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Shearwater Hotel and Spa

Marina Point, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Capacity
450
Reviews (34) 5/5
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We are proud to announce that our wedding ballroom underwent a full and complete makeover in January 2019. With the recent purchase of our property by Comer Group Ireland Hotels, it is a great time to get married in County Galway. Presently we are welcoming a very stylish makeover in our Lobby, Spa and Gym areas and graced with an interior designer who has an amazing eye. We're proud to present sophisticated elegant décor, boasting light grey panelled walls, natural touches of cream toned luxury, rich textured bespoke wallpaper, plush carpets, wooden floors, new doors, curtains, stunning candelabras draped in ivy, modern comfortable Chivari cushioned chairs, floor length linen and much much more.

Our private outdoor space will bring the outside in, by utilising our wall to wall windowed garden setting and really wow your guests with smart landscaping, outdoor lighting, heating, brand new seating, seasonal planting, all of which will look fantastic in your wedding photography. Our mission being that you will have ample choice for photos around the hotel. More time with your guests and one less concern regarding your scenic photography!

Weddings have always been our speciality and fine food has always been a superior guarantee for our guests. Executive head Chef Gary Murphy oversees every wedding as if it was his own and is very focused that each dish must exceed the other. This off course remains in plan, but will stand out even more given the proposed dining surroundings

We are so excited to offer a complete and brand-new offering by presenting an exclusive superior & complete and individual package, one we can guarantee will set the tone for day.

Over the years couples have trusted us to deliver on every aspect of for their special day, this will never change! Whilst at present we offer a great product, we are content with the knowledge that couples booking their future weddings with our hotel will be gifted glamour and elegance to set us apart as one of the top hotels in Connaught.

