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Glenlo Abbey Hotel

At a Glance

    Pros

  • exceptionally pleasant and friendly staff
  • lovely views of distant lake
  • bargain off-season rates on the Web

    Cons

  • out of town
  • often hosts large weddings

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Glenlo Abbey Hotel Review

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.

    Hotel Details

  • 43 rooms, 6 suites
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Jan.–mid-Mar.
Updated: 04-09-2014

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    Just Fantastic

    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.

    by Paul1963, 1/5/09

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