Where to Stay in Waterford, Ireland
The 18th-century Faithlegg House Hotel Golf Club makes for a grand country getaway | © Courtesy of Faithlegg House Hotel Golf Club / Expedia.com
If you haven’t been to Waterford, it’s time to add this gem to your list. Intimate boutique offerings and historic hotels are the name of the game in this historic county in Ireland – and now you can book your stay on Culture Trip.
Famed for its crystal and blaas – large, fluffy rolls exclusive to Waterford City – this is a county steeped in history, from the Vikings to Cromwell, where you can experience medieval castles, dramatic coastline and lush countryside. And here’s our list of the best places to park yourself for an excellent stay.
The Granville Hotel
4.6/5 (433 Reviews)
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From $141 Per night per room
The glossy black exterior hints at the history of this four-star hotel, which dates back to the 18th century – and the well-appointed interiors do the same. One of Ireland’s oldest hotels, this was the birthplace of Thomas Francis Meagher, who designed the Irish flag. Today, this central Waterford establishment is a family-run business, so expect a warm welcome and top-notch service. The bedrooms are classically furnished with antique appointments, a style which runs through to the AA Rosette-awarded Bianconi restaurant and the inviting Thomas Francis Meagher Bar.
Bed and Breakfast
4.9/5 (50 Reviews)
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From $136 Per night per room
Perched on a hill – Dún Ard means “high fortress” in Gaelic – this modern yet homely B&B outside of Dungarvan boasts fantastic views of the harbour town and the Comeragh mountains beyond. The four spacious suites come ensuite with a jacuzzi. The B&B also has also a communal dining room and conservatory with a view, where you can unwind after a day exploring. Along with the B&B’s lofty location, guests rate the friendly and personal service.
Cliff House Hotel
4.8/5 (196 Reviews)
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From $503 Per night per room
Soak up dramatic views of the Irish Sea at this upscale five-star hotel close to both Cork and Waterford. The low-slung property sits on a cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay, home to a traditional fishing community. Slick, modern design runs throughout the lobby, the 39 stylishly appointed bedrooms and the spa. The award-winning wellness centre is not to be missed, with an infinity-edge indoor swimming pool overlooking the crashing waves below. More treats come in the form of the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant, which serves up an eight-course tasting menu. The Guinness and treacle bread with beef-fat butter is a must-try.
Faithlegg House Hotel Golf Club
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Set amid 81ha (200 acres) of parkland, Faithlegg is the perfect place if you’re looking for a grand country getaway. The stately 18th-century property sits at the head of Waterford Harbour, where the three sister rivers of the Barrow, Nore and Suir meet. For a real taste of country living, the original house has bedrooms with ornate four-poster beds and period damask wallpaper. The Roseville Rooms restaurant, which holds two AA Rosettes and is set within two high-ceilinged drawing rooms, serves head chef Jenny Flynn’s specialities, including fillet of hake with house-smoked mussels and black-cherry and orange-infused humble trifle.
Viking Hotel Waterford
4.2/5 (595 Reviews)
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From $93 Per night per room
From the outside, this hotel might not look like a thing of beauty, but inside you’re greeted by slick interiors that blend modern and art-deco influences. The spacious rooms have something of a Scandinavian feel, with large windows allowing for plenty of natural light, along with blond-wood furnishings. The hotel, 4km (2.5mi) from town, is right next to the Waterford Greenway, with free bike storage available. After a day of exploring, the Wooden Pestle restaurant has a great ambience, with homely dark-grey interiors and live music every weekend.
Greenway Manor Hotel
4.5/5 (64 Reviews)
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From $129 Per night per room
Escape to the country at this smart, riverside hotel. Greenway Manor – dating back to 1730 – sits on a 7ha (18-acre) plot, beside the winding Waterford Greenway walking and off-road cycle path. The rooms (23 in total) boast magnificent views of the leafy surrounds and the interiors blend old-world and modern influences. There is an on-site restaurant and bar, while the afternoon teas and Sunday roasts are popular with locals and guests alike.
4.4/5 (307 Reviews)
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From $240 Per night per room
Play at being a willing castaway at this dreamy island resort. Waterford Castle is set on a private outcrop accessible via a private car ferry over the King’s Channel. Once you’ve made the short crossing, your cares will slowly slip away as you get into island mode. The 16th-century castle has 19 lavish rooms, complete with period furnishings and four-poster beds; and there are 45 self-catering lodges that are perfect for group or longer-term stays. It’s worth making a trip to this island for the dining offering alone, as the opulent wood-panelled Munster Room holds two AA Rosettes. The King’s Channel Clubhouse, overlooking the island’s 18-hole championship golf course, is another popular spot, with BBQ nights every Thursday in summer.
Bed and Breakfast
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You’ll feel right at home at this inviting B&B, just a short stroll from town. The property has six bedrooms that look out over the garden, all of which are ensuite. Communal spaces include a sunny conservatory and a homely dining room, where a top-rated Irish breakfast and buffet are served each morning. Other perks include free parking and friendly hosts who have a wealth of information about exploring the surrounding area.
Beach Haven B&B
Bed and Breakfast
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Surf’s up over at the Beach Haven in Tramore, a delightful coastal town 11km (7mi) south of Waterford City that’s known for its laid-back, friendly atmosphere. With the sea only a short walk away, the Beach Haven is the perfect spot for beach activity and has a number of rooms, with singles available for solo travellers. If you fancy a little more space, there are several self-catering apartments. Guests particularly rate the breakfasts, with the option of a full Irish or American fry-up.
The Rhu Glenn Hotel
4.2/5 (46 Reviews)
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The Rhu Glenn Hotel has a good dose of Irish charm with a well-stocked bar and friendly staff on hand to help. The decor of its 31 rooms might seem a little dated, but it has a real home-away-from-home feel. Conveniently near plenty of attractions – the starting point of the Waterford Greenway is 8km (5mi) away – it also has a restaurant serving hearty fare, with juicy steak burgers and beer-battered fish popular favourites.
These recommendations were updated on June 21, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.