7 Best Hotels in Galway City Centre, Ireland

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Galway is the most popular place to stay in the West of Ireland for a good reason. It’s worth visiting for traditional music, the arts and great seafood, and a smart base for day trips to the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara.

Music has brought me to Galway many times to perform and listen and, with family nearby, the city is a home away from home. If you’re coming to Galway for the first time, and you’re working out where’s best to stay – this guide will sort you out. I have a favourite, more on that shortly!

If you’re picking Galway, stay at a central hotel near Eyre Square. You’ll be within walking distance of the best restaurants, pubs and live music.

Galway hotels are on the pricey side in 2024, but this guide will help you pinpoint the best central Galway hotel for your budget. Peak rates are running from €150-350 per night per room (for 1-2 people), excluding breakfast.

If you’re looking for 2024 dates, don’t hang around. With supply so tight this year, hotels will become expensive or sell-out for your dates. Find your favourite and get it booked!

Best Hotels: Planet Patrick Picks

Best Hotel for Luxury: The Hardiman

Best Hotel for Boutique Comfort: The Park House Hotel

Best Hotel for Spa: The g Hotel

Best Hotel for Budget: Menlo Park Hotel

Best Hotel for Solo Travel: The Western Hotel

Best Hotel for Families: Leonardo Hotel

Planet Patrick Personal Pick: The Galmont Hotel

How to pick your Galway Hotel

Finding the ideal hotel in Galway hinges on how close you want to be to Eyre Square, the city’s busy hub. Think of your accommodation as “central” if it’s within a 10-15 minute walk of Eyre Square, close to the bus and train stations.

That should put you at the heart of the action, near Galway’s famous Latin Quarter with cobblestone streets, restaurants and pubs with live music.

This is where you’ll find Galway’s key attractions like the Spanish Arch and the Galway City Museum, both must-visits if you’re new to the city. Plus you’ll find my favourite brunch spot, Ard Bia at Nimmo’s!

It makes sense to stay near Galway’s main theatres – the Town Hall Theatre showcases drama and comedy, and the Druid Theatre is internationally renowned for innovative productions of Irish and international works.

Picking a hotel right in the heart of the action is the best choice for the majority of first-time visitors to Galway. When should you book?

Best time to book a hotel in Galway

Interior of a Galway bookstore
Photo by Patrick Hughes: my favourite book shop in Galway, Charlie Byrnes

When your flights are locked in, we all face the difficult question of when is the best time to book a hotel. We want good value and wonder if waiting will get us a deal.

You *might* find a Galway hotel deal, but with the pressure on the Irish hotel market right now, it’s extremely rare to get a last minute deal.

If you’ve got a plan sketched out that includes 2-3 nights in Galway, start your hotel search right away. Get an idea of the prices of central hotels and set a realistic expectation of what kind of hotel you want to choose.

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7 Best Hotels in Galway City Centre

Best Luxury Hotel – The Hardiman Hotel

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To Eyre Square: 0m

€10 Parking

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym

Location

The Hardiman Hotel could not be more centrally located, as it’s right on Eyre Square in Galway City. This puts you within a short stroll of the Latin Quarter, every theatre, bar or restaurant you want to try, and barely 5 minutes from the docks if you need some time to look out across the water. Expect old world glamour with rich colours and a very welcoming and comfortable experience. Price shown is end August 2024 and includes breakfast.

Rooms

The Hardiman Hotel rooms start at around 200 square feet (20m2) with the Classic Double, with twin rooms, Deluxe Doubles and a Deluxe Suite available too. If you’re feeling flush after the Galway Races, look out for the Junior Suite and James Hardiman Suite. I’ve visited with a friend and we chose the Classic Twin room (see the picture below) which was extremely comfortable and felt luxuriously “soft”. The bathrooms are mostly marble with high-end toiletries. There are wheelchair-accessible rooms.

