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Ireland's history and folklore draw in many a wandering soul, but its physical features will charm you just as much. There's that famous rugged coastline interspersed with pretty stretches of beach and the interiors are green, lush, and wild. Plenty of stamina is needed if you want to enjoy this country fully. And if you plan a trip that involves a drive, walk or cycle out into the more remote regions you'll be rewarded. It is deep within the countryside that you will find some of the best places to stay in Ireland, perfect for true escapism, from cosy little B&Bs to restaurants with rooms and top notch luxury hotels.

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Ireland's colourful history is woven into every street corner and every Catholic church you pass. The lyrical language lends warmth to every welcome and an extra ring to the folk music you'll hear almost everywhere you go.

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

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.

If you want to see the Ireland in the incredible photographs used to entice us there, drive or cycle the Ring of Kerry, step on the Giant's Causeway, walk amongst the majestic mountains of Mourne, or look out across the epic Atlantic coast. Counties Cork and Kerry are known for their beauty, and Sligo is pretty spectacular as well.

Dublin is regularly called friendly, arty, welcoming, beautiful and atmospheric. People do find that, despite being Ireland’s capital, Dublin does feel more compact and village-like than many European cities. It has some beautiful architecture - from medieval castle and cathedrals to the Georgian splendour of some of its houses - but it also has some corkers, and it's the miss-matched effect which really gives Dublin its great character.

Then there’s Cork, whose rivalry with Dublin is legendary. Locals call this the ‘real capital of Ireland', or, from the more mischievous ‘The People’s Republic of Cork’. There are plenty of folk in Cork with a mischievous air and a song in their hearts - or on their lips even. Cork's youthful energy comes partly from its rebellious traditions and partly from its university. This makes for vibrant nightlife and a great live music scene. Even Dubliners might agree that Cork is Ireland's foodie capital. Visitors should visit the markets as well as sampling some of what's on offer in the slew of cafes and restaurants.

Galway is known for its tides and its summers, which are packed with over fifty festivals a year. Killarney is the starting point for many trips along the Ring of Kerry. Kilkenny is a medieval beauty with an imposing Norman castle. Sligo has the mountains, the beaches and W.B. Yates.

Ireland's not short of pretty spots with good access to the country's scenic heartlands, but if you like a friendly, riverside city featuring plenty of medieval and Georgian architecture and with views over a majestically dilapidated Norman castle, then Limerick is for you.

With so many different areas and things to see and do there is no shortage of beds in the best places to stay in Ireland. The problem is where to start.

The best places to stay in Ireland

In Dublin

  • If you're looking for big and luxurious, The Westbury Hotel is a splendid choice. Situated in one of the most desirable locations in town, the property embodies a classical Art-Deco style hotel with fresh interior design.
  • The Dean is a fantastic city break option - it features chic, boutique interiors that belie the building's Georgian history and there are three stylish bars on site. Plus, it's just a stone's throw away from the city's best bars and clubs.
  • Brooks Hotel is another superb option for a Dublin break. Its central location means there's no excuse not to see all that the city has to offer, plus it has a stylish cocktail bar, a cinema and Francesca's restaurant which serves up splendid food.
  • The Dylan is arguably Dublin's funkiest hotel - and possibly most colourful. Red and lime greens seem to be the favourites alongside the bold patterns and big furniture. Bedrooms are calmer than the public rooms and the welcome is very warm for such a hip property.

In Cork

  • The River Lee Hotel is a large hotel, right on the river, as the name suggests, with a contemporary, welcoming feel. It's modern, elegant, with the feel of an especially tasteful business hotel, but one with a great spa as well as a fitness centre.
  • Hayfield Manor is almost as central, yet feels a world away - a country house hotel in its own secluded grounds. There's gourmet food here on offer in two different restaurants, plus a spa and family suites.

For Historic Ireland

  • No 1 Pery Square is an elegant townhouse hotel in one of Ireland's finest Georgian squares - in the very heart of Limerick. From the outside it doesn't look as if it could fit 19 generous sized, luxuriously furnished rooms and one suite, but it does. No. 1 Pery Square also has a spa and a well-respected brasserie serving French influenced Irish classics.
  • 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.

Irish Escapes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hilton Park in County Monaghan is a stately home set in rolling, rural grounds, with six beautiful, and enormous rooms. Expect four-poster beds and elegant antiques. Plus excellent cuisine.
  • Tankardstown House in County Meath is a gorgeous, Georgian property set on 80acres of beautiful woodland. There are just six rooms, all of them different and all delightful, plus landscaped gardens and an excellent restaurant.

For Incredible Views

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Waterford’s The Cliff House Hotel is a contemporary hotel with spectacular sea views and an award-winning restaurant. The design is ultra modern from the infinity pool to the spectacular glass-walled dining room. There’s a great spa and bright bedrooms with private balconies.

Most Romantic

  • For something really special consider Ballyfin, an immaculately restored, opulently furnished, Regency mansion at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains. The words ‘sumptuous’ and ‘five star’ don’t really say enough, but they have some beautiful art and will even do your laundry for you.
  • Dunbrody Country House Hotel has a renowned cookery school and restaurant and a petit spa. It’s less well known for its beautiful gardens and elegant, classical interiors, but they’re certainly charming.
  • County Donegal’s Rathmullan House is a charming boutique hotel surrounded by forest and rolling lawns, which roll all the way down to the shores of Loch Swilly. There are 26, traditionally decorated rooms, two bars, a restaurant, pool, tennis courts and a spa.

The best country house hotels

  • 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.
  • 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!

The best B&Bs

  • Ballywarren House on the edge of the Connemara is an elegant, ivy-clad B&B surrounded by green valleys and sprawling lakes.
  • The Aberdeen Lodge is a lovely Victorian mansion turned B&B on a desirable residential street in Ballsbridge, Dublin - just 8 minutes from the centre of town by DART train. This property features smart accommodation and amongst the 20 rooms are a couple of family sized suites. Enjoy their award winning breakfasts each morning to set you up for the day.

For Great Value

  • 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.
  • Ariel House is a converted Victorian townhouse on Lansdowne Road, Dublin - which is super central for all Dublin's main sights and great for the rugby. With classy rooms starting from around €90 per night, it's a splendid option for a budget break.
  • Five townhouses have been converted to create Buswells Hotel, a great value hotel in the centre of Dublin. Located close to both daytime and nighttime highlights, the property's decor is cosy but comfy and they also offer free overnight parking.

For an Apartment or cottage

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private cottage we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The Republic of Ireland has four international airports: Dublin Airport - which has the largest offering of connections, Shannon Airport - close to Limerick and good for the US, Canada, the Middle East and the UK, Cork Airport - which is good for Europe, and Ireland West, or Knock Airport - which is good for the UK.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we strong advise if you’re planning to do some exploring - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Ireland’s climate isn’t known for being extreme, in fact, if anything, it’s known for hosting four seasons in a single day. In winter you can expect average temperatures between about 4 and 7°C, while during summer average temperatures are between 14 and 16°C. Whenever you visit there will be a decent probability of rain.

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See all » 36 hôtels in Dublin

  • Ariel House Dublin (Ballsbridge) 37 rooms from $100

    City Style  -  Set in a grand Victorian era house, the interiors mix the building's original features with simple and chic contemporary style
    Other Activities  -  Located in the shadow of the Aviva Stadium making this an ideal choice for those travelling to watch a rugby game
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned for accessing the Aviva Stadium, the Dublin Convention Centre and many historical sights
    Sights nearby  -  Ballsbridge enjoys easy access to all of Dublin's major attractions
    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Kelly's Hotel Dublin Dublin 16 rooms from $110

    Short break  -  This hotel is perfectly situated for a short fly weekend away; throw a few things into a bag and book your flight
    City Style  -  You can't get a more central location than this hotel's; use this as a base for exploring Dublin's city sights
    Romantic Break  -  With its unique design and cosy rooms, this hotel is great for couple's looking for a lively romantic break
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Christ Church Cathedral, one of Dublin's most historic city sights
    RestaurantNo pets

    This quirky boutique hotel is located in the heart of Dublin's city centre. Individually styled rooms boast hand-selected design pieces and comfy beds; the best retain the building's Victorian-era charm with exposed wooden beams. Take the novel hotel bridge over to No Name Bar. A lively city stay. See More

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See all » 20 hôtels in County Cork

  • Hotel Isaacs Cork 47 rooms from $99

    Foodies  -  The multi-award winning Greene's restaurant is the real draw serving up modern Irish cuisine
    Local exploring  -  A boutique base in the heart of Cork's theatre district
    Local markets  -  Make a stop at the English Market, Ireland's most famous covered food market
    Sights nearby  -  Visit one (or both) of the Gothic cathedrals in the city
    RestaurantParkingNo pets

    Originally an Edwardian tobacco factory, now a boutique hotel, set in the heart of Cork. A collection of rooms and apartments mix contemporary and traditional styles resulting in a clean and simple aesthetic. The multi-award-winning restaurant Greene's is the real draw and worthy of a visit alone. See More

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  • The Garryvoe Ballycotton, County Cork 85 rooms from $103

    Country Escape  -  With a beach within walking distance and plenty of beautiful countryside to explore this is the perfect rural escape
    On the beach  -  Located directly in front of Garryvoe Beach, a five mile stretch of golden sand!
    Local markets  -  Sample local produce at the Midlteon Farmers’ Market
    Great walks  -  Head out on long blustery walks along the coast
    Air conditioningRestaurantSwimming PoolParkingNo pets

    A family-run hotel boasting a spectacular location on the coast in County Cork. Reception rooms are grand and traditional complete with antiques and roaring fires. The innovative restaurant turns-out impeccable dishes; while rooms are contemporary and indulgent. Superb. See More

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See all » 20 hôtels in County Kerry

  • Quinlan and Cooke Boutique Townhouse Cahersiveen, Co Kerry, County Kerry 4 rooms from $88

    Restaurant  -  Specialising in fresh fish caught by the restaurant's own boat
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in Cahersiveen on the Ring of 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. See More

