Glenlo Abbey Hotel Wins Three Awards from Top Travel Sites

May 26, 2016

Glenlo Abbey Hotel has been named in the ‘Top 50 Boutique Hotels in the World’ in the prestigious™ Loved by Guests Awards 2016. An annual awards program celebrating the best reviewed hotels on leading accommodation website
With an average guest rating of 4.6 out of 5 from, Glenlo Abbey Hotel has been included as one of just 50 hotels worldwide to be awarded ‘Best for Boutique Hotels’ in the Loved by Guests awards, all based on trusted reviews from guests who have stayed in the properties. A prestigious award, as it is based on past guest experiences and review scores.

“The hotels included in the Loved by Guests awards really are the best of the best in the eyes of travellers,” said Elena Novokreshchenova, Director of Global Content for Brand.  “There are hundreds of thousands of hotels worldwide, so to feature in the top 50 for this category is a great accomplishment.”


Galway's Orient Express: Inside Ireland's most unusual hotel restaurant
Pól O'Conghaile visits the Pullman Restaurant

April 07, 2016

It’s the last thing you expect to find overlooking Lough Corrib.

A pair of vintage railway carriages slotted into a purpose-built platform, buffed and beautified as if ready to depart for Istanbul in the morning.

Welcome to Glenlo Abbey's Pullman Restaurant.Set in two, gorgeously-restored carriages that once travelled to destinations as exotic as Monte Carlo and St. Petersburg - and even featured in Sidney Lumet’s 1974 movie, Murder on the Orient Express, starring Albert Finney and Ingrid Bergman - these Galway girls form Ireland's most unusual hotel dining rooms.


All Aboard!
Lucinda O'Sullivan visits the Pullman Restaurant

March 14, 2016

Looking for Romance? Lucinda O'Sullivan says the fabulous Pullman Resaurant at Galway's Gelnlo Abbey Hotel, set within two of the original carriages from the world-famous Orient Express, is a one-of-a-kind dining experience. 

"The train may not have left the station but, nevertheless, we embarked on an exquisite taste journey that wasn't just romantic, but one of the best dining experiences i have had in a very long time" 


Introducing Head Chef - Alan McArdle

January 01, 2016

Glenlo Abbey Hotel has welcomed a new award winning Head Chef in April, Alan McArdle.  Having previously worked in some of Ireland’s top hotels and restaurant including, Moy House Lahinch, The G Hotel Galway, Harvey Nicholls Dublin, Bijou Restaurant Dublin, La Mere Zou and L’Ecrivain, Alan brings a depth of knowledge and flair to the kitchens at Glenlo Abbey. 


Glenlo Abbey Hotel - AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence

December 18, 2015


The Pullman Restaurant at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway, has been awarded an AA Rosette for the second consecutive year, in recognition of our culinary excellence. Set aboard two carriages from the iconic Orient Express, the restaurant offers a unique dining experience as well as spectacular views across the spacious Glenlo Abbey estate to nearby Lough Corrib.
AA Rosettes are awarded solely for the quality of the restaurant’s cooking that demonstrates consistent standards of all dishes on the menus. To specifically achieve an AA Rosette Award, innovation, greater technical skills, consistency and judgement in combining and balancing ingredients are required. Rosettes are only awarded to those restaurants which aim for and achieve higher standards. They must exhibit greater precision in their cooking and selection of quality ingredients.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel - Magical Christmas Program 2015

October 28, 2015

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  

– Norman Vincent Peale

Having recently completed it’s renewal and renovation programme, the 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway has launched it’s 2015 Christmas Program.
Celebrate Christmas in style, in one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels located two miles from the vibrancy of Galway city and overlooking the magnificent Lough Corrib.  Stay over the festive period and indulge in the most enchanting winter walks, tempting gourmet food, delightful music and unparalleled comfort. Glenlo Abbey Hotel at Christmas – the perfect place to relax and rejoice with family and friends.

This year the festive package includes a three night stay inviting guests to arrive on Christmas Eve,  Thursday, December 24th and depart on Sunday, December 27th. 


Afternoon Tea Week of Wonders, 24th - 30th October

September 15, 2015

To celebrate the completion of the recent refurbishment of the hotel and re-development of the golf course, Glenlo Abbey Hotel is pleased to announce an annual ‘Afternoon Tea Week of Wonders’ event.
From Saturday October 24th – 30th,  the 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel will marry a different theme daily with wondrous and mouth-watering creations from Head Chef Alan McArdle and his kitchen brigade. The hotel is most recognised for its unique fine dining restaurant aboard two former carriages of the Orient Express and this forms the setting for the opening day of the ‘Week of Wonders’
To Book: Contact +353 91519600 or email 
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Glenlo Abbey Hotel - Reborn and Awaiting Discovery

September 10, 2015

The 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Galway is pleased to announce the completion of a two year grand renewal and refurbishment process.
Following on from the initial refurbishment of the Corrib Banqueting Suite in 2013, the €2 million re-development of the main house and bedrooms of Glenlo Abbey Hotel has been completed in full.
Rory O’ Sullivan General Manager of the hotel commented ‘The refurbishment process has given Glenlo Abbey Hotel real momentum to build upon the fine standing that the hotel garnered since its initial opening in 1992. It is fitting that we recently welcomed the President of Germany to stay in the hotel at the end of the refurbishment process, as the house itself was long renowned as a destination of note for landed gentry, statesmen and royalty alike down through the years. We are well positioned to truly offer a warm, personable and luxurious experience, which will compete with the very best of luxury hotels throughout the country. The staff of the hotel has contributed greatly to the success of the refurbishment and to creating enchanting and lasting memories for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you’

Lady Captain's Day - 12th July 2015

July 17, 2015

Lady Captain’s Day was held on Sunday July 12th.  The course was in perfect condition and received great compliments from our visitors.  Over 60 players took part - including twelve of our “Get into Golf” ladies - and the weather was perfect.


New Head Coach for Gary Madden Golf Academy

April 15, 2015

We are delighted to welcome Ian Kearney onboard as Head Coach at the Gary Madden Golf Academy. 

Ian has joined us from Trump International Golf Links in Doonbeg and is great addition to the team. 


Palmer Bar named after Palmer Family

April 02, 2015

The new Palmer Bar at Glenlo Abbey, situated just off the Ffrench Room offers guests a quiet retreat with views overlooking the terrace and 18th Century Abbey. 

The Palmer Bar is so called after the Palmer Family who purchased Glenlo in 1897. 


Croí announced as our nominated Charity for 2015

March 20, 2015

Throughout the year Glenlo Abbey Hotel will host and support a number of fundraising events. 


5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel appoints Rory O’ Sullivan as New General Manager

February 16, 2015

Rory OSullivan General ManagerRory a native of Kenmare in Kerry is no stranger to 5* service  and attention to detail having worked alongside the Brennan Brothers - John & Francis of ‘At Your Service’ fame for the last 8 years as General Manager of The Park Hotel Kenmare. Prior to that Rory worked as General Manager of the 4* Castle Hotel Macroom in Cork and also spent time in Dubai, France and Australia. Whilst in Dubai Rory worked with the Jumeirah group of hotels and spent time in the flagship hotel the Burj Al Arab. Galway man Gerard Lawless is Executive Chairman of the Jumeirah Group.