The Most Luxurious Hotels In Ireland

The five-star Shelbourne Dublin
The five-star Shelbourne Dublin | Courtesy of The Shelbourne / Expedia
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14 June 2021

Far from being all rustic charm and cosy countryside cottages, Ireland is home to a burgeoning luxury travel scene that includes some seriously high-end hotel options. If you’re looking at pushing the boat out on your next trip to the Emerald Isle, you’ll have no shortage of luxurious places to pick from. Whether you’re looking for somewhere refined in the capital or a polished country retreat, we present some of the swankiest options Ireland has to offer, bookable with Culture Trip.

The Merrion

Hotel, Luxury
4.8/5 (914 Reviews)
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
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From $439 Per night per room
Grand with a capital ‘G’, the Merrion is housed within four Georgian townhouses in the heart of Dublin. Many of the period features remain, with antique-style furnishings playing to its history. The lobby features double-height ceilings, columns, a polished floor and a marble staircase, which sets the tone for the rest of the place. On the accommodation side of things, there are rooms and suites located in the main building and an accompanying garden wing. If you’re looking for an extra special stay, the Lord Monck and Lord Antrim suites have private dining rooms, living rooms and king beds, plus they boast magnificent views over the Government Buildings and The Merrion’s private landscaped gardens. Topping things off, the hotel is home to Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the first restaurant in Ireland to gain two Michelin stars, as well as a peaceful port area.
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The Shelbourne Dublin, Autograph Collection

Hotel, Luxury
4.5/5 (994 Reviews)
The Shelbourne Dublin
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From $449 Per night per room
As one of Dublin’s oldest hotels, the Shelbourne continues to live up to its name. The five-star property, which is now part of Marriott’s upscale Autograph Collection, is beautifully appointed with 265 rooms and suites to choose from. Many rooms look out over St Stephen’s Green, where horse and carriage rides continue to run to this day. While antique features are running throughout, from chandeliers to marble fireplaces, the hotel has all of the conveniences for the 21st-century traveller. There are six food-and-beverage options, including the award-winning Saddle Room restaurant, and a day spa for a spot of pre-dinner pampering.
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The Marker Hotel

Spa Hotel
4.8/5 (986 Reviews)
The Marker Hotel, Dublin
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From $277 Per night per room
Talk about kerb appeal. The Marker Hotel, in Dublin’s modern docklands area, boasts a striking chequerboard façade constructed from glass and dazzling white panels. Inside, the slick urban design continues to please, with a gaping lobby designed to greet you with a bang. The bright, white rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of space to play with and welcome pops of colour. In terms of wining and dining, there is an atmospheric bar off the main lobby, which features a unique geometric ceiling, a buzzing rooftop bar and a seductive brasserie.
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Lough Eske Castle

Bed and Breakfast, Spa Hotel
4.6/5 (490 Reviews)
Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
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From $319 Per night per room
Feel like a king or queen with a stay at this award-winning castle property set amid a wash of greenery in Donegal. Lough Eske has 97 plush rooms and suites located in the main building and surrounding stables. One of the unique accommodation options is the Lakeside Lodge, situated at the castle gates by the shores of Lough Eske. The self-catering property includes a freestanding copper bath and a wood-burning fire. Don’t miss the chance to dine at the castle’s two AA Rosette Cedars Restaurant with crab crumpets, braised pork cheek and cauliflower risotto among the luxurious offerings.
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The Westbury Hotel

Hotel, Luxury
4.6/5 (998 Reviews)
Westbury Hotel, Dublin
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From $399 Per night per room
Everywhere you turn, the five-star Westbury Hotel is as pretty as a picture and an Instagrammer’s dream when it comes to stylish interior design. The property, located in the heart of Dublin, exudes art deco Hollywood glamour with a modern twist. Some of the most elegant spots include The Sidecar bar, with a marble countertop and photogenic display of liquors, as well as the Wilde restaurant where faux roses ramble up the interior walls. When it comes to sleeping arrangements, the ultimate option is the Presidential Suite with its own chic bar, a dining area, lounge and a vast marble-clad bathroom complete with a steam room and sauna.
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  • Ashford Castle

    Resort, Lodge, Hotel
    4.9/5 (324 Reviews)
    Spa, Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland
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    From $803 Per night per room
    Probably most famous for featuring in the Oscar-winning film The Quiet Man – and housing its cast during filming – Ashford Castle boasts 82 bedrooms, a spa, and a 350-acre (142 ha) estate.
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    Powerscourt Hotel

    Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel, Hotel
    4.6/5 (431 Reviews)
    Powerscourt Hotel lobby
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    From $273 Per night per room

    Thee location of Powerscourt Hotel – across a valley from the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain – is tough to beat. A Palladian, 194-room hotel on the secluded grounds of a historic country estate, this peaceful hotel in the Wicklow countryside offers a spectacular signature restaurant, and two championship golf courses. With bedroom options that range from a classic deluxe up to the Presidential Suite, a room that opens on to the balcony terrace is worth the splurge for their incredible vistas.

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    Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites

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    Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites
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    If your idea of luxury is more modern and stripped back than any of the above options, then the innovative Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites may be more your speed. This private retreat on Inis Meáin – the remote ‘middle island’ of the three Aran Islands – states its central aim as being to facilitate exploration of the natural surroundings. The interiors are incredibly inviting all the same, with stylish minimal furnishings and super-kingsize beds.

    Monart Destination Spa

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Monart Destination Spa pool
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    A beautiful Georgian house outside Enniscorthy, Monart Destination Spa is an adults-only hotel with views of County Wexford‘s Vinegar Hill. This spa hotel provides an immersive experience, prioritising detoxifying treatments and rejuvenating rest. They take relaxation seriously here, so much so that there is a no wifi policy in the bedrooms, and guests are invited to enjoy the meals at the restaurant while still wearing their downy bathrobes. A choice of rooms with lake or woodlands views are available, and those taking longer stays are encouraged to take up the option of booking a suite, complete with antique, four-poster beds.

    Sadie Whitelocks has contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on June 14, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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