We got married on the 27th of August and we are so happy we chose The Westwood for our reception. I can't say enough good things about John, Joanna and the team... they are absolutely brilliant! Where do I start... I'll try to keep this short but I know I'll fail miserably as I could rabbit on forever about how great they are. Well in the beginning I didn't want a hotel wedding as I thought it'd be no different to a hundred other weddings I'd been to. But as soon as we talked to John, I was sold. We came away from that first meeting filled with so much confidence and excitement that we didn't even bother looking anywhere else. We loved the reception area and the beautiful bright corridors filled with greenery. In the months that followed, I was in very regular contact with Joanna, the amazing wedding coordinator. The communication was excellent and nothing was ever a problem. I would be working myself up into a tizzy before asking if we could have something this way or that, and then Joanna would always reply 'no bother!' I'm vegetarian, as are several of my family and friends, and I wasn't too keen on the veggie dish on the menu. So Joanna arranged not one, not two, but three different options for me to taste during our menu tasting (which was great fun and so delicious, but we couldn't move afterwards!) You'd swear we were the only people ever to get married there, she was so attentive... just a lovely, genuine person. I was a complete featherhead in the run up to the wedding but she managed to keep me on track. I forgot to send our table plan until the night before... again, Joanna and John were cool as cucumbers about everything. The day of the wedding, John was AMAZING. I literally did not have to worry about a single thing, he had it all under control. I can't tell you how much stress this takes off you, just knowing that everything is running smoothly and you don't have to worry about anything. I had a few little pernickety things that I wanted done, such as putting little flags on the cakes, but I was too busy getting dolled up to do it myself. John took care of this and a million other things without hesitation. I was sure something would get lost in translation as I was sending my dad down with messages and requests every five minutes, but John somehow interpreted everything perfectly. The food was out of this world, both in quality and quantity. The waiters were exceptionally attentive and friendly, and nobody was waiting longer than a few minutes for their food. The whole operation is a well-oiled machine, it really is. The bartenders were also brilliant, oh and the night porter - I can't remember his name, but he was great craic and made sure the whole night went smoothly. The babysitter that Joanna put us in touch with was an absolute angel, and we were able to enjoy our night knowing that our 1 year old was in safe hands upstairs. We really can't express our gratitude to John, Joanna and their team for making our wedding the best day of our lives. To anyone who is thinking of booking their wedding here, all I can say is that The Westwood knows what it's at when it comes to weddings... they'll do everything in their power to make sure your day is perfect. John, Joanna and everyone whose names I've forgotten - thank you so much!!
Chantal & Joe 27th August 2016
Just a (long overdue!) review to thank John and all the team at the Westwood for their hard work and efforts in hosting our wedding on July 16th of this year. We had considered a number of venues around the west of Ireland before visiting the Westwood, but once we set foot in the hotel and met with John, the hotel manager, we were convinced that it was the perfect wedding reception venue for us.
From our first meeting with John he set the bar high in terms of what he promised to deliver, and every promise was met and exceeded on the day itself by the team at the hotel. In particular, our guests raved about the quality and quantity of the food, the friendliness, attentiveness and level of service provided by the hotel staff and the seamless management of the day from beginning to end. Nothing was ever too much trouble for the hotel and the value of the wedding package, particularly given the standard of service provided, was exceptional.
In the busy period leading up to the wedding it was a great weight off our shoulders to know that everything at the hotel was being dealt with so professionally, which allowed us to get on with planning other aspects of the wedding day.
So thanks to John and all your staff, for your efforts. We look forward to returning to the hotel in the near future. All the best,
Laura and Declan September 2016
What can i say about this hotel, words would not do it justice. Myself and my now wife Regina got married here on the 9th of September 2016. From the first moment we engaged with the hotel we were treated like royalty. John the manager made us feel so at ease and catered to our every need and exceeded our expectations many times over. To Mathew and Olivia the excellent waiting staff you would find it impossible to walk away without a smile from any interaction with them. The food has always been of an excellent standard and anyone who loves fish you are in for a treat here as the chef cooks to perfection . In summary anyone staying here won't be disappointed and any person having your wedding here you will have the time of your lives ☺
Regina & Eamon September 2016
Just back to normality here so wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all the team at the Westwood. The food and set up for the meal on the night before our wedding was fantastic as was all the food, accommodation and service we received over the whole weekend. It couldn't have worked out any better.
Thanks for all your help.
Jim & Caroline Aug 2016
The Westwood team made us feel most welcome & taken care of since the first second we set our feet through the door.
The impression we got was "get comfortable in the passenger seat, give us a few directions and we'll drive you through what will be the best day in your life"....and everyone on the team lived up to respectively exceed the great expectation created.
