Arches Hotel


Country : Ireland

County : Galway


Hotel Star Rating :3 Star


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Hotel Facilities

Hotel Restaurant

  • Vegetarian options
  • Early bird menu
  • Lunch served
  • Breakfast served
  • Dinner served

Things To Do In The Area

  • Cafe
  • Local restaurants
  • Sea fishing
  • Night clubs
  • Lakes
  • Children play centres
  • Comedy clubs
  • Theatre
  • Visit local heritage sites
  • Cinema
  • Bowling
  • River fishing
  • Golfing
  • Shopping
  • Visit castle
  • Horse racing
  • Museums
  • Local sightseeing
  • Historical trails
  • Concert venues
  • Walking trails
  • Boat trips
  • Live music venues
  • Guided tours
  • Pet farms

Hotel Venue Entertainment

  • Christmas parties

Hotel Guest Services

  • Complimentary WIFI access available
  • Breakfast served to your room
  • Internet access
  • Dry cleaning on request
  • Babysitting service
  • Express checkin
  • Free car parking
  • Baby sitting on request

Hotel Business Centre

  • Not available at hotel

Hotel Bar

  • Bar food menu
  • Weekend Entertainment
  • Fully licenced Bar
  • Sky sports available in bar

Hotel Children Facilities

  • Cot available on request
  • Baby sitting service on request

Hotel Information

The Arches Hotel in Galway was the first hotel in Claregalway to open: The hotel is a three star family run hotel, located beside the Clare River and Claregalway Castle. 

Check In From - 3:00 pm : Check Out Up To - 12:00 pm

Cancellation Description : Once you cancel your booking up to 48 hours prior to arrival you will not incur a cancellation fee from the hotel. Cancellations that are made within 48 hours prior to arrival and no shows at the hotel will be charged the 1st night of the stay to your card. Please note that your booking deposit is non refundable.

Travel Description : The Hotel is in the Co Galway town of Claregalway just on the outskirts of Galway City.

Area Description : Galway City is just 3 miles away and Connamara is less then an hour away by car.

Hotel Reviews


Donal scored 5 / 5 on 20/07/2016

Had a lovely overnight stay. Room was neat and tidy and bed was very comfortable. We had dinner in the restaurant on sunday night and it was excellent. The waitress who attended our table was very courteous and made us feel welcome. Overall very enjoyable and will have no hesitation booking there again as we are regular visitors to Galway.

James scored 2 / 5 on 14/06/2016

Hotel was fine, staff very friendly, room was tidy and clean, bed was comfortable. The food was very tasty but maybe a bit too much on the plate,which resulted in me having to leave some although it was very nice, portion sizes could be looked at. The reason I dropped the stars was the condition of the shower,it was a proper shower enclosure with sliding door,not a useless curtain in a bath, the overall condition of it was dire,the base was cracked the joining between base and wall was a patched up mess and the grouting needed serious attention. To me this is the one area in a room which should be pristine, other people may think differently.

Paul scored 4 / 5 on 18/02/2016

Found Hotel very clean & food was excellent - enjoyed our stay

Alidee scored 3 / 5 on 03/12/2015

Nice enough place - accommodating when asked for room with a bath. ordered room service first night but got chips instead of champ on plate and chips were only half cooked. Breakfast very good and staff very friendly and helpful. Room facing road was quite noisy at night and didn't get great sleep. Ran a bath on second night but water was cold. Stayed for 2 nights but wouldn't spend any longer than that. Staff were accommodating and helpful but nearly got charged 86.00 euro for room service on departure instead of 46.00 but was apologised to.

Frank scored 2 / 5 on 01/12/2015

Hotel is very basic, could do with being refurnished and has a bad odour in the bedrooms. Location is misleading, at least a 25/30 mins drive from Galway city centre. Nothing much in the area, spent the night in the neighbouring hotel bar.

