The 7: G Hotel, Ireland
The 7 reasons I love the g Hotel, Galway, Ireland
1. The sumptuous, five star g Hotel is reason enough to visit the west ofIreland in itself. The g consists of 101 rooms of utter loveliness, frivolous lounges, and the sexiest spa I have ever seen. Galway-bornPhilip Treacy, gay milliner to the stars, has designed a playful confection of a hotel good enough to eat.
2. Sure it’s within easy driving distance of the Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, the pony-dotted hills of Connemara, the Irish-speaking Gaetacht, and close to Ireland’s best bars, but once you check in to this address, you may not want to leave. If you do, the g is situated on the lakeshore 15 minutes’ walk from the heart of the Ireland’s most outgoing city. Known as the City of Tribes, Galway is a small town with a huge personality, known for its traditional music and boisterous bars. The vibrant college town’s calendar is confettied with festivals.
3. The hotel’s 101stunning guest rooms are just as beautiful as downstairs. The g is so delicious, in fact, that when it was time for my +1 and I to leave for dinner, she resolutely refused to accompany me, pointing out the bathroom’s swooping stand-alone tub and LCD TV, shell-shaped pillows and Frette linen, and enticing room service menus. It was a winning argument.
4. Philip Treacy said, “A hotel is a catwalk too” and you walk through an electric series of costume changes as you walk from the chic, dimly lit lobby through the Grand Salon with its 300 twinkling mirror balls, the Pink Lounge, the deep Blue gentleman’s lounge, to the decadent, sparkling crystal cocktail bar. This beautiful, whimsical hotel is one of the most dramatic, eye-catching addresses I have stayed at.
5. Espa, the sexiest spa in the land, is set within a Zen Garden. Some of the enticements on offer include a black stone tranquility pool surrounded by a bed of white Galway pebbles, a crystal steam room, rock sauna, tepidarium, ice fountain, glass-walled roof garden, and vitality pool above which hundreds of origami birds fly.
6. Restaurant Riva is a playground of lush velvet banquettes and chairs in lime, turquoise, scarlet and violet. Walls are decorated with photos of models wearing Treacy’s elaborate creations. We breakfasted on a voluminous Irish breakfast beside a black and white photograph of Naomi Campbell in wonderfully farfetched headgear.
7. They actually serve a Breakfast Martini, the perfect drink to start or finish the day.
The G Hotel, Wellpark, Galway; +353-91-865-200; www.theghotel.ie