These are the country’s top 10 hotels

By Sarah Finnan

October 20, 2019 at 10:31am


When I was younger, I always claimed that I wanted to live in a hotel.

Too influenced by The Suite Life of Zach & Cody I reckon. But I may just have been on to something.

Bear with me – room service, onsite pool, hotel breakfast…need I continue? Being the eldest of five though, hotel breaks were not a common occurrence and so even now are a complete luxury.

Conde Nast Traveler asked readers to rank their top Irish hotel picks and well you spoke, and they listened.

The Westbury, Dublin

According to CNT, The Westbury "is unbridled Irish luxury at its finest" and I’d have to agree.


Absolutely stunning.

Ballyfin, Laois

One of Ireland’s finest historical restorations, it exudes elegance and country glamour.

They even have their own resident horses.

Kilkea Castle, Kildare

Sophisticated yet stylish, you’ll certainly feel like royalty here.


Ballynahinch Castle Hotel & Estate, Connemara, Galway

Think picturesque Irish countryside – gently rolling hills, rushing rivers, lush greenery.

The views are to die for.

InterContinental Dublin, Dublin

Luxury but in the least stuffy way.

Over 25 different types of loose leaf teas and adorable china to boot.


The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong

An extremely popular wedding destination, the Lodge at Ashford Castle is the ultimate when it comes to hotels.

Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare

“A gracious home, that is yours to enjoy.” What a lovely sentiment.

I feel calmer just looking at this.

Lough Eske Castle, Lough Eske


The perfect sanctuary for a quiet weekend away, their yoga retreat is just the ticket for a weekend of rest and relaxation.

Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin

The only one amongst the list that I’ve been lucky enough to stay in. Clontarf Castle serves up quite the breakfast spread, and though I’m not usually a fan, their scrambled eggs are some of the best I’ve ever had.

The Shelbourne, Autograph Collection, Dublin

Described as “a national treasure”, The Shelbourne is arguably one of Dublin’s most well-known hotels. Experts in merging the old with the new.

Here's hoping I get to tick a few more off the list soon.


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