Located on Ireland’s west coast, Galway is filled with shops, galleries, and plenty of activities to enjoy.

But if you want to go for a swim, it might be better to stay in a hotel with a heated swimming pool.

While there are some beaches nearby in Salthill, the weather isn’t always ideal.

So we’ve done some research and found the best Galway hotels with swimming pools onsite.

We’ll show you the best hotels for families, couples, and those with luxury spas.

Before you plan your trip, check out these hotel pools to ensure you have the best holiday.

1. The Connacht Hotel

This is a popular hotel that has recently been refurbished.

There’s a range of room options from bedrooms, suites and even self-catering apartments.

Guest spaces are warm and welcoming with an elegant yet eclectic design.

It’s in a fantastic location just 2km from Eyre Square Galway and with easy motorway access.

Onsite, guests have access to a bar and restaurant as well as a new barista style coffee bar.

There’s a luxurious 20 metre indoor pool with a separate children’s area.

This is opened daily until 10pm at night, so you’ll have plenty of time to swim.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Star Rating: 3 stars
  • Best Rooms: Family room with balcony
  • Address: Dublin Road, Galway, Ireland

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2. The Galmont Hotel & Spa

At The Galmont, guests can expect stunning views, excellent leisure facilities, and spacious, sumptuous bedrooms.

You can also expect a prime location – just a five-minute walk will take you to the city center.

Large rooms feature LCD TVs, complimentary WiFi, and luxurious beds.

There’s a choice of two dining venues onsite including the award-winning Marinas Restaurant and the more casual Coopers.

To relax, guests can visit the Thermal Suite at the Spirit One Spa, or enjoy a treatment from the full menu.

There’s also a large heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub and gym.

We recommend sitting on the outdoor terrace which has stunning views of Lough Atalia and Galway.

  • Guest Rating: 8.5
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Level 5 executive floor with sea view
  • Address: Lough Atalia Road, Galway, Ireland

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3. Salthill Hotel

The Salthill Hotel is an award-winning hotel that’s just steps away from the beach.

Bedrooms are blessed with stunning sea views overlooking the prom, Galway Bay and Clare Hills.

There are 161 rooms to choose from in various configurations such as doubles, triples and family rooms.

Start days with a full Irish breakfast which is available daily in the Amber & Prom restaurant.

For specialty teas, coffees, wines and spirits, the Blackrock Bar is the perfect spot to grab a drink.

The Ocean Fitness Health Club has a 25m indoor swimming pool, as well as an 18 metre hydrotherapy pool.

Other facilities include a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and fully-equipped gym.

  • Guest Rating: 8.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Executive king room with sea view
  • Address: Promenade, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

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4. The Ardiluan Hotel

Leading the way on Galway’s hotel scene for over 60 years, The Ardilaun Hotel is set in a former country mansion.

It’s located in Galway’s suburbs in lush spacious gardens, but is still just 1km from Galway City.

It boasts 123 luxurious bedrooms and a host of leisure facilities for its guests to enjoy.

For dining, there’s an award-winning restaurant with AA rosette, a bar and bistro.

You can also enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in the Garden Lounges on warmer days.

When it comes to swimming, the Leisure Club has an 18 metre pool, a hydrotherapy pool and a heated children’s pool.

It’s also home to a gym with free weights area and spin studio, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

  • Guest Rating: 8.3
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Family suite
  • Address: Taylors Hill, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

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5. Galway Bay Hotel Conference & Leisure Center

Located on Salthill promenade, this 4-star property was voted the Best Irish Hotel 2021.

Despite being just 5-minutes away from the city center, it has beautiful views over the Atlantic ocean.

It’s just a 1-minute walk from Galway’s Blue Flag beach too.

The rooms are cozy and kitted out with interactive TVs, private bathrooms and complimentary WiFi.

You can use the leisure center free of charge which has a pool with kids area, gym and sauna.

The AA Rosette Bay Brasserie serves modern Irish cuisine and full Irish breakfasts each morning.

If you are arriving by public transport, the hotel is easy to access.

