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Shearwater Hotel and Spa

Marina Point, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
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Welcome to the Shearwater Hotel & Spa, Ballinasloe, co Galway.

Our ballroom, The Plaza Suite, offers our wedding couples contemporary, sophisticated elegance. With a subtle colour palette the room is adorned with Crystal Chandeliers offering the perfect backdrop to your big day. We are fully registered for Civil Ceremonies on site , with a separate space for ceremonies , leaving the plaza suite wow factor intact.

Our newly landscaped garden patio completes the look by bringing the outside in. With floor to ceiling windows this garden patio takes its place as the backdrop to the top table as well as being a key focal point of Wedding Photographs and arrival receptions and more.

Weddings are our speciality here at the Shearwater and we pride ourselves on the reactions and feedback from our Wedding Couples and Guests alike. Pivotal to this is the dedication from our Head Chef and his team to bring the finest produce and superior quality Wedding feasts.

The Spa at the Shearwater and beauty rooms complete offer not only space to prep in luxury but a unique setting for photography. While with 104 renovated guest rooms including the Presidential Suite offer accommodations to all your guests what ever their requirement.

Overall Shearwater Hotel & Spa’s boasts our private ballroom location & size, catering for 50 – 500 guests, a number of separatee individual spaces outside of the ballroom to entertain your guests before and after the wedding, last but not least, our five-star quality food, efficient and professional service. It is our pleasure to invite you to come and join us for a show around or at one of our open evenings to see everything we can offer you and your big day.


70 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Amy Bergin
Added 18th Nov 2022
Wedding 4th Nov 2022
Had our wedding in the Shearwater on the 4th of November, from the first enquiry we were met with such helpful and friendly people.Chloe in particular went above and beyond to ensure every single detail was perfect for our special day.
Carmel & Patrick
Added 22nd Sep 2022
Wedding 16th Sep 2022
Just want to say a huge thank you to you and all the staff at the Shearwater Hotel ????, you went above and beyond to make our wedding day so special xxx All our guests are still talking about the hotel and how beautiful it is ??, a few have even talked about booking a weekend away, the food was just exceptional on the day, was highly complimented for its flavour and was commented on by most that was one of the best wedding meals ever had at wedding...... The staff were all so accommodating and friendly on the day ?? the floor staff in the function room are a credit to you and your organisational skills ???????? A special thank you for the beautiful sambos in the resident’s bar, they were devoted, especially by me ????????????, it was a lovely and unexpected touch and both myself n paddy are very grateful xxx
Shane & Rebecca
Added 13th Sep 2022
Wedding 2nd Sep 2022
"The shearwater was an amazing venue for our wedding! They went above and beyond for us in every aspect! We would like to thank Chloe, Estella and Ruth for everything over the past 2 years of planning! The staff were amazing with not only us but with all our guests and couldn’t do enough to help. The food was fabulous and everyone was commenting on how amazing the ballroom was and also the bedrooms. We would recommend the shearwater to any other couple for their wedding reception"
Patrick Sheriff
Added 10th Sep 2022
Wedding 27th Aug 2022
We got married in the Shearwater on the 27/08/22. We had a civil ceremony in the hotel, the layout of the room was lovely. Everything ran like clock work on the day, we couldn't fault anything. Chloe was very helpful from the day we met her at the meal tasting. She accomadated us with anything she could. She was always very friendly and professional. On the day of the wedding day itself, she was constantly checking on us to see if we needed anything and that we were happy with how everything was going. All of the staff on the day were extremely friendly and helpful. The service was excellent. We still have people talking to us complementing the food. From starter to dessert it couldn't be faulted. I would definitely recommend any couple thinking of the Shearwater to go with them for their wedding. If I were to go back again I wouldn't change a thing about it. If you pick them you will not be disappointed.
Sharon & Teddy
Added 12th Sep 2022
Wedding 26th Aug 2022
The planning process, the lead up and the day itself ran perfectly. We couldn't of asked for a better day.
Bernadette O Sullivan
Added 3rd Sep 2022
Wedding 20th Aug 2022
This Hotel is just amazing, not one fault, from the minute we went to look at it as a venue for our big day to the day after wedding, all the staff were so professional and helpful, alway prompt in replying to emails. Chloe and team took the stress out of the planning. Our guests are still talking about the food, the service, especially how quick the meal was served. We will definitely back to his hotel more often, for dinner, a spa, a concert or just a family gathering, ideal place, so central to loads of places. The reception is fab, nice and very relaxing.