Thank you John & Team for making this the very special day we had in mind and all the love & dedication that you put into all the details. My personal rating is an undisputed 12 out of 10
Nils & Yvonne May 2016
We had our wedding reception here and I honestly cannot praise the hotel and staff enough! John was a pleasure to deal with from the very 1st day we meet him, very attentive on the day itself and nothing was a problem! The food was amazing and I have been told and heard back from alot of my wedding guests that it was the best wedding meal they have had! I highly recommend this hotel for weddings and even a night away with dinner!
My husband and I were married at The Westwood House Hotel on December 28th of last year. We couldn't be happier with the service we received from all the staff at this lovely hotel. The manager, John Devine, in particular was incredibly helpful. We live in Perth, Australia, and planned the whole event over the phone and online with one face to face meeting 6 months before our wedding. John made what could have been a very difficult task very, very easy.
The day itself went off without a hitch. Everything we asked for was provided exactly as we wanted. We had our ceremony in the same room as we had our reception and the staff made the room look perfect for both stages .The candles lighting up the aisle and the fairy light back ground were so romantic and perfect for our ceremony. We had a relatively small wedding , 96, and were slightly worried the room would look too big, but it was set up beautifully and looked just right. As it was Christmas, we also had the benefit of the tree and other decorations and the whole setting was just gorgeous.
The food was delicious. This was very important to Liam and I and when we had our menu tasting with the lovely Olivia, who is an expert on all things food and drink, we found it very hard to choose as everything was so tasty. The menu we went with in the end was excellent and all our guests raved about the quality of the food. People were also very impressed with the quantity with second helpings of everything, even the fillet steak, being on offer. Well done to the chefs on the day -top class!
We would highly recommend The Westwood to any couples planning their wedding in Galway. John is a fantastic organiser, in control and totally trustworthy and all the staff were lovely and helpful.
We will be calling in for a pint and some dinner whenever we are back home in Galway.
Karina and Liam December 2015
Our sincere apologies that it has taken us so long to write a review on what was undoubtedly the best day of our lives.
From the very beginning we knew we had chosen the perfect venue for our wedding.
Our Kerry guests are still talking about the amazing meal, the service, the atmosphere and the finger food in the residents bar. One of our guests is celiac and usually her options especially for the finger food is limited but Pat remembered her from dinner and brought out a platter just for her.
My only fault was there was too much food, therefore later our feet hurt as we had to work off the scrumptious dinner.
Wishing you and your great staff continued success with your excellent wedding venue, we would love to re-live it all again tomorrow and we wouldn't change a thing.
Karen & Don Shine 15-08-15
Myself and Anita would just like to take this opportunity to thank yourself, Tom and all the staff at The Westwood Hotel for the most amazing wedding day. From the outset, there was no such word as "no"! On the day, the hotel looked fantastic and it's safe to say that all of our guests were absolutely blown away by the appearance of such a beautiful room. From the moment everyone set foot in the door, the welcome was friendly and huge. Even all of our "surprises" were catered for with no hassle.
The food was outstanding as usual. There was more than enough for everyone and the chefs outdid themselves. So many of our guests commented on the impeccable taste and size of the portions.
The day ran so smoothly and the staff were absolutely stellar. But we would like to say a very special thanks to you John. Your help and input for our big day was invaluable and we don't think anyone could have pulled off such an amazing day like you did.
Anyone looking for a wedding venue in Galway will not find one with better staff or management for their big day than The Westwood Hotel. No doubt we'll see you over the coming weeks, but we just wanted to send a little tribute to all the staff and management of what we consider to be Galway's finest hotel!
Thanks a million"
Pat and Anita Corless June 2015
"Hi Joanna, Caroline, John & Jackie,
We just wanted to send you an email to thank you for all you did for our wedding in August. We originally started talking to David when choosing a wedding venue & booked the Westwood when Barry started. When Barry left earlier this year we were a bit worried as we'd developed a good of relationship with him and didn't know how things would run from then on.
However, we didn't need to worry at all!
Joanna - you were so prompt at replying to all our emails & so helpful. Thank you so much for arranging everything in the few months leading up to the wedding.
Caroline - Again, you were so prompt in responding to the numerous emails sent regarding the room bookings. You updated the wedding block so many times for us & we really appreciate how helpful you were!
John & Jackie - The wedding would not have run so smoothly on the day without you both. All the little items we dropped off in the few days leading up to the wedding were presented beautifully on the day and the dinner service was timed perfectly.