Reviews

5.0/5
34 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Value5.0/5
Responsiveness4.9/5
Flexibility5.0/5
Professionalism5.0/5
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We had our Special Day at the Shearwater Hotel and Spa in December 2018. We had such an amazing day from start to finish and this was in no small part due to the staff at the hotel. The hotel went above and beyond for us every step of the way! The hotel has recently undergone some fantastic renovations and the hotel is truly transformed so we were delighted to have our wedding locally. The decor is now very stylish and elegant and the hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas also. Our guests raved about the quality of the food and service at every stage of the day and we were thrilled that everything went off to plan so we couldn’t have asked for more. Both the Manager, William, and the Wedding Co-Ordinator, Lisa, were just fantastic throughout the whole process and we would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel and Spa to any couple getting married in the area.
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Excellent venue. The ballroom is fab & food was so good. We are so happy we got married here.
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The hotel management and staff went above and beyond with everything... We had a fantastic day! Thank you so much.
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Would highly recommend the sheerwater hotel for your wedding day , we had our ceremony and reception here it was the best day ever, the staff and service was excellent, food was fab my guests are still talking about it, a special thanks to Lisa Byrne our wedding planning she couldn’t do enough she was a pleasure to deal with and also Aisling, Des and William, the girls in the spa Michelle and Christina done such a fantastic job thanks again.
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The Shearwater were just perfect to deal with, very quick to get back to us with any queries we had or changes we needed to make. The food and service on the day was just fabulous, we had so many compliments on the food. We would highly recommend for any couple looking to book their wedding here!
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Top service. All the staff were so accomadating to myself and my husband on our wedding day. Even in the run up to wedding no task was to much. They did everything we asked and more. The venue looked amazing on the day and could not of asked for better. The food was absolutly amazing. This hotel is fab. Everything was perfect for us and we can't thank them enough for the most wonderful day ever. Ideal hotel for brides and grooms to have their wedding day here. Highly reccomend the shearwater hotel and spa
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Thanks so much Melissa & Keith we loved looking after you both. Looking forward to welcoming you both back for your year anniversary.
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The shearwater Hotel were amazing to deal with which made our day so easy. They made sure everything was perfect from the decor to the food. I cant fault them in any way. Also packages are very reasonable. Highly recommend having your wedding here
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Our wedding reception was in the Shearwater Hotel on the 7th July 2018. Aisling our wedding coordinator and the management team Sue and Des went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect. The food was exceptional and everyone is still talking about it. Each member of staff was very friendly and attentive and the service was excellent. No request was too big or too small from start to finish. We cannot thank Aisling and the team enough for an amazing day.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Thank you so much for your kind review Sinead. We loved looking after yourself, Enda and your family and friends.
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Fantastic staff were brilliant best day of our lives. Can't thank the hotel enough 5 star service
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Thank you so much for your kind review.
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I honestly cannot recommend the Shearwater enough. They were brilliant to deal with, so professional on the day and the room looked amazing. Nothing was to much trouble and everything came together perfectly. All my guests loved the food. The bridal suite is lovely, and they suprised us with a beautiful breakfast the morning after the wedding, lots of free suprise champagne, fruit, robes, slippers, free food for 30 of our guests the day after the wedding too. We were delighted with the service (special thank you to the brilliant wedding coordinator Noel and Sue who was so helpful on the day).
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We cannot recommend the Shearwater Hotel enough. We got married on Dec 1, 2017, the hotel looked absolutely fabulous. They had done everything they promised and more! The food was absolutely incredible, we could not fault a thing. There was always someone on standby to make sure we were ok with everything, at all times. The service was incredible - we had 348 at the wedding and we were shocked to see everyone receiving their meal pretty much the same time we did. They are an incredible team who make sure every tiny detail is covered, and do everything they can to make your day the best one possible - and ours definitely was.
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Day was absolutely fabulous. Noel and his team were top class and food and service was outstanding. Would highly recommend treatment shearwater to any couple.
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Not enough stars in this for the shearwater , Noel, Des , susanne and all staff go above and beyond for anything we asked! There was never a no.! Food was outstanding, ppl still talking about the dinner a week later. Staff were so friendly at all the tables. We would do it all again tomorrow and not change a single thing! It was amazing. Thanks to everyone at.the shearwater!!!Fantastic memories ????
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Sincerest thanks for hosting our Wedding. everything was absolutely top class. You couldn't have done any more for us and we appreciate you and all your staffs effort. The feedback for the food before the meal at reception sold it for us particularly because we had people travelling. We would highly recommend anyone thinking of getting married to check this place out. Noel Fahy the Wedding coordinator was a pleasure to deal with, catered for our every need and was willing to go the extra mile more than anyone else we dealt with in any other venue. We were blown away by the fact that we were the 1st couple you'd seen through from booking to completion. We are confident that anyone else who books this venue should be in for the best time of their lives as we had. We wish you continued success now and in the future from Miartin O'Coisoige & Philippa Coleman ????????????
