With its wild coastline, charming towns, and legendary hospitality, Ireland makes a wonderful all-year-round destination. Regardless of which part of the country you’re planning to visit, you’ll find no shortage of accommodation options to consider, from Georgian mansion houses to fairytale castles, chic city hotels to remote retreats. If you need a helping hand with narrowing down the options, check out our round-up of the 20 best hotels in Ireland.
20. Culloden Estate & Spa, Holywood, Belfast
Named as one of the best hotels in Ireland by hotelsintown.co.uk, this luxurious five-star hotel in Holywood offers breathtaking views over Belfast Lough, chic accommodation that combines traditional elegance with modern amenities, indulgent treatments in its health club and spa, a fabulous array of dining options (don’t miss the wonderful Hendrick’s Gin afternoon tea), hundreds of acres of picturesque parkland to explore, hospitable service… everything, in fact, that you’ll need for a deeply relaxing and very memorable stay.
19. Newforge House, Craigavon, Co. Armagh
This small, family-run country house hotel is set in a beautiful Georgian pile that’s been in the same family for six generations. With just six rooms and suites to its name, it promises the height of privacy, not to mention wonderfully attentive service. Each spacious, well-appointed room is decked out with large fireplaces, gorgeous antiques, and enough comforts and luxurious touches to guarantee a memorable stay. Food is taken care of by the sophisticated onsite restaurant, which offers a superb wine list alongside its menu of seasonal, regional dishes.
18. Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
A luxurious five-star hotel set in a Victorian property dating back to 1897, the Park Hotel Kenmare in Kenmare, Co. Kerry offers a delightful blend of the historic and the contemporary, with antique furnishings and period details rubbing shoulders with modern flourishes and contemporary facilities such as the Sámas spa with its organic Bamford products, the Olympian sized pool with a view, and the roster of activities like yoga and guided hiking expeditions. If you can drag yourself away from the hotel, you’ll find plenty of cute restaurants and unique shops to discover on the pretty streets of historic Kenmare.
17. The Westbury, Dublin, Co. Dublin
If you’re looking for a base in the very center of Dublin, look no further than The Westbury. Located next to the Westbury Mall in the heart of the city, it’s just minutes from some of the city’s top attractions, not to mention the pubs and eateries of the legendary Grafton Street. The accommodation is as noteworthy as the location, sporting 205 chic guest rooms decorated in calming neutrals and equipped with Nespresso machines, flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms with heated floors, and luxurious furnishings by George Smith and Blanc d’Ivoire. If you don’t mind splashing the cash to make your stay even more memorable, plump for the Presidential Suite, which comes with the added luxury of a private sauna and steam room and a personal butler.
16. Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow
Set on the grounds of Powerscourt estate and offering wonderful, far-reaching views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and its surrounding valley, the Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa offers chic, luxurious accommodation in an outstanding location. The facilities are top-notch, with a beautiful, 2 floor ESPA spa, a 24-meter pool with a Swarovski crystal-studded tile floor, a state-of-the-art gym, and several excellent dining options. As for the lodging itself, expect a spacious room with a separate dressing room, an extra-wide, cloud-like bed, a hospitality tray, and a glossy marble bathroom with ESPA toiletries and an integrated television-in-mirror.
15. Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Described by The Telegraph as gracious, elegant and with standards of hospitality that are second to none, the Merrion Hotel is one of Dublin’s hottest spots. Along with 142 lavishly decorated guestrooms (expect fully stocked minibars, muted decor inspired by Paul Henry’s landscape paintings, 18th-century furnishings, and Italian Carrara marble bathrooms), the hotel also boasts an infinity-edge swimming pool, fitness center, steam room, and sauna, along with the two Michelin starred Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and the wonderfully intimate cocktail bar, No. 23.
14. Ballynahinch Castle, Recess, Co. Galway
You’d expect the former home of Prince Ranjitsinhji, Maharaja of Nawanagar, to be something special, and you’d be right. It may be a century or so since the cricketing legend walked the halls, but Ballynahinch Castle has lost none of its magic in the years since. Boasting exquisite views over the surrounding countryside, a faultless range of service and amenities that include a salmon fishing lake, guided tours and hikes, and several excellent dining options (including the wonderfully charming Fisherman’s Pub & Ranji Room), along with 48 exquisitely decorated rooms and suites that combine historic opulence with 21st-century comforts, it’s a superb base for anyone looking to explore the Wild Atlantic Way in the West of Ireland.
13. The River Lee Hotel, Cork, Co. Cork
Set in the heart of Cork’s historical center, The River Lee Hotel is a chic, contemporary hotel with spacious, well-designed interiors and an impressive set of amenities. Once they’ve enjoyed a warm welcome at reception, guests are free to enjoy the hotel’s excellent services, which include a state-of-the-art fitness center, several exceptional wining and dining spots, a well-stocked library, and 24-hour room service.
12. Dromoland Castle, Newmarket on Fergus, Co. Clare
Voted one of the best hotels in Ireland by US News and Travel, Dromoland Castle has always been a regal beauty, but it’s got even sparklier since its extensive renovation in 2018. Spread over 450 acres of pristine parkland, the hotel boasts elegant rooms decked out with safes, flat-screen TVs, minibars and Nespresso coffee makers, a fine dining restaurant and a casual eatery, a spa, pool, and 18 hole golf course. Just some of the activities you can enjoy here include horseback riding, fishing, archery, and hawk walks.
