We decided on a whim to book our first weekend break as a foursome. Being honest I didn’t put a massive amount of research into picking the hotel. I had heard from some of my friends that The Connacht Hotel in Galway was great and really child friendly so we booked in for the last weekend in August.
I had originally booked a regular room but my sister and her husband decided they would come with us and would babysit to let us enjoy the Galway night life!! Naturally we jumped at the chance. I sent the hotel a message via Twitter to organise a change in room to the 2 bedroom apartment with the small kitchen (very handy with young kids!) and Emma organised it for us. (By the way she is a total credit to the hotel extremely helpful, no request was too much hassle)
We arrived on the Friday around 3 o’clock to a busy lobby, despite how busy it was reception was so attentive and welcoming. The lovely gentleman on reception talked through the facilities for us as well as those for kids (more on this below).
The Room/ apartment
Unusually the apartment was in the actual hotel, its actually more like adjoining rooms with a kitchenette. It was spotlessly clean, and a great size and the kitchenette even though it was compact had everything you would need. I loved the layout as it suited our needs perfectly. The second bedroom had its own exit which was perfect for 2 couples on holidays. We had a lovely surprise when we entered the room. Fruit and chocolates, both gratefully devoured by my 3 year old!
The child friendly facilities
The hotel was busy with families and I could really see why. There was a kids club (Friendly Fellows) running during our stay, split into 2 groups 3 -5 and 6 -15 years. In the evenings there was a film on which allowed the parents to enjoy dinner or drinks. The kids club is fully supervised and located in the hotel itself which is great peace of mind for parents.
There is also a fantastic leisure centre on site (ill be honest I looked at it but didn’t use!) and a large pool. My son had his first experience of a swimming pool at The Connacht Hotel. His uncle took him both mornings and he loved every minute. The pool is a great size – 20 meters and also includes a Jacuzzi. Check out some additional pictures here
We sampled the food in the restaurant on Friday night. The Dada Fairy had the duck and I had the chicken pasta. He is incredibly picky about his food being a farmer himself and he gave the hotel food a huge thumbs up in terms of quality. The service was impeccable. I wish I knew the name of the gentleman who served us as he was fantastic. The right balance of service and chat.
During the day we brought the little men to Salthill where we enjoyed the aquarium and the amusements. The rain was terrible but it didn’t dampen the spirits.
We sampled the sister bar An Pucan on the Saturday night, this place is a must when in Galway city. The garden (outdoor area) is just fantastic. It was as expected busy on the Saturday night but very enjoyable.
We have already decided we will be back next year as it is so family friendly having facilities for both adults and children.
We booked direct via the hotel website – had the best value when I was shopping around.
~ Mamma F