A dramatic location on the south bank of the Boyne easily makes up for the slightly functional exterior of this trendy hotel in the center of medieval Drogheda. Happily, the guest rooms have a modern feel, making for a restful stay. Request one on a higher floor with a vista out over the water and the town to the Boyne Valley beyond. Decorated in light woods and muted colors, the rooms have a touch of luxury in the goose-down duvets and elegant bathrooms. The riverside bar and restaurant are favorite hangouts for locals and visitors alike. The menu isn't particularly original, but braised pork belly with savoy cabbage or panfried fillet of sea bream are rich and hearty.