Top Galway hotels for a budget weekend break

By Emma Power,

Nightlife, culture, festivals and events: these top Galway hotels help you make the most of your budget weekend break in Ireland’s fifth largest city and vibrant cultural hub.

More than just a gateway to the wild natural beauty of the West of Ireland, Galway is renowned as an incredible destination all on its own. Whether you’re looking for superstar spa treatment or an inimitable Irish pub experience, our selection of the best hotels in Galway means you can start planning your perfect city getaway now…


Top hotel in Galway for groups

Flannery’s Hotel

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Just 2 kilometres from Eyre Square and an easy 1 hour drive from Shannon Airport, Flannery’s Hotel is in a prime city-centre location.

A contemporary 3-star family-run hotel, the hotel is home to some of Galway city’s finest dining experience, be it the first-rate culinary skills and the freshest of local Irish produce in the Galwegian’s Restaurant, or the more relaxed Irish pub atmosphere in Frankie’s Bar & Bistro.

Travelling in a group? Flannery’s is perfect for those big weekend breaks away. When you book your group stay with Flannery’s, you’re given access to your very own website.

You can easily manage your group booking without meeting up with friends to get deposits or cash, and everybody can login and see all the details of the event. Easy!


Top hotel in Galway for families

The Connacht

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From the moment you arrive at the 3-star Connacht Hotel on the eastern side of Galway city, you’ll discover that as well as being a child-friendly hotel, they’re parent friendly too!

A wonderful base for a family weekend away, the staff go out of their way to make visitors of all ages feel welcome. Whether it’s by suggesting fun family outings – such as the Galway Atlantaquaria, Turoe Pet Farm or Burren Nature Sanctuary – or keeping the younger guests entertained at the weekend kids club, The Connacht Hotel is on-hand to help make your family break special.

At the Connacht Hotel, you have the freedom to choose the best sleeping arrangements for your family. Enjoy contemporary interconnecting family rooms or secure self-catering apartments while the hotel provides cots, rollaway beds, baby bathtubs, blankets and high chairs all free of charge.

The Friendly Fellows Team have specifically created activity programmes for children 3-13 years, and kiddies have complimentary access to the shallow children’s swimming pool in the 24-hour leisure facility.


Top hotel in Galway for a peaceful city break

The Ardilaun

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Tucked away in the lush, leafy outskirts of Taylor’s Hill, Galway, the Ardilaun Hotel is a traditional 4-star family-owned hotel.

Located just 1km from the lively city-centre hub, the Ardilaun offers guests a break away from the hustle and bustle of city living, but not too far away, of course….

Enjoy some ‘me time’ at the Ardilaun and unwind on a leisurely walk through the gardens after a late breakfast or just before a first-rate dinner.

Gal Avalon Beauty provides a huge variety of quality beauty treatments, packages and specials, so prepare for a bit of pampering and indulgence during your stay! Take a dip in the dreamy 18m deck-level swimming pool, or sit back and relax in the Jacuzzi, steam room or sauna.


Top hotel in Galway for a girls’ getaway

The House

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This weekend, think PINK. The House Hotel, Galway’s most city-centre boutique hotel, is described as ‘where city luxury and chic surroundings meet, and where comfort, style and a friendly atmosphere become one’.

The 4-star hotel is a perfect destination for a girls weekend away in the city of the tribes, as it’s situated right at the heart of the Latin Quarter and just around the corner from the vibrant Quay Street and Shop Street.

The 40 Italian-designed House Hotel guestrooms are trendy, intimate and utterly cool, and come complete with a signature Orla Kiely toiletries range.

Friday nights see the relaxed midweek atmosphere shift as the stylish lobby and bar serve some classic yet creative cocktails and tasty light bites with live music. You and the girls can treat yourselves with a decadent champagne afternoon tea, or a more unusual high tea affair with Hendricks Gin…


Top hotel for affordable luxury in Galway

Jurys Inn

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Located in the busy cultural hub of Quay Street with a beautiful view overlooking Galway Bay, Jurys Inn is immersed deep in the heart of this historic city centre.

The hotel offers you 130 stylish rooms from standard double to a superior range, all perfectly designed to provide ultimate comfort away from home.

