Merriman Inn

Main St., Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Don't let its traditional looks deceive you: this whitewashed, thatch inn on the shores of Galway Bay is, in fact, a midsize hotel, decorated with locally made, well-designed furniture, and original crafts, paintings, and sculpture. Guest rooms are medium-size with smallish, cottage-style windows at head height, and modern pine furniture; small paintings of local scenes provide the principal color. If you're lucky you could get a room with a breathtaking view of Galway Bay; less than half have one, so ask when booking. The Quilty Room is a large, airy restaurant decorated with interesting landscapes. Its menu is French-influenced—try the outstanding tournedos of salmon.

PROS

  • center of village
  • secure car parking
  • decent restaurant
  • choice of other restaurants and bars nearby

CONS

  • bar gets very busy at weekends
  • bigger windows would be nice, to get more of the view

Location

QUICK FACTS

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Casual
Central
Local Flavor

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 091-638–222

HOTEL DETAILS

32 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan.–Mar. Breakfast

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