A Complete Guide to the best places to Stay in Galway

A Complete Guide to the best places to Stay in Galway

If you've been planning a visit to Galway and are looking for lodgings that'll suit you and yours, look no further. Whether you’re travelling with your other half or escaping solo, Galway’s many hotels, hostels and B&Bs will be here to greet you, no matter what your budget. Here are some of the very best places to stay in Galway...



Located less than 1km from the charming village of Kinvara, these cabins are tucked away amongst nature at the Burren Nature Sanctuary. Slow Cabins offer guests a chance to enjoy a slower pace of living, with each cabin suitable for up to 2 people sharing, and pets are welcome too. This style of self-sufficient lodging involves living without direct connection to mains electricity or water. Not only are you going back to basics (in comfort), you also gain more respect for nature and the environment and that’s a big part of what Slow Cabins stand for.
Burren Nature Sanctuary, Cloonasee, Kinvara // more here


For the more adventurous folk, a premium beachside escape might just do the trick. Their solar powered lodges are ideal for couples and families alike, with pods to suit groups of up to six people. Reconnect with nature as you talk into twilight, enjoy a cosy night’s sleep and gaze out at the sunrise over the bay. They’ve got showers, laundry facilities and camper kitchens, so you’ve got everything you could need. Digital detox anyone?
Frenchman’s Beach, Kilronan, Inishmore // more here 


Get out of the city and into Slieve Aughty Centre, where you’ll discover an awesome 9-bed eco house that is the ideal setting for any celebration. There are also two eco-lodges that provide the perfect setting for a romantic getaway or a family holiday. Dine on delicious organic food and drinks, take part in activities such as horse riding, walking or cycling or simply laze the day away on the deck. They’ve even got a hot tub!
Slieve Aughty Centre, Loughrea // more here 


As if the comforts of The Connacht Hotel weren’t already appealing enough, they’ve gone the extra mile by adding the Connacht Cruiser to their offerings. This luxury mobile home has all the freedom of a self-catering apartment including six flat screens, a master bedroom, two sleep pods and a fully equipped kitchen, all while being stationed on the grounds of the hotel so that you can pop into to avail of their fantastic facilities. Sleeping up to eight people, this is a great escape for anything from two nights or a fortnight.
Old Dublin Road, Galway City East // more here


A night’s stay in a beautifully restored 1830’s Georgian townhouse is just as stunning as it sounds. The historic building sits at the edge of the River Corrib and offers dramatic views of the Salmon Weir and its surrounding wildlife, while inside you’ll find traditionally styled rooms with modern facilities. It was listed among the McKennas' top 100 spots to stay in 2020, so you know it's going to be great. King sized beds, luxurious mattresses and the smell of freshly baked scones await...
3 Waterside, Woodquay // more here 


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Best places to stay in Galway


An oldie but a goldie, Woodquay Hostel was a hostel before hostels were even a thing. Offering both private en suites and mixed dorms, it’s an ideal spot to stay with a group of mates or to mingle with some fellow visitors. Always extending a warm Irish welcome, this is one hostel that will have you feeling right at home.
23/24 Woodquay // more here 


Food, drink,and boutique accommodation can be enjoyed at The Huntsman Inn. Only a stone's throw from the city centre, it is in a prime location for all your City of Tribes musings and West of Ireland adventures. Situated on the stunning Lough Atalia, you can catch a gorgeous Galway sunrise and sunset from your holiday accommodation. Their 12 rooms come equipped with all the comforts of home and during your stay at the Huntsman Inn you can enjoy both free Wi-Fi and free private parking.
164 College Road // more here 


One of the city’s most popular hostels, Snoozles' fabulous location on Forster St is the perfect spot for any solo travellers and provide a clean and comfortable place to lay your head after a day of exploring. A spacious, purpose built hostel with plenty of rooms and a relaxing common space equipped with a television and internet kiosks, this is a great base for a Galway getaway.
Forster Street, East Village // more here


