I’m just back from an amazing two nights at the G Hotel in Galway thanks to my wonderful boyfriend! I’ve dreamed about staying there for so long, it’s one of the most featured hotels in Irish magazines namely because it was designed by the amazing Philip Treacy. Just like his fascinators, the hotel is renowned for its extravagant and quirky design. I couldn’t believe we were going for Valentine’s weekend!
I’ve seen so many pictures and reviews over the years that I was a little surprised by the exterior of the hotel, we actually drove past before noticing a sign for the underground parking! It’s inconspicuously situated on the side of a dual carriageway opposite the Huntsman Inn, right beside the cinema with a small retail park to the back of the hotel, something I’ve noticed a lot of people complaining about online. Seemingly this lessens the atmosphere of a 5* hotel! I disagree, yes it was surprising but it didn’t lessen the appeal of the hotel and it certainly made absolutely zero difference once you step inside! We arrived earlier than the 3 o’clock check-in time but we were able to check-in and although the room wasn’t quite ready we were directed to the stunning reception rooms where we were able to sit and have a drink, you can also get food in any of these rooms. I was amazed by these rooms, there are two lounge areas followed by the dining room and finally the signature cocktail lounge. Although all these rooms are open, connected by the long hallway, each is designed in a different colour with its own extravagant detail. The first room is light and airy with a fabulous ceiling (pictured below).
There is almost always a pianist playing in the corner and the wide floor-to-ceiling windows let in so much light. The second room is my favourite, entirely pink with a large circular zebra-printed rug in the centre of the room this is possibly one of the most well-known images from the G Hotel. Along with glass tables filled with swarovski crystals, which were scattered throughout the hotel, from the bar to the 2nd floor foyer, this room featured a seashell theme with mirrors and lanterns along the wall in various shell shapes and sizes. The dining area was blue and elegant. Such a treat for the eyes, like walking through a rainbow.
When we got our room keys we headed upstairs to find our bags had been taken straight up for us. The room was breathtaking, beautifully designed with floor-to-ceiling windows to let in as much light as possible and extremely modern. The bed was huge with a curved headboard that stretched for a couple of inches either side to incorporate the bedside tables.
There was enough space for a seating area with a large glass table fully stocked with complimentary waters, magazines and cupcakes (which were mouth-wateringly delicious!)
The dressing table was perfectly situated beside the window to apply make-up in natural light where possible.
I have to comment on the tv, full of apps and gadgets with complimentary Netflix at the push of a button. And of course free WiFi.
The bathroom was fabulous, two gorgeous bowl sinks and a large tub with a power shower. The lights in the bathroom were amazing, there was a separate switch to turn on lowlights set into the tub for soft lighting if you didn’t want the glare from the ceiling lights.
The wardrobes were stocked with bath robes and slippers (which unfortunately you have to purchase if you want to take them home!) There were plenty of clothes hangers and a docket for any dry-cleaning you may need! There was a safe, a fridge which you could call reception to have stocked, a fully stocked tea/coffee area with a large selection of brands and a hairdryer.
On our first night, my boyfriend arranged to have a rose and petals scattered in the room along with candles. We arrived back to find a rose on the bed, petals arranged in a heart around it and lit candles all around the room with petals scattered. They had even filled the sinks and placed floating candles and petals inside! They had turned on the tv to play soft music.
I really can’t say enough about the wonderful staff, they were super helpful and friendly. We actually passed many cleaning staff on our way in and out of the hotel during the day and they always went out of their way to say hello and ask if we needed anything. I was extremely impressed with the level of friendliness and hospitality.
We didn’t dine in Restaurant Gigi’s for the simple reason the menu was far too fancy for our taste! I’m such a fussy eater, I don’t really eat meat so the options definitely didn’t appeal to me, I like a simple dish. If you like meat or seafood then you’ll have no problem finding something to please you on the menu, but being honest about myself it was too extravagant. We ate in Eyre Square which was located close by, the location of the hotel was actually brilliant. It was just outside the centre, less than €10 a taxi, which I would recommend since it gets so chilly in the evenings by the coast! We did walk to Eyre Square on Sunday afternoon when the weather was cool but sunny and dry and it only took around 25 minutes in those pleasant conditions. Unfortunately the weather was too wet and cold to make it a daily occurrence. With taxi journeys being so cheap it really wasn’t an issue!
I absolutely loved our stay here, I’m devastated at being home so soon. I would stay here again in a heartbeat, I actually look forward to the next time we stay here and I’m secretly hoping they introduce something a little more basic on the menu so we can enjoy a meal there too! I’m not holding my breath on this, it is a 5* hotel after all! I would definitely recommend a stay here if you’re headed to Galway, you’re guaranteed a pleasant stay and you’ll always have a smile on your face! I absolutely loved it. If I left anything out or you have any questions get in touch in the comments or over on my Facebook page: Lil Malteaser and I’ll do my best to help!