at the on-site Parlour Lounge and enjoy hearty meals at the famous Gaslight Brasserie.
If you wish to have a drink after dinner, stop by the Oyster Bar. Travellers who wish to relax in an outdoor hot tub, steam room, or Jacuzzi can pay a visit to the hotel’s award-winning Treatment Rooms.
5. Eyre Executive
Eyre Executive is a lovely 1-bedroom apartment located right on Eyre Square in the centre of Galway city. This fabulous apartment is equipped with kitchen facilities, free Wi-Fi Smart TV, and a large bathroom with an electric shower.
Keep in mind that the apartment is located on the third floor and is only accessible by stairs.
It’s definitely an ideal accommodation for travellers who wish to stay close to the main attractions in Galway city and within walking distance from the train and coach station.
Wait, surely there are more 5 star hotels in Galway?
If you’re scratching your head and thinking that there’s definitely way more 5 star hotels in Galway, then you’re not alone.
When we went out to write this guide we were sure there was 2 – 3 5 star hotels in Galway, but that isn’t the case.
If you know of any other luxury accommodation in Galway that we need to add here, let me know and we’ll get it sorted. Cheers!
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