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  • Ariel House 37 rooms from $82

    Dublin (Ballsbridge)

    Converted Victorian townhouse on the Lansdowne Road just steps from the Aviva stadium. Rooms are traditional in style - book a suite for a four poster experience. Incredible value for this excellent Dublin location, close to all major sights and nightlife. Perfect for a budget break or rugby fans.

    Sights nearby  -  Ballsbridge enjoys easy access to all of Dublin's major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Schoolhouse Hotel 31 rooms from $103

    Dublin (Ballsbridge)

    Converted Victorian school located next to the grand canal in Ballsbridge. Especially handy for the centre of town and the new Aviva stadium for rugby enthusiasts. Thirty one traditionally decorated rooms feature king sized beds, free wifi and free movies as standard. Excellent value.

    Sights nearby  -  10 mins walk from Dublin's main sights and events venues
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  • Virginia's Guesthouse 8 rooms from $52

    County Kerry

    Friendly guesthouse ten minutes from Roughty River. Interiors are traditional with pine furniture and carpeted floors. Library to enjoy complimentary tea and coffee before setting off to explore the area. Excellent value.

    Value chic
    Great walks  -  In Killarney National Park
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  • QCs Townhouse 4 rooms from $82

    Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, County Kerry

    Super stylish restaurant with rooms on the Ring of Kerry. Four spacious bedrooms with king sized beds, wooden floors, roll top baths & Bose docking stations. Restaurant specialises in fresh fish caught from their own boat. Chic spot that won't break the bank on Ireland's West Coast.

    Restaurant  -  Specialising in fresh fish caught by the restaurant's own boat
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in Cahersiveen on the Ring of Kerry
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  • The Pembroke 74 rooms from $92

    Kilkenny, South East Ireland

    Modern boutique hotel with a popular bar. Contemporary, pristine rooms, some with views of the castle. Super conference facilities and fine dining restaurant. There is a spa across the road at the Pembroke's sister hotel for guest use. A great choice and excellent value for money.

    City Style
    Great walks  -  Kilfane Glen and Waterfall
    Sights nearby  -  Kilkenny Castle
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  • Clayton Whites Hotel 157 rooms from $116

    Wexford, South East Ireland

    Recently renovated, modern hotel with state-of-the-art leisure facilities. Simple rooms with WiFi, satellite TV and excellent sea views. Superb health club, spa and cryotherapy clinic. A large functional hotel that can accommodate all requirements for business and leisure.

    City Style  -  Super modern, stylish interiors
    Great walks  -  Irish National Heritage Park
    Sights nearby  -  Beautiful Wexford beaches
    Fishing  -  Bass Fishing Wexford
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See all » 7 hotels in County Galway

  • The G 101 rooms from $117

    Galway, County Galway

    Extraordinary contemporary five star hotel just outside Galway. Interiors designed by Philip Treacy feature brightly coloured (some might say garish) public spaces, whilst rooms and suites are more restful. Stunning views out to sea, great food & ESPA. All a stone's throw from Galway's attractions.

    Suites  -  The hotel has 3 remarkable "specialty" suites designed by Philip Treacy, with spectacular views
    5* Luxury  -  The only truly 5 star hotel in Galway
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes from Galway centre
    Spa  -  Award winning ESPA
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection
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  • The House Hotel 40 rooms from $124

    Galway, County Galway

    The House Hotel is contemporary, without being pretentious, and situated in the heart of the city centre, offering good food and bright, lively accomodation with all the attractions of Galway on the doorstep. The Hotel is especially well situated for Galway's nightlife and ideal for romantic breaks

    City Style  -  Within walking distance of vibrant nighlife
    Sights nearby  -  Situated right in the centre of town within easy walking distance of all major attractions
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
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See all » 5 hotels in County Mayo

  • Teach Cruachan B&B 4 rooms from $108

    Dooagh, County Mayo

    A convivial family-run B&B on the beautiful island of Achill, County Mayo. Each room has a homely feel and affords great views either out to sea or of mountains. The perfect launchpad for exploring the stunning coastline line and fascinating heritage of Ireland's largest island.

    Local exploring  -  An ideal base for explore the rich culture and heritage of Ireland's largest Ireland, rent a bike and work off your own steam.
    Romantic Break  -  Treat yourself to a secluded and remote romantic break on Irelands stunning west coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Franciscan Monastery, Kildamhnait Castle and Kildownet Castle are all within ten miles.
    Great walks  -  There are a multitude of stunning walks around the area and along the nearby Keem Bay.
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  • Ice House Hotel & Spa 32 rooms from $120

    Ballina, County Mayo

    Luxurious furnishings and stunning views combine to create the impressive Ice House Hotel. With its deluxe spa overlooking the river Moy, it's the perfect place for a relaxing weekend away. Ideal for fisherman keen to cast their fly for a salmon or seatrout on the Moy. A charming Mayo delight.

    Total relaxation  -  Fabulous spa, fine dining, all ensconced in the rolling green pastures of County Mayo
    Sights nearby  -  Ballycroy National Park is twenty miles away.
    Fishing  -  Salmon and seatrout fishing on the River Moy.
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See all » 4 hotels in County Cork

  • Liss Ard House & Lodge 25 rooms from $115

    Skibbereen, County Cork

    With luxury accommodation split amongst three different locations you can choose Country House, Garden Mews or Lake Lodge. Rooms are contemporary and sleek, and Liss Ard is very family friendly with numerous activities on site. Cuisine is governed by "slow food" rules. Perfect for a country escape.

