Twelve Hotel Galway
4.5 stars - based on 605 reviews
Barna Galway, Ireland Eire
00353 91 597000
from €110 Per Room

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One of ‘Ireland’s Sexiest Hotels’
“It was evident that, as luxury hotels go, The Twelve is no pretentious
ivory tower that could be anywhere, but is rather rooted in Ireland's
west coast between Galway and Connemara. There used to be a pub on the
site and perhaps its warm spirit lives on.”
“The general decor was elegantly understated: wood floor, dark purple sofa,
white-going-on-silver wallpaper and deep red lampshades. Comfortable
rather than opulent - more or less true of the hotel itself.”
David Smith, The Observer

“Style lovers in search of somewhere chic to lay their heads will find a small
(but perfectly formed) crop of new boutique retreats have opened
recently around the country. Our favourites include the funky Ross in
Killarney town and The Twelve in Bearna, Galway”
Jillian Bolger, ‘Hip-Pip Hotel!’ The Sunday Tribune Magazine

“Dublin has the Dylan, Belfast has Malmaison, Killarney the Ross, Galway has
The G inside the city and The Twelve outside. And now Sligo has the
Glasshouse. What connects all of these contemporary hotels is a quirky
design-led style, an approach that is becoming quite the thing in
today’s Ireland.”
Food and Wine

“The Twelve is less a place to stay the night and more an invitation to
become part of a west of Ireland community – in haute style of course. A
mere 10 minutes from Galway city centre, it still enjoys beautiful
countryside and gorgeous views of Bearna. The interior is a fitting
compliment to the setting, carefully designed with the history and
location in mind, where bespoke furniture and handcrafted pieces by
local artists sit alongside high tech essentials”.
House and Home Magazine

“THE NEW HIP HOTEL: MAGIC NUMBER. Our appetite for boutique hotels seemingly
can’t be sated. The latest chic hostelry to get us excited is The
Twelve, set to open in picturesque Bearna, Galway, this Spring”
The Sunday Tribune 2007

“The village of Bearna is set to become a hotspot this Spring as the opening
of The Twelve puts it firmly on the map for those looking for a
really special hotel break……This is a place for those who enjoy culture,
fun, comforts and great culinary experiences”
Cara Magazine

“HOT SHOTS 2007: Is this the year to be living dangerously? One to be
enjoyed to the luxe and to the max? Now that 2007 is upon us, it’s time
to get set for the new people, places, trends, treats and trinkets to
set our hearts aflutter. Here’s what the IMAGE team predicts the next
few months will be all about……..LOBBY LIFE: Last year saw boutique
hotels sprout up all over Ireland. Killarney’s got the Ross, Galway’s
got The House and The Twelve and there’s the George in Limerick. We look
forward to a year of cosmopolitan country living ….opulent
surroundings, buzzy bars, plasma TVs and designer details.”
Image magazine

“For dining, the West restaurant focuses on local, fresh, organic foods. It
also includes a Champagne Bar where diners can relax before their meal
and enjoy some fresh oysters”.
Sunday Business Post

“And boy was it worth waiting for the €18 million hotel and bar to open the
doors. In fact, so impressive is the new bar that it is bound to be THE
new hot spot during race week.”
“The Oscar will have to go to the
smoking section in the Pins. Complete with plasma screen (for those who
can’t bear to tear themselves away from the many matches that will be
shown on the pub’s other 3 plasma screens), unusual furniture and dome
lights, heaters and a water fountain will make life easier for those
partial to the odd cigarette.”
Connacht Tribune

“After a day exploring Galway, guests can take five in The Pins bar where a
quiet pint and some ‘just out of the oven’ breads from the on-site
bakery are the order of the day……before heading down to the world class
restaurant West where the menu offers the finest organic produce from
the area. The West also has an exclusive Chefs Table along with one of
the most exciting wine collections in Ireland.”
Cara Magazine

“Glamorous but comfortable, the Suite XII combines dramatic baroque looks with
luxurious home comfort. The rich, deep colour scheme gives it a lived-in
feel that is instantly welcoming. Three different patterns in the
curtains, rug and sofa sit together comfortably by following a
complementary colour scheme.”
House and Home

“I had made a mental beeline for this hotel from the moment I heard that
interior designer Brian McDonald was involved…this is definitely a
design hotel but it isn’t screaming at you; instead it manages to lay on
the glamour while maintaining the laidback ambience of a country
hotel…but what really blew my socks off about this hotel was the
restaurant. In terms of cuisine, this is one of the best Irish hotels
I’ve ever stayed in!”
Irish Homes Magazine

