A few weeks ago you may have seen on my social media that we visited The Connacht Hotel in Galway. The lovely team over there contacted me at the beginning of the year to arrange a visit to their family friendly hotel and as you can guess I was more than happy to take them up on their offer.
From the minute we arrived, I was impressed (maybe the abundance of rugby players helped a little too?). The exterior and interior of the hotel were fresh, clean and warm. (It was when the weather drastically changed and I had not packed appropriately!) A lovely girl at reception welcomed us and gave us the full rundown of meal times, pool times and directions to our room. After 5 hours in the car, we decided to head out for a walk with the boys. There are several stores within a 10-minute walk from the hotel and we had food at a nearby restaurant who were also very helpful with Aidan’s gluten and dairy free diet.
We spent two nights in an executive suite – which is basically like an apartment. You have a small hallway when you go in the door, a bathroom, bedroom, living area and a full equipt kitchen. The first night away with two little ones can be a disaster but luckily we got away relatively easily. The boys stayed up later than usual but once they settled they slept through till morning – a rarity when Aidan is away from home. The rooms seemed to be sound proof (although it could have been that we were just the loudest guests so might be best to ask our neighbours) – we didn’t hear a single noise during our stay. The beds were very comfortable, even if I had to share mine with Finn ‘the ginger ninja’.
The next day we decided to explore Galway City and brought Aidan to see ‘Nemo’ at the Aquarium. The City is only about 10 minutes drive from the hotel and the Aquarium is about the same too. We planned to head back around 3pm and go for a swim and visit the kid’s playroom. That, of course, wasn’t what the boys had in mind. They fell asleep in the car on the way back and slept until 7pm – great! (We were told at the reception afterwards that Finn was too young for the play area anyway.)
The reception staff were so helpful and allowed us the have our included evening meal in our room so as not to disturb the boys. The food was gorgeous! I got a pizza and Clayton got a burger, as well as some chips for Aidan and the chocolatiest cake I’ve ever eaten. We also had breakfast both mornings which was a self-serve system running from 7am until 11am. It had both hot and cold options and a gluten free section with separate GF toaster which I was highly impressed about.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Connacht Hotel to anyone planning a trip to the west. We will definitely be returning – once we can brave 5 hours in the car with two little ones again!
*We were given a two-night stay in a suite, with breakfast both mornings and an evening meal included for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own 100% honest thoughts.