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The magnificent Glenlo Abbey, located just outside Galway, offers guests a luxurious stay in peaceful surroundings. Originally built in the 18th century, the estate has since been impeccably restored with many historic characteristics remaining. Service is superb, from arriving in the grand stone entrance hall with open fireplace, through to eating in one of the hotel’s many dining options. In addition to the characterful below-stairs cellar bar, the main restaurant is in the original dining room, whose tall windows offer excellent views towards Lough Corrib. In the grounds, two carriages from an original Orient Express train now serve as the fine dining Pullman Restaurant. Rooms are spacious and elegant, using understated gold and cream tones and simple yet luxurious furnishings.

Our rating: Deluxe

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Rooms

Rooms are spacious and elegant with an understated sophistication. Classic rooms overlook the walled gardens and 18th-century abbey, while all others have views across the grounds towards Lough Corrib. All rooms are furnished to a high standard with a large TV, a DVD player, mineral water, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities as standard. Classic and deluxe bathrooms have a power shower while suites have a separate bath and shower.

Location

About a ten-to fifteen-minute drive from the heart of Galway, Glenlo Abbey Hotel sits on the southern shore of the enormous Lough Corrib amid its own vast estate. Kylemore Abbey is just under an hour and a half’s drive away, while the ferry to Inis Mór island can be reached in approximately 45 minutes by car.

Food and Drink

The casual Oak Cellar Bar is located in the old kitchens beneath the ground floor and serves drinks and traditional pub food. The River Room is more formal and situated in a grand dining room with tall windows and elegant gold furnishings. Outside in the grounds, the Pullman Restaurant is set in two original Orient Express train carriages and serves a fine dining menu as well as afternoon tea.

Facilities and Activities

The hotel offers an array of activities from golf in the property’s own golf course to falconry in the walled garden, fishing on Lough Corrib and yoga.

Our opinion

We love this castle-style property, particularly the fantastic service received throughout. This is a great option for those wanting to be close to Galway but based in somewhere more exclusive.

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