Wonderfully curated atmosphere and artwork! We felt as if we were staying in a favorite friend's home -- made-to-order breakfast choices, light and airy dining area, walking distance to shops and restaurants -- presided over by charming and informative hosts. Highly recommended!
Russell and Emer are fabulous hosts, as well as their lovely staff (Drew & company). You will not find people who are more friendly or accommodating. Be sure to ask someone for day trip ideas from Galway because they have some great ideas as well as food suggestions around Connemara. All the details in their BnB are spot on...from the art throughout the house to the room designs to the organic soaps in every room, to the albums that play at breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, just really, really delicious, high-quality made from scratch food. The location is also great! It's an easy 5 minutes stroll into the best part of town for restaurants, shops, and pubs. I can't say enough about The Stop. It's our favorite BnB in Ireland and we've visited 15+ times.
The Stop is delightfully warm and welcoming and we would stay here again in a heartbeat. The hosts clearly love what they do and were happy to give us suggestions for our time in Galway or just have a chat. As noted by most other reviews, the breakfast is beyond amazing (and vegetarian friendly). We were a group of friends but the other guests were families, solo travelers, and couples - The Stop is good for anyone.
We walked to The Stop from the train station in the Galway city center with our carry-on luggage. This was about a 15 minute walk. The day before our arrival, I received contact from Russell (the co-owner) regarding my anticipated check-in time so that he could meet me there and orient us to the b&b, the city, and the area. This was very helpful. He does not live on-site, but is just two minutes away and always available to his guests by text or call 24/7. The place has an artsy vibe with interesting and modern visual art as well as chill jazz playing on a turntable in the dining room most all of the time. They are obviously into sustainability and make an effort to be environmentally conscious, from local food sourcing, to good old Dr. Bronner's soap provided in the bathroom (this is what we use at home, so we loved seeing this!). They are located on the way to Salthill prom and a 5 minute walk to the heart of the Claddaugh. Almost right across the street from a Tesco grocery store, any supply you might need is just moments away there. You are about a 10 minute walk from the best part of Galway city, the Latin Quarter--with plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from. Don't miss Murphy's Ice Cream there. Our family room was snug. We are four (9 & 11 year old children) and there was not a lot of extra space. We had two twin beds and a full, so one of us had to bunk in with one of the kids, but that was fine. The bathroom is quite small for four to use over the course of a stay. We were only there for two nights, so it was fine. They provided a bit of hanging space for clothes and a few shelves. It was cold while we were there, and the bathroom could have used a heat source of some sort. We don't mind our room cold (we sleep better that way) but some heat in the bathroom would have really helped us be more comfortable. The window in the room partially opens as well, allowing for fresh air which is really nice. And just know that there is little sound-proofing in the house. We heard someone below us coughing and a baby crying in another room. We always travel with ear plugs, so this was not a problem. The included breakfast here is wonderful. They have a menu on a black board in their small dining room (seats about 10-15 simultaneously) which features about half a dozen main choices for breakfast. You sign up for a time slot and write down your order the night before for the next morning. They then start cooking it when you arrive at your time slot. Don't expect it to be waiting for you at your time slot, but they will start cooking it when you show up. It is out in about 10 minutes. They have several options for starters on a buffet such as toast, fresh squeezed orange juice, and yogurt available to eat while you wait for your main to be fresh cooked. Drew is the chef and provides friendly service and delicious food. For the level of service you get, this place is a good value. They want to please their guests so just ask if you have a need. I left my sunglasses in the room as we hurriedly checked out, but Russell was happy to get them in the mail to me in the States (for which I reimbursed him). But the fact that he responded to my email the same morning we checked out after I discovered that I had possibly left them in the room was so kind. And sunglasses in Ireland in November is not a necessity, so I did not miss them the rest of my trip! Ha!…
Very comfortable, great location, great breakfast, and friendly hosts. Close to the sights but in a quiet neighborhood and parking was a big plus. Good for our family of three with cozy but comfortable quarters. Highly recommend!
Surprised by the great reviews. The staff was not kind, The room was loud due to a party going on above us and since there is no one on-site other than customers to keep them quiet, it was not fun to have to get them to be quiet. Felt more like a cheap hostel than a true place of rest and welcome. It was clean. The heat did not work in our room either Yes, we know how to work it but it would not come on.
The house is brilliantly decorated and my room was clean and comfortable. The website has detailed recommendations for dining and also activity planners - I used it to go to Connemara for the day. Had google maps directions to put into my phone and even told me where to stop on the way to grab a delicious lunch. Speaking of delicious, the breakfasts were wonderful, with soft jazz playing in the background. Cookies and tea at night made for a nice end to busy days. The house is walking distance to all Galway attractions as well as the Salthill promenade. I felt like a local during my stay. Private parking right behind the house.
Russel and his wife are the most gracious hosts and we very much enjoyed our stay. The hotel is only 5 min walk to centre of Galway and easy to find. The breakfast is lovely and you can ask for help with anything. If ever in Galway again, we will stay at the Stop.
The Stop is the perfect place to stay in Galway city. The staff is incredible from the moment you get there to the moment you leave. The recommendations for day trips and food were all excellent. We followed their road trip to Connemara and loved it! We will absolutely stay at The Stop again and will recommend it to everyone we know.
We arrived at The Stop and were met by a very friendly host. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.A short walk to the city centre and Salthill. The breakfast was sublime. The staff were wonderful, we will definitely stay again, Catherine