One of the most popular Galway hotels, Jurys Inn features an all-day contemporary coffee bar, stylish onsite lounge, laidback Garden Bar and trendy restaurant, each one serving a stunning selection of seasonal food and drink.

Room service is also available from 12pm to 10pm for ultimate pampering on your weekend away.


Top hotel for ocean views in Galway

Salthill Hotel

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With unparalleled panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and picturesque Galway Bay, the 4-star Salthill Hotel presents you with both the charms of Galway city and the wild appeal of the West of Ireland.

Boasting 160 deluxe bedrooms and suites, the hotel manages to create a sense of ‘coming home’ thanks to its blend of authentic family-owned hotel traditions, classic Irish hospitality and local following.

Dining in Salthill is relaxed yet buzzy, as menus are carefully curated using the best local produce. The tasteful Amber Room Restaurant is open daily, while its bijou Prom restaurant is located next to the Blackrock Bar & Café.

The Blacrock serves an extensive A La Carte menu and traditional Sunday Lunch, and the balconette area next to the restaurant means you’re free to savour the ambience while admiring the calming ocean views and rolling Clare Hills.


Top budget hotel for a slice of history in Galway

Hotel Meyrick

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A luxurious 4-star hotel nestled in the vibrant heart of Galway, the historical Hotel Meyrick first opened its doors in 1852.

While preserving its inimitable Victorian grace for over 160 years, the Meyrick invites guests to experience traditional Irish hospitality and warmth in a prime city-centre location overlooking the world-famous Eyre Square.

A true Galway institution in the most fashionable part of the city centre, Hotel Meyrick offers a range of fine dining options to choose from, whether it’s sumptuous Afternoon Tea in the Parlour lounge, sophisticated cocktails and finger food in the stylish Gaslight Bar & Brasserie or elegant dinner in No.15 on the Square restaurant.

To truly spoil yourself, why not unwind in the hotel’s luxury spa? The onsite leisure facility features a Jacuzzi, hammam, outdoor Canadian hot tub, hydrotherapy, fitness centre and a superb selection of high quality treatments and massages.


Top boutique hostel in Galway

The Nest Boutique Hostel

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Right on the doorstep of the Galway Bay promenade, surrounded by microbreweries, coffee shops and local pubs, you’ll find this gorgeous eco-friendly boutique hostel.

The chic rooms at the hostel are a twist of home comforts and industrial vibes, most of which are double rooms with ensuite bathrooms. As well as using salvaged building materials, think contemporary Irish artwork, power showers and super comfy beds.

Chill out with other guests in the lovingly designed common spaces, perfect for reading, chilling, cooking or using the free WiFi. A light but tasty buffet breakfast is also included if you don’t fancy using the fully-equipped kitchen.


Trendiest budget hotel in Galway

Nox

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One of Galway’s trendiest independent hotels, Nox is situated within easy reach of the city centre, just a 20 minute walk from Eyre Square or a five-minute drive.

The hotel’s onsite restaurant, Fork, plates up contemporary dishes in chic surroundings, whether you’re staying for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It also boasts a great cocktail list, from Espresso Martinis to Elderflower G&Ts.

No matter the size of your group, you’ll find a room to suit you – choose between solo, duo, trio, quad and the signature king if you feel like splashing out.


Top base in Galway for the Wild Atlantic Way

Forster Court Hotel

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The Forster Court Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Galway, and an ideal base if you’re planning on exploring the Wild Atlantic Way on your weekend break.

Rooms at the hotel are beautifully designed, and come with all the necessary items like plasma TVs, tea and coffee making facilities and of course the ever-important free WiFi.

Fill up on your delicious buffet breakfast before you venture out on a day trip, be it a full continental offering or American-style pancakes. When you’re back and ready to unwind, make sure you check out the excellent gin menu.


Top seaside hotel in Galway

Harbour Hotel

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Stay in this gorgeous waterfront hotel and make the most of your weekend city break in Galway, just a short stroll away from the bustling bars and cafes on Quay Street.

For an extra treat, why not upgrade to one of the Superior King bedrooms? You’ll be spoiled with a pillow topped mattress, fluffy duvet, bath robes and a sleek Nespresso Machine.

The relaxed onsite bar and restaurant, Dillisk on the Docks, blends a traditional style of cooking with modern and creative thinking, and of course uses only local produce.