Home after a really great two night stay at the Ardilaun. The staff in this hotel are extremely professional, efficient, polite & helpful. Every staff member we encountered over our stay- from telephone booking to reception staff, restaurant & bar, room service, beauticians and gym staff -ALL were friendly and just genuinely nice people who clearly take pride in their work.
We arrived on Friday evening and were met with a warm welcome. Delighted with our room- bright, airy, spacious & comfortable- plenty of storage, wi-fi available in bedroom and throughout hotel. Our patio doors opened out into a lovely back garden area with pathways, old garden walls, archways, seating areas and a fountain- the grounds at the Ardilaun are really lovely and well tended (we loved the gate house)
There was a lovely atmosphere in the hotel. There was a wedding party there on Friday evening and a nice buzz-also, the lobby area is very spacious with adjoining rooms- so, there was plenty of room for both the wedding party and other visitors to the hotel.
We ate in the restaurant on Friday evening- the waitress was excellent and we were both happy with the three courses we each had. Same waitress served us breakfast next morning and again did so with a smile. There was a nice selection of cereals, juices, breads and full Irish to choose from. We ordered room service for morning two and this arrived on time and again, was lovely. It was a lovely sunny morning and we ate with the patio doors open- there was also a table and chairs outside on the patio where we could sit and enjoy coffees with a reasonable amount of privacy. We both used the pool/sauna/steam rm/ Jacuzzi in the mornings- great facilities, friendly staff. I had some treatments in the beauty salon on Saturday- beautician was lovely and I really enjoyed both slots of pampering- worth a visit during your stay.
We stayed in one of the dog friendly rooms. We won the two night’s trip through a website called ohmydog.ie and were delighted to bring our little 4 legged friend along! There was a doggy bowl in the room on arrival with a dog biscuit (she hoovered that down). The patio doors were great- dog could wander about in the garden and run about while we pottered about in the room- while keeping an eye on her at the same time. We were provided with information about local dog walks (including directions) and numbers for vets. We were also provided with a list of rules about having the dog in the hotel- the general rules one would expect- cleaning up in the garden, dogs not allowed on furniture, supervising etc. It was a fantastic treat for us to be able to bundle our dog into the car, stay in the luxuries of The Ardilaun and get to wander around Galway city, Salthill and the dog’s favourite- Barna Woods. (Theres more information about the pet friendly rooms on the Ardilaun's webpage- although the link is hard to find and could be missed)
We would recommend The Ardilaun in a flash and we definitely want to return when we can. A local lady using the sauna/ gym facilities commented that she thought The Ardilaun was the best hotel in Galway. I would rank The Ardilaun certainly as one of the best hotels I have stayed in- Galway and beyond. We loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ardilaun is a family owned hotel, newly refurbished to a 4**** standard, Ideally located amongst spacious private grounds, minutes from city centre. 125 Luxurious bedrooms to include garden rooms and unique suites. Comfortable spacious lounges, award-winning "Camilaun Restaurant" and superb leisure club with its 18m swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gymnasium. Beauty salon on site. Conferencing facilities for up to 650 delegates. Complimentary car parking. ... more less
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