Hotel Meyrick, Galway
I was prepped for an emotional return to the Aran Islands, where I was born, and haven’t been back since I was 2 years old. And after a long, amazing day where we visited both Skellig Michael island and the amazing Cliffs of Moher, so some times (often?!) the time is right to throw yourself into some serious luxury. So me and the team did just that, we valet-parked our campervan at Galway’s best hotel, the Hotel Meyrick.
The Hotel Meyrick’s location couldn’t be better. Right on Eyre Square, bang in the city centre, walking distance from everywhere you’ll want to visit during your stay in Galway. Less than 10 minutes walk to the town hall to catch a show, or to Cross Street and High street is also a 10 minute stroll where you’ll find countless pubs and bars. Same goes for the Spanish Arch and the Cathedral, all within 10 mins. Perfect.
Not only that, there was a wrap-around view of Galway harbour, and with the sun not setting in Irish summers until 10pm or later, it was spectacular. The bathroom was equally as big, and for a guy with a million and one projects running through his mind, this kind of space is so calming. I loved it. Oh, and the beds. The beds! Eurrrgh it was heartbreaking to leave that level of comfort so early the next morning!
I struggled to leave the Hotel Meyrick truth-be-told, it was gorgeous. Our first port-of-call was the No.15 restaurant in the Hotel Meyrick, dinner for 4 after our epic day. It was mid-week so it was quiet, which was perfect for us. The service was impeccable and the Tunisian waitress was brilliant and hilarious, we had a great time, I’m sure the bottle of red wine helped too. Fresh fish, fillet steaks, risotto, perfection. All that means is that I was excited to wake up and sample their full-Irish breakfast the next morning
All that means is that I was excited to wake up and sample their full-Irish breakfast the next morning. There luxury all you can eat breakfasts was AMAZING, but I was piling the pounds on by the day. That didn’t stop me, not when it tastes that good.
The Hotel Meyrick is Galway’s best 4* hotel (how it’s not 5* I do not know, but it’s better than most 5* I’ve ever stayed in for sure). The Victorian building immediately lets you know that the hotel is over 160 years old. The lobby is beautiful, the bar is perfect and the restaurant was delicious. The staff, unreal and the room as I mentioned was massive.
You see where the €180 room prices go with every corner you turn. Money well spent. The level of detail, the location, the comfort. Just outstanding in every department.
MY SCARF and AMAZING SERVICE:
A final note to exemplify just how great the team at the Hotel Meyrick were. Me being me, for the 100th time, I left something in my hotel room and continued on my journey. This time is was something quite pricey though, my Louis Vuitton scarf! Anyway, I called them. Within 5 minutes they had called me back, asked for an address and had dispatched it immediately.
By the time I returned to Kilkeel, County Down my scarf was waiting for me at my mum’s house in Ireland. Trustworthy. Now that is great service. Thank you to your cleaners, and to your staff who sorted that all out. It was amazing.
Sad to leave, my former home of the Aran Islands beckoned. So we jumped in the campervan and headed to Rossaveal to board the ferry to Inishmore. I can’t wait to come back to this place, both the hotel and Galway.
Check out this awesome video about the region I traveled through, and the gorgeous hotel: