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The Insider’s Guide to the Best Ireland Castle Hotels

The Best Ireland Castle Hotels

Are you interested in taking a trip but not quite sure where to go? Are you a seasoned traveler and looking for something different? Maybe you have been to many places, seen many things and have many experiences. However, are you looking for a trip that surpasses them all? A trip that will be the trip of a lifetime!

If a trip that allows you to have special experiences peaks your interest, staying at a Castle Hotel in Ireland is the answer! It combines luxury, history, adventure, art, and culture. Matter of fact, it will exceed your expectations!

Why would spending the night in an Irish Castle be such a treat? First off, how many people can say they had the opportunity to do so? Not many at all! To live like the kings and queens, immerse yourself in Irish culture and enjoy breathtaking views – or maybe to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary!

Not only will you relish in history; you will be part of it. Certainly, spending the night (or tow in a Castle in Ireland would be the opportunity of a lifetime for you and your family. Get ready to embark on an adventure that will create lasting memories for all involved.

In Ireland, there are many castles to choose from and we compiled a list of the best Ireland Castle Hotels for you – for any budget. The price varies depending on star ratings, location, amenities, etc. You will be happy to know, we have done the work to help you choose the perfect fit!

5 Star Ireland Castle Hotels

Ashford Castle Hotel – Cong County Mayo, Cong, Ireland 

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Ashford Castle Hotel received exceptional ratings for superb dining, fast check-ins, and wonderful staff. This 800-year-old castle is situated in the peaceful surroundings in Cong, and was once the home of the Guinness FamilyAshford Castle Hotel is close to Ballinrobe and Headword.

Ashford Castle offers 83 luxurious rooms/suites and a hideaway cottage. It sits on 350 acres of ancient woodland and is no stranger to royalty, dignitaries and celebrities. Who knows who will sit in the breakfast room with you, when you stay at Ashford Castle?

Each room has its own unique character and charm. Take in the blend of tradition and modern luxuries. You will experience exquisite Irish cuisine and culture.

The Ashford Castle Hotel offers the following features: golf course,  tennis, cinema,  fishing, equestrian, cycling, and kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, zip lining/tree climbing, gardens, family activities.

Also, the Ashford Castle Hotel offers the following general features: air-conditioned, room service, restaurant, picnic area/tables.

Ashford Castle Hotel received great reviews for the following activities: fitness room/gym, sauna, billiards, salon, massage/beauty center.

The services that Ashford Castle Hotel offers are: 24-hour reception, concierge, front desk, dry cleaning, luggage storage, laundry service, ticket service, supervised childcare activities, babysitting/child services, multilingual staff, currency exchange, meeting/conference rooms, elevator, safe deposit box, shops in hotel.

Parking offered by the Ashford Castle Hotel is valet parking available as well as airport shuttle.

Check in after 2 p.m and check out before 12 p.m.

Guests were impressed with the stunning views, great service, easy check-in and check-out process and the superb in-house restaurant. Guess also appreciated the excellent location; with attractions being only a few minutes away.

If you are looking for a great place for couples, this is for you! Ashford is also an excellent location for families and business travelers. Reserve as early as possible to get the best prices.

Price starts from $352 per night.

Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel Donegal-Lough Eske Castle Road, F94 HX59 Donegal, Ireland 

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Located in Donegal, Solis Lough Eske Castle is luxury at its best! You will be amazed from the time you arrive to the time you leave.

It is situated on 43 acres of forest. Enjoy activities less than a 5-minute walk from the hotel. A 15-minute drive will take you to be Donegal Golf club. This location is excellent for shopping!

Some of the various features include a limousine service and rooftop service. Enjoy the indoor pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Each room will have slippers ready for you.

This Modern Hotel offers the perfect combination of luxury and relaxing accommodation. Valet parking and 24-hour room service are available. In addition, enjoy the spectacular Ballroom.

Lough Eske has a restaurant and bar to continue your relaxation. Lunches are available for those who have day trips planned. You will have easy access to Donegal Castle, Ballybodefey and Ballyshannon.

The Lough Eske Castle Hotel offers the following general features: air conditioning private ensuite bathroom with shower, tea/coffee maker, 24-hour room service, flat screen TV and hair dryer.

Activites offered by the Lough Eske Castle Hotel are: swimming pool/jacuzzi spa/wellness center, fitness room/gym, massage, beauty center, garden, picnic table and games available.

Also, Solis Lough Eske Castle offers services like: concierge, 24-hour reception, business center, banquet facilities, babysitting/child services, currency exchange, shop, photocopier, bicycle rental, safe-deposit box, meeting rooms, souvenir/gift shop, self-laundry, elevator, dry cleaning and shoe shine, free wireless internet and shuttle service available.

Check in after 3 p.m. and check out before 11 a.m.

Solis Lough Eske Castle received superb reviews for cleanliness, location, rooms and service. Restaurants and markets are between 2.5 to 7.5 miles away.

Enjoy landmarks as close as 6.5 miles: Glenmore Estates, Hannah McGuinness, Clogan Fisheries, The Balor Theatre, Deane’s Equestrian Center, Issac Butt Heritage Center, Summerhill House, Five Oaks Ranch.

If you are traveling as a couple, this hotel is great for you. Families and business travelers will also appreciate this location. Check it out for yourself!

Starting price $247 per night 

Dromoland Castle Hotel- Limerick-Ennis Road, Newmarket on Fergus, Ireland

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Dromoland Castle is on 450 acres and has been host to guests since the 16th century. Receive royal treatment from beginning to end. Take in the amazing decor, dining and fantastic views in your home away from home. It is also close to Shannon Airport.

Dromoland Castle Hotel offers the following amenities and features: pool (indoor), room service, restaurant, business center, meeting rooms, bar/lounge, free Wi-Fi, practice, children activities, golf course, free parking, banquet room, multilingual staff, fitness center with gym, tennis court, wheelchair access, spa, concierge.

Activities offered by the Dromoland Castle Hotel that receive great reviews are: water activities, horseback riding and hiking.

Check in after 2 p.m. and check out before 12 p.m.

Couples are the most popular visitors at Dromoland Castle Hotel. Families and business travelers also enjoyed the accommodating staff, spacious rooms, and speedy check in/check-out process. Check out the dates to see when you can visit!

Price starts at $251 per night.

Castlemartyr Resort Hotel – Main Street, Cork, Ireland

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Experience stunning views and serenity on this 220-acre property. Castlemartyr is a 17th-century manor house that provides luxury as well as history.

Only 25 miles away from the airport and close to landmarks such as: Water Rock Golf Course, Youghal Front Strand and Youghal Golf Club.

Castlemartyr offers the following services: restaurant, airport shuttle(additional charge), heating, air conditioning, safe, sacked lunch, soundproof rooms, honeymoon suite, family room, facilities for disabled, room service, non-smoking rooms, VIP room facilities, laundry, concierge service, currency exchange, 24 hour front desk, business center, meeting room.

Outdoors offered by the Castlemartyr: terrace, garden.

The activities that Ashford Castle Hotel offers are: cycling, fishing, golf course, hiking, indoor pool, fitness center, massage, free Wi-Fi, valet parking.

Check-in after 3 p.m. and check-out before 12 p.m.

Couples thoroughly enjoy this location. Families, business travelers, and groups had great things to say about this hotel. Reserve today and be added to the list of satisfied guests!

Price starts at $159 per night.

Kinnitty Castle Hotel-Kinnitty Village, Kinnitty, Ireland

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This Gothic Castle was built in 1209 and sits on 650 acres of woodland and forests. Each room has its own classic feel and decor. Take in the spectacular grounds and view of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Hotel features includes: concierge, 24-hour front desk, baggage storage, restaurant, bar, fitness room/gym, spa/wellness center, non-smoking, packed lunches, honeymoon suite, room service, heating, gift shop, free Wi-Fi, free parking, housekeeping, meeting/banquet facilities(additional charge), babysitting/service(additional charge), puzzles/board games.

Kinnitty Castle Hotel offers the following activities (additional charge for some): live music/entertainment, bike tours, horseback riding, archery, fishing, canoeing, tennis court.

Check in after 3 p.m. and check out before 12 p.m.

Certainly, the place to go if you are looking for an exciting and historical experience. Conveniently located near pubs, restaurants and golf clubs. Wonderful place for couples, families, business and solo travelers. Go ahead and book that adventure!

Price range: From $216

Adore Manor Hotel Adare County of Limerick, Adare, Ireland

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Experience luxury the exquisite countryside of Adare. This 62 room hotel has been recently refurbished. It is perfectly situated near local attractions to explore. These attractions include horseback riding, Golf Clubs and pubs. Only 25 minutes from Shannon Airport!

Adare Manor Hotel offers the following general services: room/desk service, packed lunches, concierge, desk service, restaurant, dry cleaning, 24-hour reception, child services/babysitting, meeting rooms, bicycle run, gift shops, express check-in/check out, shoe shine, self-laundry, free parking.

Activities that received great reviews: swimming pool, water activities, horseback riding, fitness room/gym, beauty center, spa, indoor pool.

Check in after 2 p.m. and check out before 12 p.m.

Families absolutely adore this location. Couples and business travelers are also frequent visitors. Take your family on a trip they will never forget.

Price: from $396

Four Star Ireland Castle Hotels

Wilton Castle-Wilton Castle, Enniscorthy, Ireland

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Wilton Castle comes in at the top of the list of the four-star hotels. This property is one of the top rated locations in Enniscorthy. Each suite has its own private kitchen, sitting room, and fireplace. Be amazed by the history, architecture, and luxury of Wilton Castle.

