Fodor's Expert Review Dooly's Hotel

Emmet Sq., O'Connell St., Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland

Originally a coach house, this unpretentious country hotel in Birr's central square, just a five-minute walk to Birr Castle, began life in 1747 and has retained its old-style homeliness with well-appointed rooms decorated with neutral furnishings. An open fire and relaxed welcome invite you in; the bustling bar and coffee shop are popular with locals and serve lunches. For a more formal dining experience, you could try the Emmet Room restaurant, where fish dishes such as medallions of monkfish or grilled salmon fillet with garlic potato are specialties alongside traditional plates of beef, pork and chicken. In 2018 the hotel added the atmospheric Bianconi Courtyard, a bar where, in favorable weather, you may indulge in alfresco dining.

PROS

  • huge rooms
  • a handy Midlands stopover, if you're on your way to the west coast
  • short walk to Birr Castle

CONS

  • attached nightclub can be noisy
  • stairs can be difficult for the disabled or elderly
  • no pool

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Casual
Central
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 057-912–0032

HOTEL DETAILS

17 rooms

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