If you’re on the prowl for a high-quality, great value hostel that’s right in the centre of the action, Kinlay Hostel is an ideal base for exploring. Each bed has its own all-round curtain that ensures maximum privacy, as well as charging sockets, USB and lights. From City Centre and Connemara to Clifden and the Islands, the team will help you arrange tours to some of the county’s best attractions - nice one!
Merchants Road, Eyre Square // more here 


For larger groups or longer stays, Galway Bay Sea View Apartments cater to groups of up to six people and offer a spectacular view of Galway Bay and Clare Mountains from their Salthill location. Each apartment is bright and spacious, with a fully-equipped kitchen and a touch of luxury that doesn’t go amiss. Allowing visitors to bring the comforts of home with them on their stay, there’s a reason these apartments are so very popular.
The Promenade, Salthill // more here 


For those planning a trip to the Aran Islands, the warm welcome and inviting beds of Seacrest Bed & Breakfast will truly call your name. Run by husband and wife dua Geraldine and Thomas for over 17 years, this B&B is a real family affair. You can even avail of a legendary guided pony and trap tour around the island - it’s an ideal way to take in all the sights! Spotless rooms, tasty brekkie and a laid back atmosphere await...
Kilronan, Aran Islands // more here 


If you like a good night’s sleep with a personal touch, this boutique hostel will be right up your alley. With a range of private ensuite rooms and dorms to share, they’ve even got kitchen and laundry facilities and free parking to boot. A short stroll from both the seaside and the city centre, you’ll be close to all the action!
107-109 Upper Salthill // more here


Best places to stay in Galway


Combining a modern, fun design in a luxury boutique setting, design hotel The Twelve offers a uniquely refreshing and personal experience right in the heart of Barna. This multi award winning boutique hotel simply can’t be matched with its mix of restorative treatments that can be enjoyed after a hectic day, whether you decide to lounge about in their exquisite Le Petit Spa or soak in a heavenly seaweed bath. Having been awarded Ireland's Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year 2021, this might just be the perfect holiday spot for you and your puppy.
Coast Rd, Bearna Village, Barna // more here 


Ideal for Galway city summer breaks, The Westwood is the perfect self-catering accommodation for your Galway holidays. At an affordable price you can stay in one of these cosy and comfortable rooms or spacious apartments with the vibrant city of Galway just on your doorstep. Complete with all the features you could require during your stay and a knowledgeable and energetic team who are on hand 24/7 to guide guests on how best to make the most of your time with in Galway, make The Westwood your base for exploring all that the city and county has to offer.
Upper Newcastle Road // more here


This stylish, city centre four-star hotel somehow offers peace and quiet while being right in the middle of the action. Whether you want to spend the evening lapping up cocktails in their trendy bar or relaxing in the comfort of your room, The House Hotel will suit all your needs but it’s hard to resist the call of the city when it’s right around the corner!
Merchants Road Lower, Latin Quarter // more here 


Right in the centre of Galway's bustling Latin Quarter, when you stay at the Snug Townhouse you'll have some of the best restaurants, bars and shops right at your front door. The historic building provides quirky rooms which are snug, compact and uniquely designed making the space Galway's newest and trendiest urban city escapes.
10 Quay St, Latin Quarter // more here 


For breathtaking views of the Galway Bay and a spacious stay, Salthill Hotel will exceed all your expectations. With two exclusive restaurants, a leisure facility and fitness centre, you could spend your whole holiday within the walls of this four-star spot. Whether it’s a family affair or a business trip, you’ll be well taken care of.
Promenade, Salthill // more here


Spend your getaway in the leafy suburbs of Taylor’s Hill, where The Ardilaun Hotel’s tranquil gardens, award-winning dining and homely atmosphere will draw you into a comforting embrace. With a range of rooms to accommodate your needs, you can choose from cosy single to superior rooms and they’ve always got great deals on offer.
Taylor’s Hill // more here 


Whether you’re visiting Galway for business or pleasure, the four-star Maldron Hotel will tick all the boxes. With comfortable bedrooms, delicious food, a great bar and a complimentary fitness suite, located just a hop, skip and jump from the city centre, the Maldron Hotel manages to have it all, while remaining great value for money.
Headford Point, Sandy Road, Galway City East // more here


