25 Best Hotels in The Southwest, Ireland

Absolute Hotel

$$ | Island Rd., Limerick City, Ireland

Conveniently located on a river bend in Limerick's medieval center, this boat-shape hotel, marked by its pronounced architecture and design, is a great base for city sightseeing, dining, and shopping. Built in 2007, the hotel features a dramatically big reception area, while the bar and restaurant both have floor-to-ceiling windows and terraces beside the rushing Abbey River. Staff seem delighted to be working here, and service is exceptionally prompt and friendly. The buzzy and informal Harry's on the River is a firm favorite with shoppers and business people, and serves lunch until 5 pm (3 pm on Sunday.) Rooms are spacious, uncluttered, and contemporary, with a soothing color scheme, some exposed brick, and large windows.

Pros

  • Museums and bars within 100 yards
  • Short walk to shopping area
  • Reasonably priced food and drink

Cons

  • Secure private parking is limited (€5 for nearby public parking)
  • Not easy to find
Island Rd., Limerick City, Ireland
061-463–600
hotel Details
99 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Adare Manor Hotel

$$$$ | Limerick Rd., Adare, Ireland Fodor's Choice

Play king or queen for a day at this spectacular, recently overhauled, Victorian Gothic mansion, once the abode of the Quin family (earls of Dunraven) and still a wonderland, thanks to 840 well-manicured acres outside and the 26-foot-high, 100-foot-long Minstrels' Gallery with its decorated ceiling and stained-glass windows inside. This must be the most memorable breakfast spot in all of Ireland; afternoon tea is also served here by appointment, while dinner in the Oak Room offers the best of Ireland's artisanal foods in chef Michael Tweedie's tasting menu. The castellated mansion is enormous, with stone arches and oak wainscotting, but the judicious furnishing of public spaces, and an open fire in the drawing room make it feel cozy. The hotel reopened in late 2017 after a major refurbishment, which moved weddings and conferences to a separate on-site venue in a discreetly added new wing, and added a cinema, spa (La Mer facials), and pool to the hotel. The four suites in the original house are the most sumptuous, but all rooms have super king--size beds, luxurious drapes (electrically operated), large bathrooms, and a chandelier. Views of the parkland and the River Maigue are relaxing and privacy is ensured, as only hotel guests are allowed on the grounds. Children as well as adults can enjoy falconry, archery, and walking trails on-site, and the informal Carriage House restaurant.

Book ahead for afternoon tea in the Gallery at Adare Manor. It may look pricey at €62 a head (children €32), but you will need neither lunch nor dinner that day. Champagne an extra €12 a head.

Pros

  • Fully updated Gothic mansion
  • One of Ireland's best golf courses
  • Excellent amenities including a cinema, spa, and pool

Cons

  • Off the beaten track as a touring base
  • Fitness facilities and pool are modest in size
  • Expensive
Limerick Rd., Adare, Ireland
061-396–566
hotel Details
108 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Atlantic Villa

$ | Knight's Town, Valentia Island, Ireland Fodor's Choice

This substantial detached house was built in 1873 for the cable master who was in charge of the transatlantic cable station that put this sheltered inshore island on the map. Today, it is run as a stylish B&B by Jackie and Brian, who returned to Ireland after two decades of working abroad. The decor is elegant and stylish, the views of the sea and garden are beguiling, and the many extras tempt most guests to stay more than one night. You can book a seaweed bath, and follow it with a sauna, enjoy tea or coffee all day beside the open fire in the large sitting room, or make yourself at home in the garden, which is a riot of color and also produces food for the table. Breakfast is very special here, ordered the night before and taken at a communal dining table, and features artisanal sausages and bacon, frittata, fresh scallops, or fresh fruit, all decorated with edible flowers. 

Pros

  • Characterful Victorian house
  • Dedicated owner--chef
  • Offers yoga packages, historic tours, and Skellig boat trips with picnic

Cons

  • Gets booked up fast
  • Limited choice of pubs and restaurants nearby
  • Very busy July and August
Knight's Town, Valentia Island, Ireland
087-212--6798
hotel Details
5 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. 6--Mar., Free Breakfast

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Ballygarry House Hotel

$$$ | Leebrook, Tralee, Ireland

A mile and a half outside town, this family-run hotel with 10 acres of gardens and supremely stylish guest rooms is an excellent choice if you're touring by car. The open fires and polished wooden floors in the lobby complement the warm welcome of the friendly staff, most of whom have worked here for years. The striking library marries modern black-and-white photography with baronial oak walls. Up the mahogany staircase, the bedrooms in the main house are all suavely decorated; rooms in the newer wings have large bathrooms with separate shower and tub, and a more contemporary look. Eat in the formal dining room, or enjoy bar food and a bit of "craic" with the local clientele.