Food & Drink

There’s plenty of options for good food and drink in the Hardiman Hotel. Choose from the Gaslight Brasserie, Oyster Bar and Parlour Lounge for food. The Gaslight dinner menu is heavy on fish like sole, cod or turbot, and meats like pork, lamb and beef. Vegetarians and vegans are also catered for with more than a cursory glance (I tasted a lemon and seaweed risotto that was delicious). Macneill’s Pub is on site, open weekends, and has an excellent pint of Guinness. Live music on Thursdays.

Insider Tips

  • Macneills Pub – the brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays (12-4) is really delicious and the perfect way to start a lazy weekend.
  • The Hardiman is in the heart of the city centre.
  • Rooms are smaller than some other Galway options. Opt for the Deluxe Room for more space.
  • You will struggle to choose between the on-site restaurant and heading out!

Best Luxury Hotel

Parking is close by

Excellent food on site

Cosy rooms

Fabulous location

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Best Boutique Hotel – Park House Hotel

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Front of Park House Hotel Galway
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To Eyre Square: 1m

Free Parking*

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym (but ask for a gym pass)

Location

The Park House Hotel in Galway City is one of the most popular for a reason: it’s right beside Eyre Square and mixes boutique hotel sensibility with high-quality amenities. Expect neutral tones, polished woodwork and a hearty welcome. Note: this hotel gets booked out frequently so check for your dates sooner rather than later.

Rooms

Rooms at the Park House Hotel range from Superior to Deluxe to Suite. Note that the Superior Room can be figured with one large bed, as a twin room or with a queen bed and single (perfect for small families or friends sharing). I’ve been lucky enough to stay in the Deluxe King and it was super comfortable and spacious with the kind of writing desk that I love to use.

Food & Drink

You’re right in the thick of the action at the Park House Hotel, so get out and about in the city centre. If you want to eat at the hotel, try out the restaurant or get something a bit smaller at Boss Doyle’s bar. Expect the menu to have a lot of meat and fish options while the one vegetarian pasta dish listed last time I was there was a bit lacking in innovation (roast veggies with tortelloni).

Insider Tips

  • Book the Deluxe King for a special occasion, but the Superior will be enough space and luxury for most people.
  • The wi-fi speed is pretty good so if you need to work, this hotel will suit you.
  • Some rooms might face onto slightly noisier vistas – ask for a quieter location at check-in.
  • *Free parking is only included in certain room rates. Room only prices exclude parking.
Bedroom at Park House Hotel Galway

Best Boutique Hotel

Parking is close by

Near the best restaurants

Cosy rooms

Fabulous location

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Best Spa Hotel – The g Hotel

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Interior lobby at the g Hotel Galway
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To Eyre Square: 20m

Free Parking

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

Spa & Fitness

Location

The g Hotel is on the Old Dublin Road, on the edge of Lough Atalia and is a destination hotel since it opened in 2005. This 5-star hotel was designed by famous milliner Phillip Tracey. A little bit away from the city centre, it’s still only a 20-minute walk to Eyre Square. Expect glamorous interiors and double-height spaces, a recent refurbishment has brought plenty of sparkle.

Rooms

The g Hotel rooms are a generous size with king-size beds, shower over bath and either an urban view or a “bamboo terrace” view. Options include Superior (cheapest), Deluxe and Luxury rooms. Some specialist rooms like the Atrium Suite or sea view rooms are available. The superior room is more than big enough for solo travelers.

Food & Drink

As this is a destination hotel, it’s worth trying the main fine-dining restaurant called GEO which has 2 AA rosettes. There’s also casual dining options including in the bar. A full cooked breakfast is available, and the hotel serves a traditional Afternoon Tea. Plus there’s 3 Signature Lounges, the Grand Salon, Pink Room and Blue Room. If that’s all a bit too chichi, head into town for a more casual drink.

