Having grown up in Ireland, I have an irrational fear of B&Bs out West, but the Amber Heights is absolutely brilliant.
The welcome is warm, we'd brought our dog as prearranged without any fuss or extra charge, and the decor is about as far from B&B (in my mind) as you could get. Bright, clean, modern.
Our room wasn't yet ready (we were a bit early) but they got in touch with the cleaners to let them know we were there and offered us complimentary, freshly ground coffee while we waited (which was only about 10 minutes).
There were tons of DVDs and a player in the dining room - touches like this really make a difference if you're away from home and there's a high chance of rain.
Yes, it is a bit out from town, but you can stroll down the hill to Salthill on a nice day, or book a cab for a set fare of €8 all the way to the Spanish Arch. That's what we did, although there were buses nearby too.
There's tons of parking and it's on the right side of the city for a quick getaway into Connemara.
Now, the breakfast: I'm an Irish vegan and my husband is an American omnivore. Usually, one of us is disappointed. Not so here: tons of cereal, as well as fresh (you hear that, other breakfast establishments? None of your tinned stuff here) pineapple and melon, soya milk as well as the cow kind, and plenty of bread or toast. And crunchy peanut butter. Heaven. For my husband, there was smoked salmon and cold cuts, or the most enormous fry up I've seen in a long time. The aforementioned dog got some of the leftovers for dinner later, so it's safe to say that our whole party was happy.
We had a fabulous stay and will definitely go back when next in Galway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amber Heights is a newly renovated (APRIL 2011) purpose built Bed & Breakfast. Located just 10 minutes walk from Salthill and the beaches of Galway Bay. Amber Heights is the gateway to the west with easy access to the picturesque landscape of Connemara, Clifden and The Cliffs of Moher. 5 Minutes drive by car or taxi will bring you to the bustling heart of Galway City. We are sure you will not find a friendlier, cleaner, or well equipped bed and breakfast in Galway. Amber Heights is a Non-Smoking B&B. ... more less
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