Top hotels in Ireland for a holiday splurge

Clarence Hotel, photo by William Murphy

Ireland might seem like a pleasant countryside paradise where you can stay in scenic holiday inns, affordable bed and breakfasts in a small village surrounded by natural beauty, or a cheap and lively hostel with fellow travelers, but there is another side to the Emerald Isle – that of a luxury paradise! Not all travelers are the same, and while some prefer the rough and rugged authentic experience, others look more for comfort, relaxation and luxury. If all you want for your holiday is to pamper yourself, then look no further than Ireland. This beautiful green country knows a thing or two about luxury accommodation. Whether you prefer to stay in the bustling capital of explore the countryside, there are more than enough high end hotels to choose from. Here are some of the top hotels in Ireland for a holiday splurge.

The Clarence, Dublin

Bono of the U2 fame might have done a lot of charity work, but the Clarence hotel in Dublin is not among it. The Clarence is far from cheap, but it offers top-notch luxury, and you will never feel like it’s not worth its money. The rooms are sophisticated and sleek, there is an excellent spa on site, the Tea Room is one of the best restaurants in the city, while the Octagon Bar is a great hangout in the evening. What more could you want?

Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co Clare

Dromoland Castle, photo by Charles W Glynn

There no better way to drown yourself in luxury than staying at a genuine castle, and being treated like royalty even if you don’t have a drop of blue blood in your veins. Dromoland Castle has a rich history that can be traced back to the 5th century, and it was the ancestral home of the descendants of Brian Boru, one of the High Kings of Ireland. Medieval charm and elegance is blended seamlessly with modern amenities and luxuries.

Delphi Lodge, Connemara

Delphi Lodge used to be the hideaway of the Marquis of Sligo, who used it as a country house and fishing lodge. This small but utterly delightful lodge is not a hotel, but a private residence of the utmost luxury, which can be rented to travelers hell bent on splurging. Staying at Delphi is all about savoring the beauty of Connemara – there is no room service, TV, or staff, or a la carte menus – so actually you will feel like you own the place!

Mount Juliet Hotel, Co Kilkenny

view near Delphi Lodge, photo by Craig Nash

Mount Juliet is, without a question, one of the most beautiful estates in the country, and the top hotel in Ireland for a holiday splurge. The hotel and its surroundings are serene without being casual, and as a guest your every whim will be seen to. In addition to being  a great place to experience Irish cuisine, Mount Juliet owns one of the most impressive equestrian centers in Ireland.

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