The Top 12 Pet Friendly Hotels in Galway

Updated On: February 04, 2024 | Published On: July 29, 2022

Located on Ireland's west coast, County Galway is full of scenic drives (hello Wild Atlantic Way), 8 blue flag beaches, miles of Irish bogland, and so much more, that it is no surprise that County Galway is one of the most visited counties each year.

The famous Connemara National Park is well worth strapping up your boots and stomping around with your four-legged best friend, just make sure that they are on a lead.

If you can't wait to book your next holiday in Ireland with your four-legged co-star, we have the scoop!

Below are some of the best pet-friendly Galway hotels that are the ideal base for exploring all that County Galway has to offer.

The Twelve Hotel, Barna, Co. Galway

 4-star hotel  - Check Availability 

Recognized as Ireland's most pet-friendly hotel, The Twelve offers 3 dog-friendly deluxe suites where your pup can enjoy all the amenities of their "Pampered Pet Program" which treats your pup with 5-star service. While at the hotel, make sure to take your pup's photo in their famous dog-friendly corner - you will find a special dog-friendly sofa, leashes, collars, waste bags, and treats. Don't miss out on dining at their dog-friendly restaurant, The Pins Gastro-Bar, where you can order your dog something off their chef-designed doggie menu with starters, main course, and dessert! This pet-friendly hotel is highly sought after so make sure you reserve your room far in advance!

  • Dog Size - Height restriction of 30”
  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay FREE!
  • Deposit - €50 per night for pet-friendly suites. This is refundable/transferrable up to 10 days prior to arrival. 
  • Breed Restrictions - As a courtesy to our other guests, there are restrictions on certain breeds of dogs under the 'control of dogs act 1998’
  • Dog Limit Per Room -1 dog per deluxe suite
  • Dog-Friendly Amenities - Pet beds are provided upon request. They offer a welcome bag with pooch-friendly toys, a snack, clean-up bags, and information on dog walks. Food and water bowls are provided.
  • Allowed Areas - Dogs are allowed in the public areas of the hotel but must be kept on a lead.
  • Health Requirement - You must have an up-to-date health certificate for your pet from the vet
  • What to pack - You will need to bring your own dog food but can order dishes off the doggie menu as a special treat.


Cashel House Hotel, Connemara, Co. Galway

4-star hotel  - Check availability here 

A truly pet-friendly hotel located in the heart of Connemara, this 4-star, converted country home, overlooks Cashel Bay, There are 50 acres of woodland walks, gardens, and beaches for you and your best friend to explore, as well as a golf course, sea fishing, and horse riding for the more adventurous family members. This boutique hotel offers 30 bedrooms and suites which are each individually decorated and furnished with antiques. With open log fires in the lounge, you will feel right at home and set to relax.

  • Dog Size - Big dogs are welcome but they do not provide a cage for this size dog
  • Dog Limit Per Room - 2 dogs per room - or we can provide an outside kennel for more
  • Breed Restrictions - There are no breed restrictions but breeds requiring muzzles must have them and be on a lead
  • Dog-Friendly Amenities - We have a dog cam for guests with dogs who suffer from separation anxiety or bark and we can sometimes arrange for a dog sitter/walker depending on the season.
  • Allowed Areas - Dogs are allowed in the bedroom, gardens, wooded walks, and beach area. They have a small library which you can privately reserve for dinner if you wish to eat with your dog. Dogs are not allowed in the Bar/Dining room or other lounges. They can sit outside at the tables on the patio/lawn if on a lead.

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The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway, Co. Galway 

4-star hotel  - Check availability here

This four-star, dog-friendly accommodation is a converted country mansion that boasts 123 luxury bedrooms. For their four-legged guests, the Garden Rooms are the perfect option to call home for a few nights, as they have a patio area with direct access to the gardens, making bathroom breaks or morning zoomies stress-free. The hotel is located close to the city center, beautiful beaches, and outdoor activities, so there will be plenty of activities to keep all members of the family entertained.

  • Rooms are on the ground floor with a small patio that leads out into the gardens
  • Additional Fee - €20 per night per dog 
  • Dog Limit Per Room - 3 small dogs or 1 big dog would be allowed to stay in the room
  • Dog-Friendly Amenities - Dog bowls and a treat provided
  • Allowed Areas - Their indoor lobby is available for dining where dogs can join their humans. In the summer months, there is plenty of outdoor dining available as well. Dogs are not allowed in the Restaurant, Bar, Bistro, or Leisure Centre at any time unless they are guide dogs.
  • Additional Information - Your dog must be on a lead at all times when in public areas of the hotel; and also when in the gardens. You must not allow your dog up on sofas, chairs, or other furniture in the hotel bedroom, lobby, or other public areas.
  •  Please call or email before booking to request a dog-friendly room.