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  • An Riasc Dingle, County Kerry 4 rooms from $89

    Great walks  -  Is on the renowned "Dingle Way" walk
    Outstanding location  -  Located in an idyllic setting where the mountains meet the sea
    Views  -  Great views of the Three Sisters peaks
    Back to Nature

    A charming stonebuilt 200 year old farmhouse turned B&B in the Dingle Peninsula. Four individually decorated bedrooms with plenty of pine & patchwork. Huge breakfasts with home-made breads and preserves. Four course dinners on request. A great spot for walking enthusiasts & nature lovers. See More

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See all » 13 hôtels in County Galway

  • Connemara Coast Hotel Galway, County Galway 141 rooms from $121

    Country Escape  -  Set on the Wild Atlantic Way and the shores of Galway Bay, a rugged spot to explore picturesque Connemara from
    Families  -  With a kids club, outdoor playground and excellent family accommodation, this is ideal for a family break.
    Kids Club  -  There's a kids club for morning and evening activities which is open during the school holidays.
    Spa  -  There are a wide range of holistic treatments and therapies available
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenParkingNo pets

    A luxurious contemporary hotel boasting a spectacular setting overlooking the dramatic Connemara coastline. Chic interiors are fresh and modern with large expanses of glass to fully take in the views. There's also an indulgent spa and two restaurants. A spoiling option for a rural getaway. See More

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  • The G Galway 101 rooms from $125

    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
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant offers a very extensive array of Irish dishes and European cuisine
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes from Galway centre
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurant
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Kiwi Collection

    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. See More

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See all » 10 hôtels in County Mayo

  • Enniscoe House Ballina, County Mayo 6 rooms from $100

    Country Escape  -  A large Georgian house hidden within the forest. A tranquil rural hideaway.
    Fishing  -  The property is ideally placed in the renowned fly fishing and game angling waters of the West of Ireland.
    Great walks  -  Explore the lakes and forest of the surrounding area.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    An imposing pink Georgian house situated in the glorious countryside of County Mayo. True to its architecture the property is filled with elegant antiques, decorated with softly patterned wallpapers and lit with chandeliers. Elegant yet friendly this is a superior country stay. See More

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  • Teach Cruachan B&B Dooagh, County Mayo 4 rooms from $115

    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.

    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. See More

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See all » 9 hôtels in County Wexford

  • Talbot Hotel Wexford 107 rooms from $90

    Local exploring  -  Whether you want to enjoy long walks, visit historic sites or explore the museums & galleries of Wexford — there's plenty to do
    Value chic  -  With doubles starting at well under £100, this is a very well priced stay for all the amenities offered
    Family Suites  -  There are a range of three family suite sizes which comfortably sleep between 3 - 6
    Restaurant  -  Oysterlane Restaurant offers fine dining using seasonal produce and Ballast Bank serves casual bar food
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    A contemporary luxury hotel set in the heart of the coastal town of Wexford. Spacious rooms are light and airy with plush headboards, floor-to-ceiling windows, and soft grey hues. With extensive amenities including an indoor pool, gym, fine dining restaurant and bar, this is a very comfortable base. See More

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  • Whitford House Hotel Wexford 36 rooms from $95

    Families  -  Well designed for families with onsite facilities including a playground, kids' pool, and a wide range of children's activities
    Self catering  -  There's the option to stay in Brambles, a 4 bedroom self catering cottage set opposite the hotel, ideal for families or groups
    Sights nearby  -  There are several historic attractions nearby including Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula and Loftus Hall
    Great walks  -  There are miles of scenic hiking trails running along the coast and through the surrounding countryside
    SpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParking

    A 4* luxury hotel set on the edge of the coastal town of Wexford. While rooms are simply styled and contemporary, reception rooms have a grand old-world feel. With two restaurants, an indoor pool, and a spa — this is a relaxing choice for couples or families. See More

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See all » 8 hôtels in County Limerick

  • Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel & Spa Adare 94 rooms from $102

    Spa  -  Revas spa includes a thermal suite, rasul chamber, outdoor hot tub, 18 treatment rooms, couples rooms and a foot spa!
    Restaurant  -  There are two restaurants: formal fine dining in Fieldings and a bistro for more casual meals.
    Swimming Pool  -  Leisure centre with 20m heated indoor pool, gym, sauna, steam room and hot tub
    Kids Club  -  Woodys Fun Club is open on Saturdays and during school holidays
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    Combining excellent rooms, an awarding winning restaurant and an extensive spa within a beautiful woodland setting, Fitzgerald's Woodlands House Hotel & Spa is a fine establishment. See More

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  • Absolute Hotel Limerick 99 rooms from $102

    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring Limerick and the surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from both the Limerick Cathedral St. Mary's and The Treaty Stone.
    Local markets  -  Ten minutes walk from the Milk Market.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Set in Limerick's Medieval Quarter overlooking the Abbey River, the Absolute Hotel is smart, contemporary establishment. Featuring sleek rooms, a lively bar with a creative cocktail menu and an atmospheric grill restaurant. See More

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