MIchael Leydon
Added 27th Aug 2022
Wedding 13th Aug 2022
Customer service was excellent - in particular our wedding coordinator Chloe Kelly.
Louise & Colm
Added 25th Oct 2022
Wedding 12th Aug 2022
Colm and I just want to thank everyone at The Shearwater Hotel and Spa for making our wedding day so amazing! The day could not have been any better. The staff went above and beyond for us and we could not be anymore thankful. Everything was perfect down to the smallest detail and our guest are still talking about the day! A special thank you to Chloe who accommodated all of our ideas and vision for the day. I cannot speak highly enough about the whole experience.
Shane & Jodi
Added 13th Sep 2022
Wedding 1st Jul 2022
As many couples had to postpone our wedding due to Covid, the shearwater was so accommodating in rescheduling our date. They kept the terms of our original contract which was much appreciated due to the current economic circumstances. Estella, Chloe and Averil kept us in the loop as to what needed to be done and a timeline of jobs to be completed to ensure the preparation went as smoothly as possible. All of our ideas were taken on board and nothing was disregarded or too much to ask. We found the hotel to be extremely child friendly. As we had two young daughters they ensured we had a big enough bedroom, cots, kids clubs and reminded us about the swimming pool. The night before the wedding we had a beautiful meal with our families, a lot more people showed up than we had originally planned. John Harvey, the bar staff and the restaurant staff assured us that there would be no problem. The shearwater wedding team set up our memorial table, wedding favours and our kids area without any hesitation. The wedding day went extremely smoothly, Chloe and her team ensured the meal went as planned.( Even though we had to be rang to remind us to come back from the photos in Shannonbridge ). The food was outstanding and everyone at the wedding really enjoyed it.The staff were professional, friendly and we really appreciated how flexible they were to us and our wedding party. Overall the three nights we spent in the Shearwater Hotel was really enjoyable. From the greetings at reception, to the efficient bar service, the wedding coordination team and the restaurant staff we found everyone to be so friendly and flexible. We would have no reservations in recommending the Shearwater Hotel to friends and family for any event. A huge thank you again to all the Shearwater staff for making our day so special. We look forward to visiting the hotel soon.
Shannen Meleady White
Added 11th Mar 2022
Wedding 25th May 2022
I can not thank all of the staff at the Shearwater, especially Estella. Estella responded to every question and need for help extremely quickly and helpful. The entire process of planning and preparing for our wedding was made a breeze and very enjoyable by the hotel. We were not very knowledgeable with thw planning and running of weddings and decisions we had to make and the hotel staff helped shed light on anything we needed making everything stress free from they great knowledge and experience with weddings! All staff was extremely friendly. The day of the wedding you would think all staff were guests at the wedding they were so kind and helpful to everyone. The day went without a bump thanks to them all. Our guests were all taken back by the beauty of the Hotel, rooms, staff, drinks and amazing food! I was trying to have a sightly "unusual", "untraditional" wedding and I feared it would be difficult bur definitely was not. The Shearwater is my favourite hotel and we will continue to use the pool, bar, restaurant and B&B because of how amazing it all was and our children loves it too!!
Stephen & Cliona Kilpatirck
Added 30th Apr 2022
Wedding 6th Apr 2022
We just wanted to write and say a huge thank you to everyone at the Shearwater Hotel & Spa. Our wedding day at the Shearwater could not have gone any better. All our guests have commented on the how professional all the staff were. Everyone was so helpful on the day. When I arrived at the hotel I was greeted by Ruth on the day and she made us feel that everything was under control. Exactly what you need for those wedding day nerves. Our guests are still talking about how good the food was. Our menu went down a treat and this is due to high quality and effort put into the courses. It was so nice to sit and the top table and watch everyone enjoying themselves so much. We would especially like to thank Estella who was always at the end of an email or telephone call. Estella made us feel at ease in the lead up to our wedding day. Also we have to mention Chloe who kindly looked after us on the day. She so carefully ensured we were ok throughout the day by checking in regularly and made sure everything ran smoothly. Even before she finished on the night Chloe came to me to ask if there was anything further we needed before she left. We would highly recommend the Shearwater for your big day if you are thinking about it. We would struggle to find fault, I just wish the day didn’t go by so fast.
