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Hotel Meyrick: NOT the great Southern Hotel Hotel Meyrick Review
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Even though the main square in Galway is officially 'Kennedy Square', the locals always call it 'Eyre square'. The name never stuck. I suspect the same will happen with the Great Southern hotel. Decades from now everyone will call it the the 'great southern' without a hint of irony.

The new owners may have a new name and some gawdy new black marble in the lobby, but it still retains the atmosphere of a grand Victorian railway hotel once you get past the entrance areas. A safe choice, but uninspired.

Address: Eyre Square, Galway, ie

Comparison: more expensive than average

Phone: 35-391-564041

Price: US$80-120

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 1, 2008
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Ardilaun: Middle aged lady - still holding together, just. Ardilaun Review
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Reminding me of one of those 'more unusual' lonely hearts ads, the Ardilaun still has a certain something about it. It does however look as if it has been around the block a couple of times and therefore needs very regular maintenance to keep it looking presentable. To extend this tenuous analogy, it can also be said that rather like some ladies of a certain age, it's dress sense leaves something to be desired. The fabics that have been choosen are all costly enough with custom-made carpets and swaggering curtain trims, but little seems to match. The overall affect is one of confusion - a place that has lost it's way a little.

Despite all this, the place still does what it is suposed to do. The rooms are presentably 3/4 star, the kitchens knock out good-ish food, and the spa/health club is fine. It has well-kept grounds and helpful / friendly staff.

The hotel is something of a bastion of the local community, hosting rotary clubs, weddings and business functions. It's main trade seems to come from upmarket (in terms of cost anyway) American tour groups and Insurance companies training their latest intake of hopefuls.

Nice car park.

Address: Taylors Hill, Galway null

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: follow the signs to taylor's hill, above salthill seafront

Price: US$120-180

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 1, 2008
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Ashford Castle: The height of Irish luxury

This really is five star luxury. James Bond actor Brosnan hired the whole place out for his wedding ! I had rather hoped that he would offer be a fortune to get out of our room whilst he was resident. Unfortunately I stayed there for my Honeymoon the week after his. Damn.

The Castle setting is very impressive with the lake behind and a 9-hole golf course in front.
One one of the holes Gary Player made it in two shots - and when you look at the severe dog-leg you realise quite what an achievemnent it was.
Just look at the website to see the quality of the place. If you ask, and you are a resident, they will also give you a tour of the place including the most expensive suite (wow!)

Unique Qualities: Very relaxing location nice walking and sports including Salmon fishing right in front of the hotel.

Address: Cong

Comparison: most expensive

Price: US$120-180

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 9, 2008
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A hotel from the hat man - Galway

A hotel from the hat man

The G: How prentencious can you get ? The g Hotel Galway Review
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Philip Treacy may know a thing or two about hats, but it seems quite a jump to then give him a whole hotel to play with.

The public rooms have quite a 'wow' factor to them, with mad furnishings in pink, leopardskin and other such refined subtle colours and combinations. The effect can be fairly easily recreated in the comfort of your own home with a cocktail of illegal substances.

The rooms themselves are in more muted brown and bieges (arn't they all these days ?) whilst the staff wander around in jet black, looking like walking adverts for Guinness.

Unique Qualities: The restaurant is well regarded, although portions are on the small side (a nod to nouvelle cuisine) but esquistiely presented and served. Costs an arm and a leg.

Don't count on the view - the rear looks out over the delights of a shopping centre, whilst the town view covers a murky stretch of water, a petrol station, a Paddy Power bookmakers and the local dog track.

Address: Wellpark, Galway, Ireland, IE

Comparison: most expensive

Phone: 353-91-865200

Price: US$120-180

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 20, 2008
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Not the best neighbour to a 4 star hotel - Galway

Not the best neighbour to a 4 star hotel

Galway Bay Hotel: Taking a few tips from Estate Agents photos Galway Bay Hotel Review
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The Galway Bay hotel is a perfectly competent if uninspiring four-star hotel. Well beloved of wedding parties with appropriately enough wedding-cake style architecture of the hotel, most rooms faces out to the bay.

The hotel is however situated in Salthill, the seaside suburb of Galway which owes more than a little to the kiss-me-quick, candyfloss, cheap B & B culture of English seaside resorts like Skegness and Blackpool. Most unsightly of all, right next to the hotel (and strangely they don?t show this on photographs) a motley collection of fairground rides called Leisureland.

Address: The Promenade, Salthill, Galway, County Galway ML3

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$80-120

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 8, 2004
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The  best hostel in town - Galway
sleepzone: The best hostel in town Sleepzone Hostel Galway Review
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It is sometime all to easy to spot when a business is started at the height of the dot.com boom.

This hostel is however a welcome addition to the somewhat grotty selection in Galway.

It is bright, airy and clean. Prices range from 13 to 25 euros a night depending upon season and how many people you share with. There are also double and single rooms as well.

The internet cafe downstainrs is frequently full as guest clog up the stations, as they have free use of terminals when staying.

Easily the best bet for hostel accommodation, but frequently booked up.

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Next to Roaches car park

Price: US$20-40

Theme: Hostel

Website: http://www.sleepzone.ie

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 3, 2004
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