Pros

  • Next to a woodland amenity area for runners
  • Free access to spa and outdoor hot tub
  • Restaurant 58 is highly reputed

Cons

  • No shops or cafés within walking distance
  • Older "classic" rooms a bit plain, worth upgrading to "superior"
  • Often hosts large weddings
Leebrook, Tralee, Ireland
066-712–3322
hotel Details
64 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Ballyseede Castle

$$$$ | Tralee, Ireland

Originally dating back to the 15th century, Ballyseede Castle is just a side step away from modern times, operating in its own gorgeous, eccentric zone where you might chance upon a Shakespearean  production taking place on the property in summer, or a docile Irish wolfhound might appear from around the corner.  Despite the relaxed atmosphere, with open fires and comfortable spaces – this is a luxurious property with full facilities set in 35 acres of parkland – close to Tralee. There is a choice of restaurants offering all day dining - some of the finest in the area - from the formal O'Connell Restaurant to the informal Pappy's Bar.

Pros

  • Charming bedroom furnishings
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Peaceful location on own gounds

Cons

  • 10-minute drive from center of Tralee
  • No leisure facilities
  • Popular with weddings
Tralee, Ireland
066-712 5799
hotel Details
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. and Feb.

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Butler Arms Hotel

$$ | N70, Waterville, Ireland

Charlie Chaplin loved it here—the connection is now commemorated by a mini film festival here in late August—and a whole host of families return year after year to this rambling old-world landmark, with its white-castellated-corner tower. The hotel has been in the same family for four generations and its loyal clientele come to enjoy the excellent fishing and golf nearby and the proximity of long, sandy, windswept beaches. Many regulars like the smallish rooms in the old part of the hotel, which are neither smart nor chic, but more spacious rooms, with streamlined interiors and sensational sea views, can be had in a newer wing. Young or old, everyone enjoys the rambling old lounges with open turf fires.

Pros

  • Charmingly old-fashioned
  • The hub of village life
  • New wing rooms have sensational sea views

Cons

  • Public rooms very busy on weekends
  • Has some shabby corners
  • Old wing has small, plain rooms
N70, Waterville, Ireland
066-947–4144
hotel Details
36 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar. 12, Credit cards accepted, Free Breakfast

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Cahernane House Hotel

$$$$ | Muckross Rd., Killarney, Ireland Fodor's Choice
Cahernane House Hotel, In and Around Killarney
Cahernane House

Dating from 1877, this imposing gray-stone house, once the residence of the earls of Pembroke, sits at the end of a long private avenue through a tunnel of trees—a refuge from the touristy buzz of Killarney town. A crackling log fire awaits in the stunning drawing room, which, like all the reception rooms, has highly polished mahogany furniture, wall paneling, grand velvets, and time-burnished paintings. It's worth paying extra for a room in the original house—they have a genuine sense of history, with fine Victorian furniture. Newer rooms have private garden access and peaceful parkland views. Classic French cuisine is served in the Herbert Room (closed Sunday night), with a bistro menu in the Cellar Bar daily from 1-9:30 pm.

Pros

  • Great old-world atmosphere
  • Very luxe
  • Fantastic views

Cons

  • Standard rooms are disappointingly plain
  • Lots of weddings
  • Rooms in new wing lack character of those in main house
Muckross Rd., Killarney, Ireland
064-663–1895
hotel Details
48 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. and Feb., Free Breakfast

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Carrig Country House

$$$$ | Caragh Lake, off Ring of Kerry, Killorglin, Ireland Fodor's Choice

A rambling two-story Victorian house covered in flowering creepers and set on 4 acres of lush gardens along the secluded shore of Caragh Lake on Kerry's Wild Atlantic Way, this comes pretty close to most people's dream rural retreat. The atmosphere is more grand country house than hotel, with turf fires in the main salons. Guest rooms are lavishly decorated with period antiques ranging from cozy-cottage style to ornate Victorian. In addition to enjoying views over the gardens, the lake, and surrounding mountains, you can also hear the lake water lapping the shore from most rooms. Boating and fishing are available. Chef Patricia Teahan presents a tempting menu that features a tasting plate of local oysters and mussels as well as the famously tasty and succulent mountain-herb-fed Kerry lamb.

