The 13 Best quirky hotels in Ireland

Hotel Isaacs

if you're looking for an Irish hotel with a certain 'je ne sais quoi' then our hotel experts have just the thing for you. Whether it be a coastal break in an old lighthouse, some seriously flamboyant design, or a rural stay on an organic farm; there is bound to be something for you. Carefully selected for their service, design, and uniqueness, why not browse through our collection of the best quirky hotels in Ireland to start planning your trip?

For foodies

Barberstown Castle

  • Hotel Isaacs is a chic boutique hotel in the heart of Cork. Originally a tobacco factory, the rooms and apartments mix contemporary design against traditional features. However, the multi-award-winning restaurant Greene's is the real draw and worthy of a visit alone.
  • Barberstown Castle in County Kildare is a striking 800-year-old castle which has welcomed many-a-renowned guest in its years. Choose this property for the fine-dining restaurant and the opportunity to feast at a medieval banquet!
  • King Sitric is an award-winning seafood restaurant and hotel located in Howth, just outside Dublin. A place to come for breathtaking views of Balscadden Bay to be enjoyed with crab and oysters caught by local fishermen.

For a Dublin pick

O'Neills

  • Kelly's Hotel is a quirky boutique hotel in Dublin's city centre. Rooms are individually styled with the best maintaining the building's Victorian-era charm. A fun bridge leads over to No Name Bar. A great choice for city exploring.
  • O'Neills is a traditional inn at the heart of Dublin's bustling city centre. Classic décor nods to the building's Victorian-era heritage. A whiskey lovers delight, tastings are offered in a dedicated whiskey bar.

For a Belfast option

House Belfast

  • House Belfast is a chic hotel located in Belfast's vibrant city centre. Featuring wood-panelled rooms, quirky artwork and a lively bar and restaurant this is an undeniably cool city crashpad.
  • Merchant Hotel occupies a 19th-century building, formerly a bank. Interiors are grand and there is a superb jazz bar. A luxurious choice for a city escape.

For a coastal stay

Clare Island Lighthouse

  • The Quay House is the place to come to experience traditional Irish hospitality. Located on the coast of Galway, with 15 rooms, all decorated in period style. A welcoming coastal stay.
  • Clare Island Lighthouse is a converted lighthouse offering secluded and chic accommodation on rugged Clare Island. Each room features a wood-burning stove. A unique and cosy choice for an indulgent hideaway.

For a rural escape

Ballyagan Organic Farm

  • The Botanical B&F is a charming cottage hidden away in idyllic countryside in County Cork. Comprising just four rooms, the interiors have a rural chic feel. A secluded place to come to truly get away from it all.
  • Ballylagan Organic Farm in County Antrim features pigs in the pens and sheep in the field; this property is exactly like its name suggests. The original farmhouse boasts four delightful rooms and there is the option of a self-catering cottage.
  • The Old Inn is an utterly charming inn set in a quiet hamlet just outside Belfast. Elegant and characterful throughout, you can expect enormous fireplaces, chandeliers, heavy four poster beds and rich hues.

For a boutique

Schoolhouse Hotel

  • Schoolhouse Hotel is a converted Victorian school located next to the grand canal in Dublin's Ballsbridge. Awarded four-stars, rooms are luxurious and traditional. A unique stay.

Still not sure?

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Ireland.
  • Or you could expand your search to include our Guru's recommendations for the best castle hotels in Ireland or the best hotels in Ireland with a hot tub.
  • Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for personalised advice.
    • 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

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

      Short fly 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

      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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    • The Quay House Co Galway, County Galway 15 rooms from $156

      Active Holiday  -  With great opportunities for hiking, fishing and cycling in the area, this hotel makes a great option for active holidaymakers
      Romantic Break  -  Couples love the period details and unique décor at this family-run B&B; book a harbour-view room for added romance
      Local exploring  -  Explore the coastline and the pretty town, with easy access from this seafront bolt-hole
      Great walks  -  Try the Derrigimlagh/Marconi walk, a 5km trail across blanket bog over a rugged and wild landscape
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide

      Experience traditional Irish hospitality at this heritage hotel on the coast of Galway. Family heirlooms and an open hearth make for a warm welcome. Upstairs, guestrooms are period themed, featuring lovely antiques, a fireplace and rich linens. A beautiful B&B, perfect for a weekend by the sea. See More

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    • Clare Island Lighthouse County Mayo 5 rooms from $556

      Back to Nature  -  Designed to take in the spectacular surrounds. This island hotel is the perfect place to get back to nature
      Great walks  -  Walking along the numerous hiking trails is one of the best ways to discover the island
      Minimum Stay  -  Two nights minimum stay
      Restrictions on children  -  Over 16s are welcomed

      A converted lighthouse offering secluded and chic accommodation on rugged Clare Island. A handful of rooms are beautifully styled with wood-burning stoves, cast-iron beds, and hardwood floors. Homemade food is fresh and skilfully made. An indulgent rural escape. See More

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    • The Botanical B&B Glengarriff, County Cork 4 rooms from $153

      Groups  -  With just four bedrooms this is the perfect property to rent out in its entirety with friends
      Country Escape  -  A secluded spot in a beautiful rural setting. An ideal choice for a countryside getaway
      Great walks  -  Take long scenic walks starting straight from the property's front door
      Restrictions on children  -  Adult only

