Walk in off the street of this small Irish town, past topiary balls in square wicker holders, to the vast marble lobby with its double-sided gas fire, some 16 giant sofas, and New Age mood music, and you could be in the heart of metropolitan anywhere. A product of Ireland's economic boom, this swish and stylish boutique hotel may not be what you've come to the West of Ireland to experience, but here it is: enjoy! It's part of a large new complex in the town center, and shares leisure facilities with its more traditional sister hotel, the Castlecourt. The best bedrooms overlook a Zen-like inner roof garden, while others have balconies overlooking the fountain and ground-floor courtyard. Guest rooms are huge, with large, veneered Art Deco–style furniture; bathrooms have Jacuzzi baths and walk-in showers.
Castlebar St., Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland