Home Away From Home: The G Hotel

St. Patrick's Day may be over, but that's no reason not to cast an eye toward Ireland, especially when the view is this fantastic. If you're headed to Ireland for a honeymoon or an adventure, consider booking a night at the g hotel in Galway, which evokes old Hollywood glamour on the Emerald Isle.

The luxury hotel features 18,000 square feet of public areas, including three separately styled and themed lounges and a restaurant, which are linked by a deeply pink carpeted corridor. The hotel's ESPA spa also provides everything from holistic hand massages to Ayurvedic body treatments. No expense seems to have been spared — one bar features a carpet of thousands of Red Swarovski crystals adorning the bar, while the restaurant offers European dining with an Irish influence, which can be eaten from the comfort of banquettes in purple velvet and jewel-colored Andrew Martin chairs.

To find out about the designer behind the hotel, as well as how much a night at the g will cost you, read more.

Designer Philip Treacy, who's perhaps better known for his millinery skills, is responsible for the g's glam look. He writes,

I am from Ahascragh in County Galway and Galway City is a place I am always telling my friends they should visit. It has a bohemian and artistic character that has long embraced its "worldliness," rather than just its Irishness, and it is different from almost anywhere else in Ireland. For this reason, it is the right location for a totally new kind of hotel experience.

Working in conjunction with Irish architects and designers Douglas Wallace on the g hotel I have brought together an eclectic mix of styles — from baroque to contemporary, and many places in between — to create an overall effect that seeks to surprise as well as to delight. But it is the impression of glamour that I most want to convey.

Rooms start at 140 euros a night, and given the luxurious and generous public spaces available in the hotel, this seems like a reasonable splurge, especially when other "luxury" hotels are often less interesting in terms of interior design.