Where To Stay In Galway, Ireland: 10 Hotels & Vacation Rentals - Updated 2024

Where to Stay: Galway, Ireland
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Galway is perfectly balanced in history and magic. It meets every expectation for that quintessential and colorful Irish city, welcoming visitors with fresh seafood and shops galore. Standing along the western shores of Ireland, you’ll be perfectly situated to take in much of her beauty. Visit the Aran Islands aboard a ferry one morning. Hop in your car and explore Dublin’s fair city.

Let the magic seep in, let the rich Irish folklore take you over, and rest your head in any one of these fine accommodations come evening light.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 21, 2024.

1. Jurys Inn Galway (from USD 365)

Quay Street is a straight shot to Shop Street, the happiest lane in Galway. Shop Street features, of course, all the greatest shops and eateries! Not only a stone’s throw from Shop Street, Jurys Inn is also a 13-minute walk to the beach. What better way to rise in the morning than with a peek out your window to Galway Bay?

Rooms here feature “Dream” beds and you can be sure they live up to the name. With modern, fully-equipped rooms and a breakfast buffet, this is a great place to spend the night before tomorrow’s adventures.

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Leonardo Hotel Galway This is a Proud Certified property where you can be extra sure of a welcoming stay.

Wifi Available

Address: Quay Street
559 meters (0.4 ft) from Eyre Square

Parking Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms Internet services

2. The House Hotel (from USD 337)

Located in Galway’s historic Latin Quarter, The House Hotel is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Similar to its neighbor, Jurys Inn, The House Hotel is a mere 14-minute walk to stunning Galway Bay.

Within an old stone building, you’ll discover modern luxury at its finest. Its unique art deco style is show-stopping, especially when you consider its antique facade. Guest rooms boast an individual style, featuring every bell and whistle required for a comfortable stay.

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The House Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Lower Merchants Road, Tha Latin Quarter
512 meters (0.4 ft) from Eyre Square

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests Breakfast in the room

3. Galway City Hostel (from USD 49)

Now here’s a bargain - a safe, central, and clean bargain. You’ll find there are a lot of young travelers checking in here for the night. Galway City hostel offers free Wi Fi, luggage storage, breakfast, and a welcoming shared lounge.

Located right next to the train and bus station, this is your ticket to carefree exploration. You’re guaranteed to make some friends during your time here, all while keeping a little jingle in your pocket for those ferry rides to the Aran Islands or breathtaking moments at the Cliffs of Moher.

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Galway City Hostel - Solo Traveller Hostel

8.8 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Frenchville Lane, Eyre Square
114 meters (373.6 ft) from Eyre Square

Parking Bar Non-smoking rooms Laundry Internet services Safety deposit box Packed lunches Tour desk

4. Chic Room In the Heart of the Latin Quarter (from USD 73)

Also a bright and airy room in the heart of the Latin Quarter. You’ll find your host, Elena, to be very welcoming, offering fabulous tips to make you feel right at home.

All you have to do is walk out her front door and follow the music notes. Saddle up to any number of pubs for the night to drink in the live music and local cuisine. Laying in soft Egyptian sheets come nightfall will send you right into the sweetest of Irish dreams.

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Galway, Ireland
545 meters (0.4 ft) from Eyre Square
105 reviews   Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
tea and coffee facilities) weren’t clear
the room is comfy and quite fashionable lovely light in the morning
apartment feels safe & has lots of original art in it
the room was wonderful and enjoying coffee with elena made it feel like home
i loved the natural light and cleanness of the room
everything was clean and tidy
the room was clean and spotless extremely cozy and comfortable
the room and bathroom were spotless clean as well
the house was clean and confortable
our room was absolutely clean & comfortable
elena is a wonderful host
elena was a great host
elena was truly a wonderful host
elena is a great host and provided me with everything i needed
elena was such a great host
great location as well
location of apartment is the best
it's a perfect location
great apartment in a location that is brilliant
central location comfortable bed great shower
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5. Luxury for Couples In the Heart of Galway (from USD 89)

They mean it when they say luxury. In this newly refurbished studio, you’ll discover the charm of an 18th-century building mixes well with modern conveniences, including 4G Wi Fi, an electric shower, and sumptuous Egyptian cotton bedding. Standing proudly in the heart of the Latin Quarter, a comfortable pair of shoes will lead you to all the city’s best-kept secrets.

