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St. Jude's Bed and Breakfast 4.0

Galway, Province of Connacht, Western Ireland

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Pros

  • Bed-and-breakfast set in a stately 1920s stone house 
  • Charming guest rooms with lovely period decor
  • All rooms have flat-screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms
  • Formal dining room, lounge, and an outdoor patio 
  • Free breakfast, and all-day coffee and tea 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 
  • Free parking

Cons

  • Seasonal hotel closes in winter months 
  • A bit removed from the city center 
  • Bathrooms have stall showers 

Bottom Line

Set in an impressive stone house dating from the 1920s, St. Jude's Bed and Breakfast is an intimate four-pearl hotel with a pretty outdoor patio and a cozy living room lounge. Its six guest rooms have been tastefully restored and feature charming decor, and all come equipped with flat-screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms, but they contain budget-looking stall showers. There are a few restaurants within easy walking distance, but the hotel is removed from some destinations in central Galway. Free breakfast is included in a formal dining room and dinners can be arranged for a fee. Travelers looking for accommodations closer to the waterfront in Salthill Village can compare with the Jameson Court Apartments.

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Scene

Upscale bed-and-breakfast in a restored 1920s house, popular with couples 

St. Jude's Bed and Breakfast occupies lovely 1920's house that's set back from the road, keeping street noise to a minimum. Stained-glass windows adorn the front door, which opens into a hallway with vintage floor tiles and dark-wood wainscoting. There's a lounge with comfortable armchairs on one side and a formal dining room on the other. The family-run property is staffed by locals (one daughter is the house chef) and there's a notable attention to detail, from the little trinkets and antiques decorating shelves and tables to the food and housekeeping. The hotel is open seasonally, and it's popular with couples on trips to Galway City and to the Wild Atlantic Way. Guests often share their own bottles of wine in the living room lounge or take in fresh air on the garden patio. 

Location

In a quiet neighborhood, walking distance to restaurants and bars

St. Jude's Bed and Breakfast is located in the Lower Salthill neighborhood, on a relatively quiet residential street surrounded by other private homes. There are a few small pubs and restaurants within walking distance, and the part of Galway that's west of the river is home to some of the city's trendiest spots, with plenty of gastropubs and quaint eateries. The lively Salthill Promenade, packed with bars and cafes, can also be reached on foot in less than 15 minutes. The Galway Golf Club is a five-minute drive, and most central Galway attractions, such as Eyre Square and Galway Cathedral, are within a 10-minute drive. Alternatively, there's a bus stop right across the street and Galway Rail Station is a 13-minute bus ride. Shannon Airport is about a 75-minute drive from the hotel.  

Rooms

Charming rooms with hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, and walk-in showers

The six guest rooms all have tasteful period decor, hardwood floors, quaint wallpaper, and rich dark-wood furniture. Three are located at the front of the house, with views of the front lawn and trees. These have either queen beds or two twin beds, small seating areas with tables and chairs, and two have pull-out cots suitable for children. Rooms at the back of the house overlook the garden patio. One on the ground floor has twin beds and French doors that open onto part of the patio. Another upstairs room has one double bed and a twin bed, and there's a Family Room with a double bed and two twin beds. Free Wi-Fi comes standard and all rooms have wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. There are also en-suite bathrooms, but stall showers detract from the otherwise charming spaces. 

Features

Free breakfast, living room lounge, and outdoor patio, plus free Wi-Fi

The free breakfast features locally sourced and seasonal produce, and it's served in the formal dining room. A traditional Irish breakfast of bacon, sausage, eggs, tomato, and mushrooms is typical, along with changing items like scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, organic porridge, and a variety of homemade breads. Guests setting out early can take a packed breakfast to go. Tea, coffee, and filtered water are available all day in the dining room. There's a living room lounge along with an outdoor patio, and guests are invited to bring their own bottles of wine or beer. Ample off-street parking is included.

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Address

Saint Judes 110 Salthill Road Lower, Galway, Ireland

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