Insider Tips

  • The Spa – a branded ESPA 5-star spa, the only one in Galway and well-regarded too. Expect well-trained staff, a wide range of massage options, facials and treatments. The gym is quite small but has most things you’ll need.
  • The area is a few minutes walk from the city centre, but is a little bit more peaceful.
  • Rooms are well-sized. The superior room is more than adequate for most couples or singles.
  • Go into the city for food and “authentic” Irish pubs.

Best Spa Hotel

Free parking on-site

24-hour front desk

Excellent bar options

Quieter location

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Best Budget Hotel – Menlo Park Hotel

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Front of Menlo Hotel Galway
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To Eyre Square: 25m

Free Parking

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym onsite

Location

Yes, I am being a *bit* presumptuous adding the Menlo Park Hotel into a post about hotels in Galway City Centre. It’s a bit of a walk (around 20-25m to Eyre Square), but it’s still well-positioned. This four-star hotel is independently owned and is very comfortable but don’t expect the bells and whistles of the Hardiman, Galmont or g Hotel. Saying that, rates are often much better here.

Rooms

The Menlo Park hotel rooms come in four varieties: Classic, Superior, Deluxe, and Suites. For most people, the Classic – a standard double – will work perfectly. Expect free wi-fi, large screen TVs and practical bathrooms. Comfort to a standard.

Food & Drink

Most visitors will use the P. Francis & Son Bar & Bistro, which is a casual bar and restaurant for popular everyday Irish food options to enjoy with a drink. It’s absolutely grand. The hotel talks about a restaurant on site called Oliver & McGlynn, but I’ve honestly never tried it – the Bistro is definitely easier. Mostly, I’d choose to eat in the city centre anyway.

Insider Tips

  • It’s worth paying the extra for breakfast if it’s not included. A little taste of Irish home!
  • Don’t expect all the extras of other hotels. This is a practical and very comfortable place to drop your bags and head out to explore Galway.
  • Prices are better value than comparable hotels in 2024.
Classic double bedroom at Menlo Park Hotel

Best Budget Hotel

Free parking on-site

Easy to reach from the main road

Solid bar and bistro food

Quieter location

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Best for Solo Travel – Western Hotel

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amenities at the Western Hotel in Galway
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To Eyre Square: 5m

Free Parking

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym onsite

Location

The Western Hotel in Galway City couldn’t be better positioned on Prospect Hill, just a few steps from Eyre Square. I travel solo a lot and this hotel ticks my boxes: decent value for a four star hotel in a well-positioned location close to everything I want to see in Galway, plus it’s very comfortable.

Rooms

The Western Hotel rooms are neutral, comfy and functional. The Standard Double is the best value for one (the price shown is high season, you’ll get much better value in the shoulder months of May or September). Expect a clean bathroom, comfortable bed, big TV and free wifi. For those travelling with friends or others, there’s a Deluxe Double which will be a bit bigger, and a Deluxe Twin room.

Food & Drink

The bar serves food every day to around 9pm (note: there’s entertainment on certain nights, so don’t expect to eat in silence!). The breakfast is worth paying for if you want a bigger Irish breakfast, otherwise you can get a coffee and pastry in one of the local cafes. I keep recommending brunch in Ard Bia because it’s very good (and reasonably priced). Honestly, I’d have dinner out and about in Galway in Neo (Asian) or Ruibin (Irish).

Insider Tips

  • If you can be flexible with your dates, you can find good value – even in high season – for a Standard room.
  • Get out and about if you stay at the Western, you’ll be so close to some of my favourite things to do in Galway (try Charlie Byrne’s bookstore, crafts galore for stitching, theatre at the Druid, the City Museum).
  • This hotel is closest to the bus and train stations.
Bedroom at the Western Hotel Galway

Best for solo travel

Free parking on-site

Close to train and bus stations

Hearty breakfast (€€)

Fantastic location

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Best for Families – Leonardo Hotel

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Leonardo Hotel in Galway by night
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To Eyre Square: 8m

€10 Parking

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

No gym onsite

Location

The Leonardo is situated within an 8 minute walk of Eyre Square, at the heart of Galway City, but with great views of Galway Bay. Previously the Jurys Inn, the hotel was refurbished meaning fresh rooms with big comfy beds as well as accessible rooms. This is a bigger hotel than some in this guide with every facility from food to coffee to a bar that can accommodate family groups.

