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’
With the focus primarily on guests experience and how Glenlo can offer a distinct, unique and personable Five Star experience to mirror the very best throughout Ireland. Each of the 50 bedrooms and suites has been completely transformed with this focus in mind. 
Grand Suite at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway  - Luxury 5 star hotel in West of Ireland
Contemporary interiors yet in keeping with the timeless elegance have been the mainstay of the refurbishment. Guests can relax in luxurious surroundings with plush bedroom furnishings; each of the Abbey Classic and Corrib Deluxe bedrooms come complete with Mindy Browne lamps, Baroque style mirrors, woven Axminster carpets throughout, diamond tufted headboards handmade by Abbeyowney, bespoke Queen Anne style furniture - upholstered in Boyle & Butler fabrics, Damask Zoffany Wallpapers and handmade curtains from the Cremins Moiselle Trend Collection.  Step into an oasis of calm, with a colour palette of muted gold tones and subtle duck egg blues.
The signature look of the bedroom corridors with woven Axminster tartan carpets, photographs of Connemara landscapes from Sean Tompkins, attract the eye as you stroll towards your room, set beautifully against the dark mahogany woodwork.
Corrib Deluxe Bedroom at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway
The restoration of our three elegant receptions rooms in the main house which exude old world charm; the Ffrench Room, the Kentfield Lounge and the Palmer Bar where guests can enjoy a relaxing pre dinner drink and canapés, our signature Afternoon Tea or take time out to relax and read.
Palmer Bar at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway
Palmer Bar
The Oak Cellar Bar now includes a beautiful new lounge – a hat tip to an elitists men’s club, with restored herringbone parquet floors, darkened mahogany panelling, softened with tartan upholstered chairs and aged leather sofas. An ideal hideaway, just off what was the original parlour of the house.
The 18th Century Abbey has been transformed with under floor heating, redesigned with lighter tones highlighting the gothic style windows and natural wooden beams. And our beautiful new south-facing terrace to the rear of the Abbey, overlooking the walled garden, is ideal for BBQ’s or just a quiet lunch in the sunshine.
Abbey at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate  - Beautifully restored and perfect for a private dining banquet or wedding ceremony
18th Century Abbey
Banquet in the 18th century Abbey at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate  - Banquets Galway
18th Century Abbey
And most exciting of all is the restoration & re-opening of the Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express, Galway’s most unique dining experience. A 66 seater restaurant comprising of 2 of the original carriages from the Orient Express tastefully restored to its former glory and recently awarded an AA Rosette for its cuisine.
Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway
Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express
The redevelopment of the 9-hole golf course has brought a renewed lushness to the hotel grounds.  Originally designed by Jeff Howes and redesigned by Christy O’Connor, the course has undergone extensive redevelopment in the last two years and final works are almost complete to bring the course back to its former glory. The golf course has been restored to a traditional 9-hole layout. In the past, each hole had two greens.  The golf design experts have collaborated on which green was the most unique and challenging for each hole and an extensive renovation of these greens was implemented. The old greens have been reintegrated into rough and fairways and also serve to frame the newly restored greens. Tee Box restoration has been completed and now boasts a Championship, Men's and Ladies’ Tee.  Natural water hazards have been dredged and exposed around the course. 7 of the 9 holes boast a water hazard. The rough has clearly defined first and secondary cuts.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Golf Course - 9 Hole Golf Course Galway
9 Hole Golf Course 
The driving range has been upgraded to 21 bays: 9 covered bays and 12 outdoor bays. Upgraded with partitions and matts and The Driving Range is fully floodlit for night-time practice. The newly built elevated putting green is now completed and floodlights have been installed ensuring golfers an illuminated putting surface during dark hours.
Drving Range at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate and Golf Course Galway Ireland
21 Bay Driving Range
Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate 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. He is currently building his team and plans on changing the menus each season using the finest, locally sourced ingredients. Alan’s cooking style is classic in origin with modern nuisances, letting the quality of the ingredients shine through.  Guests can look forward to some incredible taste sensations on The Pullman Restaurant Aboard The Orient Express this autumn.   Glenlo Abbey also plan on hosting some very special food & beverage concepts over the coming months.  
Visit  for details on autumn/winter breaks. T: 091 519600.  E:
Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express
Pullman Restaurant aboard the Orient Express
Afternoon Tea served by the fireside in the Ffrench Room at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate
Afternoon Tea by the Fireside
Vistorian inspired decor of the ffrench Room at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate  - Luxury 5 star hotel in the West of ireland
Victorian Inspired Ffrench Room
Classic King Bedroom at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway, luxury 5 star hotel in west of Ireland
Classic King Bedroom 
Grand Suite at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway = Luxury 5 star hotel in West of Ireland
Grand Suite with view overlooking Lough Corrib
Grand Suite Lounge at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate Galway lusury 5 star hotel in West of Ireland
Grand Suite Lounge 

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September 10, 2015