Live like royalty
Ireland is home to numerous historic castles, most of which you can only gaze upon from afar and wonder what it would be like to stay inside. However, every so often you come across an actual castle that has been turned into a hotel. Not only do you have the pleasure of being surrounded by rich history, you’re also blessed with large open areas and modern luxuries.
Stay near the heart of Galway at Ballynahinch Castle to revel in river views and 182 hectares of lush woodlands, where you can enjoy old-school activities. You can also room at Kilcolgan Castle, which has been standing since the 11th Century.
Bunk down with buddies
Galway is no stranger to that classic Irish party atmosphere and the best way to experience it is by staying at one of the many hostels around town. With comfortable and modern accommodation at a very cheap price, you can save some dollars for a few extra pints of Guinness while out on the town.
Voted the best hostel in Ireland in 2014, the Kinlay Eyre Square Hostel offers a remarkable amount of facilities for the price. Other central hostels include the well-equipped Sleepzone, the luxurious Bunk Hostel and the Barnacles Quay Street Galway City, which has a lively common room.
Sleep by the water on Galway Bay
If you’re visiting during summer, take advantage of the beautiful Irish weather by staying right on Salthill Beach overlooking Galway. The water is perfect for swimming and you can find soft sand in most areas. As it's only a few minutes from Galway’s city centre, you still have easy access to all of the city sights, attractions and nightlife.
The Galway Bay Hotel offers a sunny terrace with impressive views of Galway Bay. A richly-furnished interior and numerous leisure facilities keep everyone happy. You can also stay at the Salthill Hotel, where sleeping is done in absolute comfort and various dining establishments treat a range of tastes and styles.