Situated by the lapping shores of Lough Atalia, the stylish Abbey Lodge is a centrally placed option for the avid urban adventurer. A wealth of information booklets and brochures – and of course, the helpful advice of the friendly staff – will help you to discover the delights of Galway, such as the 16th-century Spanish arch and the lively traditional music pubs. On the day of departure, you can also store your luggage here, making life easier if you want to take a quick trip out to the city’s artisan souvenir shops before you leave.
The four bedrooms are light and airy, with pale-hued wood floors, striking feature walls and handy appliances, including tea- and coffee-making facilities, adding a contemporary feel to this picturesque lakeside setting next to sparkling Lough Atalia, home to an ancient holy well. Outsize buttoned headboards and rich colour pops on soft furnishings and beds add a touch of chic. If you’re touring with a car, private parking is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Variety is the spice of life at the Abbey Lodge, thanks to its extensive breakfast menu. While the prospect of a typical Irish breakfast – think sausages, eggs, bacon, white and black puddings and more – is always tempting, a continental alternative is offered if you’re after something lighter. You can also enjoy a freshly brewed coffee to perk you up for the day ahead, all served in the bright, open-plan dining area.