Extract from Keith Mahon's review of Glenlo Abbey published on Taste.com. 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.
Chaperoned by the delightful receptionist through the quaint hallway to our room we could never have imagined the palatial suite that awaited. The Grand Suites are comprised of a duo of dining/resting spaces along with a more than spacious bedroom and a marble finished bathroom.
A welcoming dessert plate of mouthwatering treats along with a delightful Sherry decanter was much appreciated and provided the energy boost needed to get outside and explore our stunning surroundings.
Before going outside to explore we decide to investigate all that is on offer inside. Abbey Movie Theatre is a stunning private cinema. The night we stayed the movie showing was Murder On The Orient Express, how very apt! Fresh popcorn and a cocktail in hand, we can’t think of a better way to round off an evening.
All set to tour the outside offerings of this wonderful hotel we made our way back out. The dramatic expense of land extends right down to the waters of Lough Corrib. A pristine golf course is heavily occupied with keen golfers of all ages. The Abbey itself is a beautiful little spot and certainly enhances the overall sense of serenity. Lots of beautiful roses and lavender vividly scent the air.
Ready to dine, a quick change and we are on our way to the bar for a pre dinner cocktail. An Old Fashioned and a Martini were just the ticket.
The very thought of dining aboard two original carriages from The Orient Express had us giddy with anticipation. Two fully restored carriages are perched at the back of the hotel, taking in the sweeping views of the golf course and Lough Corrib. Stepping aboard we are greeted by our very charming, informative and dare we say, slightly theatrical servers for the evening. A fine bunch of handsome men that clearly love what they do and go to great lengths to ensure all diners are taken care of throughout this glorious food journey we are all embarking on.
In summary, if you are seeking a uniquely Irish, Five Star, luxury stay Glenlo Abbey ticks all of the boxes and has something for everyone. The solo traveler, couples, families and even groups of friends. The Pullman Restaurant has a quirky Joie de Vivre and a top class kitchen that is producing revolutionary food. This is a Five Star stay we strongly advocate.
REVIEW BY KEITH MAHON
Read the full artice here: www.thetaste.ie