26 January 2015

Banish the Winter Blues at Galway's Hotel Meyrick

Hotel Meyrick Galway Review

Mr Fluff and I decided to stage our own #antiJanuary protest by accepting an invitation to stay at The Meyrick Hotel. Perfectly located, this four-star hotel is the grand-dame of Eyre Square, right at the heart of Galway and conveniently located for everything the city has to offer. I’ll ‘fess up right now, though – we didn’t leave the hotel for our entire stay, preferring to stay cocooned within its elegant, art deco surrounds.


It helped, of course, that we were put up in the bridal suite; who in their right minds would want to leave this room?! There was character, warmth and atmosphere in spades – not to mention more square footage than our entire apartment (and the champagne we'd picked up in The Loop!).


Hotel Meyrick Galway Review
The facilities here are also quite delightful. The fifth floor spa is small, but very special: facilities include a steam room, gym and eight person jacuzzi. Best of all? A stunning outdoor hot tub on the roof, with the most amazing views out to the sea (which explains the smug looking selfie below!). 

And, of course, there are treatment rooms, from which Mr Fluff emerged looking fresh-faced and rejuvenated following a Dermalogica facial, while I enjoyed a skillful Swedish massage (thankfully, in a separate room, so there was no repeat of that Couples Suite experience!). 

Hotel Meyrick Galway Ireland Review

We were steeped in history, as well as bubbling water, throughout our two day stay. Built in 1852, Hotel Meyrick first opened its doors as the Railway Hotel; it later changed to the Great Southern and welcomed everyone from royalty to movie stars and heads of state throughout the years.  Now under the stewardship of the same management as the G (see my review), the hotel has been recently upgraded and looks exceptionally fine.


Hotel Meyrick Galway Ireland Review

You get that wow factor from the moment you step into the lobby, with its monochrome chequered tiles, crystal chandeliers and roaring fires.  But you’re also put immediately at ease by the warmth and welcome of the staff.  It feels luxurious and lovely, but not stuffy in the least.


Hotel Meyrick Galway Ireland Review

We especially liked the 20s styled Gaslight Bar & Brasserie, which was stylish and comfortable and a great spot for coffee, cocktails, pints or casual food. The seafood chowder (€6.95) and garlic crab claws (€12.50) were especially good. On Sundays, there is jazz, and brunch. 


Hotel Meyrick Galway Ireland Review

If you feel like banishing the winter blues, there are some very attractive packages on offer at this time of year. The ‘Pamper Me’ spa package struck me as really good value; enjoy two nights B&B, one night’s dinner and your choice of a hot stone back massage or luxury eye treatment - with full use of the spa facilities - from €159 per person sharing.  Till March, you can also avail of The Meyrick Experience, which is two nights B&B, a sharing platter in the Gaslight Bar & Brasserie, afternoon tea in the parlour lounge and access to the spa - from just €115 per person sharing; see hotelmeyrick.ie for more.
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