    Child friendly  -  Liss Ard has extensive family facilities, including qualified child minders
    Fishing  -  The estate includes Lough Abisdealy and boats can be provided
    Country Escape
    Great walks  -  Woodland and riverside walks on the doorstep
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The River Lee Hotel 182 rooms from $115

    Cork, County Cork

    Large contemporary yet welcoming hotel in the centre of Cork that works for both leisure and business travellers. Spacious rooms are tastefully decorated and many boast stunning views over the River Lee from large picture windows. Contemporary bistro, plus inhouse spa with fitness centre & 20m pool.

    Sights nearby  -  Situated right in the centre of Cork, just 10 mins walk from the Opera House
    Views  -  All rooms have great views either over Cork or the River Lee
    Spa  -  Award winning Urban Escape Spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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See all » 3 hotels in County Clare

  • Wild Honey Inn 14 rooms from $84

    Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare, County Clare

    Traditional country inn serving fabulous food in The Burren. Fourteen simple but stylish rooms with plenty of options for families. Charming garden for relaxation and loads of activities close by: walking, cycling, surfing...A great value base for exploring Ireland's rugged West Coast.

    Sights nearby  -  The Cliffs of Moher are just down the road or you can get a ferry to the Aran Islands from Doolin.
    Great walks  -  Situated in The Burren where there is fantastic walking
    Views  -  All rooms have views of the surrounding countryside
    Surfing  -  Lahinch and Fanore beaches are within easy reach
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Sheedy's 11 rooms from $115

    County Clare

    Welcoming 18th century country house. Traditional bedroom interiors feature writing desks, sofas and modern bathrooms. Library and lounge to relax in. Excellent menu with focus on Irish seafood. A great spot to explore the coast.

    Active Holiday  -  With the cliffs of Moher just a ten minute drive, with coastal walks and surfing, return to cosy hotel for gourmet dinner
    Great walks  -  The Burren Way stretches from Doolin to Ballyvaughan
    Sights nearby  -  Aran Islands is a fantastic day trip
    Surfing  -  Lahinch Surf School
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Ireland's history and folk lore draws in many a wandering soul, but its physical features will charm you just as much. The strong jawline of rocks defining the coastline contrast with soft, pretty scoops of beach, or stretches of freedom-inducing sand. And the booming countryside is so lush and healthy that you might find it distracting. Plenty of stamina is needed if you want to enjoy this county fully. And if you can drive, walk or cycle out into the more remote regions you'll be rewarded - these are certainly some of the best places to stay in Ireland.

Ireland's colourful history is woven into every street corner and every Catholic church you pass. And the lyrical language lends warmth to every welcome, and an extra ring to the folk music you'll hear almost everywhere you go. And Ireland's long struggle for independence and national identity make this an intelligent and interesting travel companion.

Best Places to Stay in Ireland

For uncovering old Ireland

If you're here for the traditional Ireland, of the postcard, and, in many cases, of your ancestors, head out to the dramatic scenery of County Donegal, the wild, wind-whipped peninsulas of the south east, the wonder-inducing Cliffs of Moher, or the mysterious Connemara region. Here you'll find plenty of the best places to stay in Ireland plus the thatched roofs, fishing villages and amiable pubs - though of course you will find those everywhere!

  • Hayfield Manor has all the elegance and grandeur of a country house hotel - and its own secluded grounds, but it's just minutes from Cork's famed English Market.
  • Carrig Country House in County Kerry is a lakeside Victorian residence turned country house hotel, perfect for the location, the views and the food!
  • Gregans Castle Hotel is an 18th Century manor house hotel with stylish decor that's been appreciated by JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Seamus Heaney.
  • Marlfield is a charming country house hotel set in 35 acres of gardens. This is a romantic spot -perfect for escaping modernity and letting traditional Ireland take over.
  • The Lord Bagenal is a traditional, riverside Irish pub, but with the addition of a contemporary hotel and popular restaurant attached.

For discovering historic Ireland

If you're after solid history rather than traditions you'll be wanting Dublin's St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College or Kilmainham Gaol, Cobh's Titanic Museum, Cashel's Rock of Cashel, or Newgrange and the other prehistoric monuments on Bru na Boinne. Ireland is rich with castles and forts, ruins and monuments, museums, galleries and important reminders of the past - both distant and more recent.

  • An Riasc is a charming, stone farmhouse built over 200 years ago on the Dingle Peninsula. Now a four room B&B, this is the perfect spot for exploring the treasures of the Dingle Way.
  • No 1 Pery Square is a bit grander, it's an elegant townhouse hotel in one of Ireland's finest Georgian squares - in the very heart of Limerick.
  • Coopershill House Hotel in County Sligo is a luxurious family owned country house hotel which is so traditional that there's log fires and magnificent views in the place of TVs.
  • Ballyfin is a totally opulent Regency country mansion at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains, with 610 acres of parkland and manicured grounds and a museum worthy collection of Irish art and china.
  • It might not be the kind of historic you were thinking, but The Clarence is a Wild Card with plenty of recent history kudos - it belongs to Bono and The Edge.

For exploring scenic Ireland

Drive or cycle the Ring of Kerry, step on the Giant's Causeway, or look out across the epic Atlantic coast. There are so many spectacular sights, but sometimes the green rural vistas, with their little villages and rolling hills are just as pleasing.

  • QCs Townhouse is a stylish restaurant with four generous rooms on the Ring of Kerry. Ticks all the boxes for one of the best places to stay in Ireland without breaking the bank.
  • Ballywarren House on the edge of the Connemara is an elegant, ivy-clad B&B surrounded by green valleys and sprawling lakes.
  • The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare is in the heart of The Burren, just down the road from the Cliffs of Moher, close to idyllic walking routes, and great for cyclists and surfers as well.
  • Castlewood House, a delightful B&B overlooking magical Dingle Bay, is the perfect place for walkers, or anyone looking for a spectacular escape. But it's their award winning breakfast that you'll be wanting to return to.

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