Pros

  • Lovely secluded location
  • Real country-house atmosphere
  • Excellent restaurant

Cons

  • Tricky to find first time
  • Only croquet and fishing on-site
  • No air-conditioning
Caragh Lake, off Ring of Kerry, Killorglin, Ireland
066-976–9100
hotel Details
17 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar. Restaurant closed Sun.–Tues. Oct.–Apr., Free Breakfast

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Dingle Skellig Hotel and Peninsula Spa

$$$ | Dingle Harbor, Dingle, Ireland

This rambling modern hotel's setting on Dingle Bay enjoyed extensive refurbishment in 2019 and offers great views of the water, notably from the restaurant. The focal point is a beehive-like central structure, intended to echo local clocháns (prehistoric huts), opening onto an octagonal reception area with wood cladding, contemporary stained-glass doors, and original paintings. Dark, traditional furniture and bold fabrics adorn the spacious rooms, which are in separate wings and most have sea views. Ask for one of the chic new bedrooms, with more contemporary styling, or book a rooftop balcony suite, for an exceptional view. The Peninsula Spa offers hydrotherapy and a relaxation suite. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the Coastguard restaurant look out over the bay and, as you'd expect, the specialty here is seafood.

Pros

  • Waterfront location
  • Outdoor hot tub with sea view
  • Separate floors for child-free guests

Cons

  • Some undistinguished architecture
  • On the edge of town
  • Bar very busy on weekends
Dingle Harbor, Dingle, Ireland
066-915–0200
hotel Details
152 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan., and Mon.–Thurs. in Nov. and Dec., Free Breakfast

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Glin Castle

$$$$ | Glin Castle, Ireland

With 800 years of ancestry in Glin, owner Catherine Fitzgerald and husband, actor Dominic West, have created a unique space at the point where the longest river in Ireland and Britain, the Shannon, meets the Atlantic Ocean. Constructed by an ancestor in 1790, this Georgian Neoclassical castle stands in a 400-acre wooded demesne with estuary views, 15 uniquely decorated en suite bedrooms, a grand entrance with a dramatic staircase, dining hall, library, and an elegant light-filled drawing room, all with open fires. The kitchen offers the best in Irish country-house cooking. Activities such as clay pigeon shooting, yoga, and archery as well as evening whiskey tastings with Irish music, can be arranged on-site. The property attracts celebrities in search of solitude, like singer Mick Jagger and Taylor Swift, who recently spent a Christmas break at the castle.  

Pros

  • Excellent touring base for the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Authentic castle backdrop
  • Peace and solitude with a walled garden

Cons

  • Need a car
  • Can only hire the castle in its entirety
  • Expensive
Glin Castle, Ireland
087-329--4575
hotel Details
15 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Great Blasket Island Accommodation

$$ | Great Blasket Island, Dunquin, Ireland

Three restored self-catering cottages offer the magical opportunity to overnight on this wild and remote island. 100,000 people applied to be the on-island caretakers for the 2022 season! Running water, a gas cooker, and wood-burning stoves are included but there's no electricity on the island, so your evenings will be lit by candles and atmospheric lanterns. Guests can avail of Péig's Breakfast, (€10 each) named after the island's most famous inhabitant, Peig Sayers, known to every Irish child as her autobiography was required reading in Irish schools. The cottages' caretakers also run Europe's most westerly coffeeshop, serving hot beverages, drinks and snacks. A 20-minute ferry ride for overnight guests costs €35 each.

Pros

  • A wild escape from the modern world
  • Experience the silence after the day-trippers leave
  • Unique, bragging-rights-type stay

Cons

  • No electricity
  • Sailings are weather-dependent
  • Must bring own food supplies
Great Blasket Island, Dunquin, Ireland
086-313--5098
hotel Details
3 cottages (each cottage sleeps up to 7)
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.--Apr., No Meals, Price is for 1 person, each extra person pays €50

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Greenmount House

$$ | Upper John St., Dingle, Ireland Fodor's Choice

More like a modern boutique hotel than a B&B, the combination of comfort and elegance in the lobby sets the tone, as do the wonderful views of the town and harbor. Family-run since 1977, guest rooms are spacious, with well-appointed bathrooms; beige carpets blend in with pale oak country furniture and crisp white bed linen, and there are sofas and armchairs angled to enjoy the spectacular sunset over Dingle Harbor.