Finally, can you please pass on our thanks to the chef. One of the main reasons we booked the Westwood was due to the reputation it has for wonderful food. We weren't disappointed. All our guests commented on the great quality & quantity of food provided.
We know there were numerous other staff members involved on the day so please pass our thanks to everyone involved. If we had the opportunity to do it all over again, we'd pick the Westwood without a doubt!
Bríd & Páraic Eoin August 2015
"Just a quick email to say how delighted we were with The Westwood Hotel. From our first meeting choosing the venue we were looked after in such a professional manner. Nothing was a problem. If there was anything we needed, or any of our suggestions and ideas were all so graciously taken on board. I have to mention the waitresses that were on duty the night of our menu tasting they were excellent at there job. I was so delighted to see them there on the day serving the top table. I apologise for forgetting there names.
The function room looked amazing on the day. All of the staff were so nice. I don't no where to start regarding the food. It was simply impeccable. People are still talking about our food and choice of menu. I'm glad because we were a little anxious about serving half duck as not everyone likes duck. But it went down a treat.
So as a team I would like to thank you all, ye really do yourselves proud and your hotel still upholds its wonderful reputation for weddings. I cant praise it enough to my friends and family. We were in such safe hands. "
Ricky and Demelza Kent
"I wanted to write a review to thank David (General Manager) so much for everything he and his staff did to make our wedding day so special. From the second we met with him, we were convinced we had made the right decision and we weren't wrong. At each meeting, he was so organised and had thought of every detail that we knew we had nothing to worry about, making organising the wedding very easy. Not something you hear very often from a bride! Also, as we had a mix of Spanish and Irish in the wedding we were so happy that they were open to any changes we wanted to make so that we could include customs from both groups. It really felt like the wedding was tailor made for us.
On the day, the room and reception area were beautiful, the food was exquisite, and the staff could not have done more to make our guests happy. All our guests commented on the food, the wine, the cocktails the beautiful bedrooms, and the friendly staff. It is a real gift to have been able to make us feel like our wedding was unique and special despite the fact that they do lots of weddings every weekend. It is this mix of experience, exceptional customer service and a homely feel that made our wedding day perfect. I would highly recommend the Westwood to anyone getting married."
Shirley & Xavier
"We held our wedding and reception at the Westwood Hotel. Many of our friends had recommended the hotel as a top class wedding venue and they weren't wrong. From the first day we met with David and his team we knew we had made the right decision.
From start to finish the attention to detail and level of service provided by every member of staff we encountered was amazing. They looked after every little detail so that we could relax and enjoy our day, confident that everything would go exactly as planned.
We dined in the bar the night before the wedding as a group and had family breakfast the morning of the wedding, each time the service was fast, menu selection was varied and food was so tasty. As for the wedding menu, our friends and family are still telling us what a fabulous meal it was and we have to agree. We had been to the hotel a few weeks prior to the wedding to taste our selected menu but on the day the meal exceeded our expectations, it was simply fantastic.
We cannot complement the Westwood highly enough for making our day as special as it was and will cherish our memories for years to come.
Thanks again to David and all the team"
Claire & Billy
Huge apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Myself and Ollie would like to thank you and your wonderful staff for everything you done for us on our wedding day. The food was absolutely outstanding and to this day we still have people talking about how fabulous it was. The service was second to none and we couldn't have asked for anything more.
Your kindness to both myself and Ollie and that shown to our guests will never be forgotten and your hotel will be highly recommended by us in the future. Some of our friends have already been asking about the hotel and considering it for their wedding. Finally we sincerely thank you for all your help and kindness given to us and making our day so special. With any of our requests, nothing was ever a problem.
Huge Thank You"
Aoife and Ollie Nolan
"To All the staff at The Westwood,
A little note as we appreciate and Thank you for making our wedding say very memorable. We had our wedding reception at the Westwood. From the first day we stepped inside the doors of the Westwood, the service and hospitality and consistency we received was second to none. We cannot praise the hotel enough. We would like to thank David and his fantastic team for supporting and helping us co-ordinate our wedding reception and all the work they done in the background. We would like to thank them for their professionalism and attention to detail which was impeccable.
On our wedding day everything went so smoothly we were very happy with our beautiful and amazing reception room, the service, the food and evening buffet our family and friends are still raving about the food and service and wine they received on the day it was amazing and top class. It was lovely to hear the great stories from our guests after our honeymoon about the Westwood Hotel. My husband & I were delighted to hear this. We would also like to thank Donna & staff at reception who were fantastic dealing with our guests when booking their accommodation and throughout our wedding day. On the day before the wedding I arrived in with my bits for the next day and a big bag of lovely autumn leaves for the Candelabra’s It was a personal touch we wanted to add to the room. When I arrived the next day I was delighted at how well the candelabras were decorated for me. It was very much appreciated Thank you .
