Is this original Orient Express train the most unique restaurant in Ireland?

July 17, 2019

The Pullman Restaurant brings you the Orient Express in the heart of the west of Ireland.



July 17, 2019

Extract from Keith Mahon's review of Glenlo Abbey published on Here are the highlights from his Stay with us. 


Situated just outside of Galway City, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate in all of its Five Star finesse is picturesquely perched on the edge of Lough Corrib.

Walking up the flight of steps to the entrance and being greeted by a top hat wearing, beaming concierge immediately sets the Five Star tone for our stay. Check in is seamless with a receptionist that is so warm and welcoming. Our inner child ecstatic when we are handed train tickets to present when we attend dinner on board The Pullman Restaurant later that evening. This is one very special restaurant and it will soon become clear why.


Glenlo Abbey has been named one of Blue Books 10 most beautiful places to eat by the Irish Times

July 03, 2019

The Pullman restaurant at Glenlo Abbey has been named as one of the top 10 of the Blue Book’s most beautiful places to eat by The Irish Times. 


The reopening of the Glenlo Abbey Hotel has been featured in multiple publications

June 26, 2019

The reopening of the Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate after extensive refurbishments has been covered in the Belfast Business First magazine and Food For Thought, the official publication for the Restaurants Association of Ireland.


Award-winning travel writer Gemma Fullam details her stay at The Glenlo Abbey

June 17, 2019

Glenlo Abbey which was built in the 18th Century by the Ffrench family, one of the 14 tribes of Galway, feels more like a grand country house than a hotel, and its interior spaces are exquisite.


East meets west at Galway's Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Belfast Telegraph Review

September 08, 2018

Galway has always been a city close to my heart, thanks to many fond memories of childhood holidays in the Salthill area, so when I was given the opportunity to stay at the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, I jumped at the chance.


Glenlo Abbey Golf Memberships for 2019

November 28, 2017

Set on the banks of Lough Corrib, the scenic Glenlo Abbey Golf Course is situated only 2 miles from the vibrant city of Galway, located on the grounds of the 5 star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate & Estate. Designed by Ryder Cup legend Christy O’Connor Jr, the course has been recognised as one of the best 9 Hole Golf Courses in the Republic of Ireland.


Glenlo Abbey Hotel enters Irelands Blue Book 2018 Edition

November 28, 2017

2018 is set to be an exciting year for Ireland’s Blue Book with 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, Galway, joining the illustrious collection.


Murder on the Orient Express Experience at Glenlo Abbey Hotel

November 10, 2017

To celebrate the imminent release of Murder on the Orient Express, starring Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kenneth Branagh and more, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, Galway have teamed up with 20th Century Fox Ireland to offer an ‘exclusive’ accommodation package with an opportunity to dine aboard one of the very carriages that was used in the filming of the original Murder on the Orient Express movie.


Glenlo Abbey Hotel wins Ireland’s Fine Dining Restaurant at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards

September 28, 2017

Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate’s Pullman restaurant, Galway was named Ireland's Fine Dining Restaurant at the Gold Medal Awards in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine on Tuesday September 26th. Editor and Gold Medal Awards Judge, Sybil Mulcahy said: "The calibre of entries this year was incredible and we are delighted to see such a strong offering in our hospitality industry – it bodes extremely well for the tourism sector and for our economy as a whole.”


Special Occasions
Make It Memorable at Glenlo Abbey

August 11, 2017

If you are looking to celebrate an occasion with panache and style, then Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate invites you to an unforgettable and captivating experience.


Take Aim
at Glenlo Abbey Hotel

July 19, 2017

As part of our ongoing journey to enhance our guests stay at Glenlo Abbey, Galway we have recently added a new Billiards Room to add a new dimension to the experience for new and returning guests..  A recent article from our General Manager, Rory O'Sullivan 


New Layer of Luxury
at Glenlo Abbey Hotel

July 19, 2017

Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate in Galway has recently added a new layer of luxury for Guests with the recent refurbishment of our Abbey Theatre Movie Room. A recent article from our General Manager, Rory O'Sullivan 


Afternoon Tea at Glenlo Abbey
Anne Marie Carroll Review in the Galway Advertiser

June 08, 2017

Tucked away just two miles from Galway city is the five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, in vast acres of rich, lush, scenery on the banks of Lough Corrib. The abbey is the ancestral home to one of Galway’s famous tribes, the Ffrench family. The graceful, gothic, two-storey house was built in 1740, with the abbey itself being constructed in the 1790s as a private church for the family. In the 1980s, the house and estate were bought, restored, and converted, transforming it into a unique hotel....



Flavours of Summer aboard the Pullman Restaurant

June 07, 2017

Michael Safarik, Head Chef at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate has just launched the new Summer Menu aboard the Pullman Restaurant. Recently awarded 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and Best Private Dining with the Restaurant Association of Ireland, Michael has crafted a show–stopper of a menu for diners this Summer.
Inspired by the quality of local produce and foraged ingredients. Michael reconnects with food and flavours growing around us - gathered on the estate and further afield. Foraged on the West Coast, this menu is a joyful expression of what this region has to offer


Glenlo Abbey Hotel Wins RAI Award

June 07, 2017

The Pullman Restaurant won the 9th annual RAI (Restaurant Association of Ireland) National Award for the Best Private Dining and Club Restaurant.

We were thrilled beyond belief to win this coveted National Award and and are delighted that our beloved Pullman has been recognised for its unique  charm” said General Manager, Rory O’Sullivan.


Jim Dobson's The Best Of Ireland -

May 05, 2017

Extracts from Jim Dobson's Articles first published on in April 2017. Here are the highlights from his Stay with us at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate and his Galway visit. 

"We continue our voyage down the coast to Galway and to another beautiful and remarkable location, Glenlo Abbey. Nestled peacefully on a stunning 138 acre estate on the edge of Southern Ireland’s largest lake, Lough Corrib, the five star newly refurbished Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate offers travelers the perfect retreat away from it all. More like staying in a private mansion, Glenlo is located near the bohemian medieval walled city of Galway..


Glenlo Abbey Hotel's Pullman Restaurant Wins Second AA Rosette

October 27, 2016


The Pullman Restaurant at the five star Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, Galway, has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes in recognition of their 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 Glenlo Abbey estate to nearby Lough Corrib.


Glenlo Abbey Hotel Wins Three Awards from Top Travel Sites

May 26, 2016

Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate 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 & Estate 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 & Estate 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 & Estate, 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 & Estate 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 & Estate 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 & Estate is pleased to announce an annual ‘Afternoon Tea Week of Wonders’ event.
From Saturday October 24th – 30th,  the 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate 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 & Estate 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 & Estate has been completed in full.
Rory O’ Sullivan General Manager of the hotel commented ‘The refurbishment process has given Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate 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’

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 & Estate 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.