Pros

  • Rooms both stylish and comfortable
  • Wine license
  • Wonderful breakfasts

Cons

  • New developments mar an otherwise great view
  • Short walk uphill from town center
  • Can fill up quickly: book well ahead
Upper John St., Dingle, Ireland
066-915–1414
hotel Details
14 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Christmas Day to New Year and mid-Jan.--early-Feb., Free Breakfast

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Heaton's Guesthouse

$$ | The Wood, Dingle, Ireland

On the Slea Head edge of Dingle Town, but just a short walk to the center, this traditional-style yellow house is right on the water's edge. The spacious lobby has a gas fire and large couches looking out to sea through the bay windows. All guest rooms are individually styled, with marble bathrooms, reproduction classic French-style antique furniture, plush carpets, flat-screen TVs, and waffle robes. Junior suites and deluxe rooms have extra space, and the best sea views. Breakfast is a major event here, with an extensive buffet preceding the traditional fry.

Pros

  • Voted one of the best places to stay in Ireland
  • Outstanding breakfast
  • Only a short walk from town

Cons

  • If it rains you'll be driving, not walking, to nearest bars and restaurants
  • No leisure facilities
  • Limited menu selection
The Wood, Dingle, Ireland
066-915–2288
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Dec. 1–27 and Jan. 7–31, Free Breakfast

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Hotel Europe

$$$$ | Killarney, Ireland

The rooms at the Europe are chic and most have private balconies with commanding views over Killarney's largest lake, gardens, and mountains. Those breathtaking views are further capitalized in the public spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows and uncluttered, elegant furnishings and fittings that don’t feel the need to distract from the magnificent backdrop. The property draws guests from across generations---offering a wide range of activities from horse riding, tennis, techo-gym, a 20-meter indoor pool, a saltwater pool, and a vast, fully equipped spa. 

Pros

  • Solid on-site dining options (with plenty of kids' options)
  • Warm, attentive staff
  • Spacious rooms

Cons

  • Outside Killarney
  • Architecturally of its time (1965)
  • Can be expensive for the area
Killarney, Ireland
064-667--1300
hotel Details
187 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Christmas and Easter, Free Breakfast

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Killarney Park Hotel

$$$$ | East Ave. (N71), Killarney, Ireland

This luxurious hotel, a distinctive yellow-painted building in landscaped grounds, is a few minutes' walk from the train station, shops, and restaurants, making it an excellent base, with or without a car. The hotel dates from 1992 but appears much older, with its traditional style and series of small cozy rooms instead of imposing public spaces. The plush Garden Bar has a bistro-style menu and whiskey-tasting menu, while the Park Restaurant (dinner only) is one of the best in town, a destination in itself. Food and drinks are served in the garden in summer. Bedrooms—all large, with huge bathrooms—come in contemporary or Victorian style, and most have leafy views.

Pros

  • Spa with 20-meter pool and outdoor hot tub
  • Drawing room and library host full afternoon teas in front of an open fire
  • Warm and welcoming staff

Cons

  • No lake or mountain views
  • Popular wedding venue
  • Sells out well in advance July and August
East Ave. (N71), Killarney, Ireland
064-663–5555
hotel Details
68 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Killarney Plaza Hotel

$$$$ | Killarney, Ireland

Pushing hard against the standard magnolia and MDF craze that has gripped many of Ireland's midrange properties over the last decade---the Killarney Plaza Hotel is all about glamour and high-quality finish. Marble and oak surfaces, natural fibers, and elegant furnishings start in the lobby and work their way through to the bedrooms. Located bang in the heart of town and betraying little signs of a relatively new build---this bold and confident property has become a local landmark since its construction. A pool, fitness facilities, gorgeous bedrooms, parking, and plenty of dining options make it a great option for guests who want their choice of hotel to tick all the major travel boxes.   

Pros

  • Excellent location
  • Leisure center with gym, hot tub, and swimming pool
  • Beautiful full-service spa

Cons

  • Area can be gridlocked with visitors in season
  • Classic interiors give little indication of location
  • Limited underground parking spots
Killarney, Ireland
064-662--1111
hotel Details
198 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Lakelands Farm Guesthouse

$ | Lake Rd., Waterville, Ireland

Amid rocky hills, this spacious, Dutch-gable modern house enjoys a stunning location about a mile off the Ring on the shore of Lough Currane (boats for hire) and is hosted by an angling/shooting guide and his wife. Popular with game anglers, golfers, hikers—it's just 3 km (2 miles) from the Kerry Way—and those who just love the scenery, it's a place where you can exhale deeply thanks to the huge squashy leather armchairs, real turf fire, and picture windows in the lounge. The exceptionally large bedrooms have great views, and some have balconies.

