Reviewed on 22 Mar 2020
Galway is compact enough for all of its attractions to be easily reachable on foot from any city centre hotel. Rarely will you need to use a bus or call a taxi to take you from your hotel to another part of Galway – and, by extension, there’s no need to look for a hotel in the arts quarter or the theatre district. If you’re in Galway city, you’re automatically slap bang in the middle of the arts, theatre and foodie district!
In a small area to the north of the River Corrib lie such landmarks and attractions as Galway Harbour, Galway City Museum, St Augustine's Church, Druid Theatre, Eyre Square, the Hall of the Red Earl and the Spanish Arch.
Throw in a maze of cobbled streets, countless bars, eateries, live music venues and galleries, and you’ll have plenty to look out for on your first reconnaissance mission from your hotel, when you’ll be able to soak up the bohemian atmosphere of the city in every street.
Of course, a high percentage of hotels in Galway city are perfectly family-friendly, but if you’re looking for a room with a sea view, or are travelling along with young family, a great option may be to consider a hotel on the promenade at Salthill. This way, you get the best of both worlds: sandy beaches still actually within the city of Galway, with no more than a 2-mile bus journey to the central cultural and historic attractions.
Junior visitors will be pleased to discover Leisureland and the National Aquarium of Galway are local to Salthill.
Galway offers an ever-revolving agenda of festivals devoted to the theatre, arts, music, culture and gastronomy, so be sure and time your arrival and book tickets ahead for your own special interests.
Or, if you’re simply interested in taking it easy in a cosmopolitan city full of like-minded, laid-back souls, you might like to consider the additional luxuries and pampering available at Galway’s spa hotels.
There are no less than 16 fine golf courses in Galway, from the five clustered around the city on Galway Bay, to those spread inland and west on to the impossibly scenic Connemara Isles.
Close to Galway to the east lie Berna Golf and Country Club, Glenlo Abbey Hotel Golf Club and Galway Golf Club, while east along the coast are Athenry Golf Club and the Galway Bay Golf Resort. If you’re thinking of hiring a car from Expedia and doing a tour of these unusually beautiful courses, you may wish to stay out of the city centre at one of the hotels devoted to accessible adventure and sport.