The G Hotel
Glam & Glitz
What it is
A 101 room hideaway with two ESPA floors and high-fashion interiors by famed native Philip Treacy.
What it isn't
All form and no function. Expect Smart TVs, a concierge DVD library, gratis Wifi, and 24-hour room service.
What we think
Born in Ahascragh, Ireland, milliner Philip Treacy is renowned for outfitting megawatt celebrities (everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Lady Gaga) in his unabashedly fascinating couture hats and fascinators. His designs for The G are equally charming: guest rooms are awash in neutrals alongside playful, sculptural elements (note the nautilus shell throw pillows and bedside lamps that look like forest mushrooms). The artful approach continues in the hotel’s Instagrammable restaurants; you don’t want to miss afternoon tea at in the Signature Lounge, reportedly the best in Ireland—perhaps because every inch is dusted with edible flower petals.
You're here because
You desperately need to unplug, and the fact that The G is a spa haven—taking pride of place on the two top floors, with a rock sauna, ice fountain, crystal steam room, and bamboo garden on a rooftop terrace—has you wanting to stay forever, a la a grown up Eloise.
It’s not easy for hotel restaurants to get any sort of street cred in this world, but their locavore Restaurant Gigi ranks, literally: it just won “Best Hotel Restaurant in Galway” at the Irish Restaurant Awards. Once you have a bite of your Galway goat cheese bruschetta with rocket pesto and tomato petals, and leek and brie risotto—you instantly understand why. Should you perhaps splurge and order two desserts—a white chocolate panna cotta with mixed berry compote and raspberry dark chocolate mousse? At this point, you’d be a fool not to.
Restaurants & Bars
Restaurant GiGi's - Traditional cuisine
An hour from two major regional airports—Shannon and Ireland West Knock—The G is as accessible as Galway hideaways gets, within stumbling distance of the Connacht Rugby Sportsground. More importantly: the 509-foot-high Cliffs of Moher are a cinematic hour and a half down the road.