Family Staycation in the Heart of Galway

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Stephanie Buckley is an award-winning Irish travel and lifestyle blogger and creator of Eat Sleep Chic.

If you’re planning a staycation with the family and want to be in the beating heart of the capital of culture, Harbour Hotel Galway is in a great location.

The hotel is well connected to the hustle, bustle and entertainment that run through the city centre. We loved that it was so close to the Eyre Square’s buzzing atmosphere (3 min walk) and only 10 minutes away from the Salthill Promenade on foot.

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Interconnecting Family Rooms

The Harbour Hotel Galway offers a sea inspired city break with their fresh nautical-inspired bedroom design.

Families can enjoy a comfortable getaway in one their spacious interconnecting rooms complete with high speed free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning with climate control. The family rooms are ideal for teens, toddlers, mom and dad to all enjoy together, while having their own bit of space and quiet time.

Rooms come with mini fridge, stocked with complimentary bottled water.

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Gluten Free biscuit with fresh orange, cream and sorbet.


Guests benefit from having an impressive hotel restaurant on site with an AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence. Dillisk on the Docks is a modern, spacious restaurant with stylish rustic decor.

The menus consist of combinations of both modern-creative and traditional styles of cooking using only local producers. I’m just putting this out there – we had the best chicken wings we’ve had in years in this eatery! The children’s dinner of fish & chips was fit for a prince (see photo above) – freshly battered fish, home cut chips and side salad.

Gluten Free

There weren’t many gluten free dessert options on the menu so the chef rustled up a delicious creation of his own, just for me! I was very impressed with the attention to detail and the effort that was made to cater to my dietary requirements. It’s little touches like this, that make your hotel stay a memorable one!


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As you probably already know, hot, self-serve, breakfast buffet is a thing of the past due to Covid 19. Guests must order hot food options, which aren’t exposed to anyone but the chef and server. I actually prefer this style of hotel breakfast.

The continental breakfast offering now consists of individual bowls of fruit and yogurt, and pastries covered in cellophane. The cereal boxes are placed in cereal bowls ready for guests to grab and go. Juices are pre-poured and capped, ready for the taking.

Things To Do

During our stay we took a stroll over to Eyre Square (3 minutes walk) to enjoy the buskers, skateboarders and some general people watching. Phoenix (21 months) was mesmerised by the young men in action, performing tricks and jumps on their skateboards. When the drums and singing started in the distance he ran in the direction of the music and started dancing. A lot of excitement to take in for a little one.

The hotel website offers a list of Things to Do in Galway.

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