Best places to stay in Galway


Close to the bus and train stations, as well as nearby all of the city’s main attractions, The Galmont offers an incredibly impressive four-star stay. Their rooms range from business class to penthouse suites, with each providing cosy beds and all the facilities you could hope for. Whether it’s dinner and drinks in Coopers Bar & Lounge or a trip to the spa, they’ve got what you’re after.
Lough Atalia Road, Fairgreen // more here


It’s always a stylish stay at the five-star g Hotel. From the modern interiors and award-winning spa to the restful bedrooms and magnificent suites, a trip to this hotel is a treat for all the senses. Stunning décor, delicious food and just a three minute drive to Eyre Square, what more could you want?
Wellpark, Dublin Road // more here


This luxurious 4 star hotel is famous for their phenomenal hospitality and comfortable bedrooms, so we that your stay at Lough Rea Hotel is sure to be a memorable one. During your stay, be sure to book yourself in for a treatment in their tranquil Shore Island Spa and experience an evening of complete relaxation and indulgence, or unwind with a few cocktails while you take in the sensational panoramic vistas of Lough Rea and the mountains beyond from their Roof Top Garden & Sky Lounge.
Old Galway Rd, Loughrea // more here 


Standing tall over the city’s beating heart, this building has been threaded through the history of Galway since 1852. Four-stars and as opulent as you might imagine, The Hardiman radiates elegance from the lobby to the bedrooms. With spectacular on-site dining, drinks and facilities, a trip to the Treatment Rooms is a must!
Eyre Square // more here 


Wake up every morning to spectacular views of Salthill beach, Galway Bay and beyond at Galway Bay Hotel. With 153 spacious and relaxing rooms and suites, many of which boast breathtaking sea views and a state-of-the-art leisure centre complete with 15m indoor pool and beauty rooms, this hotel is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday in Galway.
The Promenade Salthill // more here


Offering five-star luxury on a 138 acre estate, Glenlo Abbey is truly enchanting. Dating back to 1740, the hotel and estate provide personable service and an ideal location within reaching distance of the city and beautiful Connemara. Whether you choose to spend your day lounging in your plush bed, teeing up on their golf course or or dining in their restored Orient Express carriages, you’re guaranteed a top-notch time.
Kentfield Bushy Park // more here



Located in the majestic beauty of Connemara, this hotel is ideal for your Wild Atlantic Way stay. For you more adventurous folks, the Twelve Bens, The Sky Road, Inishbofin, Omey Island and Killary Fjord are just a few of the experiences Connemara has to offer and all are just a stone's throw away from the hotel. Clifden Station House Hotel has so much to offer from an indoor pool and spa to an award-winning bar and restaurant. For the big families out there, they offer self catering apartments which would be perfect for an active staycation.
Galway Rd, Clifden // more here 


The beautiful village of Clifden is known as the capital of Connemara, and right at the heart of it all is the Alcock and Brown Hotel. It's the perfect base for exploring the area and getting to know the locals. The Sea Hare restaurant at Alcock and Brown serves up some gorgeous seafoods, and you can follow it all up with a pint or cocktail at their stunning bar for the ultimate night away.
Clifden // more here 


This stunning getaway is located just outside Clifden, Conamara. The beautiful castle is perfect for you foodies out there as it offers exquisite dining in their Castle Restaurant. Afterwards you can head to the bar for a drink, a bit of craic and entertainment - all of which you'll find plenty of at Abbeyglen!. For those of you seeking some pampering Abbeyglen Castle Hotel has a state of the art spa with a variety of treatments for you to chose from. It really has something for everyone!
Sky Rd., Church Hill, Clifden // more here 


A 4 star family-run hotel situated in Oranmore, a small village bursting with life and character,. A gateway to Galway City, whether you are here for business,  a romantic breakaway, or for a family holiday, you’ll find everything you need at Oranmore Lodge. The perfect place to relax and wind down, their exclusive leisure and health facilities include an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna! They also offer various spa treatments, and for the fitness fans out there, their state of the art gym has everything you'd need for a good workout sesh. The hotel also offers a wide range of services including private dining, conference centre as well as being a popular wedding venue.
Carrowmoneash, Oranmore // more here

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