Just 5 km (3 miles) from Galway, Glenlo Abbey beckons with a lobby that resembles a gentlemen's club, with parquet floors, chesterfields, and leather-bound books, while other salons are triumphs of 19th-century Irish style. With distant views of Lough Corrib and a golf course on its 138-acre estate, this rural hideaway was built as a private home in 1740 and takes its name from the vast church built next door for the owner's wife. Today, the church is used as a conference center and banquet room. Upstairs, official and correct Georgian-style furniture, brass lamps, and king-size beds fill the spacious bedrooms. Warming everything up, happily, is the genuinely friendly service. The delightfully unstuffy atmosphere is especially apparent in the Pullman Restaurant, Glenlo's most popular feature. This is set in two Orient Express carriages installed on the grounds (and used in the famous Agatha Christie film of that name), offering a fun dining experience, complete with background click-clacks and train whistles. For more formal surroundings, repair to the classical River Room restaurant. Chandeliers hang from high stucco ceilings and tall windows framed by peach-color curtains overlook the river. The food, beautifully served, includes delights like marinated venison on a bed of braised red cabbage.
Bushy Park, Galway City, Co. Galway, Ireland
Jan 5, 2009
My wife and I stayed here this past September for two evenings while driving around Ireland. The Abbey is just a great place to stay. We didn't spend much time on the grounds or in the hotel but still the service was wonderful, the afternoon tea was quite pleasant and the overall atmosphere was relaxed. The shower/tub in the bathroom did have this weird half folding glass wall thing that didn't really work since I'm about 6'3" and around 240 lbs...
water got everywhere in the bathroom... Be sure to treat yourself to dinner in the Orient Express restaurant cars on the grounds... It was one of the best meals we had in Ireland.
Mar 20, 2003
Turned into Glenlo late one April night and got a 5 star hotel for a song. The room was big enough to do cartwheels in although the bathroom was pretty average. The silver service buffet breakfast the next morning was well worth the full price we paid for it. Don't think I'd stay if charged in full for the room for it all but only from a price-wise point of view. The abbey was beautiful and had hosted a wedding for some lucky couple eariler in
the evening. Also enjoyed the low key pub in the celler and the beautiful library and sitting rooms. Golf is available on site if you are interested.
May 10, 2002
If this is Galway's only 5 star hotel, then I would hate to see what a 4 or 3 star hotel would be like. The check-in area and common areas are nice. However,the rooms leave a lot to be desired and need to be updated. When my wife and I walked into our room, we notice a huge water stain on the ceiling. Not what you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The morning breakfast ( which was part of our package) was passable. However, the dinner we had one night
at the Orient Express may have been one of the worst meals I have ever had in a restaraunt. We were scheduled to stay at Glenlo Abbey on one of their 4 day/3 night bed and breakfast packages. However, we cut our stay short and left after 2 nights.