Galway is well known for its diverse calendar of festivals which take place throughout the year and the first of the important ones, the Cuirt, the International Festival of Literature, takes place this year from 12th to 17th April. Some of the authors are taking part in this festival for the first time but there will also be a lot of Irish writers whose literary talent has been recognised nationally and abroad. Dermot Healy, Paul Murray and Valerie Hemingway are among the names participating in this year’s literature festival.
Although there is a wide range of accommodation available in Galway from top hotels to B&Bs it is advisable to book in advance during festival time to avoid disappointment and to get the best rates possible.
The Meyrick Hotel in Galway is the official hotel for the festival. It is an elegant Victorian four star hotel located right on Eyre Square in city centre of Galway. Lots of shops, theatres, restaurants and pubs are just a short walk from the hotel. The hotel is booked out for the weekend of the festival but rooms can be had from the Tuesday through to Thursday from €115 per room per night. The Harbour Hotel is another four star establishment located in the waterfront area of Galway but still near the city center and within walking distance of Eyre Square and the main theaters, shops, restaurants and bars. A double room for the weekend of the festival is available on the hotel’s on-line reservation system at the time of writing for €124 for the Friday night and €154 for the Saturday night.
You could also try the House Hotel which is a luxury 4 star boutique hotel again in Galway city centre just a few minutes walk from Eyre Square, Quay Street and Spanish Arch. Other options are Jurys Inn Galway hotel, a three star hotel close to Galway City Museum, Eyre Square, and Spanish Arch. The Travelodge hotel is a 3 star hotel located in the downtown area of Galway, only a short distance from many shops and restaurants. The Spanish Arch Hotel Galway is a 2 star hotel which has just been renovated and is also located in Quay Street in the heart of the city centre now being branded as Galway’s ‘Latin Quarter’.