The Best Hotels in Waterford, Ireland

Live like a king or queen at Waterford Castle, which sits on its own private island
Live like a king or queen at Waterford Castle, which sits on its own private island | Courtesy of Waterford Castle / Expedia.com
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21 June 2021

History, coastal landscapes, friendly locals – Waterford is one of Ireland’s must-visit counties. From castles and manors to modern riverside properties, it also boasts some of top hotels – bookable on Culture Trip. Read on to see some of the top options that promise to give your Waterford getaway extra wow factor.

The Granville Hotel

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4.6/5 (433 Reviews)
The Granville Hotel
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Envelop yourself in Waterford’s extensive history with a stay at the four-star Granville Hotel, an attractive 18th-century property and the birthplace of the Irish flag creator Thomas Francis Meagher that was lovingly restored to its former grandeur in the 1980s. All 100 rooms are well-appointed, with antique furnishings and fabrics creating a tasteful, old-world feel. The traditional theme continues through to the AA Rosette-awarded Bianconi restaurant and Thomas Francis Meagher Bar, where you’re greeted by a roaring fire and a whiskey wall with more than 50 different tipples.

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Dooley's Hotel Waterford City

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4.1/5 (416 Reviews)
Dooleys Hotel Waterford City
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Lap up quayside views and friendly service at this third-generation family-run hotel. Dooley’s, on the historic Merchants Quayside overlooking the River Suir, offers 112 modern and airy rooms. On the dining front, the expansive restaurant serves up fresh seafood and locally sourced meat. After dinner, hit the popular Dry Dock Bar, where you’ll find a charming pub atmosphere with traditional Irish music on Wednesdays and live bands at the weekends.

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Fitzwilton Hotel

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4/5 (692 Reviews)
Fitzwilton Hotel
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If you’re looking for something with a bit more of a modern edge in Waterford City, the four-star Fitzwilton should fit the bill. This contemporary, four-storey hotel has a penthouse suite featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of space to entertain. It’s hosted everyone from music stars to the Irish president – so you can tell it’s one of the best rooms in town. Another draw is the award-winning Chez K’s restaurant, renowned for its steaks and buzzy atmosphere.

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Park Hotel

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4/5 (229 Reviews)
Park Hotel
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When it comes to facilities, this hotel, in the picturesque harbour town of Dungarvan, scores top marks. Many of the 84 traditional rooms overlook the landscaped gardens and Colligan river beyond. The Park has an on-site leisure centre, complete with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym; there are also conference and meeting spaces, private dining areas and two restaurant options. If you like steak, the grill menu at the wood-panelled Meladon Bar should satisfy.

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Greenway Manor Hotel

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4.5/5 (64 Reviews)
Greenway Manor Hotel
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Escape the chaos and switch off at this upscale riverside retreat. The Greenway Manor Hotel is located right on the Waterford Greenway, a spectacular 46km (29mi) off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan. The smart property houses 23 bedrooms; three superior suites are in the original part of the manor, which dates back to 1730. Like the rooms, the restaurant is in keeping with the manor’s history. With the dishes, expect hearty crowd-pleasers such as chargrilled rib eye and wild mushroom risotto. If you fancy a spin on two wheels, the hotel has partnered with a local bike-hire company.

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Waterford Castle

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4.4/5 (307 Reviews)
Waterford Castle
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Play at being king or queen by making one of Ireland’s finest castles your home from home. This hotel and golf resort, set on an enchanting 125ha (310-acre) private island, is accessible via a car ferry over the King’s Channel. The rooms and suites evoke a grand, old-world feeling. One of the stateliest chambers is the presidential suite, complete with crystal chandeliers and an intricately carved four-poster bed. The dining quarters are also fit for royalty, with the opulent wood-panelled Munster Room restaurant serving up specials such as quail spatchcock and roasted duck breast, while the Fitzgerald Bar boasts an extensive wine bar and expertly made cocktails.

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  • Tower Hotel Waterford

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    Tower Hotel Waterford
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    Plonk yourself in the heart of Waterford at this modern riverside hotel. Upgrade your stay to a suite on one of the upper floors with views of the River Suir, Reginald’s Tower and the city beyond. If you’ve still got the energy to burn after a day out exploring, the hotel has an on-site leisure club with a pool and gym. For something a little more relaxing, there’s a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna to help you unwind before refuelling at the first-floor restaurant or atmospheric Pier 37 Bar & Grill.

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    Treacys Hotel Spa & Leisure Club Waterford

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    Standing proud in the centre of Waterford, Treacys is a smart, 133-room hotel with an award-winning spa and leisure centre, so you can combine sightseeing with a spot of relaxation. The spa is one of the most popular wellness spots in the city, with a heated swimming pool, six treatment suites, an aromatherapy steam room and relaxation suite. Another space that lends itself to a little R&R is the atmospheric Timbertoes Bar, which serves up pints of Guinness and fabulous Indian cuisine.

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    Viking Hotel Waterford

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    4.2/5 (595 Reviews)
    Viking Hotel Waterford 
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    Skip to the fringes of Waterford and you’ll find the Viking Hotel, which combines simple yet stylish interior design and efficient service. Rooms are bright and airy, with light-wood furnishings and large windows. The Wooden Pestle restaurant is a real draw, with a dark-grey colour scheme creating a welcoming atmosphere. The artfully presented dishes are an Instagrammer’s dream, with pan-fried medallions of beef and grilled salmon on the menu.

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    Faithlegg House Hotel Golf Club

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    Set yourself up for a stay to remember at Faithlegg, an impressive 18th-century former mansion set amid woodland with fabulous views over the River Suir estuary. There are 14 sumptuous master bedrooms in the original house and 66 bedrooms in a new wing. All feature retro furnishings, plush fabrics and views of the leafy surroundings. Other things to write home about at Faithlegg include the Roseville Rooms restaurant which has two AA Rosettes, the on-site spa and an 18-hole golf course.

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