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We got married in the shearwater hotel on the 25th Aug 2017 and I must say the day was absolutely perfect! This hotel is fabulous from start to finish. Its such a big hotel with a beautiful lobby where we had our drinks reception. The decoration of the lobby, hallway leading to the function room and function room itself was gorgeus with lanterns, roseball centre pieces etc. The wedding packages are so reasonable and include variety to accommodate all styles of wedding. The staff were amazing and so helpful, anything we asked was never an issue. We can't thank Noel Fahy, the wedding coordinator, enough for everything he did. You made the planning so easy on the run up to the wedding and I had no stress or issues leading up to the big day. All the staff and managers are so professional and so friendly and made the whole weekend so stressfree and enjoyable for us. I can't say anything about the food only it was gorgeous, so hot, delicious and so much of it. The menu tasting was a lovely evening too where we got to enjoy a number of options so we could pick the best. Our guests were all very impressed which it was you want on your day. The function room is fab also and for our day we had the white draping all around the room which made it even more luxurious and magical. The dancefloor is also huge for everyone to dance the night away. I would definitely recommend the shearwater to any couples planning your big day. We had the best day of our lives and that was all down to this hotel and the staff. We would love to do it all over again and have no regrets about our hotel choice. We really can't thank you all enough for everything. Thanks again, Jacqueline and Damien Duane
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We got married on 18th August 2017 :)..... The Shearwater was the first (and only) hotel we viewed for our wedding and within an hour had booked and paid our deposit. I would 100% reccommend this hotel to anyone looking to book their wedding. We can't praise the staff enough for everything they done for us. A special shout out to Noel Fahy, our wedding planner... No question or request was too much for him. He made us feel so welcome and relaxed everytime we popped in to see him or the million times i'm sure my husband rang him over the last few months, lol. He made the whole planning process so much easier - Thanks Noel :)..... Also a big thank you to Susanne and Des and all their staff on the day, you guys where so friendly and professional and helped the day go perfectly (extra thank you to Susanne for sneaking us out for a breather after the meal ;) ) The food was absolutely amazing and every single guest raved about it, so hats off to the chef. The bridal suite was stunning and hugh (the champagne breakfast was greatly appreciated also) our guests also commented on how nice the rooms where and took full advantage of the leisure area :) This is a fantastic hotel with fantastic staff and atmosphere and you will not be disappointed if you book your wedding. Kelley & Will
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We got married here on 21st of July from the moment we booked our wedding nothing was a problem , Noel, Karyn, Susan and each and every member of staff are a credit to this fantastic hotel, the rooms, the food, which all are guests are still raving about are top class, I can't recommend this hotel enough !!!! Thanks again to you all wish we could do it all again it went so smooth !!!!
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The shearwater were a pleasure to work with , the management and staff could not have done more to ensure we were happy and were always only a cal away when we needed to ask anything , Karyn and the team were highly professional and offered more than any other hotel we viewed , it was the happiest day of our lives and we are certain it would not have been such a success if we hadn't such a wonderful team working with us , the hotel was decorated to the highest of standard and every little detail was noticed , the guests had nothing but praise for the food and staff and it was a wonderful thing to hear as it it something that will stay with us forever
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Wow! Thank you both so much for such a wonderful review. It was a pleasure to host your big day! See you both very soon!xx
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Cannot do enough for you! Karyn, Des, Seamus and every other member of staff spoiled us every time we were there. Got plenty of extras and all requests were met. Our guests loved the hotel and didn't want to leave! We had the night after our wedding here which was a great idea as everyone could relax. Food was fab. Highly recommend you celebrate your wedding here.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Edel & Emmet, Thank you so much for the fab review. It was a pleasure to host your big day and we are so thrilled that you enjoyed both the big day itself and the BBQ the following evening. Hope you enjoyed the honeymoon and we will see you again soon. Karyn x
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We could not say enough about this hotel. We had our wedding on NYE. The staff were so helpful with bring our day together.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Mairéad & John, Thank you so much for your lovely review. Looking forward to seeing you both again at the Hotel. Karyn x
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Fantastic hotel, service was excellent, could not have asked for better. Karyn the wedding co-coordinator was amazing as was Garrett the general manager. The whole team are brilliant.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Jennifer & Conor. Thank you for the fab review. I've seen some of your pics and they are amazing. See you both soon!x
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We could not ask for more, such a great place to have our wedding ceremonies and dinner, the food was outstanding. Thank you su much to all the team in the hotel
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Tony & Catherine, Thank you for the lovely review. So glad that you both had a great day. And Thank you for calling in when you were passing through. It was lovely to see you again. Hopefully we will see you again soon. :) Karyn
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We had a brilliant day on our wedding in the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe. I would like to thank the staff & especially Karyn, Des & Garrett for all their help in the lead up to the wedding and the day of it. They were so professional and helpful.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Teresa & Joe, Thank you both so much for the great review. We are thrilled that you both had a great day. See you all again soon x Karyn :)
