The Best Places to Stay in Ireland

The Best Places to Stay in Ireland

If you’re trying to decide where to stay in Ireland, look no further. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites, both hotels and house rentals to help you choose the best places to stay in Ireland.

The best places to stay in Ireland

The Best Places to Stay in Ireland

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Ireland is one of my favorite countries. We’ve driven all over the Emerald Isle and stayed in countless hotels and VRBOs in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

I’m constantly getting asked about the best places to stay in Ireland. So I’ve compiled some of the favorite places we’ve stayed and other places that have been recommended to me by readers and friends. I’m dividing these up by the most popular places to visit in Ireland. 

  • Dublin
  • Wicklow
  • Kilkenny
  • Killarney
  • Galway
  • Northern Ireland

Bonus! If you still have time to go around, try visiting Clare Island Lighthouse and the famous Wild Atlantic Way during your stay!

Hotel vs. VRBOs in Ireland

It’s always a tough choice between hotels and VRBOs. Hotels are great, especially for one-night stays. In some more rural places in Ireland, hotels are few and far between, making VRBOs a great choice. 

VRBO can be a great option if you need extra space or beds, especially if you’re traveling with a family. If you prefer cooking your own meals, VRBOs can also be a great option.

Where to Stay in Dublin Ireland

Dublin is most likely the city that you will fly in and out of on your trip to Ireland, so the chances of you spending at least one or two nights here are high. Dublin is a beautiful city full of history and a great foodie scene! Deciding where to stay in Dublin Ireland can be tough with so many options from hotels to VRBOs to hostels. But I’ve rounded up some of my favorite hotels and great VRBOs. 

Dublin Hotels
The gorgeous Wilder in Dublin

Dublin Hotels

The Merrion Hotel:  Period charm in the heart of the city, the Merrion is elegant and beautiful, but at a price. 

Book Your the Merrion

The Dylan: This sleek luxurious five-star hotel located in a quiet corner of the city is built in a beautiful Victorian red brick house. 

Book the Dylan

The Fitzwilliam:  A very modern hotel in the central location of Dublin, overlooking the lovely St. Stephens Green.

Book the Fitzwilliam

Stauntons on the Green: Also located in the city center in an iconic brick row house and overlooking St. Stephens Green, Stauntons is a beautifully renovated guest house that offers the best of both a hotel and holiday rental. 

Book Stauntons Here

The Wilder: This beautiful red brick Victorian has been refurbished into a stylish boutique hotel just a stone’s throw from Dublin’s city centre. 

Book the Wilder Here

Cliff House Hotel: If you want to experience the ultimate getaway, the Cliff House Hotel offers a beach spa retreat that’s only walking distance from Ardmore Pottery & Gallery. Some roofs offer private balconies with spacious rooms for families and groups.

Book the Cliff House Here

Dublin VRBOs


There are some fantastic VRBOs in Dublin.

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Where to Stay in Wicklow Ireland

County Wicklow is an absolutely beautiful area just south of Dublin, famous for its beautiful mountains and National Park, and the stunning Powerscourt Estate where you can see Ireland’s tallest waterfall in Ireland and one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. 

Best places to stay in Ireland Wicklow

Wicklow Hotels

Despite its rural location, there are some gorgeous hotels in Co. Wicklow! These are my favorites.

Powerscourt Hotel: This hotel is one of the best places to stay in Ireland. If you happen to be there over a holiday like Christmas or Easter they have some really fun things going on, especially for kids. And the location is right by the Powerscourt Estate. 

Book Powerscourt Estate

Marlfield House Hotel: If you’re traveling as a couple and looking for a Romantic getaway, this is it! We stayed here over Valentines Day, experienced fine dining, and it was incredible! There is also an amazing hotel on the property. I would say it’s not suitable for children though. 

Book Marlfield House

Wicklow VRBOs

The Wicklow countryside is absolutely gorgeous and you can find some beautiful cozy cottages to snuggle down in! 

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Where to Stay in Kilkenny Ireland

Kilkenny is an adorable old town complete with a Castle, Abbey, River, and beautiful and colorful winding cobblestone streets. Here are some hotels surrounding countryside.

Best Places to stay in Ireland Kilkenny Hotels

Kilkenny Hotels

Kilkea Castle: Located in County Kildare, just between Wicklow and Kilkenny, Kilkea Castle is a family-friendly luxury castle experience that is not to be missed for a unique and authentic Irish experience. 

Book Kilkea Castle

Kilkenny Hotel: Located in the heart of the city, this hotel is funky and unique. 

Book Pembroke Hotel

Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel: This is the most luxurious hotel in Kilkenny and neighbors the imposing Kilkenny Castle. Ther’es also a world-class spa inside! 

Book Pembroke Hotel

Kilkenny VRBOs

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Where to Stay in Killarney

Killarney National Park is a true gem of Ireland. As Ireland’s oldest National Park, it has much to offer along the lines of history, culture, and natural beauty. The town of Killarney is also one of the most charming places in Ireland! 

Best Places to Stay in Ireland Killarney Hotels

Killarney Hotels

Killarney Royal: This cute boutique hotel is right in the center of town and a great fancy place to stay!

Book Killarney Royal

The Brehon Hotel: This place is fancy to the max and even has a spa and vegan-friendly restaurant. It’s conveniently located next to the INEC convention center.

Book Brehon Hotel

Killarney VRBOs

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Where to Stay in Galway

Galway is so famous that it even has it’s own song! This colorful town on the western coast of Ireland is a must visit in Ireland. 

best places to stay in ireland galway

Galway Hotels

The Galmont Hotel & Spa: This gorgeous hotel is great for spa lovers, and centrally located in Galway. 

Book the Galmont

Hotel Meyrick: This is the best hotel in Galway for those looking for true luxury.

Book the Meyrick

Ashford Castle: If you’re looking for a truly unique and memorable experience, Ashford Castle is one of the best places to stay in Ireland, especially for families. Stay in this ancient castle and live like kings and queens! 

Book Ashford Castle

Galway VRBOs

Where to Stay in Northern Ireland

While Northern Ireland is technically part of the UK, it’s still undeniably Irish! Some of the most iconic sites on the Emerald Isle lie in this country. 

Best places to stay in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Hotels

Galgorm Resort & Spa: If you’re looking for luxury amidst the rural beauty of Northern Ireland, Galgorm Resort & Spa is the right fit! 

Book the Galgorm

Ballygally Castle Hotel: If you’re interested in history and supernatural, this castle, which dates back to 1625 offers both along with beautiful rooms and an award-winning restaurant! 

Book Ballygally Castle

Northern Ireland VRBOs

Wherever you choose to stay in Ireland, I promise you’ll fall in love with this country as much as I have! It’s a truly special place and I can’t wait for you to explore it. If you need any help choosing accommodations, please feel free to reach out.

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