THE G HOTEL
Wellpark, Dublin Road • Galway, County Galway
353-91-865200 • theghotel.ie
The zingy, glitzy g Hotel sits in central Galway overlooking the glistening waters of Lough Atalia. Outside, the natural colors are rippling shades of aqua blues and greens; inside, the palate mixes black and white, dazzling pink, electric blue, and passionate purples and magentas. The interiors, by internationally famous Irish milliner Philip Treacy, are dramatic, glamorous, eccentric, and plush. And even when angry storms blow in off the Atlantic and darken the outside world to a glowering grey, the bewitching intensity of the hotel décor creates a razzle-dazzle world of imagined film sets, fashion catwalks, royal palaces, and movie stars.
The g Pink Afternoon Tea is served in the three Signature Lounges. The Ladies Lounge is very, very pink and very stylish in a Marilyn Monroe way; the Blue Gentleman’s Lounge has rich, deep-blue walls and crimson and gentian armchairs; the Grand Salon glows with its golden fabrics and twinkling mirror balls. Choose where to settle, then relax, and enjoy a glass of pink champagne, a selection of open finger sandwiches and canapés, freshly baked scones, and lovely little sweet treats. Loose-leaf teas include single-estate Darjeelings, Indian green tea, Earl Grey, China jasmine, and two or three herbal infusions. The hotel’s use of colors is audacious; the mood is pure glamour; the afternoon tea is impressive and reassuringly traditional.