Rosleage Manor House, Letterfrack, Co. Galway 

4-star hotel  -  Check Availability Here

Tucked away on the quiet shores of Ballinakill Bay, this converted manor house has 30 acres of its own private woodland, perfect for an early morning exploring with your four-legged companion. It is located just outside of the breathtaking Connemara National Park and offers first-class facilities, including an onsite restaurant, tennis court, free parking, and wi-fi. 

  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay FREE!
  • Allowed areas - Dogs are allowed in the common areas of the hotel such as the sitting rooms or bars. They are not allowed in the dining areas. 
  • Additional Information - Please call or email when booking a dog-friendly room as availability is limited. 


Renvyle House Hotel & Resort, Renvyle Peninsula, Co. Galway  

4-star hotel  - Check availability here

A 4-star hotel, Renvyle House Hotel & Resort is a great place for anyone looking to enjoy the onsite, outdoor facilities. With beautiful gardens, a private lake, an outdoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub with Atlantic views, and acres of grounds to explore, it is the perfect place to bring the family and man's best friend.
Their lovely rooms are the ideal haven to retreat to after a full day of bathing and sea swimming on their private beach. They have ground-floor rooms, and easy access to the grounds, making late-night potty runs easy, however, supply is limited so book well in advance. 

  • Dog Size - Small to medium-sized dogs (maximum 40lbs / 18kgs)
  • Additional Fee - An extra charge of €15.00 per night
  • Dog Limit Per Room - One dog per guest bedroom allowed
  • Breed Restrictions - Dogs deemed dangerous are not allowed
  • Allowed Areas - Pets are not allowed in the pool area, restaurant, bar, or other areas where food is consumed
  • What to pack - Pet owners must bring pet bedding and a crate if they plan to leave the pet in the room unattended.
  • Additional Information - Dogs must be fully toilet-trained. Dogs are not allowed on the furniture within the hotel. Dogs left unattended in the guest room must be secured in a proper pet carrier. Pets must be kept on a leash at all times in the interior public areas and the exterior grounds of the hotel property.
  • Please contact the hotel prior to arrival to secure a pet-friendly guestroom for your booking. All dog-friendly accommodations must be booked over the phone.


Jameson Court Self Catering Apartments, Salthill, Co Galway 

4-star hotel  - Check Availability  

This luxury accommodation offers spectacular views from their Penthouse apartments over Galway Bay or Salthill Village. An ideal location for holidaying with the family, making it easy to pop into Galway City centre (only a 15-minute stroll) or enjoy many of the local seaside restaurants and pubs. There is free parking onsite, as well as free wi-fi, and Smart TVs enabled with Netflix. With 7 different room types to choose from, including renting out the entire floor, it is a great choice to make memories. 

Pet Policy 
  • Dog Size - Small to medium dogs
  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay FREE! 
  • Breed Restrictions - None, as long as they are within the size requirements
  • Dog Limit Per Room - One dog per apartment
  • Deposit - €100 deposit at check-in. If additional cleaning is required the deposit will be lost. 
  • Additional Policy/Rules - Non-shedding, house-trained only. Barking dogs can’t be left alone in the apartment.
  • Pets must be pre-booked and registered at check-in. 


Kylemore Pass Hotel, Currywongaun, Co. Galway

2-star hotel  - Check Availability Here

This family-owned hotel offers eleven warm and comfortable rooms where you will be surrounded by woodland, wildlife, and a stunning view overlooking the Inagh-Valley. Some of the rooms even have direct outside garden access, which is perfect for our furry friends. There is an onsite bar and restaurant serving vegetarian dishes as well as locally caught fish. While staying there is easy access to the stunning Atlantic coastline, one of Ireland’s most scenic drives, and Connemara National Park is just on the opposite side of the lake where dogs are allowed if they are on a lead. 

