When we first started researching accommodations in Galway (Irish: Cathair na Gaillimhe), Salthill seemed most appealing, but we left all options on the table. We needed a clean room with two comfortable beds, a great breakfast, and a location within walking distance of the bus station. We were without a car.
Based upon its central yet tucked-away location, our final choice was the Adare Guesthouse located in a location more central than Salthill. We stayed in the main house for two nights at the beginning of October, our first stop in Ireland. We asked about the name of the guesthouse (“Adare”) and Grainne explained that that name reflects the residence of relatives who live in Limerick.
Adare Guesthouse is easy to find. (One tripadvisor review mentioned the huge signs announcing THE ADARE GUESTHOUSE and suggested a more subtle sign would better match the quality of the guesthouse. I agree. I chuckled to myself as I imagined they were so massive because some guests said they had trouble finding the B&B. The huge signs shout, IT’S RIGHT HERE UNDER YOUR NOSE.) The Adare guesthouse is a five minute walk from historic Galway over the River Corrib via the Wolfe Tone Bridge. We walked through the little park which leads to the entrance of the Guesthouse. This convenient location was perfect for us! If you have a car, parking is available. If you don’t, the bus station is close.
The door is welcoming with two colorful stained-glass windows. Upon entering, you see an inviting common area with over-stuffed furniture and a fireplace, as well as the breakfast room with huge windows overlooking the garden. The garden is dominated by a statue of writer Padraic O Conaire, a famous relation of the owners.
After an early flight to Shannon and then a quick bus to Galway, we arrived earlier than usual for a B & B, but I had previously emailed Grainne that we expected to arrive early. We were greeted kindly by Grainne. I was unfamiliar with that name, and she said I could call her “Granny” if I wanted to. I chose to learn the correct pronunciation instead. We didn’t meet Padraic, but Grainne and her family were friendly and accommodating.
At once, Grianne saw to it that our room was readied and as a result we were able to rest just a little bit before exploring Galway. This refreshed us and greatly helped us settle in. In the room, bottled water and chocolate were waiting for us. The room was clean and the bed comfortable.
In the morning, a menu for an incredibly good breakfast including a full Irish breakfast was provided. A continental breakfast was readily available too, again with many options like cereals, fruit, yogurt etc. Tea and coffee are always present in the breakfast room along with chocolates/cookies.
We didn’t use Galway as a mere jumping off point to other places like the Aran Islands and the Connemara; we spent time exploring Galway so the Guesthouse was perfect for us. We definitely enjoyed walking the prom overlooking Galway Bay, and kicking the wall for good luck, but we were so glad we didn’t stay in Salthill with its tall, massive hotels. I enjoyed staying at the Adare Guesthouse located so close to old Galway’s famous streets. Upon leaving the Guesthouse, we had a fun conversation with Grainne who surprised us with her knowledge of sports, and athletes in Ireland.
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- Also Known As:
- Adare Guesthouse Hotel Galway