Trip Report: Ireland (part 8) Radisson Blu Galway

 

Part 8

Radisson Blu Galway

The last two nights of our Ireland adventure was spent at the Radisson Blu Galway.  Now this was a great overall stay and perhaps my favorite Radisson Blu thus far.  The front desk was extremely professional and courteous. At checkin we were told that we can be their guests for complimentary breakfast and that we were upgraded to an executive level room with lounge access (simply from being a gold member which can be gotten from the Club Carlson credit card).

The room was the biggest room we stayed in during our trip and it was well appointed!  In many other properties this would be categorized as some sort of suite or Jr suite. The room also had a very large balcony for some extra outdoor space. The bathroom was also large. It had double sinks and a generous shower and separate tub. This was our most comfortable room and the bed and bathroom were really relaxing.

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The club lounge

Just down the hall from our room was the lounge! If I recall correctly from 5-6pm they provided complimentary snacks. They had a decent selection of beverages available all day a few bottles of wine and a few bottles of different beers which was nice. We met a nice couple in the lounge from Ireland and they shared some stories and talked about some of the heritage and culture of Ireland. They were the people that recommended we visit McSwiggans which was a great dining establishment. The lounge was very spacious and had a very large outdoor patio/balcony area.

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The location was good as we could reach the center of the action in Galway within about a 3-5 minute walk. The hotel appears to be a newer build much like the Radisson Blu in Dublin. There is very little wear and tear and all the common areas are very pristine. Breakfast the next morning was very crowded but the dinning room is very large and we were able to be seated in about 5 minutes.  The food/buffet was nothing special but it was food and it did the job. The next time we are in Galway we will no doubt stay here if we have the points to use! This is a no brainer decision to stay at a great property like this.

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Once again we paid $0 for a two night stay at an Ireland Radisson Blu! This property required 44,000 Club Carlson points per night. So of course we added the 2nd night on free using the benefit of the Club Carlson credit card! Below is my email confirmation detail.

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Grand total= $0 and 44,000 points for 2 nights.

Below is the rate during a random February night.raddy
86.80 Euros per night in Feb 2014

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So the 44,000 points would save over $250 when you include taxes for 2 nights! The Club Carlson card is GREAT for stays in Europe and we really took full advantage of it since Ireland has so many Radisson Blu properties!

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