Mazz scored 5 / 5 on 13/08/2015

Fantastic hotel,near Galway, great food and friendly staff and great value. Would definitely recommend this hotel

Jsionnach scored 4 / 5 on 16/06/2015

Friendly and helpful staff, food good would stay again

Jackie scored 3 / 5 on 25/03/2015

Myself and my husband stayed in the hotel for two night very nice hotel staff lovely. Hotel quiet even though on the main road. Would stay again if in Galway. price reasonable no complaints

Oona scored 2 / 5 on 24/09/2014

We stayed in the Archers Hotel on the 19th and 20th September, while the room was spotlessly clean, the staff were friendly and the food good, the major issue was that there were functions in the hotel both nights of our stay and as we were on the first floor of the hotel, sleep unfortunately escaped us some of Friday night but for the best part of the Saturday night as the room were in was directly over the function room. On the Saturday night it got to the point where we had to insist that we were moved to another room, whilst this was arranged for us and very quickly at that, it was to another room on the first floor which really made no difference. I don't mean this to be a moan review but If people are thinking of staying in the Archers I would suggest that perhaps rooms on the second and third floors are requested, as it really put a damper on our weekend away and I feel it could can be avoided for other's who read this. It's unfortunate we had this experience as otherwise the hotel was lovely.

Irisheyesba scored 4 / 5 on 27/08/2014

Really lovely hotel with really good staff very clean and huge beds! Only complaint was the bathroom although spotless clean smelled slightly of damp but will definitely return again!

Eileen scored 5 / 5 on 27/07/2014

Stayed in the Arches Hotel one night with breakfast for two included. It is not a large hotel but perfect for overnight stay. Bus stop across road for bus into Galway City which is only a short bus ride....Check in was fast and efficient and we were told we could have "a lie in" because breakfast would be served up until 12 noon... :) Rooms very clean and spacious. Lovely relaxing bar area which was quite busy with a mixture of ages eating and drinking. Food was reasonably priced and tasted good!! Breakfast the next morning was delicious (only hot food-no continental). Staff were all very welcoming polite, helpful and hard working.. well done.... We thoroughly enjoyed staying in The Arches Hotel and would recommend this hotel to others.. Thank you for welcoming us.

Harold scored 3 / 5 on 21/07/2014

My wife and I spent three good nights in the Arches Hotel, We book in on 15th July and left on 18th July. The staff were excellent, friendly,and very helpful. The food was very good, breakfast full Irish cooked well. We had two excellent dinners. The Hotel was very clean and also the bedrooms which were serviced everyday. The Hotel had a very friendly atmosphere and was very quiet at night. We would go back there in the future and would recemond this Hotel for a nice quiet break

Traveller scored 3 / 5 on 17/06/2014

A bit far from Galway city center, so better off if you go by car. Nice place, affordable food (great veggie dinner options), not varied breakfast (only full Irish available) Room had a few issues such as door handle broken and dirty windows but in general, fine (great bath/toilet facility)

Susan scored 5 / 5 on 16/06/2014

Our stay in this hotel was excellent. We had our evening meal there on friday night and it was great value, service and good size portions.

Geraldine scored 4 / 5 on 27/05/2014

I found the arches hotel very clean basic staff very helpful and pleasant great value for money food very good i will certainly go back Ger and Liam Waterford

Carolyn scored 4 / 5 on 07/05/2014

We stayed at the Arches Hotel for two nights during the May Bank Holiday weekend. The room was lovely, big, comfortable and spotless. Breakfast was very good. We had dinner there on our first evening and it was so good we had dinner there on our second evening as well, instead of going in to Galway city to eat. All of the staff were so friendly and helpful. It is actually about seven miles in to Galway city though, not three as stated on the website. Taxi prices are quite high...€15 to €20 each way. There is a bus stop across the road though with regular buses in to the city. I can't wait to stay there again.

Elizabeth scored 5 / 5 on 07/05/2014

We had a fantastic time in Arches hotel in Clare Galway , fab food and loads of it !! Very nice staff .. Lovely comfy rooms ...everything was 10/-10.......and the locals are very friendly in the bar at night ... The steak is amazing is you happen to like meat ...oh and we lost our car key and thought the evening was ruined but no the night porter found it ..

