Originally opened as the Galway Ryan Hotel in 1969 with almost 100 rooms, it was seen as a catalyst to the tourism industry in the city.
Mr Dermot Ryan, the Chairman of Ryan Tourist Holdings in 1969, is quoted as saying: “Our aim is to offer good food and first-class rooms with private bathroom suites at down to earth prices aiming at high occupancy spread over the whole year,” with the average price to stay in the hotel at that time just over a pound in old money.
The hotel itself has undergone many transformations over the past fifty years. 1984 saw the launch of the ‘Friendly Fellows’ kids club, which to this day entertains the little guests of the hotel and boasts the title of ‘the longest serving kids club in the country’. This ensured that The Galway Ryan Hotel led the way in domestic family holidays, and it created a tradition at the hotel where you now we see generations returning with their children and grandchildren as it is part of so many families’ history and traditions.
It holds a place in the hearts of young and old for happy holidays in Galway.