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The Hardiman

Eyre Square, Galway
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Elegance and style never goes out of fashion. And nowhere will you find more opulent and stunning surroundings that at Galway City’s most elegant hotel – The Hardiman.

The Hardiman is hotel full of character, style and panache and adding to the hotel's reputation for sophistication, the ballroom has been transformed into the ultimate venue to host the most elegant wedding in the west. The decadent new ballroom is embellished with numerous crystal chandelliers, giving a truly sumptous and magical feel. The ballroom, which can cater for up to 280 people, is spacious and bright and offers the utmost in style and elegance.


17 reviews
Quality of service4.9/5
Aisling & Willie
Added 15th Oct 2021
Wedding 7th Aug 2021
We would highly recommend the Hardiman Hotel as a venue for your wedding reception. Valerie and all of the team at the Hotel were very supportive and helpful to us throughout the various lockdowns as we had to postpone our wedding twice. When we finally reached our wedding day, we had a fantastic experience at the Hardiman Hotel. The location was absolutely ideal for us to capture the essence of Galway city as part of our day. The reception and ballroom were beautifully decorated and the food was absolutely delicious. All of the staff expertly catered for our guests' needs. We really had the best day and would love to have it all over again!
Sharon & Shane
Added 15th Oct 2021
Wedding 30th Jul 2021
“We met Valerie 12 weeks before our wedding date looking to book our wedding on a certain date in July. Valerie and her team pulled out all the stops to accommodate us in what we can only describe as a stress free, professional, and blissful journey to our wedding day. Valerie was in constant contact with us on the lead up to the wedding and was so reassuring and left no stone unturned. On the day of our wedding Valerie was there with her team and was so accommodating. The food was amazing and all our guests complimented it. We had 50 guests at our wedding and it was the best day ever. The team set up the function room lovely and it felt like there was more than 50 people seated. I highly recommend The Hardiman Hotel for a wedding venue and Valerie is amazing. We are eternally grateful for all her guidance and support”
Marie & Niall
Added 16th Oct 2021
Wedding 31st Dec 2020
To Valerie, Stephen, Patrick and all the fantastic staff in the Hardiman, thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. From our very first visit, we knew we wanted to host our reception in the Hardiman. Although our planning was a bit of a rollercoaster with ever changing circumstances, Valerie and the team always kept us informed and supported us so well in planning the best possible day. On the day itself, everything went off to perfection. The ballroom was just stunning and our guests are still talking about the food. We were also delighted to have Alison playing the piano which really added to the lovely festive atmosphere. It really was the best day of our lives and we cannot thank the staff in the Hardiman enough!
Deirdre & Conan
Added 15th Oct 2021
Wedding 12th Dec 2020
"We count ourselves lucky to have had our wedding at The Hardiman Hotel in December 2020. While originally planned for May 2020, the amazing staff at The Hardiman were very helpful when it came to reorganising our date, looking after the bookings for our family members and rearranging everything to ensure our long-awaited wedding was everything we had hoped it would be. On the day, we didn't have to worry about a thing and were able to enjoy the day with our guests. The Hardiman staff, during the run-up to the wedding and on the day, were fantastic, with special mention to Valerie, Stephen, Mary and Sonia who made sure we were well looked after all day and went above and beyond for us. The venue was beautifully presented and everything we were looking for in a wedding venue; the food was amazing and the service we received was nothing but exceptional and this was reiterated by our guests. We couldn't recommend The Hardiman more and we are very much looking forward to celebrating our anniversary in The Hardiman for years to come"
Colin & Cheryl
Added 18th Oct 2021
Wedding 27th Aug 2020
