Have you ever thought about staying in a lighthouse? What about a ring fort where you can experience life in medieval times? How about a castle, or a yurt or even a gypsy caravan? Ireland is filled to the brim with unique accommodation options. Don’t worry though, there are also traditional hotels, motels and guesthouses if that’s what you fancy. And of course, it also depends on your budget.
When choosing where to stay, you also need to consider what style of accommodation you’re looking for and what area you’ll most feel comfortable. While there are plenty of options in the hub of the bigger cities, if you’re after something a bit quieter, it’s probably a good idea to look at the different neighbourhoods. What’s lovely about accommodation in Ireland, however, is that most of the hotels blend in with the traditional architecture, whether it’s in the city or the countryside.
Best of Ireland’s beachside stays
While most people associate Ireland with rolling, green hills, there are plenty of beaches as well and some beautiful beachside accommodation options too.
Gorman’s Clifftop House
Situated near Smerwick Harbour on the Slea Head scenic drive and Dingle Way walking route, the Clifftop House is welcoming and laid-back with superb views. The sunsets, especially, are beautiful on a clear evening. Enjoy home-cooked dinners, notable for the fresh, local fish, while you relax and unwind.
Parknasilla Resort and Spa
Overlooking the waters of Kenmare Bay, there’s pampering, exploring, walking trails and water tours to enjoy. The resort enjoys a prime position on the Wild Atlantic Way, the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula. There are also plenty of options when it comes to accommodation, from staying in a room or suite in the main hotel to booking your very own self-catering lodge or villa.
A boutique, coastal hotel at the edge of Ardbear Bay, the views are beautiful, even if the weather is wild. Guests can enjoy panoramic views of the seaside in the family-owned 20-bedroom hotel from the common areas as well as from the bay-view rooms. The hotel is also situated just a 15-minute drive from the Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey so there’s plenty to do around the area.
Cliff House Hotel
Sorrento-style glamour on the south-east coast of Ireland, every room or suite of the Cliff House Hotel has water views. The hotel is just an hour’s drive from foodie haven, Cork and Waterford airports and there are moorings for yachts if required. Explore the beach, traditional music and thatched cottages of Ardmore, as well as the nearby seaside market in Dungarvan.
Delightful cottage stays
Staying in a cottage can be an enchanting way to immerse yourself in the traditional Irish culture. Best of all, they’re dotted all around the countryside so there’s definitely no shortage of choice.
Fuchsia Cottage, West Cork
Gorgeously renovated and a great base for activities in the Wild Atlantic Way area, Fuchsia Cottage is a traditional farm house with all the creature comforts of home. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the centre of Drimoleague, however, you’ll feel like you’re in your own little world, surrounded by meadows and hills. Truly charming.
With the feel of an old Gothic home, Earls View is a stone’s throw away from a sandy cover and set in beautiful landscaped gardens with views of the Twelve Bens mountain range and Moyrus Bay. The lobster fishing village of Carna is nearby and walkers will be truly spoilt with beaches, roads and mountains to explore.
Decoy Country Cottages
Ideal for a family holiday, there is an on-site play area and games room, at Decoy Country Cottages, located in the rolling countryside near Navan. It’s a central and convenient location to a variety of tourist destinations. The complex has eight cottages all facing a beautifully landscaped courtyard. There’s even a day spa on site so you can rest and relax after a long day touring.
Top hotels in Ireland
Of course, Ireland also offers traditional hotels, with their own independent charm.
One of Ireland’s finest country houses has been resorted back to life as a luxurious hotel. Located in the heart of Ireland, the surroundings encourage relation while still being in close proximity to train stations and big cities, including Dublin. If you want to feel like you’re on the set of Downton Abbey, head to Ballyfin.
Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa
Another secluded option, the Powerscourt Hotel offers sweeping views across to the Sugar Loaf Mountain with Enniskerry village just a 10-minute walk away. Central Dublin is also just 40 minutes away by road. It’s grand in style with a relaxed atmosphere and the rooms are massive.
With an unbeatable location right in the heart of Georgian Dublin, the Merrion is an excellent base to explore all the tourist spots. The hotel combines old and new impeccably and boasts an excellent collection of Irish art.
River Lee Hotel
In the heart of Cork’s historical city centre, The River Lee Hotel has a designer vibe while still staying true to the area. All of Cork’s attractions are nearby so it’s the perfect spot to base yourself to explore.