“Now an uber modern boutique hotel with popular on site pub and award
winning restaurant West …class. The Twelve Hotel is a perfect mix of the
old and the very new…”
Johnny Wilson, UK Journalist

“The Twelve boasts its own bakery… and the laziest of us will soon be able
to enjoy a full spa treatment in the comfort of our bedrooms… We are
treated to a seat at the chef’s table, in the heart of the kitchen of
the West restaurant. Forget Gordon Ramsay tantrums, the place is an
oasis of calm, as head chef John Greene “forces” us to struggle manfully
through eight courses… from lobster and halibut to lamb and fillet
beef… The Pins bar where the locals drop in for a pint and watch the
rugby, where someone can always be relied on to drum up a tune”
Peter Doherty, UK Journalist

“Suite XII at the Bearna boutique hotel is the ultimate lovers' bolthole, with
cool design, a hot-tub for two (order the in-room seaweed bath) and a
mini-bar stocked like they should be - think proper pressed apple juice,
great champagne and home-made gingerbread men… check out the in-house
bakery for the most delicious fresh produce, or allow the New
York-trained barmen entertain you with the most original cocktails in
the west.”
Irish Tatler

“The prized seats in the bar are the vast squashy sofas in front of the fire, and a
welcoming touch in the bar are the floor-to-ceiling bookcases with
up-to-the minute novels and coffee table books for guests to browse and
enjoy…The rooms, where dark wood is the leading design theme, feature
several clever ideas from the ultra-fashionable bold print wallpaper, to
the near black net curtains which along with the soft lighting gave our
room a quiet, relaxed, cocoon-like feeling.…a suite whose size and
sheer luxury would put even the smartest new apartment in the shade.”
Irish Times

“the Pins (bakery), in Barna, Co Galway, is a welcome find. It's part of the
Twelve, a snazzy boutique hotel, and when the hotel's pastry chef,
Sunil Phommadura, has some down time he's baking for the tiny new shop,
on Barna's main street.”
The Irish Times Saturday Magazine

“...West is on a par with many of Dublin’s finer establishments and is itself worth the journey to Galway.”
The Pins Bakery “demonstrates the hotel’s attention to detail and respect
for ingredients in its preparation of delicious breads and pastries and
its determination to provide fresh and interesting foods.”
“The Twelve is an ideal destination for those who want to switch off the mobile phone and unwind in comfort.”
“.....a study of understated chic that creates a genuinely different boutique experience to many urban counterparts.”
“This sense of luxury and indulgence permeate the building and imbue a sense
of opulence without the impersonality that so often accompanies it in
bigger hotels.”
Wealth Magazine

“This rich, luxurious and sexy theme has garnered the hotel a lot of attention in the press, earning plenty of
mentions in articles dedicated to ‘Ireland’s Sexiest Hotels’”.
‘On the ground floor, the aptly named The Pins bar and bistro provides a hub for Bearna locals as well as a
chic space for guests to unwind and choose from the whopping selection of cocktails and super premium spirits, not to mention the tasty treats from the Pins Bakery’.
Hotel and Catering Review Style Guide

“This restaurant is very much about wine, with one of Ireland’s most exciting
wine collections on display in specially designed cabinets and
wonderful vintages seen as artwork themselves’.
Irish Homes

“Quite honestly, it was the most exciting meal I’ve ever had, made all the
more enjoyable by the fact that it was introduced by people who are
genuinely passionate about what they do.”
Sunday Business Post

‘This pocket of stylish elegance is perfectly perched at the gateway to
Ireland’s wild west. It opened last year and has already proven its
worth after winning the Best New Hotel title from Hospitality Ireland’.
‘The star treatment has to be the signature massage delivered by French
masseuse Mathilde and her absolutely magic hands. For somehow
successfully untangling the impossible knots in my scrunched-up
shoulders, this woman truly deserves a medal. Her amazing talents alone
are worth the journey to Galway’.
‘With the promise of so many great
walks, you won’t want to leave your true best friend at some, and the
good news is that this is a pet-friendly hotel, with specialised
services to make it a holiday for your hound too’.
Saturday Independent

“Outside the city in Bearna, the team behind the long standing Twelve Pins Hotel
(now The Twelve) are working hard to do their own thing, with an
in-house bakery turning out excellent pain de champagne, a
sommelier-cum-manager nurturing a vast cellar and a Chef striving to
capitalise on prime local produce.”
Food and Wine

‘It’s Ireland’s answer to LA, and now the west coast’s got so much cooler
with a luxury boutique hotel, The Twelve, wowing visitors to Galway’.
‘You too can live like a Californian rock star in one of Ireland’s ultimate living areas, Suite XII’.
Evening Herald