From the first time we walked into The Hardiman we knew it was where we wanted to have our wedding reception. When we had to postpone our wedding in late March due to Covid-19 we were heartbroken, but with the help of friends, family and all at The Hardiman we were able to rearrange for late summer. At what were challenging times for all at the hotel, big and small changes were accommodated with compassion and understanding. The Hardiman did everything they could to make our big day special. We had the best day of our lives with so many unexpected moments. This was in large part down to the helpfulness of the staff at the Hardiman. They could not have done any more for us. The food throughout the day was incredible and the service could not have been any better. The hotel was presented beautifully, at its most elegant best. The Hardiman truly gave us a day to remember! All the best, Colin and Cheryl
Lisa & Dave
Added 27th May 2020
Wedding 31st Jan 2020
The Hardiman was the dream location for a wedding. From start to finish the level of professionalism shown by the staff was outstanding Special thank you to Valerie, the wedding planner, who made the whole planning experience stress free and enjoyable! From the day we booked the venue we were treated so well with exceptional food and exceptional service. The selling point for us was the hotel Ballroom. We know it’s a bit of a cliché but we really did have the best day of our lives!! Everyone, as expected, had only great things to say about the staff, food, rooms and the location. We couldn’t recommend the hotel enough! All the best, Lisa and Dave
Response from The Hardiman
Thank you Lisa & Dave, we are delighted to hear you had such a wonderful experience with us at your wedding. It had been a great pleasure helping you both plan your special day, thank you for choosing The Hardiman. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to The Hardiman in the near future. All my best , Valerie
Aisling & Michael
Added 1st Feb 2020
Wedding 18th Jan 2020
Hi Valerie We had such a wonderful time in the Hardiman for our wedding on 18th January 2020, the staff were amazing so welcoming to all our guests who sung their praises and really loved the hotel. Thanks so much for all you did on the day and in the lead up. We could not praise the hotel highly enough. The hotel team were excellent throughout the planning process, from the moment we first viewed the hotel to the day itself they were always so welcoming and on hand to answer any questions we had. Our thanks are especially due to Valerie our wedding planner, who was wonderful throughout and who ensured everything ran so smoothly on the day. Our guests were full of praise for the wonderful welcome the staff gave them, the excellent food and the beautiful ballroom. We really couldn't have asked for more and would highly recommend the hotel and staff to other couples! Aisling & Michael ________________________________________
Response from The Hardiman
Hi Aisling & Michael, Thank you so much for your very kind words, I am so delighted you both got to have your special day with us and I will be sure to pass on your feedback to the rest of the team, they will be delighted. All my best , Valerie
Kirsty & Michael
Added 1st Feb 2020
Wedding 30th Dec 2019
Hi Valerie, It has taken us until now to feel a little normal again after what was the best few days of all of our lives, so thank you very much for that. You went above and beyond our expectations and you will forever be in our hearts. We cannot thank all staff and managers at the Hardiman, everyone was just so accommodating and fantastic to us.
Response from The Hardiman
Hi Kirsty & Michael, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure being part of your big day and we are delighted to hear yourself and your guests enjoyed your special day, we all did here also. We hope to see you back very soon. All my best Valerie
Louise & James Ruffley
Added 17th Dec 2019
Wedding 14th Dec 2019
Hi Valerie, James and I want to thank you and all the amazing staff at the Hardiman Hotel for our amazing day. Especially Sonia and Stephen and yourself. The day genuinely could not have been more perfect! Everybody was raving about how exceptionally beautiful the hotel is and how lovely the staff were to each and every one of our guests. The food was incredibly delicious - Ultan is a food wizard!! The day ran so smoothly (not that I had any doubts) but having never been at a wedding in the Hardiman before I didn't realise how attentive all the staff are to all the guests. It was superb from start to finish!! We had the most amazing day and we are so thrilled we decided to chose the Hardiman and that we had all of you amazing people looking after us. Thanks a million for everything ? Louise &James x
Response from The Hardiman
Hi Louise & James, Both of you were a delight to organise a wedding for. Thank you for your kind words about the hotel setting and the food , I have passed your lovely comments onto Chef, Sonia & Steven and they are delighted, See you soon, All my best Valerie
Deirdre & Alister
Added 14th Jun 2020
