Fodor's Expert Review The Hardiman

Eyre Sq., Galway City, Co. Galway, Ireland

Galway's grande-dame hotel (formerly Hotel Meyrick) was built to accommodate train passengers to the heart of Galway in the middle of the 19th century, but even after an expensive makeover, the hotel has managed to retain its Victorian character and restrained opulence with black-and-white-checkered tiles, sash windows, solid oak fixtures, and crystal chandeliers. The upstairs corridors are still wide enough to cater to the wide-hooped dresses worn by its earliest guests. Smaller "carriage rooms," at a reduced rate, are good for single guests. The gaslight brasserie and Oyster Bar are a welcome addition to Galway's evening scene.

PROS

  • fantastic on-site dining
  • location on Eyre Square
  • rooftop hot tub

CONS

  • not all bedrooms have a/c
  • architecturally lacking and reflects little of the city
  • limited parking

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Classic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 091-564--041

HOTEL DETAILS

103 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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