  • Additional Fee - 10€ per dog 
  • Dog Size - Small and medium dogs only 
  • Dog Limit - One dog per bedroom
  • Allowed Areas - Dogs are welcome in the bar area while on a lead and under the control of an adult at all times
  • Additional Information - Dogs cannot be left alone during the day, you must take them with you when you leave the hotel
  • Best room to book - Rooms 4, 5, and 10 have outside access


 Murray's Doonmore Hotel, Inishbofin, Co. Galway

2-star hotel - Check availability here

The most westerly island hotel in Ireland, Murray’s Doonmore Hotel and Restaurant is a must for anyone visiting Inishbofin. With stunning views of the ocean, nearby islands, and the Connemara coast it is no surprise that their guests return year after year. Built and run by the Murray family since 1969, all of their rooms offer views of the surrounding farms or sea, or both. Enjoy taking your pup for a walk along the beach.

  • Additional Fee - None, dogs stay FREE!
  • Dog Size - Big dogs welcome. Dogs are welcome that are not larger than a collie/retriever.
  • Dog Limit - Two dogs per bedroom
  • Additional Information - There are a limited number of dog-friendly rooms available, please confirm by email before booking. 


Aran Islands Camping & Glamping, Kilronan, Co. Galway

Bring your favourite friend along for a glamping holiday on the Aran Islands. These newly constructed glamping pods are the ideal place for outdoor lovers to explore the island. Located a short walk away from Kilronan, and the ferry dock, you and your best friend will have loads to explore. There are 24 fully self-contained and equipped glamping pods on site, with each one able to accommodate between four and six people. This beautiful location is located in the center of The Wild Atlantic Way and is accessible from both Doolin (The Cliffs of Moher) and Rossaveal (Galway / Connemara National Park).

  • Dog Size - Small to medium dogs (maximum 40lbs / 18kgs)
  • Dog Limit Per Room - One dog per guest
  • Breed Restrictions - Certain breeds deemed dangerous will not be allowed e.g. Pit Bull, Rottweiler, and any other breeds listed on the dangerous dog's act.
  • Dog-Friendly Amenities - They provide doggie bowls, a doggy treat, and doggy waste bags for your pet guest for the duration of your stay.
  • Allowed Areas - Dogs are not allowed upon the furniture within the glamping site
  • Health Requirement - Dogs must be washed and on flea medication prior to arrival. All dogs must be up-to-date with their vaccinations, make sure you travel with your pet's vaccinations booklet
  • What to pack - Bring your dog's bed with you.
  • Additional Information - Dogs must be fully toilet-trained. 
  • Please contact the hotel prior to arrival to secure a pet-friendly guest room for your booking.

Travelodge Galway City, Galway City, Co Galway

3-star hotel  

This pet-friendly hotel in Galway City is only a short walk from the Salthill beaches, where you can take your furry friend out for morning strolls along with the promenade. Enjoy a night's stay in their comfy king-size bed with four plump pillows and a cozy duvet to snuggle into. Their on-site restaurant and bar serves breakfast and evening meals.

  • Dog Size - Big dog friendly
  • Additional Charge - €20 per dog per night
  • Dog Limit Per Room - Maximum of 2 pets per room 
  • Allowed Areas - Hotel lobby and other communal areas

Podumna Village, Portumna, Co.Galway 

2-star hotel  

This glampsite is just what the doctor ordered if your family is looking for a relaxing and calm, pet-friendly holiday. Located in the heart of Portuman Town, it's a superb location for exploring the shorelines of the river Shannon and Lough Derg. It is the perfect choice for any eco-conscious family looking to reconnect with nature without the stress, or hardships of setting tent pegs, drafty damp linen, or hard, lumpy beds. They offer a variety of accommodation options and are open all year long.

  • Dog Size - Big dog friendly. All sized dogs are welcome
  • Additional fee - €20 per dog
  • Pet owners must call before booking as some pods have less floor space than others

Lodges @ Kilbeg Pier, Kilbeg Pier, Co. Galway

These dog-friendly lodges are located only 30 minutes north of Galway City and they are the perfect countryside getaway for the entire family, pooch included. Each lodge can sleep up to 6 people, and offers all the comfortable amenities of home. With a large garden, outdoor furniture, and a kettle BBQ, you can enjoy your favorite drink while your pup enjoys exploring. From the lodges you can enjoy the fresh country air, and plan out your next day's adventure, whether it is forest and hill walks, fishing on Ireland's largest lake, or exploring a dog-friendly coffee shop in Galway City. 

  • Additional Information - No specific pet policy, please confirm before booking.
Remember, when planning a dog-friendly holiday it is your responsibility as the pet owner to make sure your furry friend is relaxed and comfortable. I always try to bring Poppy's own dog bed, her preferred food, treats, and toys. With Poppy being a smaller dog, I always bring her carrier bag in case she gets tired of trying to keep up with all the day's activities.

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