“It’s always great to see new beauty venues in the city and The Twelve comes
up trumps with their glorious in-room treatments. You get to kick back
and relax in one of their sumptuous suites while you receive a luxurious
Voya treatment from a top therapist. I had the pleasure of being
invited to try out the Twelve Signature Ritual, a three hour long
relaxation fest which leaves you walking in the air. Definitely
Galway Now Magazine, Limerick Now Magazine and Cork Now Magazine

“The Twelve Hotel in Bearna offers a combination of a seaweed bath and full
body massage which, though not a medical treatment, might as well be
tailor-made for arthritis sufferers.”
“At the twelve the bath is prepared in the privacy of the hotel bedroom. After this a full body
massage with a special Voya oil, the worlds only seaweed oil, will
ensure that any knots or aches are ironed out.”
Galway Independent

“The Twelve, a hotel in the picturesque Co. Galway village of Bearna, is a
slice of luxury. If you didn’t go this bank holiday, go next.”
Irish Times ‘Go’ Magazine

from the rigours of the oyster-opening championship and get ready for
the glamorous balls of the festival at The Twelve, a recently revamped
boutique hotel, where you can enjoy spa treatments form the calm of your
own hotel.”
The Gloss

“Fergus O’Halloran is the
type of person for whom the phrase “well travelled” was coined. Having
left Galway to study hotel management in Switzerland, he rose through
the ranks to become one of Canada’s top sommeliers, before returning
home to work as general manager of the Malt House and now of the Twelve,
his latest hotel project.”
Image Interiors

“The Twelve Hotel in Bearna is a special boutique oasis where history and
tradition meet luxury and style. Just a stones throw from Galway, the
hotel is set in the celebrated beauty of the west of Ireland on the
fringe of Connemara. The proprietors spent a year creating an
environment that allows for a new way of seeing things, catering to many
diverse breeds of guest, and placing culinary delights at the top of
the menu.”
Social and Personal


The Journey

We're really excited to show you the work we've passionately carried out to create The Twelve Hotel and turn it into the centre of the community of Bearna and the heart of the West of Ireland. The Twelve Hotel is more than a place to eat and sleep. We open our doors to hearts and minds - especially those who enjoy culture, fun, comforts and great culinary experiences.

When we first started on the project, we fell in love with the village of Bearna and the history 'The Twelve Pins' had amassed dating all the way back to the 1800's. A perfect starting point, we thought, to create a hotel at the crossroads, where history and tradition meet luxury and style. Hence, the brief: 'Though the exterior will reflect the strength and character of its Irish history, the interior will be of a refined elegance, a stylish sense of comfort and design pervading throughout.'

We then agreed that a spin on the name of the hotel was necessary so as to signify its evolution. "Let's take the hotel out of the hotel" we proclaimed.

And so The Twelve dream began. With a team of amazing people, a considerable budget for the thoughtful project (including the building of a terrific wine collection), and an overdose of passion, enthusiasm and hard work - we spent a year creating an environment that allows for new ways of seeing things, caters to many diverse breeds of guest (and dog) and places culinary delights at the top of the menu.

It's a tough gig we aim to pull off - there are numerous contradictions within the project. For example, it's a place where corporate guests would go on a retreat yet it offers the very latest in technological goodies; it caters to families but attracts singles drawn to Galway's nightlife; it offers pampering and well being mixed with culinary adventures, a place where the healthful coexist with the decadent, where the elderly are rejuvenated and the young feel mature; it's a place where the gaelic speaking locals sip on their beverage of choice; a place where designer furniture shares the spotlight with specially commissioned artworks, video projection screens and a classic lounge bar; a place with economically priced, yet beautiful and intriguing guest rooms and suites; a place where trad music acts coexist with a kick ass restaurant; a place that does not offer the common mini bar but instead a full cocktail wet bar; a place which is the ideal setting for a lavish wedding or a freshly baked soda bread; a place known as a boutique inspired hotel designed for a local neighborhood which welcomes pets! Yes, these are beautiful contradictions indeed.

We've always appreciated the places that aim to make you feel at home, the places that aim to inspire and push the boundaries and in so doing are sometimes non conformist. We relate.

In essence, The Twelve Hotel is fun, quirky, elegant, tasteful, luxurious, cheeky, open to ideas, lacking in pretense, where service matters and simple yet complex. We hope you'll enjoy the home that we've created in an urban ruralness that is considered one of the top 4 star Ireland hotels. We also hope you stay true to your own passions and dreams.

See you around,

The Twelve
(Fergus, Manon, Fiona, Cherlanne, Connor, Martin, Colm and the entire team as well as the many other passionate people helping to make the dream a reality) xx

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