In saying that I would also like to thank the Westwood florist The Art of Blooming for doing the room so beautifully for us and to my florist Clare Lawless from Clare's flowers Ballinalsoe for the most beautiful autumn leaves for the candlebra's . We availed of the live guest link which the Westwood had my friend in Dubai was able to share in our special day and could see us on the guest link which was amazing. We look forward to visiting the Westwood House Hotel in the future. Many Thanks"
Niall & Carolyn Gannon
Apologies for the delay in the thank you but today is the first day that the celebrations have died down since the big day and from the bottom of both myself and Martins hearts, we want to thank all of ye for the role ye played in our special day. Everyone kept saying to us, what great a job we did for organising a wedding from Oz but none of it would have been possible if it wasn't your contribution to the big day. Your professionalism and kindness will always be remembered and believe me ye will be getting alot of business from the Connemara gang, never mind our friends from Oz.
To the gang in the Westwood, I can’t say enough about how much you and your staff went above and beyond to listen to my crazy requests in having Baywatch theme song played for our reception song to serving us the most delicious meal and having to handle the residence bar folk. My relatives who stayed in the run up to the wedding has now decided that will not be staying in the home house anymore when she visits, she is staying with Dave and the gang in the Westwood, cause they catered for her every need and want. She also has alot of rich Texas oil merchants who she will be sending you her way.
In Puerto Rico at the moment so won’t be boring ye too much with the details but once again, I just want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts to making the 31st May 2013 one of the best days of our lives and for the part ye played. Thanks again for everything, it was such a fabulous day all around and ye were so terrific to work with."
Linda and Martin
"Staff at The Westwood,
Just a quick note to thank you all sincerely for the great service at our Wedding celebration. Everything was first class - from the layout of the room, the food, service - everything! The Westwood was always out number one choice and it definitely lived up to all our expectations.
From our first meeting with you Dave we knew we were in good hands, you are a true professional and excellent at your job, backed by an excellent team. Wishing everyone at the Westwood every success in the future. Ye all do an excellent job, keep it up! ‘Galway’s Premier Wedding Venue’!
Thank you all again. With Love & Best Wishes."
Brendan & Patricia Dunne
"All the Staff at the Westwood!
Just a little note to say thank you all so much for making our wedding day such a memorable occasion. From the day we booked your venue the service and attention we received was second to none. No matter what strange requests, suggestions or requirements we had, you and your team carried them out without hesitation!
On the day itself both ourselves and our guests were delighted with the food, the atmosphere and the service and there is already talk of a reunion, next New Year’s Eve in Galway, by the Tipperary Mob!!
Thanks again for all your help in planning our wedding day and on the day itself and we would have no hesitation recommending your hotel!"
Adrienne & Eamonn O’ Flynn
"To the team we just want to say a big thank you to the Westwood hotel for making our wedding day such a memorable day. From when we met with you our mind was put at ease and everything was so relaxed and organised we knew that was where we would have our wedding reception.
On the lead up to the wedding we met and you ensured that every detail was covered, even things we wouldn't have thought of! The compliments we have received from our guests about the service and food have been never ending. When we went for our food tasting, Donna looked after us and nothing was any trouble. The food was gorgeous that night and was equally as good on the day of the wedding. I even commented on how big the portions were and was assured that they would be the same on the wedding day. I don't think anyone would be able for seconds after a dinner at the Westwood!
I want to thank all of the staff that looked after us on the day and also at the after party the following evening. They were so friendly and accommodated everything we asked for. We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this hotel to our family and friends for weddings or any other occasion. Thanks again."
Jamie and Máire Dooley
"Dave & Team,
On behalf of my husband and I, we would like to thank all the staff at the Westwood in particular for the care we were given leading up to and on the day of our wedding. It was truly the best day of our lives and made so much more special by all the staff at the Westwood. We couldn't praise hotel high enough. The service and the food were top class, we still have people commenting on it. Just at the weekend one of the guests told us of the fabulous Vegetarian option she was given. Everything went like clock-work (even though we arrived earlier than expected, the hotel was prepared). We cannot wait for our friends wedding in the Westwood next August. We couldn't have picked a better venue.
Thanks again for making our day so magical. The best move we made when planning our wedding was booking the Westwood, and we will continue to praise and recommend it to every couple planning their wedding."
Teresa & Máirtín McDonagh
"To the Staff,
My wife and I would like to thank you most sincerely for overseeing our wedding. When we met you 10 months previously we felt great warmth from you and your staff as you made us feel confident with your professionalism and in your experience.
