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Merriman Inn

At a Glance

    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

Merriman Inn Review

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 if it matters, ask when booking. The Quilty Room is a large, airy restaurant decorated with interesting landscapes by a painter named Quilty. Its menu is French-influenced—try the outstanding tournedos of salmon.

    Hotel Details

  • 32 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Jan. and Feb.
Updated: 02-22-2013

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