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Adare Guesthouse
Ranked #39 of 197 Galway B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bluffton, South Carolina
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“Welcoming accomdations, amazing food, and perfect location!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

My husband and I were driving across Ireland without a plan once we arrived in Galway. We stumbled upon the Adare Guesthoue and took a chance booking a room for two nights. Wow, we were ever impressed and surprised! Grainne was so welcoming and provided wonderful tips for our stay in Galway and conversation about Irish culture. They were extremely accommodating and even allowed us to move upstairs to a bigger room the second night, since the smallest was all that was available when we checked in. The rooms were very cozy and comfortable and the breakfast, made to order, in the morning was nothing short of amazing. My husband and I were very pleased and enjoyed a couple of mornings of conversation with other guests and the owners. The coffee and treats were wonderful, too, in the afternoon after walking around the city all day. By the way, if you walk out of the front door and cross the park, you're in the midst of busy Galway - perfect location to enjoy what the area has to offer. I would love to stay here again in the future and have dreams about the couple of days we spent in Galway and the surrounding areas (we took a day trip to Kylemore Abbey and the Cliffs of Moher - both within an hour distance either direction driving). By far, my favorite days in our eight-day trip to Ireland!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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west bridgewater, ma
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

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.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

Perfect location, walking distance to the town centre and Salthill promenade yet hidden away so not too noisy at night. Breakfast menu is comprehensive and there's tea/coffee/hot chocolate available all day. This is the 3rd time I've stayed here and never disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013 via mobile

A great b&b. Very clean, breakfast was great. Nothing any trouble to the owner, couldn't ask for anymore. She had wonderful knowledge of everything around Galway & made us feel really welcome. Location is great. A quick walk over the bridge to the Quay Street & Eyre Square. Perfect!!!! Rooms were exceptional. A perfect spot to stay.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Marquette
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

We stayed here for two nights. This was one of our favorite stays on our trip to the UK and Ireland. Our room and bathroom were spacious. City Center is a 10-15 min scenic walk away. (The walk passes an excellent bakery!) There's a laundrette nearby. Parking is right in front and the place is adjacent to a park.The breakfast was wonderful-many choices-THE BEST of our trip IMO. Coffee, tea, and snacks available in the living area 24 hrs/day.The owners are gracious and very helpful. The garden is lovely. We had not booked in advance but truly lucked out!

Room Tip: Ask for a garden view.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank McCauleyRD
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Colorado, USA
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2013

Enjoyed our stay here. Grainne was helpful in arranging tours and taxis. Breakfast was exceptional. The location was within walking distance from city center and most tour buses would come to the guest house or near by to collect us.

Room Tip: Some rooms are on the ground floor, others are upstairs, there is no lift.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the Adare. Very easy to walk everywhere, adjacent to a little playground and park. Pretty enclosed garden. Comfortable clean rooms. Breakfast was made to order, ample, healthy and delicious!

The only mar was the massive writing on the outside of the building. Perhaps there is some other more subtle way to announce its location.

Room Tip: rooms facing the road are a bit noisy until traffic dies down at night.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Adare Guesthouse
Address: Adare Guest House 9 Father Griffin Place, Galway, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Western Ireland > Province of Connacht > County Galway > Galway
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #39 of 197 B&Bs / Inns in Galway
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Number of rooms: 9
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