      A charming cottage hidden away in idyllic countryside. Offering just four rooms which have been immaculately styled to create a rural chic feel. Communal areas are warm and cosy with roaring fires and beamed ceilings. Superb breakfasts are served using local produce. A quirky country escape. See More

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    • Barberstown Castle County Kildare 55 rooms from $256

      Weddings  -  Well seasoned in hosting weddings, the hotel offers experienced staff and a beautiful setting
      Local exploring  -  From medieval castles to megalithic sites there is plenty to explore in the surrounding area
      Sights nearby  -  Visit Newgrange, a 5,000 year old megalithic site
      Full of character

      A striking 800-year-old castle which has welcomed many-a-renowned guest in its years. Traditional interiors are everything one desires from a historical building: roaring fires, heavy antiques, and rich fabrics. Boasting a fine-dining restaurant and the opportunity to feast at a medieval banquet! See More

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    • Schoolhouse Hotel Dublin (Ballsbridge) 31 rooms from $177

      Local exploring  -  Ideally placed in Ballsbridge, close to the city's main attractions including the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the Aviva Stadium
      Great walks  -  Take a stroll along the Grand Canal walkway that runs beside the house
      Sights nearby  -  10 mins walk from Dublin's main sights and events venues
      Traditional

      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. See More

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    • King Sitric Dublin (Howth Co.) 8 rooms from $178

      Foodies  -  King Sitric offers a varied menu specialising in wild Irish fish and shellfish caught by local fishermen
      Local exploring  -  Explore the sleepy fishing town of Howth - don't forget to visit Howth Castle
      Fishing  -  The town of Howth is a popular fishing spot for tourists and locals alike
      Great walks  -  King Sitric is surrounded by stunning walks on the Irish coast

      An award-winning seafood restaurant and hotel located in Howth. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Balscadden Bay whilst enjoying crab and oyster caught by local fishermen. All rooms are decorated in the turquoise and blues of the sea and have a bright fresh feel. See More

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    • O'Neills Dublin 8 rooms from $185

      Families  -  With family rooms available, and children's meals on offer in the restaurant, this is a good option for families
      Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of Dublin, this is a great base for exploring the city's historic sights
      Romantic Break  -  With cosy rooms in a pretty, heritage building, this is perfect for a quiet couples' getaway
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the Guiness Storehouse; it involves a self-guided tour over 6 floors with everything you ever wanted to know about Guiness

      A traditional inn at the heart of Dublin's bustling city centre. Traditional décor nods to the building's Victorian-era heritage, with original fireplaces and antique furnishings. Book in for a whiskey tasting at the pub's own whiskey bar or sample a local beer. A charming, family-run guesthouse. See More

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    • House Belfast Belfast BT7 1JL 31 rooms from $89

      Local exploring  -  Located on vibrant Botanic Avenue, Belfast's main attractions and great nightlife are all within walking distance of this hotel
      City Style  -  With its stylish interiors and central location, this hotel makes a contemporary, chic Belfast hotel
      Romantic Break  -  The comfortable hotel beds and cosy restaurant score highly with couples
      Sights nearby  -  Head to the classical City Hall, located in nearby Donegall Square; guided tours of the historic building are available

      This chic hotel is located in Belfast's vibrant city centre. Interiors feature upholstered furniture, quirky artwork and cosy wood-panelling, while the stylish guestrooms boast feature wallpaper and plush soft linens. Don't miss the great food and cocktail menu in the restaurant; a lively city stay. See More

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    • Ballylagan Organic Farm Ballyclare, County Antrim 4 rooms from $122

      Country Escape  -  Set on a lovely farm in County Antrim, this place is definitely for people who are looking for fresh air and open space.
      Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip into Belfast and explore sights such as the Titanic Museum, the Falls Road and the Ulster Museum.
      Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of lovely walking routes.
      Full of character

      With pigs in the pens and sheep in the field, Ballylagan Organic Farm is exactly like its name suggests. The original farmhouse boasts four delightful rooms and there is the option of a self-catering cottage. Perfect for people looking for an immersive rural experience. See More

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    • The Old Inn Crawfordsburn, County Down 33 rooms from $128

      Total relaxation  -  A charming and indulgent inn set in a tiny hamlet with superb food and glorious walks.
      Great walks  -  Just five minutes from Helen's Bay and the start of a deservedly popular coastal walk all the way to Bangor.
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

      An utterly charming inn set in a quiet hamlet just outside Belfast. Elegant and characterful throughout expect enormous fireplaces, chandeliers, heavy four poster beds and rich hues. Opt for a historic suite to feel like you've stepped back in time. The exemplary restaurant tops this fabulous hotel. See More

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    • Merchant Hotel Belfast 62 rooms from $448

      Foodies  -  Berts Jazz Bar serves delicious dishes, fine cocktails accompanied by live music
      City Style  -  Historic accommodation in the heart of Belfast
      Spa breaks  -  One of they city's most renowned spas
      Sights nearby  -  UNESCO World Heritage site, the Giant’s Causeway
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors

      Stunning transformation of a former 19th century bank. Eclectic contemporary rooms evoke a romantic Napoleon III-style Paris - luscious velvets and silks, rich wool carpets, gold and red chintz wallpapers, and statement artwork. Superb bar, spa and gym plus a live jazz bar. Divine. See More

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Written by Katie Harris

posted Thursday, 23rd January 2020