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Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa

At a Glance

    Pros

  • stylish venue right at the heart of the social scene
  • sea views in the city center

    Cons

  • very busy during Galway's many festivals
  • arriving by car can be a slow business in peak periods

Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Review

Against several newcomers, the Radisson Blu has successfully defended its reputation as Galway's hippest hotel—indeed, its striking contemporary design has revived the run-down Lough Atalia area, a stone's throw from Eyre Square and overlooking a landlocked inflow of Galway Bay. Potted 20-foot bamboo sways at the entrance, while four palm trees grow in the spacious reception area. Two glass-wall elevators divide the lobby from the bar and pull you upstairs while delivering breathtaking views of Galway Bay. Rooms are spacious, with fully tiled bathrooms, restful, unfussy color schemes, Scandinavian-design contemporary furniture, and comfortable sitting areas. Double-glazing and altitude (starting on the third story) insulate the rooms from noise even on the loudest Galway night. The Atrium lounge and bar, its triple-height windows framing views of the water, is a popular lunch spot and buzzes with life from early to late. A pianist entertains on weekends, and in summer the large terrace with its views of the sea and the distant hills is a lively spot. Also overlooking the Lough, the spacious blue-and-white Marinas restaurant has a varied menu including local seafood, while Raw, on the fourth floor, offers "sushi in the sky".

    Hotel Details

  • 272 rooms.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-22-2013

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