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Galway, Galway City Centre, Ireland
461 meters (0.3 ft) from Eyre Square
183 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the apartment was very nice as described/shown in the listing
roomy and clean apartment
perfect place clean and quiet with a lot or charm
clean upon arrival and easy check-in process
it was both modern and clean
check in and out very flexible the accomodation was very clean and in an excellent location
garrett was a great host
excellent host as well
garrett is a lovely host and most helpful
excellent stay and excellent host
garrett was an extremely helpful and wonderful host
absolutely perfect location in galway
great location- within walking distance to food/pubs/shopping
the location of this place is too perfect for words
the location was perfect for exploring galway
location location location awesome spot in the heart of galway city
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6. Luxury City Center Town House Overlooking Harbour (from 434 USD)

Are you ready to draw back your curtains in the morning and look out over Galway Bay? Will glistening waters make for a good acquaintance over your morning pot of tea? This townhouse really is the cream of the crop. Those harbor views will ignite your mornings, while the glow of Shop Street stands 500 feet (150 meters) away. How about capping off your day with a delicious​ meal in the Latin Quarter? Great! That’s only 320 feet (100 meters) from your door.

Luxury City Center Town House Overlooking Harbour

Price: from 434 USD

Number of Guests: 11

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7. Modern Duplex Apartment in Galway Centre (from USD 213)

We keep talking about Galway Bay, and that’s because magic reflects off its waters. This spot right here comes with a beautiful balcony, too.

As for the interior, it’s hard to know where to start. The kitchen is such a sight, it might be best to start there. The stonework behind the counters is something you’ll never see again. Its function matches its beauty, coming fully equipped for anything from a home cooked meal to a quick snack. The open-beam ceilings are a fine match for the home’s sensational stonework. The king-size bed is perfection.

Although we come to Galway Bay to see the sights, you’ll be more than a little sad to close the door on this humble abode when your time is up.

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831 meters (0.6 ft) from Eyre Square
12 reviews  
Apartment 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
we had everything we needed and the apartment was clean and comfortable
our hosts mary and ollie were amazing felt like we have friends in galway
great location in walking distance to city center that is so vibrant and full of wonderful people
nice location cute design very friendly hosts
such a warm welcome the unit was so comfortable and had a great location
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8. Griffin Lodge Guesthouse (from USD 57)

Griffin Lodge is a family-run, welcoming B&B and you’ll feel right at home as soon as you arrive. The feel of the shared lounge and bountiful pots of tea add a certain ambiance that’s hard to find elsewhere. Whether you’re looking to explore Galway locally, or ferry over to the Aran Islands, you’ll be glad to settle into your home away from home here on Fr. Griffin Place.

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Griffin Lodge Guesthouse

Address: 3 Fr. Griffin Place
999 meters (0.7 ft) from Eyre Square

Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Non-smoking throughout Cashless payment available Adult only All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Non-smoking rooms Process in place to check health of guests Parking

9. Luxury Yacht in Galway City Docks

When’s the next time you’ll be able to lull yourself to sleep in the shimmering waters of Galway Bay? This 53-foot (16.2 meter) yacht isn’t short on space with four ensuite bedrooms.

Your sitting area below deck, a.k.a. the saloon, features plenty of headroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Above deck, feel free to take out your travel journal as the sun goes down on Galway Bay. I don’t believe the sound of gently lapping water ever gets old. Since you’re in Ireland, who knows what kind of song it’ll sing.

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Galway, Ireland
485 meters (0.4 ft) from Eyre Square
169 reviews  
Boat 4 Beds 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we loved staying on the harbor and had plenty of room for all 7 of us
we had a very comfortable stay with 8 people
colettes place was great clean roomy very homey and warm
so much space immaculately clean and a really fun experience
the boat was spotlessly clean and lovely and warm
it was super clean and both the boaters and non-boaters aboard loved it
fantastic location so clean and thought of absolutely everything we could need
the hosts were great
hosts are friendly and helpful
our hosts communicated well and included thoughtful details
colette was a great host and gave us wonderful recommendations for restaurants and walking tours
colette was a very attentive host super helpful
the location is ideal
great central location in galway
the location is great - close to the center of town
an excellent location just a short walk into the city centre
a unique experience in a great location
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Harbor magic and painted streets

The magic of Galway’s waters will lap up your dreams for many nights to come. The musicality of its pub scene will dance in your heart for the rest of your life. The truth of the matter is, the Irish have never lost their sense of hospitality. Each of these hotels, hostels, Airbnbs and VRBOs will welcome you with open arms and soft pillows.

Enjoy your stay. It’s very likely I’ll meet you someday, in this colorful bouquet known as Galway Bay.

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