Ciara & Kevin Murray
Added 4th Apr 2022
Wedding 18th Feb 2022
From the moment we viewed the venue with Ruth, the service and professionalism was fantastic. Anything we inquired about was not a problem and anything we wished to have at our reception was followed through without an issue. Communication with the hotel was brilliant and Estella was at the other end of the phone or email at any time, which was very reassuring when planning a wedding through a pandemic. We honestly could not recommend The Shearwater highly enough for a wedding reception, they gave us all we wanted and more and we would not hesitate in recommending it to family and friends in the future.
Sarah & David
Added 20th Jan 2022
Wedding 31st Dec 2021
The Shearwater team and wedding coordinator Estella are fantastic. The welcome reception and dining room décor was beautifully and tastefully decorated by the shearwater team. The food was excellent. Thank you Shearwater Team.
Added 3rd Dec 2021
Wedding 19th Nov 2021
Couldn't recommend the shearwater enough! Our wedding day was absolutely fantastic from start to finish! Food was amazing and the staff couldn't do enough for us
Wade & Nicole O'meara
Added 3rd Dec 2021
Wedding 19th Nov 2021
The Shearwater and it's staff were excellent . Very pleasant to deal with especially Estella . Would highly recommend this venue to anyone.
Keith and Rachael Rohan
Added 13th Nov 2021
Wedding 30th Oct 2021
We had our wedding at the Shearwater hotel 2 weeks ago. It was the most amazing day. The staff at the Shearwater went above and beyond for us. Our guests are still talking about how nice and good the food was. They couldn’t have done more for us. I would 100% recommend this hotel for a wedding. A big thank you to Estella our wedding co-ordinator she was so good to us.
Marguereite dowd and Francis dowd
Added 29th Oct 2021
Wedding 15th Oct 2021
All good
Mr & Mrs Melia
Added 14th Oct 2021
Wedding 25th Sep 2021
We can’t thank the Management and Staff of the Shearwater Hotel enough. A special thanks to Estella our Wedding Co-Ordinator who was so easy to deal with and answered any queries we had in the lead up to our big day. Also, a huge thanks to Ruth, Chloe and John who ensured our special day ran smoothly. Where do I start with the food, it was absolutely amazing, the amount of guests who complimented the food and hotel itself speaks volumes. We would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel to any couple who is looking for a fabulous venue for their wedding.
Added 25th Sep 2021
Wedding 11th Sep 2021
We had our wedding in the shearwater hotel 2 weeks ago and it was amazing from start to finish. Throughout this hole pandemic they have been so accommodating and really put us at ease. Estella was our wedding co-ordinator and she really went above and beyond for us. Chloe and Ruth also who made sure everything went perfectly on the day. The food was amazing and all our guests taught so too. I cant recommend this hotel enough it is a beautiful hotel with a great team. Our day was perfect.Shout out to John the bar manager,Thanks for everything.
Michelle Slevin
Added 24th Sep 2021
Wedding 10th Sep 2021
They hotel was amazing from start to finish the food was amazing and we just love the hotel
Mr & Mrs Corry
Added 18th Sep 2021
Wedding 4th Sep 2021
We can’t thank Estella and all the staff at the Shearwater enough. We had our big day there on 4/9/21 and everything went so smoothly from start to finish. The months leading up to them Estella was so helpful and answered all my covid worried emails. They where very accomodating in term of room check out too and made me feel very relaxed. Everyone said the layout was gorgeous and the food was amazing. We would highly recommend the hotel if you want your wedding to be extra special.
Fruzsina Valkova
Added 27th Aug 2021
Wedding 13th Aug 2021
Couldn't recommend the shearwater enough! All our needs were met and everything we needed was catered for!
Monica and Winston Vaugh
Added 7th Aug 2021
Wedding 23rd Jul 2021
We are so pleased with the hotel. They made our days relaxed and everything ran so smoothly. The staff were so kind and did everything to make everyone feel at ease. The hotels decor was just amazing and we couldn't have asked for more. We were so delighted with our day and the food was Amazing!
