The Twelve Boutique Hotel, Barna, Co Galway - Hotel Of The Year Award 2018
As long as we have great independent hoteliers an important aspect of this country’s unique appeal will be in safe hands. We must treasure them, while we can.
Fergus O’Halloran’s unique boutique hotel is handy to both Connemara and Galway City and has earned fame for its fresh youthful style, and an exceptionally focused food and wine offering. Everything about it is highly unusual and, from its romantic rooms and West At The Twelve's memorable fine wining and dining experience, to quality casual food, notably pizza, in the busy, child-friendly Pins Bar Bakery Bistro - and sales in the Pizza Dozzina artisanal shop next door - it sings of quality and innovation at every level. Their motto “True to The Region, True to The Season” sums up a philosophy that can be seen at work in every aspect of the hotel, where there is a keen focus on the best local and artisan foods and craft beers - and this busy local and tourist venue is popular for sports on TV and weekend live music sessions too. A terrific one-off destination with an exceptional sense of place - and its success is a great tribute to the hands-on management and marketing by an inspired (and inspiring) proprietor.