Queen scored 3 / 5 on 01/10/2013

We stayed in the Arches hotel for two nights, friendly staff, good service, lovely Irish food,we asked for something which they didn't have for breakfas and they went all out to organise it for us, that's what I call good service,keep it up, we wish we could stay longer, we even recommended it to our other friends who booked for the following night, we just wish there was leisure facilities in the hotel itself, this will make the place more than a mini holiday break. we will definately go back there again. Thank

Reviewer67306767 scored 4 / 5 on 17/09/2013

loved the hotel the cosiness and the friendly staff. Bar food fantastic and well priced. Breakfast was lovely but did need a bit more choice for people not gone on fries. Our room was great except for the noise outside where they were bringing in and out bottles. Did mention this on paying . Would recommend to others but in a different room

Noreen scored 4 / 5 on 09/07/2013

Really enjoyed our stay here. Had the most friendly staff ever. The hotel was clean and comfortable and the food was delicious and reasonably priced.the staff could not do enough for you . Only criticism they could have better choice at breakfast not everyone wants cooked breakfast but that's just a suggestion. Had a lovely stay and would highly praise Robbie the bar man such a nice lad .

Martina scored 5 / 5 on 03/07/2013

lovely modern hotel with extremely nice staff everything perfect

Clotty scored 4 / 5 on 18/06/2013

The rooms were really spacious, beds comfortable, food very good value and staff very pleasant. Overall really impressed with value for money.

Mick scored 3 / 5 on 22/05/2013

food was good, rooms were clean , staff were effecient and friendly.Nice weekend stay.Owner very courteus

Owen scored 4 / 5 on 15/05/2013

modern but rustic and cozy little hotel, very friendly staff. excellent breakfast and barfood. good location near galway city

Joe scored 3 / 5 on 31/10/2012

A very good hotel lovely food just one small issue with brakfast would be easier if the toaster could be left for guests to use instead of staff

Johnny scored 4 / 5 on 02/10/2012

Staff very helpful and friendly. Room very clean and bed really comfortable. Great evening meal,Will stay again.

D scored 5 / 5 on 13/08/2012

The Staff of the Arches were very friendly and made our stay in the hotel a joy. We stayed in a family room and it was great, clean, well laid out, and the kids loved it. The setting is very picturesque and the local scenery is lovely, it makes the stay even more enjoyable. The Breakfast was excellent, well prepaired and again the staff couldnt have been nicer. We only had one evening meal but that was again great, lovely food and the prices were very reasonable too. All in all I couldn't say enough good things about this Hotel and would highly recommend it to anyone as a nice place to stay for a few days, given its good setting and the fact that Galway City is just down the road from it. Great place to stay!!!

Moonface scored 4 / 5 on 18/07/2012

Lovely clean family room. Very friendly and helpful staff. Food was very good on the two evenings we ate there and the breakfast was lovely,with cereals and juice available when you asked. Would recommend and would come back again!

Reviewer17561365 scored 2 / 5 on 09/05/2012

The hotel overall is lovely. The only thing we were not happy with was the fact that there was no hot water on the saturday morning and we had somewhere to be at 10.30am. I did ring down and was told it would take twenty minutes which was no good to us so we had cold showers. Hotels or b and b's should ensure theyre showers are properly working with enough hot water for any time of the day. not good enough. Also there should be a sign up at reception to notify people checking in or out that they have to contact a member of the bar staff for assistance. We were waiting at the reception desk for ages to get chekced in. Apart from that it was fine. Regards

A. scored 3 / 5 on 24/04/2012

Stayed in a family room. The room was basic but clean, one double bed and two single beds. Staff were very friendly and helpful. A late checkout was also offered at no additional cost.

Mary scored 3 / 5 on 22/03/2012

YES Ia it was a very pleasant stay, they were very friendly and welcoming, they were very trusting. I would recommend it to other people. Thanks a again to lIDL for this . Yours sincerely Mary Collins

Diane scored 5 / 5 on 15/02/2012

it was our 2nd time staying here and we loved it... noting to fault and so close to galway city... cant wait to go back :)

Maggiemaybe scored 4 / 5 on 29/11/2011

We stayed at the arches on saturday night . The room was clean and a comfortable bed which gave us a very good night's sleep. To cap that breakfast was served till 12md. The staff were helpful and friendly. Would definately stay again and recomend this hotel to others.

Reviewer25832600 scored 4 / 5 on 11/10/2011

Very friendly staff lovely food, good clean room, room was cold when we got there but there was no problem in putting on the heat, have stayed before and would stay again, thanks

Luzia scored 4 / 5 on 13/09/2011

Love our stay here!! It's a very cozy place. The food was great, you have to try the potatoes with bacon and cheese for starter. And for the price we paid - Thank You Lidl Breaks!! highly recommended.

