Excellent home base for our exploring in the area
This beautifully set-up historic facility offers non-stop lovely moments. Our included breakfast was excellent and service was impeccable in a beautiful dining room. Our bed was SOOO comfortable, with down pillows and quilt-- and quite a large room, too. Only the bathroom fell just a bit short, with no exhaust fan to take away the moisture and no way to leave the door open except building a wedge out of towels. But that was literally our ONLY complaint, and it was such a mild one. We loved hearing all the birds sing from our room overlooking the walled garden, and we came to look forward to the end of the day when we could visit the bar to get a pint each and then claim two deep chairs in front of the continually minded fireplace in one of the drawing rooms. Though it is a five-star accommodation, we were able to get a wonderful "deal" on Expedia by bundling our room, flight and car rental. And even though it comes highly rated and regular room rates naturally reflect the quality you receive, we never felt uncomfortable just being ourselves and heading out in our hiking clothes for the day. Each of our four days, we took off in a different direction: south to the Cliffs of Moher; north and west to Connemara (our favorite); Galway City Center (minutes away); and north to Cong ("The Quiet Man" film location). We found Glenlo Abbey to be peaceful and well-run, and a seamless experience. Would we come back again? In a happy heartbeat!