Anne-Marie & Barry Concannon
Added 3rd Oct 2022
Wedding 5th Jun 2021
The Shearwater went above & beyond for us during peak covid times. A pleasure to deal with from start to finish.
Sharon & Donal Egan
Added 11th Feb 2022
Wedding 20th Nov 2020
Beautiful hotel for a wedding friendly and approachable staff very easy to deal with and a beautiful day was had by everyone not only good reports back by all guests
Nicola & Matthias
Added 13th Feb 2020
Wedding 21st Dec 2019
Lisa we can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for us. We had the best day of our lives and that was largely down to yourself, Tony and the staff at the Shearwater. We couldn’t recommend you as a wedding coordinator and as a hotel highly enough. The guests were raving about the food and the quality of the service. You are seriously talented at your job and we really couldn’t thank you enough. Nicola and Matthias
Damien and Fiona Griffin
Added 5th Nov 2019
Wedding 11th Oct 2019
We got married on the 11th Of October 2019 and we couldn’t recommend the Shearwater enough. Both Tony and Lisa were brilliant to deal with, everything was stress free and nothing we asked for was too much. The refurbished ballroom looked fantastic and the meal was top class. All of our guests commented on the quality of the food! We had our after party in the hotel also and this too was brilliantly done. We have nothing but absolutely great things to say about the Shearwater hotel and all of their staff! Thank you for a great weekend!
Michelle Lyons
Added 5th Nov 2019
Wedding 20th Sep 2019
What can I say about the team at the shearwater, an absolute to pleasure to deal with from the very beginning when we went to look at the venue, we knew straight away this was where we wanted to have our reception. Nothing was ever a problem. We didn't need to do a thing with the venue, everything was fabulous. Lisa and Wayne were both so lovely and could not do enough for us. Everybody was commenting on the fabulous service and food. Myself and cathal would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel for your wedding.
Angel & David
Added 10th Oct 2019
Wedding 6th Sep 2019
Dear The Team at the Shearwater Hotel, We came over to stay with you from Tuesday 3rd until Monday 9th September, for our Wedding in Ballinasloe on the 6th. We would like to say a huge thank you to you all, as you played such a big part in making one of the biggest times of our lives, one of the most memorable. Each and every one of you that was involved, from front desk staff to housekeeping, have been an absolute pleasure to be around. Your professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond most definitely didn't go unnoticed by ourselves, nor by our guests who came to stay. The day went perfectly without any issues, and everything ran to the schedule that you briefed us on. We truly believe you have the right people in the right places, and work incredibly well as a team. One of the biggest talking points of the whole day was the food. Not one person left there hungry, and everything was cooked and presented exceptionally. From our first ever visit to The Shearwater, we were blown away by how beautiful the ballroom was set up, and this in turn lead us to choose your hotel as our location. Since your refurbishment, the ballroom delivered even more of a wow factor and was a magical place to walk into. We would like to give a special mention to Des, Tony and Lisa, who couldn't do enough for us. You made sure that our every need was attended to, however big or small. Thank you. Keep doing what you're all doing, and we look forward to seeing you when we return to celebrate our first anniversary! Many thanks & best regards, David & Angel Tyler
Doralyn & Thimothy
Added 13th Feb 2020
Wedding 17th Aug 2019
We would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel and Spa for Couples planning for their wedding venue. We got Married in Shearwater 17th of August 2019, We had such an amazing was a fantastic day from the start to finish. The staff, the team and service were absolutely wonderful and excellent. All my guest commented good compliments for the quality of the food. They enjoyed the stay and also the beautiful function room. I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thanks to all the team Especially Tony and Liza, We were delighted the service you provided on the first day of the wedding till after the wedding day. Again 100% highly recommend the Shearwater and Spa Hotel, for Wedding, A very Modern Hotel wedding packages are very reasonable, good quality service, fabulous food and great location.
June Cawley
Added 5th Nov 2019
Wedding 12th Aug 2019
One thing they won’t tell you no to any idea and they were super easy to work with
William and Siobhan
Added 4th Nov 2019
Wedding 10th Aug 2019
Overall we were delighted with the way our wedding went, it was exactly how we had planned. The venue was top class the staff were excellent and in particular Des and Tony on the day of the wedding were fantastic. The food and drinks reception were second to none and we would highly recommend the hotel as a wedding venue.
