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The House Hotel
It's a design odyssey at this boutique hotel. Public spaces contrast modern art with trad details and bold accents. Cat motifs abound. The 40 rooms are plush, with beds having conveniently padded headboards and a range of colour schemes...
Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel
Easygoing staff, a full range of facilities and a cream-in-the-doughnut location just off Eyre Square make this a top choice. Spanning two huge, brightly lit floors, amenities include two self-catering kitchens and two cosy TV lounges...
You'll see the pistachio-green Kilronan Hostel perched above Tí Joe Mac's pub even before your ferry docks at the pier, a three-minute walk away. Forty beds are spread across spotless four- and six-bed rooms...
Renvyle House Hotel
This hotel is a luxurious 68-room converted country estate that was once owned by the poet Oliver St John Gogarty (among his better lines: ‘If anyone thinks that I amn’t divine, He gets no free drinks when I’m making the wine’).
Park House Hotel
Housed in an old farm-feed wholesale warehouse, this hotel offers 84 guest rooms and a sumptuous lobby stuffed with embroidered armchairs...
The G Hotel
Galway didn't know what hit it when this ubercontemporary hotel opened inside a nondescript business complex...
The Victoria Hotel
Just down a slight hill from Eyre Sq, the Victoria is a sedate choice for those who want something more anonymous than a B&B. The 57 rooms are mostly bright and have a generic decor...
Eyre Square Hotel
A suitcase drag from the train and bus stations, and footsteps from Galway's central outdoor plaza, the Eyre Square Hotel is a bright, modern place of 60 rooms that's comfortable without any airs or pretensions...
Known as the Railway Hotel when it opened in 1852, and later as the Great Southern Hotel, this stately showpiece looms large over Eyre Sq. Trad decor is artfully combined with savvy modern touches in its current incarnation...
Three Georgian buildings have been wedded at this central spot just east of Eyre Square. The 38 rooms are large, modern and comfortable and there's basement parking. Good-sized desks await the work-encumbered...
Skeffington Arms Hotel
Rooms at the Skeff, overlooking Eyre Sq, eschew the frilly cliché. In fact the only lace you may find in any of the 24 rooms is on your underwear. Pass through the arched traditional entrance into a min- imalist haven...
Now that Galway is spiffing up its once workman-filled harbour area, you might as well enjoy the view. This modern hotel with 96 rooms is right down near the tidal zone; many rooms let you gaze out over the vast tidal flats at low tide...
Spanish Arch Hotel
In a sensational spot on the main drag, this 20-room boutique hotel is housed in a 16th-century former Carmelite convent...
Jurys Inn Galway
This large, modern chain hotel might have similarly designed rooms and an identically named restaurant (Innfusion) and bar (Inntro) to its counterparts elsewhere in Ireland, the UK and US, but Jury's Galway Inn stands out thanks to its sensational set...
Forster Court Hotel
What sets this sleek hotel apart is a host of thoughtful little details like bottle openers attached to the walls, free broadband in the rooms, free wi-fi in the lobby and a decadently late checkout of 14:00 on Sundays...
Big (over 200 beds), busy backpacker base has plenty of services, including a pool table and BBQ terrace. Reception is open 24/7.
Salmon Weir Hostel
Galway's hippie vibe finds its spiritual home in the Salmon Weir's guitar-strewn lounge room, where informal jam sessions take place most nights. The hostel has a share-house feel, including shared bathrooms for all rooms...
You may want to hire a butler to accompany you when you stay at this 1920s stone manor house that has the airs of a stately Wayne Manor. The six rooms are much more accommodation for the masses, however. Furnishings are comfy and very, very white...
The Galway City Hostel
This cheery spot directly across from the train station is so close you may just wander over barefoot. On balmy days (by Galway standards) you can take your breakfast cereal out onto the balcony...
The Boat Inn
In addition to providing 11 decent rooms, this inn serves traditional Irish stew to warm you up, as well as other moderately priced, family-friendly fare. The bar hosts regular live music...
Barnacles Galway 2 Bed Apartment
Very central, this well-run hostel is housed in a medieval building with a modern extension. The kitchen is spacious and there's a warm common room with a big gas fireplace and game consoles. Breakfast includes scones and soda bread.
Clifden Town Hostel
Right in the centre of town, this cheery IHH hostel is set in a cream-coloured house framed by big picture windows. Its sunlit rooms hold 34 beds.