11. Hayfield Manor, Cork, Co. Cork
A traditional manor house in southern Ireland with ivy climbing over the walls, tasteful decor, and period features, the Hayfield Manor is perfect for guests who want to combine the splendor of the past with the comfort of the present. Each of its 88 rooms and suites feature amenities such as marble bathrooms, in-room putters, free wifi access, and flat-screen TVs, along with dark wood furnishings and muted color palettes. Elsewhere in the hotel, you’ll find a restaurant where you can enjoy afternoon tea, dinner, and wine tastings, along with a very luxurious spa.
10. Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Set in a picture-perfect location overlooking Kenmare Bay in southern Ireland, Sheen Falls Lodge is an idyllic rural retreat with a bevy of first-class amenities and services. Just a few of the activities you can expect to enjoy on its 300 acres of pristine grounds include horseback riding, kayaking, golf, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, and even photography excursions. If that sounds like too much hard work for your liking, head for the Easanna Spa to enjoy its pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, and impressive selection of treatments. Keep hunger at bay at The Falls Restaurant or enjoy scones and tea at The Sun Lounge. If you can’t resist a tipple or two, head for the cocktail lounge to enjoy a craft cocktail or grab a bottle of wine from the 10,000 available in the hotel’s wine cellars.
9. Mount Juliet, Mount Juliet Estate Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Luxurious accommodation, gorgeous architecture, and Michelin-starred cuisine await you at Mount Juliet, a magnificent Georgian manor house set in the spectacular landscapes of Kilkenny. With warm hospitality, attentive service, a Michelin starred, world-class restaurant, and 32 beautifully proportioned, splendidly decorated rooms and suites on offer, it’s an extremely special place that’s guaranteed to make a memorable experience.
8. The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Set in the charmingly quaint town of Killarney in the south of Ireland, the Killarney Park Hotel puts guests within easy reach of the town’s historic center, along with a bevy of local attractions such as Killarney National Park and Ross Castle. In terms of the accommodation itself, expect a delightful mix of historic features like stone fireplaces and antique furnishing and modern features such as colorful linens and chrome light fixtures. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable, while the onsite amenities (which include a spa, several dining options, a spa, fitness center, swimming pool, and sauna) leave little to be desired.
7. Lough Eske Castle, Lough Eske, Donegal
If immaculately manicured grounds, fairytale castles, mysterious loughs, and emerald green forests float your boat, you’re going to love Lough Eske Castle. Not only is its location a treat, but the hotel itself is a delight, with first-rate amenities, attentive service, and elegant interiors. Rooms are equipped with a full complement of conveniences and luxurious touches, including artisan wood furniture, flat-screen TVs, bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers, and plush robes. Elsewhere at the hotel, you’re free to enjoy the spa, pool, and a variety of activities such as archery, horseback riding, fishing, and golfing.
6. Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, Inis Meáin, Aran
Located on the remote, windswept island of Inishmaan, Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites might not be the place for guests looking for the bright lights of the city, but for those hoping to rest, relax, and unwind in sleekly modern accommodation surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, it’s perfect. You won’t find many amenities in the area, but the views over the Atlantic and island landscape more than compensate.
5. Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo
If you’ve ever dreamt of spending the night in a 13th-century fairytale castle, Ashford Castle could be the place to make your dreams come true. Since enjoying a £40 million makeover in 2015, the hotel has won rave reviews for its splendid accommodation, not to mention the title of National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Along with an indoor pool, spa, and private cinema to enjoy, there’s also a score of outdoor activities like fishing, clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, and falconry to try. Combine that with a lavish interior, warmly welcoming staff, and a range of top-notch dining options, and it’s easy to see the reason for all those top reviews.
4. Ballyfin, Ballyfin, Co. Laois
As thehotelguru.com notes, the Ballyfin is an immaculately restored Regency-era country mansion set in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains. Each of its 15 rooms is dripping in old word grandeur, with lavish linens, four-poster beds, silk-lined walls, and an exceptional collection of original Irish art work. The 610 acres of parkland offer bountiful opportunities for recreation, including falconry and clay pigeon shooting, horseriding, and taking a boat out on the lake. Back at the hotel, there’s an award-winning spa to enjoy, along with a spectacular dining room.
3. Cliff at Lyons, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
He might have made his billions by adopting a no-frills approach to aviation, but when Ryanair co-founder Tony Ryan decided to turn the 18th-century village on the edge of his Lyons Demesne country estate into a hotel, he didn’t skimp on the luxury. Consisting of a charming collection of rose-clad buildings (including a mill and former dovecote), Cliff at Lyons offers exquisite accommodation complete with canopied four-poster beds, restored antique French fireplaces, luxurious linens, and sumptuous bathrooms you’ll never want to leave. The star of the show, however, is the 2 Michelin star dining room, Aimsir, which serves up an exceptional menu consisting of local ingredients available only in Ireland.
2. The Inchydoney Lodge & Spa, Cork, Co. Cork
Set in a picture-perfect location overlooking the Atlantic, The Inchydoney Lodge & Spa offers guests the chance to enjoy the spectacular beauty of West Cork in wonderfully comfortable accommodation. The services and facilities are hard to fault, with welcome drinks on arrival, a top-notch spa with heated seawater pools and a lavish menu of treatments, a Netflix room, library, snooker room, and cozy lounge piled high with books.
1. Adare Manor, Adare, Co. Limerick
Named one of the best hotels in Ireland by thetravelexpert.ie, the Adare Manor’s recent multi-million euro renovation has firmly established it as one of the country’s hottest destinations. In addition to boasting 840 acres of immaculate parkland, this regal spot boasts a lavish spa where guests can treat themselves to a massage with Celtic Ogham Stones, a Michelin star restaurant, and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course. The location is as exemplary as the lodgings, with the thatched cottages, cute restaurants, and fascinating archaeological ruins of the pretty village of Adare lying just beyond the grounds.