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The g Hotel

Address: Wellpark


City: Galway

Phone: 011-353-9-186-5200


Expert Review

High society's hippest hat designer, Philip Treacy, is the brilliant "mad hatter" behind this whimsical Irish gem in Galway (the native Irishman has created super-couture headwear for the likes of Chanel, Givenchy, and the British Royal Family). His fanciful fingerprint reveals itself through ubiquitous stylistic cues in this 101-room designer hotel, like in sea-shell-shaped bed pillows, a mirrored cocktail bar carpeted in a thousand red Swarovski crystals, and a low-lit lobby that serves as home to a tank-full of sea-horses (bred in nearby Connemara). Follow the raspberry hardwood-hugging carpets down the corridors to the three themed lounges, which boast funky quirks like a mélange of glass baubles dangling from the ceiling and a huge circular rug with hypnotic black and white swirls (dizzying after a few drinks). After relaxing in the spa's thermal suite or Zen garden, slink into a plush purple banquette in g's popular restaurant, helmed by (and named for) award-winning chef Stefan Matz - it's considered Galway's prime place for people-watching.

Tags: luxury | spa | swimming pool | trendy | designer

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