Céire & Alan
Added 6th Sep 2019
Wedding 19th Jul 2019
From start to finish the staff and service we got on the Shearwater Hotel was fantastic. As for the drinks reception and food, I could not praise it enough and all our wedding guests are still talking about how good it was. We honestly could not fault one thing on the day Ns would highly recommend the Shearwater Hotel for your wedding day. A special thanks to Lisa our wedding coordinator who was amazing and Des and Tony for making it a day we will remember forever. I would love to do it all over again. Thank you for everything, Mr & Mrs Tierney ????
Lisa Kelly
Added 5th Nov 2019
Wedding 15th Jun 2019
Lisa and the team at The Shearwater were great to deal with. They offered a great value package and were willing to adapt to ensure that the day was everything we hoped for. The new decor is first class and the food was delicious. Highly recommend
Added 26th Aug 2019
Wedding 25th May 2019
We would throughly recommend the Shearwater for a wedding. We were delighted with the service, value for money and quality of the food. Lots of compliments from our guests. Also the newly decorated function room is beautiful.
Linda & David
Added 12th Feb 2019
Wedding 28th Dec 2018
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.
Added 14th Jan 2019
Wedding 16th Nov 2018
Excellent venue. The ballroom is fab & food was so good. We are so happy we got married here.
Rebecca and john
Added 28th May 2019
Wedding 19th Oct 2018
The hotel management and staff went above and beyond with everything... We had a fantastic day! Thank you so much.
Audrey Cunningham/ Kelly
Added 6th Dec 2018
Wedding 18th Oct 2018
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.
Niamh and Billy Thorne
Added 10th Dec 2018
Wedding 13th Oct 2018
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!
Melissa and Keith Murphy
Added 12th Oct 2018
Wedding 18th Aug 2018
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.
Added 17th Oct 2018
Wedding 3rd Aug 2018
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
Sinead & Enda
Added 5th Sep 2018
Wedding 7th Jul 2018
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.
Added 11th Oct 2018
Wedding 1st Feb 2018
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.
Myriam O'Farrell
Added 4th Jan 2018
Wedding 9th Dec 2017
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).
Sarah and Emmett Kelly
Added 3rd Jan 2018
Wedding 1st Dec 2017
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.
Added 30th Nov 2017
Wedding 23rd Sep 2017
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.
Added 14th Sep 2017
Wedding 9th Sep 2017
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 ????
Miartin & Philippa
Added 13th Sep 2017
Wedding 8th Sep 2017
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 ????????????
Jacqueline and Damien Duane
Added 20th Sep 2017
Wedding 25th Aug 2017
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
Kelley Hogan & William Kelly
Added 29th Aug 2017
Wedding 18th Aug 2017
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
Tracey & Stephen
Added 17th Aug 2017
Wedding 21st Jul 2017
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 !!!!
Mr & Mrs Dully
Added 28th Jun 2016
Wedding 27th May 2016
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
Edel and Emmet Farrell
Added 24th Mar 2016
Wedding 18th Mar 2016
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
Added 24th Mar 2016
Wedding 31st Dec 2015
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
Added 8th Jan 2016
Wedding 4th Dec 2015
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
T & C
Added 18th Sep 2015
Wedding 28th Oct 2015
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
Teresa & Joe Larkin
Added 5th Nov 2015
Wedding 19th Sep 2015
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 :)
Added 11th Sep 2015
Wedding 4th Sep 2015
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
Added 18th Sep 2015
Wedding 28th Aug 2015
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
Added 10th Sep 2015
Wedding 30th Jul 2015
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! :)
Lisa and Colin Fitzgerald
Added 18th Sep 2015
Wedding 3rd Jul 2015
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
Jennifer and Stephen Kelly
Added 18th Sep 2015
Wedding 15th May 2015
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
chris and amanda
Added 18th Sep 2015
Wedding 24th Oct 2014
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
Added 18th Sep 2015
Wedding 17th Oct 2014
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
Added 30th Apr 2015
Wedding 29th Jul 2014
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
orla burke
Added 19th Sep 2015
Wedding 18th Jul 2014
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
ciara monaghan
Added 1st Oct 2015
Wedding 25th Apr 2014
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
Added 9th May 2015
Wedding 1st Jun 2012
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.
Added 25th Aug 2014
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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