Throughout the time leading up to our wedding and with all that that involved and the fact so many guests were travelling from all over Ireland, England, Holland, Germany and Australia we were uncertain of numbers till the last week and worried there may not have been enough rooms for them. However, your advice, predictions and patience took a massive weight off our shoulders and we could concentrate on other matters.
All the way up the last day yourself, Dagmara, Sharon and Ciara were there to take every phone call, every email and every visit to answer our questions and put our minds at ease. We can understand why The Westwood House Hotel is highly recommended by all who visit there.
When we did our tasting I was a little pessimistic that the consistency would dip on the wedding night with the high volume of guests but they were to be proved unfounded. All of our guests were highly satisfied with the meal and service of the dinner staff. The amount of people who commented on the endlessness of the food was an excellent standard to have met.
Our guests were delighted with the hotels seating area options while they waited for us to return from the photo shoot. From the lobby to the bar to the corridors to the outside seating ensuring great freedom for all to mingle and relax.
The fact that you greeted us on our arrival added a little sparkle to our day also. From the Friday to the Monday we had over 70 rooms booked in total and we know for certain that everybody was very happy with their rooms and the entire hotel. The wedding night was just brilliant for my wife and I to unwind and enjoy our day knowing you guys were working hard behind the scenes to make sure we felt that way.
The day after our wedding was such a delight for us as you had taken secure possession of all our gifts giving us piece of mind, our bill was set out in an manner that was easy to understand and your staff were as polite and friendly as they had been throughout our whole experience of dealing with the Westwood House Hotel.
Our wedding day had many facets to it and with so many playing a part to see all ran smoothly we have no doubt yours was the toughest task which was carried out in a professional and caring manner. We are very grateful to you all and remain indebted to you."
Mr & Mrs M O’Brien
"To the staff,
Now that we have all fully recovered I thought I should drop you a line to again thank you and your colleagues for the wonderful attention to detail, courtesy and helpfulness shown by all your staff on the occasion of Michelle and Jan-Michel’s wedding reception (14th July).
The reception and the meal were just perfect and attracted many compliments - all courses, all choices. There have been many many compliments by guests that attended. The late lunch the following day was a special treat!"
Mark Lynch - Father of the Bride
"To Therese and all the staff at the Westwood,
My husband Adrian and I got married with you. Everyone is still talking about it, how the food, staff and venue were fantastic. Everything was perfect for us on the day. Thanks for making us feel so at ease on the lead up to the big day. All the staff was so welcoming and friendly. We will be recommending The Westwood Hotel to all our friends who are planning to get married in the future and also use the hotel ourselves for future events we may have."
Thanks from Nicola and Adrian Mullaney
"We held our wedding reception here on 21st April & the staff ensured our day was perfect! All our guests commented on the quality of the food & dinner service & those that stayed the night said the rooms were very comfortable.
We want to thank you all for your hard work, you thought of everything so that we didn't have to! We will definitely be recommending this hotel to family & friends."
Aoife Carter & Hubby
"Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, and being a "foodie" I was quite fussy about our wedding venue.
From the moment we walked into the Westwood Hotel we were sold. Every aspect of the weekend was arranged for us, and everything was just perfect. I could fault nothing, rooms, staff, food, helping with other arrangements for the day, all above and beyond my expectations. The canapés on arrival were super, the food and wine at the dinner were fabulous & extremely plentiful. The day after the wedding we had a post wedding party and again the food provided was perfect for the occasion. We are delighted that we selected The Westwood to hold our wedding reception, and would like to thank Dave, Diane and all the staff for everything they did for us.
Before we saw the Westwood, we had heard good thing about it..... now after getting married there last weekend I can confirm that everything we had heard was true... and so much more!!!! From the friendliness and professionalism of the staff to the quality of the food to the overall experience of the weekend, many thanks to Therese, David, Dagmara, Donna, Sharon, Pat, and all the other staff too many to name, everyone of the guests at the wedding have said that they were blown away by what I can only call the "Westwood Experience". I have travelled a lot and stayed in a lot of hotels and the Westwood is on a par if not a step above all the others. Once again thanks all and I can DEFINATELY say that we will be staying there again sometime soon!"
Orla & Tommy
"Amazing....best wedding I've ever been to...
We were at this hotel for my cousins wedding and what a fantastic hotel!! The wedding reception was probably the best I have ever been to, The hotel is lovely, the food was fantastic, the service outstanding!!! We stayed for two nights so the evening after the wedding we were booked in on a dinner bed and breakfast rate I have never seen so much food the only negative was we were too full to eat it all and we were still to full for breakfast the following morning!!"
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