Rooms

The Leonardo Hotel rooms has a wide range of newly-refurbished rooms from standard double/single to executive to rooms with a sofa and Family Rooms. The family rooms can take 2 adults and 2 children. Expect comfortable beds, free wifi, AC and a desk for those of us sinners who have to work all the time!

Food & Drink

The kind of food and drink on offer is practical hotel food (don’t anticipate challenging fusion foods!). Often with family groups, that’s just what you need. There’s an on-site restaurant, a beer garden that promises summer barbecues (I’ve not tried this) and room service if you need to lock the door after a busy day and put on PJs.

Insider Tips

  • If you care about beds, this hotel has all-new DREAM mattresses that are super-cosy.
  • For anyone attending a concert at the Collegiate Church, the Leonardo is just a 2 minute walk away.
  • The buffet breakfast has healthier options if you’ve had enough of hot Irish breakfasts (I am not that person).
Cosy bedroom at Leonardo Hotel Galway

Best for families

Everything is on-site

Newly refurbished

Great views

Excellent location

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Planet Patrick Pick – Galmont Hotel

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Pool at the Galmont Hotel Galway
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To Eyre Square: 7m

€12 Parking

Restaurant in hotel

Bar in hotel

Gym & Spa

Location

The Galmont Hotel is my top pick for Galway City Centre. It’s close to the city centre, but positioned right on the edge of Lough Atalia, a slightly quieter spot on the edge of the city centre. However, you can still get to Eyre Square in less than 10 minutes, meaning a nice balance of luxurious hotel with convenience. I’ve stayed in the autumn when you can expect prices to be from €150. In peak season, you might pay up to €300 per night.

Rooms

The Galmont is bigger than most of the other reviewed hotels with 269 rooms. Expect neutral and restful tones, a little bit of wood, with nice in-room amenities and AC in every room. Ask for a room with a water view. Classic rooms are the best value and there’s a range of family rooms, triple rooms, business class rooms and executive rooms. I’ve stayed in one of the newly refurbished business class rooms and was seriously impressed. First-timers to Ireland might not be aware that it’s perfectly normal for a small group of friends to share one of the larger triple or family rooms.

Food & Drink

The food at the Galmont is genuinely tasty. I’m a fan of salmon, which is one of the signature dishes at the Marinas Restaurant. If you’re not in the mood for formality, Coopers Bar & Lounge has lighter fare and if there’s good weather, ask to be seated on the Terrace, which has views across Lough Atalia.

Insider Tips

  • The Spirit One Spa is excellent and some of the spa packages are much better value than individual treatments.
  • If you’re driving, factor in a €12 per night parking charge. The city centre is close by for those who do need to drive, while most walkers can get into the city in under 10 minutes.
  • Check the link for your dates as the Galmont sells out at peak times.
Bedroom at the Galmont Hotel in Galway City

Planet Patrick Personal Pick

Luxurious feel but still comfy

Short walk to city centre

Excellent restaurant

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While it’s become increasingly expensive to find accommodation in Galway (in Ireland in general), there’s still a wide range of central Galway hotels that should suit most budgets and needs.

It’s one of the things I love about Galway: with some planning and flexibility, you can stay close to the city centre and enjoy a night out like a local!

I hope I’ve helped you pick your Galway hotel. But have you booked your day trips and tours yet?

The most popular day trip out of Galway is a ferry to the Aran Islands, and you can travel by bus to the Cliffs of Moher or, in the other direction, towards Kylemore Abbey, Cong and the Wild Atlantic Way. Read my post about the best day trips from Galway and get another part of your itinerary finalised!


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