This hotel is certainly not the worst I have stayed in. But for the price I would expect a little more.
It is dated. Very dated, with peeling paint and stained carpet. It is small. Tiny in fact. So our double room only had space for one bedside table and a bed. Well, actually 2 beds as we didn't have the promised bed, but 2 singles pushed together. So it was uncomfortable as well as cramped. Helpfully the only Powerpoint in the room was located diagonally across the room from the bedside table, so we had to put anything we wanted charged on the floor. As there was limited room to get around the bed, this required a bit of a hop to get from one side of the room to another to avoid crushing whatever lucky appliance was getting charged.
Luckily we used our electronic appliances less than we thought we would. The promised wifi is available only if you sit on the staircase, not in the room or the breakfast area. As I had to work during our stay, it meant I had to sit in the staircase at awkward times talking and emailing, just to get work done. So I felt sorry for anyone who had to listen to that as I try to be a considerate guest when it comes to noise.
Which brings me finally the noise. It is central, so I wasn't expecting deathly quiet. But for €100 a night, I did expect some sort of attenuation. There was nothing. So we had street noise until the band at the pub started, then the band, then the DJ, and even when the pub closed, hens night screaming, taxis and other traffic horns and finally the domestic argument just as the sun came up. But there were no curtains, so it was bright as well. For the price, it is just criminal that they do not mention this issue when checking in, or reduce the noise with double glazing or something similar.
If you want some where to stay overnight for a girls weekend, or by yourself, this would be fine as a day pack would fit. If you are a couple, or have an average size suitcase, even overnight would be pushing the friendship. If you plan to stay for more than one night, go elsewhere. There are plenty of options in the same area, at the same price or cheaper, which will offer better value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 7 Cross St is a 600-year-old stone building with many stories to tell. This boutique hotel Galway City boasts ten en-suite, air-conditioned bedrooms which are thoughtfully renovated and decorated to preserve the unique character of this historic structure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Number 7 Cross Street Hotel Galway