Glenlo Abbey, Galway, Ireland
A great choice for anyone who wants to get away from it all whilst enjoying the beauty of nature or try eclectic countryside pursuits such as falconry. Indulge and relax at the Glo Spa & Wellness centre (with an Elemis treatment), or savour a decent dinner looking out to the ethereal lough.
Rooms available from £249.85 per night
Your expert reviewer
There's plenty of land to explore and activites to pursue on the estate. If you're looking to venture out, head to Galway city centre or the coast at Connemara.
Galway city centre is only 10 minutes by car - be sure to check out the traditional Irish pubs and art galleries in the Latin Quarter.
By plane: Birmingham and Edinburgh to Shannon takes 1 hour 15 minutes; London to Shannon takes 1 hour 30 minutes - after which, a taxi takes over an hour. Free on-site parking available. Book flights to Shannon.
CHARACTER & STYLE
Even from the exterior, this 18th-century building is impressive. The original wing contains period features such as silky patterned walls, grand decorative fireplaces, glitzy chandeliers and parquet flooring. The modern part features more contemporary furnishings, muted colours and clean lines.
Whether you're looking for active leisure pursuits or relaxation, you'll be spoilt for choice for things to do. From falconry, fishing, cycling and golf to river cruises, the Abbey Movie Theatre and the Glo Spa & Wellness centre - the active and curious will be amused.
- Games room
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
With cream, muted green and gold silky fabrics, bedrooms are opulent. There's a rich sumptuous feel, thanks to upholstered gilt-edged chairs and luxurious curtains, but also modern amenities such as Nespresso machines. Views of the gardens and lough add to the appeal.
Room types: Classic, Superior, Corrib Deluxe, Grand Suite, Presidential Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
FOOD & DRINK
Book at the Pullman Restaurant and dine in a carriage from the original Orient Express; try the Irish mule cocktail. The Atlantic seafood chowder with Irish treacle bread was homely and comforting. Afternoon tea at the hotel is popular.
Pullman Restaurant: 2 AA-Rosette restaurant, fine dining. Open daily for dinner.
Palmers Bar & Kitchen: casual all-day dining, open daily.
Oak Cellar Bistro: traditional Irish cuisine, open seasonally, Tue-Sat for dinner.
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