Matthew scored 4 / 5 on 07/09/2011

we realy enjoyed our stay food was very good rooms were clean service was verry good

Maureen scored 4 / 5 on 24/08/2011

Stayed for 7 nights and enjoyed everything about it. Staff were friendly, food was lovely and the room was very comfortable and clean. Many thanks for a great week.

I scored 2 / 5 on 24/08/2011

Room was very clean staff are frendly but hotel is NOT 3 miles from city its, actully more than 8 km on a very busy n17 from 5am till at least 8pm at night food was not very good, if you want a place to just rest over night this will be fine.

Mags scored 3 / 5 on 16/08/2011

very friendly and helpful staff, room comfortable but temperature of water in both shower and basin in bathroom had no thermostatic control, either very hot or cold

Helemurr scored 5 / 5 on 19/07/2011

lovely family room for us and our 11 yr old twin girls - BUT - it was to the front of the hotel which is on the N17 so there is plenty of traffic passing by to prevent you (me!) from sleeping and normally I can sleep anywhere anytime. Breakfast was only hot breakfast which suited my husband and girls, but I like having a choice of cereals, yogurts and fruit. The staff were friendly & helpful - not that we asked them to help us much - but the floor in the dining room was slippy and needed to be mopped. Needless to say I won't be back.

Paul scored 4 / 5 on 18/07/2011

Hello thanks for your hospitality,good was nice friendly staff,only problem there was a smell of cigarette smoke on the bed sheets.cheers

Jane scored 5 / 5 on 19/06/2011

by Jane Stayed 11/6/11. stayed in the hotel for one night. Room clean, staff very friendly. Breafast lovely. Only fault we had there was no menu to say what was on for Breakfast. We 'd would prefer if you could see the cereals/fruit/scones on display rather having to ask.

Aidan scored 5 / 5 on 15/06/2011

Just stayed three nights with 2 kids as a base to explore Galway and Clare. It is excellent value for money. Rooms are clean, comfortable and the room wasn't crowded with the 2 extra beds. The staff were helpful and friendly. It's a real Irish breakfast loved by locals and tourists alike that really sets you up for the day.

Martin scored 2 / 5 on 25/05/2011

A satisfactory stay, unfortunately a lot of noise -including an argument/row between two me kept us awake on Friday night

Nuala scored 5 / 5 on 14/12/2010

Myself and my partner stayed in the Arches for two nights - we were in Galway for a wedding in Cloonacauneen Castle which is nearby. We had a great stay and managed a trip to the city centre the next day, just a short drive away. The hotel is welcoming, very clean and the breakfast is the best I have had in Ireland. We will definitely go back.

Anthony scored 5 / 5 on 07/09/2010

Myself and my partner stayed here for one night and were very pleased with the service we received. All of the staff are very friendly and welcoming. We stayed in a double room which we could not fault. Both dinner and breakfast were both very good, you will not leave this hotel hungry. The location was perfect for us, it has a straight drive into the city centre (about 5-10 mins in car) and has ample car park spaces at the rear. Worth a stay.

Michael scored 3 / 5 on 31/08/2010

Ceilings in bedroom and bathroom have holes that could have been repaired. Saturday morning we had to wait 30 mins for breakfast only 1 person serving, Sunday morning we had to wait 40 mins again for breakfast despite being 2nd in resturant, it was not hot when served and resulted in tea and toast going cold,Regards Michael.

Anne scored 5 / 5 on 28/07/2010

We stayed at the arches hotel for just one night, and could not fault it. Price was very good, the room was v clean and spacious, bathroom was large, clean,with a good shower, the staff were v friendly and helpful and the breakfast was excellent. Just two moans, the tv in the room was miniscule and I did think from the description that I would be able to walk into Galway, it would be a long walk! But overall, v good value for money and I would go back.

Valerie scored 5 / 5 on 20/07/2010

excellent hotel the rooms were spotless.The staff were very friendly.The food was lovely. We enjoyed our stay very much and would return again.Lidl breaks are absolutely brilliant and excellent value for money.

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