Pros

  • Good location for game anglers, golfers, and hikers
  • Great scenery
  • Huge bedrooms

Cons

  • Nearly 3 km (2 miles) outside village
  • Well maintained, but not stylish
  • No bar
Lake Rd., Waterville, Ireland
087-236–5687
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Oct.--May 1, Credit cards accepted, Free Breakfast

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Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge

$$ | Village Center, Ballingarry, Ireland Fodor's Choice

This is the small country hotel of your dreams: a Victorian yellow-stucco jewel set atop a small hill overlooking Ballingarry, a village that time forgot, deep in rural Ireland, yet only 13 km (8 miles) southwest of Adare. And if you take the trouble of getting off the beaten tourist trail here, you'll be rewarded by being pampered. What was once the parish priest's imposing house has been decorated with flair and wit, placing Chinese inlaid lacquer cabinets and Georgian satinwood wardrobes in the beautifully furnished bedrooms. But for all its finery, this is a fun, down-to-earth place. Much of the food served in the restaurant is produced in the 7 acres of gardens, so the kids can have fun collecting eggs for tomorrow's breakfast.

Pros

  • Stylish flair
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Acclaimed restaurant also open to nonresidents

Cons

  • In the middle of nowhere
  • Rooster crows at dawn
Village Center, Ballingarry, Ireland
069-68508
hotel Details
16 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed last 2 wks in Jan., Free Breakfast

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No. 1 Pery Square

$$ | 1 Pery Sq., Limerick City, Ireland

One of Limerick's finest Georgian houses—a tall redbrick structure with classical cut-stone portico, overlooking leafy People's Park—has been converted into a sumptuous boutique hotel with a reputation for attentive service. The four largest bedrooms are furnished in keeping with the period, and the rest, while still spacious, have a more contemporary feel, with restful color schemes in neutral grays and cream. Tall Georgian windows illuminate the ground floor Long Room bar, with its welcoming atmosphere and all day menu of light dishes. Afternoon tea (book in advance) can be taken in the airy first-floor, period-style drawing room, or head up to the second floor to eat in the informal Sash restaurant. The spa in the vaulted basement is a popular urban retreat with candlelit treatment rooms.

Pros

  • Genuinely stylish
  • Private parking
  • Excellent service

Cons

  • You need to book well in advance
  • No air-conditioning
1 Pery Sq., Limerick City, Ireland
061-402–402
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Park Hotel Kenmare

$$$$ | Shelburne Rd., Kenmare, Ireland
Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare
Front Entrance

One of Ireland's premier country-house hotels, this 1897 stone château has spectacular views of the Caha Mountains and its 11-acre parkland, where every tree seems manicured. It also features magnificent terraced lawns sweeping down to the bay. A welcoming fire is always burning in the lobby, and the lounge crammed with genuine antiques still manages to be charmingly family-friendly. Non-guests can sample the ambience by taking Victorian afternoon tea—a great idea for a rainy day. Rooms are tastefully furnished, and some suites have four-poster beds. You can watch classic movies nightly in the 12-seat theater, enjoy dinner—perhaps sample the tasting menu—in the elegant dining room, and indulge in meditation walks and other goodies offered by the deluxe spa. Less formal dining can be had in the Terrace Bistro.

Pros

  • 25-meter lap pool
  • Immaculate decor
  • One of Kenmare's best restaurants

Cons

  • A bit like living in a museum
  • Basic room rates are quite steep
  • Extra charge for Jacuzzi and thermal suite
Shelburne Rd., Kenmare, Ireland
064-664–1200
hotel Details
43 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Dec.–Dec 23 and Jan. 2–early Feb., Free Breakfast

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Parknasilla Resort

$$$$ | N70, Sneem, Ireland Fodor's Choice

This limestone custom-built hotel was constructed in the mid-19th century to facilitate the growth in local tourism at that time. Its austere design is softened somewhat by its decorative features; like towers, gables and high pitched roofs---often casting a romantic reflection onto Kenmare Bay from its perch on a startlingly beautiful inlet. Parnasilla is synonymous with old-style resort luxury, attracting guests like George Bernard Shaw, Princess Grace, and Charles de Gaulle. You can still sip sherry beside an open fire in the Doolittle Bar and dine in the stately Pygmalion Restaurant, but you can also enjoy one of two outdoor Jacuzzis, a seawater hot tub or the sea view from the indoor infinity pool. Well-appointed villas and apartment suites now stud the sylvan 500-acre grounds, and guests here have access to all of the hotel's amenities. Public rooms display an endearingly homey mix-and-match style, while spacious bedrooms (suites are ballroom-size) are beautifully coordinated with fabulous inlaid antique furniture; all enjoy peaceful vistas. There are miles of mapped hiking trails within the estate and a range of country pursuits to try. Self-catering houses are popular for multi-generational stays.