Wedding 30th Nov 2019
Galway in summertime is spectacular but Galway at Christmastime is something else entirely. The streets are filled with people hustling and bustling, lights twinkling in every direction, the Christmas market is in full swing and the air is rich with the smell of all spice. In the back drop to all this festive cheer stands the Meyrick Hotel (Now The Hardiman). Imagine if you will a young couple who have never even imagined planning an event such as a wedding to have this elegant, vibrant and quintessentially Galwegian establishment on their doorstep. To say The Meyrick (The Hardiman) is the place of dreams is an understatement. From the moment we stepped through the door for our very first consultation to the day we stepped out as Mr&Mrs we were treated like royal guests and made feel part of The Meyrick (The Hardiman) family. The sublime professionalism of Valerie and her team from start to finish can only be described as magical. No request was denied, no suggestion flapped away, anything that could be done was done. It was the simple and most heartfelt touches to the day that The Meyrick (The Hardiman) added that made the difference. Such as the tall chilled pint of Guinness my husband had waiting for him on the bar to settle his nerves, the roaring fire in the foyer to welcome guests into from the cold chill in the air of that beautiful November day, the spring in the dancefloor that made people believe they were completely “rocking the joint” to the “How are you feeling?” from Stephen our maitre’d for evening. It really is the little things that make the biggest impact. The food and service on the night was second to none and if I could have awarded a Michelin star on the night I would of. We often drive by the hotel on our trips to the shops and our memories are made far sweeter by the fact that our wedding was the last wedding to be held in The Meyrick as we knew it. We made history that day by being the firsts in our family to join together, and I guess we are just a little part of the hotels history now that is no longer “The Meyrick”.
Response from The Hardiman
Deirdre & Alister, Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure being part of your big day and we are delighted to hear yourself and your guests enjoyed your special day. Steven is delighted also with your lovely comments, he is a star ! We hope to welcome you back very soon. All my best Valerie
Rebekah & James
Added 27th May 2020
Wedding 23rd Nov 2019
We would like to thank all the staff at the Hardiman (formerly The Meyrick) for all their help and brilliant service on the run up to and during our wedding. From the moment we did our initial tour of the hotel to the weekend of the wedding itself we felt the hotel at our best interests at heart and everyone was so accommodating and helpful. We had an amazing day and the hotel and all the staff could not have done more for us, the service , the atmosphere and the food was first class and all our guests had a great day. Thank you all so much and we look forward to staying with you again as soon as possible! Thanks and kind regards, Rebekah & James
Elaine & Eugene
Added 11th Dec 2019
Wedding 16th Nov 2019
Hi Valerie, We both want to thank you for your outstanding service to us during the wedding and in the lead up to it. The Meyrick in general was wonderful but you really are one in a million Valerie and such a beautiful person to deal with as well. You went above and beyond and were so approachable and helpful. It really means so much to us. Like that I miss popping in and the chats. We really had a fairy tale wedding, thank you so much for helping make that happen. I will be spreading the word far and wide about the wonderful service you delivered. Chat soon Elaine
Claire and Pádraic Mac Giolla Bhríde
Added 11th Dec 2019
Wedding 26th Oct 2019
Dear the staff of Hotel Meyrick, We cannot believe it is now a month since we got married. We would both like to express our thanks for the wonderful day you put on for our wedding day. Valerie, you were absolutely amazing. We were delighted with you the first day we met you. You put our minds at ease and you were wonderful at talking us through the day and for thinking of all the small bits and extra bits that would make the day that extra bit special for us. Your communication was excellent with us and you were always so quick at responding to us and we knew you were always at the other end of the phone if we needed you. Although, we only met you a few times, we felt we had known you much longer. You always had a smile on your face and always made us feel very welcome. I can say, without any doubt that any couple would be safe in your hands and they would be extremely lucky to have you involved in the planning of their wedding... You are an amazing Wedding Coordinator. Patrick, thank you very much for making us feel so at ease in the last few weeks in the lead up to our wedding. It was lovely to meet both Valerie and yourself before the big day to talk through the day. It was great to be greeted by such a friendly face when we pulled up to the hotel on our wedding day. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to chat to you much on the day but I could see you were so attentive to everyone. You told me you would make sure everything ran smoothly and it certainly did. Ultan, the amazing chef. We absolutely loved everything we tried at our tasting so you really made the menu choice a tough one. We were 100% confident about our meal going into the wedding and this meant so much to us as it was so important for us to have a great meal. The food was 5 star. Each meal was presented beautifully and tasted even better. We were so happy knowing you were in the background. We greatly appreciated the efforts you went to for all of the coeliac guests. Thank you for the chats we had and for reassuring us all would be ok on the day. Stephen, you were fantastic. The ballroom looked absolutely beautiful. You were so attentive on the evening of our wedding and constantly checked in with us at the top table to ensure everything was ok. The service was top class; so quick, so smooth and all of the waiters were so professional yet friendly. Your attention continued over the weekend to our final departure on the Monday morning. Mary, you put definitely put in a late night shift and were kept on your toes all night. But you did every minute of it with a smile on your face. You had the bar running very smoothly upstairs and we have had many compliments about you in the residents bar. The tea you served to those who didn’t even ask was a HUGE hit and the gluten free sandwiches you made was very thoughtful of you. Thank you also for the lovely sandwiches for the other guests at the end of the night. Sonja, you were so friendly to all of the guests and family from the moment I stepped out of the bridal car and we all really enjoyed the chats with you over the weekend. We hope to meet you again sometime in Invern. To all the staff from every department who helped to make our day special and who assisted in the day running so smoothly, we are extremely thankful. The Meyrick was an amazing venue to have our wedding in and it is a day we will always cherish. All of your staff were fantastic and this made our day. I would highly recommend the Meyrick to any couple looking for a wedding venue. We look forward to popping in again soon. Man thanks, Claire and Pádraic Mac Giolla Bhríde 26th October 2019
Lauren & Martin Lynch
Added 18th Oct 2019
Wedding 12th Oct 2019
Dear Valerie, Stephen & Team, Lauren & I had the best possible experience with you and all of your staff at the Meyrick. You guys are incredible , We cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work in making our day perfect Martin & Lauren Lynch
Response from The Hardiman
Hi Lauren & Martin Thank you so so much for your kind and lovely words. It was our honour to host your special day. We wish you all the best for the future and we can't wait to see you both again soon from all of us here in the Hardiman
Kym Butler & Phil Butler
Added 27th Sep 2019
Wedding 20th Sep 2019
Hi Margaret, I hope all is well! Phil and I just wanted to send through a quick email now that everything has calmed down a bit to say thank you so very much Margaret, you were amazing to deal with, our day could not have went so smoothly without you and all of your hard work. I can’t put into words how much we appreciate everything you did for us. We are over the moon with how the day went. Everything went off without a hitch and we had the best day of our lives! From the moment we decided that the hotel Meyrick was where we wanted to get married, to the planning thereafter, to our wedding day and the days that followed, everyone in the hotel went above and beyond for us, nothing was too difficult. We received so many compliments from our guests on the decor of the hotel, the food and the staff on their outstanding customer service. Special mention to Conor, Ethan, Paul, Valerie and Steven. Thank you so very much, Galway and the hotel Meyrick will always have a special place in our hearts. All the best, Kym & Phil Butler x
Added 7th Nov 2019
Wedding 21st Dec 2018
The perfect wedding venue, 5 star service. Timeless hotel. Such professional staff.
Added 14th Apr 2008
absolutely fab staff in restaurant and bar. food wonderful. thanks to Cian and his team
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