There’s also free parking if you’re going directly by car. 

  • Guest Rating: 8.2
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Suite
  • Address: The Promenade, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

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6. Clayton Hotel Galway

The leisure center at the Clayton Hotel Galway is absolutely one of the highlights.

It’s here you’ll find a 20-metre swimming pool which has an all-around depth of 1.2 metres.

There’s also a state-of-the-art gym and a newly refurbished sauna.

A range of rooms are available from doubles to family, and interconnecting options.

All are spacious, air-conditioned and have King Koil beds for a guaranteed good nights’ sleep.

There are a choice of two dining venues: the relaxed Enclosure Bar, or for fine dining, there’s Tribes Restaurant.

  • Guest Rating: 8.2
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Executive king suite
  • Address: Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway, Ireland

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7. Clybaun Hotel

The Clybaun Hotel boasts a fabulous location between buzzing Galway City and the seaside resort of Salthill.

It’s also conveniently on the doorstep of other points of interest including Connemara, The Aran Islands and the Wild Atlantic Way.

On arrival, you’ll find a bright 4-star hotel with plenty of communal and leisure spaces.

Most of the rooms have been refurbished and come complete with comfortable beds, hospitality trays and bathroom amenities.

The leisure center includes a heated swimming pool, steam room and sauna, whirlpool, hot tub and a gym.

There’s a traditional Irish bar, O’Gorman’s onsite and the Maritime Restaurant which both serve food.

For a quiet place to relax, you can sit in the decked garden area which is especially lovely in the sunshine.

  • Guest Rating: 7.9
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Family room
  • Address: Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra, Salthill, Galway, Ireland

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8. The Dean Galway

The Deal Galway is one of the newest hotels in the city.

It is one of Galway’s first ever design-led boutique hotel.

Expect to see bespoke rooms filled with gadgets, treats, and small details that will wow you.

Irish art, Marshall amps, Netflix on Samsung smart TVs and fully-stocked SMEG mini fridges are just some of the perks.

They’ll be luxurious spaces for guests too.

First up is a rooftop restaurant and bar that promises spectacular views of the city.

The onsite gym and health club POWER will offer first-class equipment and industry-leading classes.

They’ll also be a beautiful adults-only pool area and thermal suite for guests to unwind in.

  • Guest Rating: “New Hotel”
  • Star Rating: 4 stars
  • Best Rooms: Superior king room
  • Address: Centre, Galway 80 Prospect Hill, Galway, Ireland

Check Rooms Official Site


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FAQs

What’s the best Galway Hotel with a swimming pool for families?


The best Galway hotel for families is The Connacht Hotel.

There’s a range of suitable room options including self-catering apartments which offer families space to spread out.

The onsite swimming pool even has an area, especially for children.

What’s the most romantic Galway hotel with a swimming pool for couples?


The setting and location of The Ardilaun Hotel is super romantic.

As well as enjoying the excellent leisure center with a swimming pool, couples can stroll around the luscious gardens.

We’d also recommend taking afternoon tea on the terrace if the weather allows.

What’s the best Galway hotel with a swimming pool and a spa?


We love the spa at The Galmont Hotel & Spa.

The Spirit One Spa is award-winning and is a haven of peace and tranquility.

You can choose from a range of treatments or simply enjoy the thermal suite.

Which Galway hotel has the best swimming pool?


The biggest swimming pool at 25 metre is located at Salthill Hotel.

Here, you’ll also find an 18 metre hydrotherapy pool.

Alternatively, the swimming pool at the Clybaun Hotel is a great pool too.

It has lessons available for all ages, aqua-aerobics classes and there’s also a toddler’s pool.

Summary

Galway HotelsBest Rooms
The Connacht HotelFamily room with balcony
The Galmont Hotel & SpaLevel 5 executive floor with sea view
Salthill HotelExecutive king room with sea view
The Ardilaun HotelFamily suite
Galway Bay HotelSuite
Clayton Hotel GalwayExecutive king suite
Clybaun HotelFamily room
The Dean GalwaySuperior king room
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