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11 out of 10, outstanding, surpassed anything we could have wished for, the day was perfect, people told us it was the best wedding they had been to. Des, who looked after us on the day was in a league of his own, a ledgend in his own right, thank ye all so much.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Lorraine & Neil, Thank You both so much for having your Wedding Day with ourselves. Des will be delighted to hear the feedback from yourselves, as will the rest of the team. Hope to see you both back again soon! :) Karyn
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The manage and wedding coordinator couldn't have been more helpful and all the staff on the night. Anything we asked for they provided. The meal was delicious and the function hall was set up beautifully.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Anne Marie. Thanks a mil for the great review. Great to hear that you had a great night. See you again soon. :) Karyn
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We highly recommend this hotel for any couple who is getting married in the future..the hotel is gorgeous,the staff so friendly,the management and wedding co ordinator couldn't do enough for us in lead up to the day and of course the day itself..they were so professional and very approachable. The food is always a worry with couples who are getting married..will it be up to standard? Will it be hot enough? Well the Shearwater even exceeded our expectations..the food was amazing as was the service on the night..Our guests were still talking about it 2 weeks after the wedding???? So for any newly engaged couple this is definitely a hotel worth checking out and seeing..xx
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Louise & Seán. Thanks so much for the fab review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your day. We would love to see you both again so please pop in at any stage! :)
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I definitely would recommend this hotel to everyone for a wedding. The food was outstanding, the room was gorgeous, the wedding co-ordinaries were so helpful on the day and all the time leading up to it. If I was to redo my wedding day all over again I wouldn't change anything about the hotel.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Lisa & Colin, Thank you so much for the lovely review. We really pride ourselves on our Weddings here at the Shearwater so to know that you both had a great day means so much to us. Looking forward to seeing you both back again at some stage in the near future. :) Karyn
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The shearwater hotel was the perfect choice for our wedding, from our first meeting almost 2 years before our big day we knew we had made the right choice. All the staff were so helpful from the girls at reception right up to Gareth and Des who looked after us so brilliantly on our special day. We had a couple of requests for the day and nothing was a problem, the meal,food,staff,service,rooms,function room was all fab.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Jennifer & Stephen, Thanks a million for the great review. We really appreciate it. We are so delighted that you enjoyed your day and Garrett and Des are thrilled with the feedback. If you are calling again please do come and see us. :) Karyn
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The Hotel did everything possible to help.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Chris & Amanda, Thank you for the lovely review. I hope that you are both keeping well. Please pop in whenever you you are passing through. I would love to see you both again. :) Karyn
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We couldn't have asked for a better service than that provided by Garreth and Karen in the Shearwater. They were so helpful in every aspect leading up to our big day. On the day they provided everything we had requested, and then some. Our guests kept commenting on the lovely staff, the amazing food and the relaxed atmosphere on the day. We couldn't have asked for better. The value for money was unbelievable. We have recommended the Shearwater to our friends and are looking forward to many more weddings there.
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Sarah, Thanks a million for the great review. It was a pleasure hosting your day. Please call in if you are passing. And bring some pics!! :) :) Karyn x
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Amazing staff, beautiful hotel, food was delicious people still talking about it. Thanks so much to Gareth & staff
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Lisa, Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review, we pride ourselves on our food and service and it is always nice to hear that you and your guests really enjoyed the day. I would love to see the pics. Gareth
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Had a amazing wedding @ the shearwater hotel, the staff were excellent they couldn't do enough for us and the food was amazing,the wedding packages are very reasonable,i would highly recommend the hotel to and bride and groom,the wedding planner is excellent she really did everything and made me feel very relaxed x
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Orla & Eoin, Great to see the lovely review. Thank you so much, we really appreciate it. See you both soon Karyn x
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Excellent hotel . Food superb and loads of it. Excellent waiting staff. Extremely helpful and went out of there way to accomodate any request .
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Hi Ciara, Michael and little Breffni! :) I hope you are all well. Thanks a mil for the fab review, we really appreciate it. See you both again soon. :) Karyn x
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No matter what we wanted they were on the ready to help. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Couldn't have wished for any more. Had a wonderful day in the shearwater hotel and we look forward to being guests at future weddings there!
Response from Shearwater Hotel and Spa
Nicola, Thanks for your kind words, it was our pleasure to host your wedding and I am delighted you had such a lovely day. We had great feedback from your guests too. Please stop in for a coffee next time you are passing by and say hello. We would love to see the pictures.
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We recently got married in the Carlton Shearwater hotel and I could not recommend this hotel highly enough. Having been a guest at a wedding previously we saw first hand what our guests were to expect and we were not disappointed. Garrett, Des and all the staff went above and beyond to make the run up to our wedding and the wedding day so special for my family and all of our guests. From the drinks reception on arrival to the residents bar at the end of the night the service and quality was evident. Food was fresh, hot and served so quickly and everyone commented after on the quality. We would happily recommend this hotel and our only regret is that We don't get to do it all again!
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