The five star Glenlo Abbey hotel in Galway has reopened following the completion of a €1.5m refurbishment.
The refurbishment aims to improve the overall guest experience at the hotel. The 28 bathrooms and 2 suites have been upgraded with air conditioning, and the bedrooms have received a makeover with new wardrobes, coffee docks, pelmets and paintings.
The estate grounds have also had major work completed including a new road to specifically service their golf and event guest traffic, with two car parks extended, allowing Glenlo to entirely replace a further away car park with gardens thus greatly enhancing bedroom views.
Other work completed includes refurbishment of guest public areas and outlets including The Tapestry and The Palmer Bar. These works represent an investment in the property of just over €1.5m. Local trades professionals completed the majority of works, and at various stages up to 50 contractors were on site on a given day. It is expected that over 120 people will be employed at the hotel this summer.
Owners John & Marie Lally have introduced a continuous investment programme which includes yearly enhancements and developments. The Lallys also have a very hands-on approach when it comes to selecting the finishes and have worked closely with interior designers throughout the process.
Final planning permission from An Bord Pleanála has been received and will see Glenlo add a further 25 rooms to the property, bringing the total bedroom count to 75. This work is scheduled to start in September 2019 with a view to rooms being ready for the 2020 summer season.
Rónán O’Halloran, General Manager of the hotel, commented: “Glenlo Abbey is constantly striving to enhance guest experience and the recent refurbishment process has given us the ability to truly offer a warm, personable and luxurious experience, which will compete with the very best of luxury hotels throughout the country.”