Waterford Airport is only 27 miles away. Other nearby landmarks are as close as 3.5 miles.

The Wilton Castle Hotel offers the following features: non-smoking, soundproof room, honeymoon suite, family rooms, facilities for disabled, free Wi-Fi, free parking, express check-in/check out, continental breakfast.

Activities offered by the Wilton Castle Hotel are fishing, golf course (additional charge).

The Wilton Castle Hotel offers outdoor features like a picnic area, garden, BBQ facility, terrace.

Couples love this location! Wilton Castle is a romantic hideaway to reconnect and recharge. Rekindle your love and stay at Wilton Castle.

Price range: from $177 per night

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel-Ballinafad, Recess, Ballynahinch, Ireland

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is 450 acres of woodland and bliss. Surrounded by river views and mountains as the backdrop. A wonderful combination of Irish tradition, relaxation, and a warm atmosphere.

Enjoy walks by the lakeside, river, and waterfalls, with benches along the way for needed breaks. Luxury at its finest without losing tradition and charm.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens everywhere you turn. Only 800 feet from the center of all the action!

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel offers the following general services: shuttle service (additional charge), restaurant, heating, deposit safe, packed lunches, room service, shared lounge area, child services/babysitting(additional cost).

Front desk services offered by the Ballynahinch Castle Hotel are: concierge, 24-hour front desk, baggage storage.

Ballynahinch received great reviews for activities like hiking, fishing, cycling, bicycle rentals(additional cost), tennis court and golf course, free Wi-Fi. Parking is available on site.

Check in after 2 p.m. and check out before 12 p.m.

Guests rave about the excellent in-house restaurant as well as the delicious breakfast. Couples, family and groups benefit from this location. You will too!

Price range: from $221 per night

Ballyseede Castle- Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland

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Ballyseede Castle is situated close to the main city and surrounded by a small forest. Get a taste of history while being surrounded by 30 acres of land and private gardens.

From the beautiful decor outside to the charming boutique style inside, you will feel as if you stepped back in time. Each room has a story to tell. Not to mention, the spectacular views and natural settings leave you in awe.

Ballyseede is conveniently located near restaurants and pubs(walking distance). Landmarks are as close as 1.5 miles. The closest airport is Kerry Airport, which is just 7 miles away.

General features offered by the Ballyseede Castle are: restaurant, room service, hair dryer, TV, coffee/tea maker, family rooms, newspaper, baggage storage, meeting banquet facility (additional charge).

Ballyseede offers the following activities: golf course(additional charge), garden, cycling, free Wi-Fi.

Parking available on site.

Check-in after 2 p.m. and check-out before 12 p.m.

Guests appreciate the impressive views, ample-size rooms, well size bed, excellent on-site restaurant and bar. This hotel is great for couples, families, business, group and solo travelers. Reserve your spot today for a Starting Price of $117/night!

Cabra Castle Hotel-Kingscourt Co Cavan, Kingscourt, Ireland

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Cabra Castle Hotel is a beautiful four star hotel built in 1760. This 18th century Castle is a touch of history and features modern comforts. Each room has its own unique style and character.

Cabra Castle Hotel offers the following general services: restaurant, room service, bar/lounge, air-conditioned, pet-friendly, family room, free Wi-Fi, free parking

Other Services offered by the Cabra are: 24-hour reception, child services/babysitter, dry cleaning, safe-deposit, meeting room, currency exchange, laundry, luggage storage.

Activities that received great reviews are: spa and wellness center, garden, lake, golf course, tennis court (additional charge).

Check in after 2 p.m. and check out before 11 a.m.

Dublin Airport is 40 miles away, and the hotel is close to other popular landmarks(as close as .08 miles). Guests who stayed the most were couples, families and business travelers. Don’t miss out and book your reservation!

Price range: from $142

Clontarf Castle Hotel- Castle Ave, Clontarf, D3 Dublin, Ireland

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This 11th century Castle is the perfect combination of ancient architecture and 21st century facilities. Conveniently located just 10 minutes outside of central Dublin, Clontarf offers stunning service; with class and charm.

Clontarf received great reviews for general services: air conditioning, heating, safe, honeymoon suite, facilities for disabled, newspapers, elevator, non-smoking, dry cleaning, laundry, business center, photocopying/fax, banquet/meeting facilities.

Front desk services offered by the Clontard Castle Hotel are: concierge, 24-hour service, baggage storage, currency exchange, free parking available without reservation, free Wi-Fi

Clontarf offers the following activities: fitness center, golf course.

Check in after 2 p.m. and check out before 12 p.m.

