By Niamh Wallace
Galway is the perfect Christmas staycation spot. Here are magical boutique hotels for your trips with family, partners and friends to experience comfort, fine dining and festive fun.
Meadow Court Hotel - For Family Memories
Meadow Court Hotel is a four star boutique hotel in Galway, and will give your family a Christmas out of a storybook. Their furnishings are elegant: glittering candelabras, plush carpets and roaring fireplaces worthy of a visit from Santa Claus. Their colour schemes are rich and homely, and comfortable beds with feather down duvets allow you to step back in time without compromising comfort. Family rooms provide plenty of space for the kids to play, and a family stroll in the hotel gardens is perfect before warming up by the fire. Listen to live music on Saturdays, and sip mulled wine or Prosecco. Sit down for a decadent gala dinner to make the kids feel like they are dining with royalty. Meadow Court Hotel is a short drive from the coast, so you can feel a sea breeze at one of the beach spots on the Wild Atlantic Way, and explore Galway city to buy the perfect gifts to take home.
The Twelve Hotel - For Romance Galore
The Twelve Hotel is a four star boutique hotel, and an award winning Galway gem. This hotel is perfect for a romantic couples staycation, near the seaside of Bearna , perfect for sunset strolls. Experience their luxury rooms decorated in “west coast chic” style. For a specifically romantic getaway they have the famous “Funnymoon” suite, with mood lighting, a jacuzzi bath, a record deck and everything you need to spend quality time with your partner. Visit their “West” restaurant and sample some fresh fine dining in their cosy booths, with locally sourced ingredients showcasing the best of the west. If you are feeling more chill, visit Pizza Dozzina to have pizza in traditional Italian style, or order room service to spend more quality time together.
Forster Court Hotel - For Nights on the Cobble
Forster Court Hotel is a 3 star boutique hotel in Galway, a perfect choice for a Christmas staycation with friends. Based near Eyre Square, Forster Court Hotel is a perfect base for exploring the Christmas sights of the city, with the festive lights, cosy pubs and singers belting Last Christmas. They offer quad rooms, perfect for a group stay, and the comfortable beds will welcome you back after your evening out. Visit their in-house Hyde restaurant and bar for a memorable dining experience. The decor is modern with green velvet chairs and fluorescent lighting, worthy of an Instagram picture, as is the food they serve. Hyde is perfect for an elegant brunch with the girls, and for dinner seafood a la Galway, with Ireland’s largest selection of gins to choose from. The perfect place to begin a sensible night hopping between Galway’s famous pub strip, sipping mulled wine in Christmas jumpers and making stories to tell for years after.