Ireland

Hotels in Ireland

From quaint comfort in family run B&B's to opulent luxury in a centuries-old castle, hotels in Ireland have much to offer.

For those travelers looking for budget accommodation, Ireland's hostels are a great way to go. There is an abundance of hostels in the big cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, and it is usually easy to find one off the beaten track too. Most offer clean facilities and basic amenities, such as bike or surf rental.

Another option for affordable hotels in Ireland is a family run B&B or guesthouses. Most rooms will have en-suite bathroom facilities and many accommodations serve a delicious Irish breakfast and afternoon tea with scones. The woman of the house, or Bean an Tí, is usually a great source of local knowledge and folklore.

Some of the best hotels in Ireland are located in breathtaking old castles and manors. Many offer spa facilities, gourmet dining and links golf courses. Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ashford Castle in County Galway, and Doonbeg Hotel and Dromoland Castle in County Clare are our stunning options for old-world luxury.

You’ll find more than 800 years of history and decoration at Waterford Castle, as evidenced by the Jacobian-style antiques and original tapestries that dress its great halls and foyers. Country-house style and elegant décor are throughout the castle’s five suites and 14 deluxe guest rooms.

This 19th-century château, a 30-minute drive west of Dublin, epitomizes an authentic Irish countryside escape.

It may be something of an eyesore from the outside (with a hospitalesque brick building that was panned by architecture critics when it opened in 2001), but the characteristically luxurious Four Seasons property has some of the largest and best-appointed guest rooms in town.

A 784-year-old stone castle with 20th-century additions, on a 350-acre lakeside estate, offering activities such as falconry lessons and horseback riding.

The hotel's owners include Bono and The Edge of the band U2. This Arts and Crafts hotel was restored by the singer and the guitarist and reopened in 1992.

The striking property, which opened in 2007, sits gracefully alongside the River Garavogue, surrounded by 18th- and 19th-century buildings.

Baronial castle dating from the 16th century on the edge of Lough Dromoland, 10 minutes north of Shannon; it's one of Ireland's most storied castles, in a fairy-tale setting complete with falconry grounds and a golf course.

Man of Aran was an acclaimed 1934 movie about life on Inishmore, chief of the Aran Islands, known worldwide for its thick wool sweaters.