I was extremely grateful to get to take my family to Galway over the February mid-term break to review the Maldron Galway Oranmore. They have recently refurbished their family suites and were looking for me to review their facilities from an overall family friendly group perspective.
We arrived at the hotel free from any traffic connection and found access to the location easy to navigate. Oranmore is situated on the outskirts of Galway and provides a good location for those travelling from north/south/and eastern parts of Ireland. The hotel then gives easy access to all parts of Galway city. Upon arrival to the hotel we were greeted by staff at reception who were warm and incredibly welcoming. They quickly checked us in and told us about breakfast, the pool, the gym and the restaurant etc. they also told us about some of the local attractions that were around for families to enjoy and passed on a few leaflets.
When we arrived to our room we were overwhelmed at how big it was. There were three beds, a spacious lounge area and lots of free floor space for the kids to play. There were bottles of water, little boxes of Lilly O’Brien chocolates and colouring books and crayons for the kids. It was a very comfortable spacious room for a family of four and could easily have accommodated more.
On the first evening we ate dinner in the Qbar. This was a very warm and welcoming setting for families to eat an evening meal. The staff were attentive, friendly and service was efficient which was just what we needed after the drive from Dublin earlier.
During our stay the hotel were running a kids club for children aged over 4 from 6pm till 10pm. There was a board in reception listing the various activities. After our dinner they were showing a movie for the children and my 7 year old agreed to try it out. I have never availed of kids clubs before anywhere we have stayed, I put this down to being nervous about a complete stranger looking after my children. But this definitely felt different to other hotels, it was very well organised, the room was secure, the setting was welcoming (bean bags, toys, foosball tables etc) and the staff were very nice and instantly put my son at ease. I signed him in passing on my mobile number in case he decided he wanted to leave. But he didn’t and when I collected him later he was happy and had enjoyed chilling out with other kids. Plus we got to put his little sister to bed in the meantime which made for a more relaxed evening for us.
The next morning we woke rested after a comfortable night’s sleep and headed down to the restaurant for breakfast. The breakfast was a self-serve set up and there was a very wide range of different options available. One of the staff members whispered to me before we sat down that they could order pancakes for the kids if we wanted, I am glad she did this because if they had heard her there would have been no chance they would have eaten the breakfast of cereal and fruit that I wanted them to have first. There was porridge with many toppings, fruit, wide range of cereals, pastries and hot breakfast of sausages, eggs etc available to choose from. Any parent knows that a breakfast setting you and the kids up for the day is always a necessity.
After our breakfast we took the kids for a swim. The pool was very child friendly. There was a small baby pool, a bubble pool and the main pool. All of the pool depths were very clearly marked on the wall to allow you to easily tell if they are suitable for your child. There was a range of arm bands and floats beside the pool for kids in case you had forgotten yours. For the adults there was a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. There was a lifeguard on duty the whole time we were there and he was very vigilant, I saw him at one stage speaking to a child who was being unsafe. The pool area and changing rooms were very clean and kid friendly with lots of places to sit or change a baby, there were also play pens there to help keep little ones safe when parents were getting dressed.
For the rest of the day we decided to get out and about to try one of the local attractions. We settled on the Galway Atlantaquaria Ireland’s largest aquarium which was recommended to us by the girl who checked us in at reception. The kids thoroughly enjoyed it, we got to get involved with feeding the fish and other interactive activities as well as taking it all in on our own. Afterwards we enjoyed coffee and cake in the adjoining coffee shop, it was a great day out.
That evening we decided to try the hotel restaurant The Grain & Grill. The meal was delicious, service was great and still child friendly. It had been a superb family day and we were looking forward to going back to our room to relax again for another evening.
We enjoyed our stay at the Maldron Oranmore and would highly recommend to and family who wanted to stay in Galway. The staff were brilliant and every part of the stay was made comfortable from a family perspective. We will visit again.