Guests praise the restaurant, large beds, wonderful staff and easy check in/check out process. Clontarf Castle Hotel is excellent for all travelers. Book your reservation to find out why!

Price: start at $159 per night

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel-Sky Road, Clifden, Ireland

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Built in 1832, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel offers fantastic views of Clifton and the Twelve Bens Mountains. Enjoy a cup of coffee/tea, offered daily in the afternoon at no cost. Conveniently situated walking distance to town (Clifden). The perfect way to experience history and Irish culture.

Hotel Abbeyglen Castle is offering the following amenities/features: concierge, multilingual staff, free Wi-Fi, fitness room/gym, tennis court, free parking, spa, meeting rooms, non-smoking hotel, bar/lounge, restaurant, breakfast included.

Check in after 2 p.m. and check out before 12 p.m.

Perfect for couples, families and business travelers. Solo travelers have enjoyed this Castle Hotel as well.

Price range: from $140

Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort- The island, X91 Y7 22 Waterford, Ireland

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Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort is on the River Suir. It is 800 years old and is on a private island, surrounded by spectacular views. It’s history dates back to the 6th century. To gain access to the island, ferry service is available throughout day. In only 3 minutes of crossing, you will be close to town. You should make reservations for a few nights, because there is so much fun stuff to do in and around Waterford – go read our Guide to Waterford here.

Waterford Castle Hotel offers the following general features: room service, restaurant, bar/lounge.

Activities that received great reviews at Waterford Castle Hotel are: garden, picnic area, games available

Services offered by the hotel are: concierge, heating, all space non-smoking, VIP room facilities, family rooms, room service, elevator, honeymoon suite, facilities for disabled, babysitting/child services(additional charge), 24-hour reception, safe deposit box, meeting rooms, ticket service, self-laundry, multilingual staff.

Parking offered is valet parking.

Check-in after 2 p.m. and check-out before 12 p.m.

Guests are grateful for the helpful and professional staff. This is the absolute location for all travelers; especially couples. Give your love one a memorable gift and reserve today!

Price range: $230 per night

Finnstown Castle Hotel- Newcastle road, Lucan, Ireland

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A great location; as it is only 25 minutes away from the center of Dublin (7.5 miles from Dublin International Airport). Finntown Castle Hotel sits on 45 acres of beautiful grounds and considered the top rated location in Lucan. Close to restaurants and markets.

Finntown Castle Hotel features include: general room service, restaurant, activities, tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness room/gym, sauna, garden, horseback riding, indoor pool.

Other services offered by the Finntown Castle Hotel are the following: concierge, tour desk, 24-hour reception, business center, elevator, dry cleaning, babysitting/child services, banquet facility, currency exchange, safe-deposit box, meeting rooms, laundry, ticket service, ballroom, express check-in/check-out, free Wi-Fi available.

Check-in after 2 p.m. and check-out before 12 p.m.

This location is very popular for families, business travelers, and groups. Solo travelers also enjoyed this hotel.

Price: from $115 per night

3 Star Hotels

Markree Castle Hotel Collooney- Collooney, Collooney, Ireland

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Markree Castle is an intimate hotel with 20 cozy rooms. Markree Castle Hotel recently went through renovations to meet high standards. Markree opened in March 2017 and has been able to maintain the character and history of the castle.

Markree Castle offers exquisite views of the garden towards the river. Sligo and Tubbercurry are an easy drive from the castle, and the Ireland West Aiport Knock is a 50-minute drive.

General Services offered by the Markree Castle Hotel are the following: restaurant, bar/lounge, room service, 24-hour reception, dry cleaning, child services/babysitter, elevator, free wireless internet, free parking, breakfast available.

Activities that received great reviews at Markree Castle: water activities, garden, horseback riding, fishing.

Check in after 2 p.m. and check out before 11 a.m.

This location is wonderful and popular for families. Also, couples and business travelers enjoyed their stay at Markree Castle Hotel.

Price range: from $115

Here are some general tips for your stay at an Ireland Castle Hotel

  • Start planning early – The earlier the better. Look at different sites that offer comparison prices. Also, sign up to be notified if/when the price drops.
  • Try to book your trip during off-peak seasons if possible. By doing so, you can save yourself some money. June/July is the main tourist seasons, but May, September/October are busy months as well. 
  • Reserve at least 2 nights to really get the full experience of your stay. You want to get the most out of your time and money.
  • Here are more tips about the weather in Ireland and what to wear during your trip
  • Are you renting a car in Ireland, then we recommend you read our tips on Driving in Ireland.

Your stay at an Ireland Castle Hotel is truly an experience to remember. Whether you are a couple, traveling on business, with your family, a group or alone, staying at a Castle Hotel In Ireland will give you much to talk about. Your stay will be filled with history, culture, adventure, and unforgettable memories. Go ahead and book your dream castle vacation!

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