“Story dude – heading west next weekend. Any recommendations on what to see in Galway?
Also… are there any cheap hotels in Galway or will I need to fork out €€€?”
Texts about ‘where to stay in X place’ tend to clatter into my inbox every few days.
Sometimes I’ll know the answer and on other occasions, I won’t have a clue.
In this case, I had to do a bit of researching.
I then fired a text back and chucked what I’d found into this guide on places to stay in Galway that:
- Cost an arm and a leg (but they’re pretty damn good, to be fair)
- Are budget-friendly (they’re still central and have great reviews)
The best hotels in Galway City
Now, what you can’t see in the screenshot of the text above is the message that I sent to Barry the following day.
In it, I asked him what he’d call cheap. He didn’t reply. For 2 days…
So, in the guide below I’ve included:
- 9 of the best hotels in Galway city (prices from €121 to €254)
- 4 B&Bs and guesthouses that (hopefully) won’t break the bank
- Are you on a very tight budget? Check out our guide to the best hostels in Galway
Ready? Let’s dive in!
1 – The Continental Boutique Residence
The Continental Boutique Residence is a finely designed 18th-century hotel located in Salthill.
The bedrooms here boast:
- Bespoke timber floors
- Wood paneling
- A Smeg mini fridge
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- A flat-screen TV
- Contemporary tiled bathrooms.
Very swanky altogether.
There’s also a free healthy breakfast bag available to guests (contains a yogurt granola pot, orange juice, and a banana).
There’s also a private gin bar on-site for those of you that fancy a post-adventure tipple.
2 – The Western Hotel
This is a family-run hotel is based in the heart of Galway, a stone’s throw from Eyre Square.
I’ve heard off a few people lately that the Western is one of the best hotels in Galway City for those visiting for work.
Mainly due to its proximity to the bus and train station but also due to the nearby gym and the varied menu in the hotel’s restaurant.
Some notable features include:
- Live entertainment in their bar every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
- A solid menu in the restaurant (a carvery, a light lunch menu, and an á la carte menu)
- Access to the Snap Fitness gym for €10
- Free on-site parking
3 – Skeffington Arms Hotel
If you’ve ever spent a weekend roaming around Galway’s many different pubs, then you’re probably familiar with the Skeff.
Overlooking Eyre Square and close to all of the city’s main attractions, The Skeffington Arms Hotel boasts bright, modern rooms, a vibrant bar, and a restaurant.
The reviews for this place (see below) speak for themselves.
The Skeff is the perfect place to watch a match. If you’re visiting Galway at the weekend, check out what matches are on and try and catch one while you’re there.
4 – The Galmont Hotel & Spa
A neighbour of mine stayed here back in May and ranted and raved about it at the time.
The Galmont Hotel and Spa overlooks Galway Bay and is a leisurely 200m from Eyre Square.
This place boasts:
- An award-winning restaurant
- A spa
- Energize fitness and leisure
- Large luxurious beds with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose feather pillows
- A bar with a waterfront terrace for those of you visiting on a warm sunny day
5 – Jurys Inn Galway (the best hotel in Galway if you’re looking to stay central)
Next up is Jurys Inn.
Located a handy 5-minute stroll from Galway Cathedral and Galway Train Station, this spot overlooks Galway Bay and the Spanish Arch.
I stayed here the January before last and it was perfect.
The location was brilliant, it was handy to get parking, and the rooms were clean, spacious and modern.
Guests can expect:
- Dream beds, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi
- A hot and cold breakfast buffet
- A contemporary restaurant that offers an international dinner menu
- A well-stocked bar
6 – The Harbour Hotel
The Harbour is another hotel in Galway that’s racked up rave reviews online.
Located on the waterfront in the heart of Galway City, this 4 Star hotel is known for it’s top-notch service, comfortable bedrooms, and central location.
The hotel’s restaurant, Dillisk, is reputed to dish out a fine feed, also.
This is the first of several pricey hotels on the list, with a night here coming in at just over the €200 mark.
7 – Hotel Meyrick
The Hotel Meyrick is the most expensive in this guide, with rooms costing in and around €250 euro per night.
Overlooking Eyre Square, the Hotel Meyrick boasts elegance and Victorian grace by the bucket load.
The hotel’s spa also looks pretty damn good. Just look at the view that you’ll be treated to from the hot tub!
8 – Flannery’s Hotel
I’ve stayed in Flannery’s Hotel twice over the years.
While you can’t fault the hotel (it’s clean, the food is good, and the rooms are modern and spacious), it’s a bit outside of the city.
If you’re happy enough to drive or get a taxi, this is a solid shout.
If not, keep on scrollin’.
9 – The G Hotel (regularly tops ‘Best Hotels in Galway’ guides, both on and offline)
I know a number of people who visit Galway solely to spend a night at the G Hotel.
Sounds mad, but apparently this place is the dogs b*llox.
You’ll find the 5 star G Hotel near Galway Bay, overlooking Lough Atalia.
Visitors here will be treated to:
- A gym and an award-winning spa
- Luxurious rooms designed by Philip Treacy
- Beautiful bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers
- A Restaurant (gigi’s) that offers an extensive menu with a European flair, using local produce
- A glamorous cocktail bar and elegant lounges
Cheap Places to Stay in Galway City
Now, what’s deemed ‘cheap’ is going to be subjective. In other words, what’s expensive to me may not be expensive to you, and vice versa.
In this section of the guide, I’ve included hotels, guesthouses, and B&Bs that fall below the €100-per-night mark and that are within reasonable distance of the city centre.
Keep in mind, if you’re visiting with a group and you’re looking to keep costs low, Airbnbs in Galway are usually your best bet.
10 – Griffen Lodge Guesthouse
The first spot on our list is very central.
And the reviews are ridiculously good. A solid combo for those of you that struggle to make a booking decision.
Griffin Lodge Guesthouse is a handy 8-minute ramble to the Latin Quarter and comes in at €100 per night, which isn’t bad at all.
This is a great option for those of you visiting for Galway’s Christmas Markets.
11 – The Light House
The Light House is another great option for those of you searching for central places to stay in Galway.
Overlooking the ocean, this place is a short, 3-minute walk from the train and bus stations and comes in at a very reasonable €85.
A great place to base yourself from in Galway City.
12 – Lynfield Guesthouse
Next up is another sub-€100 guesthouse.
Lynfield Guesthouse is a 4-minute walk from the train station and less than 200 m from Lough Atalia.
This is a grand aul spot for those of you that want to be close to the city and a stone’s throw from the sea.
13 – Merrion Townhouse
Our next spot is based in a renovated 200-year-old workers’ townhouse.
Merrion Townhouse looks pretty slick. The rooms here are clean, modern and spacious.
This is also one of the cheapest places to stay in Galway in this guide, with rooms coming in at €82 per night.
Are there any expensive, affordable or cheap hotels in Galway that you’d recommend?
It’s been a few years since I’ve stayed in a hotel in Galway.
So, I’d love to hear of any recent experiences you’ve had.
If there’s a hotel that you loved or hated, let me know in the comments below.