The House Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Galway, County Galway, Ireland

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Pros

  • Housed in a lovely historic stone building near Latin Quarter nightlife
  • Bold, quirky contemporary decor throughout
  • Stylish rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • Upscale bathrooms with rainfall showerheads and towel warmers
  • Hot spot restaurant, House Cocktail Bar & Bistro
  • Afternoon tea served in the lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Excellent breakfast with continental spread (included in some rates) and hot items a la carte

Cons

  • Some rooms have poor views and little natural light
  • No fitness center or spa services
  • Some rooms and bathroooms are on the small side

Bottom Line

This intimate, 40-room boutique is one of Galway's best upscale options, and has charm to spare, with a historic stone exterior and bold, quirky interior. There are few features to speak of -- no fitness center, spa services, or dedicated meeting rooms -- but the convenient location near the Spanish Arch and the heart of the Latin Quarter is ideal for sightseeing. Rooms have bright, stylish contemporary decor and upscale bathrooms with towel warmers and rainfall showerheads. The restaurant, The House Cocktail Bar & Bistro, is a local hot spot and serves modern Irish cuisine.

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 Scene

An intimate boutique hotel with stylish contemporary decor

Ireland is perhaps better known for its pokey B&Bs than its contemporary boutiques, and The House Hotel provides a welcome respite from plaid- and floral-filled inns. Its lobby lounge area is quirky and not a little girly, with plenty of pink furniture, bold color accents and prints, and eye-catching local artwork.

It's unsurprising that The House Hotel is popular with locals as well as guests, who come for dinner at The Parlour Bar & Grill, drinks at The Cocktail Bar (cocktail making classes can be reserved for eight guests or more), and afternoon tea or drinks in the lounge spaces. Though guests can find a scene-y atmosphere right on-site, numerous bars and restaurants in the hopping Latin Quarter are within easy walking distance.

 Location

Near The Spanish Arch and the hopping bars of The Latin Quarter

The House Hotel has an ideal location for tourists, within walking distance of the lively nightlife in the Latin Quarter. The Latin Quarter's cobblestone streets, hopping pubs, and variety of restaurants make it one of the city's principal tourist draws.

  • 1-minute walk to The Spanish Arch, a 16th-century stone archway built to protect the quays (though it isn't much to look at)
  • 2-minute walk to Quay Street, one of the main thoroughfares of the Latin Quarter
  • 3-minute walk to The King's Head, one of the city's most historic pubs
  • 5-minute walk to the ticket office for Aran Island Ferries
  • 5-minute walk to the bus for Rossaveal (where ferries to the Aran Islands depart)
  • 1-hour-15-minute drive to Kylemore Abbey
  • 1-hour-17-minute drive to Cliffs of Moher

 Food

A hot spot restaurant and cocktail bar

The House Hotel's restaurant, House Cocktail Bar & Bistro, is a destination for locals as well as guests. Three meals a day are served here, including the excellent breakfast, included in many rates; the continental spread includes pastries, muffins, meats, cheeses, and cereals, and hot items can be ordered a la carte.

For lunch and dinner, modern Irish cuisine is served, and a prix fixe early bird menu is offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended for dinner, particularly on weekends. Sample menu items include Jack Daniels marinated baby pork ribs and roast honey glazed half duck. A cheaper bar menu is offered with dishes such as Caesar salads and nachos.

The Cocktail Bar offers an assortment of house wines, beers on tap, and creative cocktails. The trained mixologists also offer classes for groups of eight or more.

 Services

Room service, free Wi-Fi, and free daily newspapers

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free daily newspapers
  • Room service
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning service
  • No on-site parking, but discounted parking for the nearby Hynes car park
  • Babysitting upon request

 Bottom Line

This intimate, 40-room boutique is one of Galway's best upscale options, and has charm to spare, with a historic stone exterior and bold, quirky interior. There are few features to speak of -- no fitness center, spa services, or dedicated meeting rooms -- but the convenient location near the Spanish Arch and the heart of the Latin Quarter is ideal for sightseeing. Rooms have bright, stylish contemporary decor and upscale bathrooms with towel warmers and rainfall showerheads. The restaurant, The House Cocktail Bar & Bistro, is a local hot spot and serves modern Irish cuisine.

Things You Should Know About The House Hotel

Address

  • Lower Merchants Road, Galway, Ireland

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Standard Room
  • Suite
  • Super Deluxe Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 40
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Galway, County Galway
Address: Lower Merchants Road, Galway, Ireland
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