The g Hotel Galway: Hats Off To High Style In Ireland
Galway is one of Ireland’s most traditionally atmospheric cities, so it comes as something of a surprise to find one of the country’s most avant-garde hotels here on the west coast instead of in Dublin. The g Hotel, located on the outskirts of Galway at the head of the harbour, was designed by Irish milliner Philip Treacy, hatmaker for the British Royal Family. The high style is immediately apparent upon entrance into the all-black lobby, where specially created black Swarovski crystals glisten under the glass of the Reception desk. The various public rooms are all intentionally decorated in totally different colour themes to suit the mood of the guest at any given time of day. Throughout the hotel are artworks related to the fashion industry, with famous faces like Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, and Lisa Fonssagrives (the world’s first supermodel) showing up in various locations.
The guestrooms are more neutral in colour but no less impressive in comfort. Linda Evangelista, a friend of Philip Treacy, was the inspiration for the dramatic Linda Evangelista Suite, the hotel’s top category of accommodation. Like the supermodel herself, the suite is understated in elegance yet delivers an overall impact of dazzling beauty. This suite has a private terrace with view of the water.
Unlike supermodels, guests at the g can eat to their hearts’ content, not difficult to do when seeing all the delicious choices on the menu at gigi’s, the g Hotel’s restaurant. As are the other public rooms, gigi’s is a large space that feels cosy thanks to the smart design and choice of colours. In town, the hip and happening Tribeton bar and restaurant, owned by the g’s owners, is a great place for all-day drinks and dining. The very friendly staff and upbeat ambience ensure diners leave with smiles on their faces, if not also the leftovers of their meals from the generous portions served. Make sure to try the gin; Tribeton bottles its own gin and takes great pride in the preparation and presentation of its gin drinks in particular.
The g’s spa is an ESPA, which of course equates to treatments of the highest calibre; the guestroom toiletries and even the turndown chocolates are also provided by ESPA. A spa treatment may be in order after a daytour visiting the many attractions in the area around Galway; the g Hotel makes an ideal base for visiting the famous Cliffs Of Moher, The Burren, and Connemara on land or for taking a boating excursion in the sea, maybe even visiting the Aran Islands off the coast of western Ireland. These excursions are easily arranged by Ireland Chauffeur Travel, which can provide every transport service necessary from a simple airport transfer to a full itinerary for a delightful visit to Ireland. Tourism Ireland‘s website provide much information on Galway and surrounding regions along western Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way to help plan a trip.