Pros

  • Excellent sports amenities and spa
  • Sheltered coastal location
  • Great family destination

Cons

  • Grounds and hotel big enough to get lost in
  • Busy in July and August
  • Some rooms could do with an update
N70, Sneem, Ireland
064-667–5600
hotel Details
83 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–early Mar., Free Breakfast

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Sheen Falls Lodge Kerry Hotel

$$$$ | Off N71, Kenmare, Ireland Fodor's Choice

The magnificence of this bright-yellow, slate-roofed former hunting lodge is matched only by its setting on 300 secluded acres of lawns, gardens, and forest between Kenmare Bay and the falls of the River Sheen. Intimate, luxurious, and cozy, the public salons are painted in warm terracotta tones, and the mahogany-panel library has more than 1,000 books, mainly about Ireland. Guest rooms—all modern-traditional, in soothing colors inspired by the scenery—have bay or river views. The small spa has been smartly upgraded to offer more treatments and private rooms. Fishing, kayaking, horseback riding, and clay pigeon (skeet) shooting are available on the grounds, and would-be falconers can take a hawk walk. The Cascade Restaurant is renowned for fine dining. There are also five luxurious thatched cottages and villas on the grounds.

Pros

  • Impeccable service from attentive staff
  • Gourmet picnics available from the lodge
  • Skellig Island trips (boat or helicopter) by arrangement

Cons

  • 2 km (1 mile) from the village
  • Small swimming pool
  • Spa gets busy, book in advance
Off N71, Kenmare, Ireland
064-664–1600
hotel Details
66 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan. 3–Feb. 4, Free Breakfast

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Sneem Hotel

$$$$ | Goldens Cove, Sneem, Ireland

Meet the locals and enjoy spacious accommodations at this waterfront hotel and apartment complex on Goldens Cove, a rocky, sheltered spot with views of distant mountains. The large stone portico on the long, curving three-story building leads to an airy lobby, with original Irish art and comfy sofas. Beyond is a huge double-height bar and separate restaurant, both with large verandas overlooking the sea. It's worth paying a small premium for a sea-facing room with balcony to enjoy the setting sun. All rooms are decorated in tones of beige, brightened by touches of red, with light-wood furniture and large armchairs.

Pros

  • Offers spacious family rooms
  • Sauna, hot tub, and gym
  • Good value for the Ring of Kerry

Cons

  • Some new development detracts from the views
  • 10-minute walk from the village
  • No pool
Goldens Cove, Sneem, Ireland
064-667–5100
hotel Details
69 rooms, 28 apartments
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Bedford Townhouse

$ | V94 NNPO, Limerick City, Ireland

This thin sliver of Bedford Row is in a quiet area in Limerick, while being in the very heart of the city. Formerly a clothing factory, it has been lovingly, albeit slightly quirkily, refurbished into an intimate city retreat in the middle of a pedestrianized street, close to high-street shopping and restaurants. Rooms are modern chic with good tech facilities and there's a small gym and café on-site.  

Pros

  • Small gym and café on-site
  • Quiet retreat
  • City center location

Cons

  • No car park
  • Max two rooms per reservation
  • Colors are quite dark
V94 NNPO, Limerick City, Ireland
061-204--400
hotel Details
12 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Christmas, No Meals

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The Strand

$$ | V94 03F2, Limerick City, Ireland

The Strand, a seven-story cube of glass, has become a city landmark since its construction during the Celtic Tiger economic boom. With one of the best locations and the best leisure facilities in town---which includes a 20-meter pool---it's a safe bet for families and weekend visitors. Located on the west bank of the Shannon (the panoramic views of the city from its glass elevator across the river are legendary), the major attractions are at the other side of Sarsfield Bridge. Rooms are modern, with all the facilities you'd expect from a quality city center property, and there are good in-house dining options. 

Pros

  • On-site parking
  • Leisure facilities
  • Views

Cons

  • Decor lacks imagination or local flair
  • Popular for weddings, rugby games, and local events
  • Guests must cross adjoining bridge to reach the city
V94 03F2, Limerick City, Ireland
061-421--800
hotel Details
204 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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