If you’re in search of the best hotels in Louth, you’ve landed in the right place.
There’s heaps of things to do in Louth and it’s worth picking a solid base to explore this corner of Ireland from.
Luckily, there’s plenty of places to stay in Louth, ranging from fancy to pocket-friendly.
In our Louth hotels guide below, you’ll find everything from luxury accommodation to budget stays. Dive on in!
Our favourite hotels in Louth
The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best hotels in Louth – these are places that one of The Irish Road Trip Team have stayed in and loved.
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1. Ballymascanlon House Hotel
Just north of Dundalk at the start of the Cooley Peninsula, Ballymascanlon House Hotel is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Louth.
Set amongst 130 acres of parkland, the hotel is housed inside an old Victorian era building. The property is steeped in history with the 4000-year-old Proleek Dolmen located right on the estate’s grounds, providing unprecedented access to some fascinating history.
It also boasts an 18-hole golf course, a health club, indoor pool, hot tub and onsite restaurant and bar. It’s by far the best place to stay while exploring the Cooley Peninsula.
2. Carrickdale Hotel & Spa
For another beautiful estate and hotel in Louth, the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa is a wonderful 4-star property north of Dundalk town. Located amongst the beautiful rolling hills and not far from the Cooley Peninsula or Newry town in Northern Ireland, it’s the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the area.
It features a leisure centre, fitness centre and therapeutic Serenity Spa for a romantic weekend away. Otherwise, it’s also a family friendly place with a playground, huge garden area, outdoor whirlpool and plenty of fun things to do nearby like the Giants Lair Story Trail for all the kids.
3. Four Seasons Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club
One of our favourite hotels for exploring the Cooley Peninsula, the Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford is a beautiful spot overlooking the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough. It’s perfectly located just an hour’s drive from both Dublin and Belfast.
The Four Seasons Hotel boasts incredible facilities like a leisure centre, hot tub, 18m swimming pool, children’s pool and spa treatments. It’s also home to the Lough Lounge for a relaxing meal or drink against a backdrop of incredible landscapes and views.
Being in Carlingford, there’s plenty of outdoor activities nearby including the Greenway and hiking trail up to Slieve Foye. If you’re looking for comfy hotels in Louth with a swimming pool, this is an excellent option.
4. Bellingham Castle
For something extra special, Bellingham Castle opens to guests on just a select few days per year. They offer 19 luxury en-suite rooms inside the stunning 17th century authentic castle in the medieval village of Castlebellingham.
The rooms are up to the highest standards with plenty of living space and views over the River Glyde or the formal gardens.
The exclusivity of the castle means that you’ll be one of only a few who are permitted for an overnight stay per year. It’s predominantly a venue for events and weddings, but you can find out more about the accommodation availability by following them on social media.
Other very popular hotels in Louth
Now that we have our favourite hotels in Louth out of the way, it’s time to see what else this corner of Ireland has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the excellent D Hotel to the very popular Flynns of Termonfeckin.
1. Scholars Townhouse Hotel
Located right in the centre of town in Drogheda, the Scholars Townhouse is one of the most popular places to stay in Louth. The beautiful old house was originally built in 1867 and has been tastefully redesigned with a more modern style whilst still retaining its historic origins.
The charming hotel features stained glass windows and high ceilings, with comfortable rooms and an onsite bar and restaurant.
It’s just a handy 20-minute drive from Dublin airport and within walking distance to many of the attractions in town.
2. Mc Kevitts Village Hotel
A hotel full of character in Carlingford, Mc Kevitts Village Hotel is a wonderful, traditional hotel and pub with plenty of charm and classic hospitality. Nicely located right in town, it’s popular amongst cyclists and hikers who are planning on exploring around the Cooley Peninsula.
While the rooms are nothing fancy, they are very comfortable and offer all the main modern amenities and comforts.
The onsite restaurant has a lively bar and outdoor terrace area for when the weather is warm. They also serve guests a full Irish breakfast each morning.
3. Flynns of Termonfeckin
For a relaxing weekend retreat, Flynns of Termonfeckin is located right on the banks of the Ballywater River inside a historic 19th century building. It’s a great place to enjoy the serenity of the property but is also just a 5-minute drive from Drogheda town and a 10-minute walk from the beach.
It’s a popular spot for couples who can enjoy a romantic stay with standard double rooms or deluxe options with a bath as well.
The onsite restaurant and bar serves a full Irish breakfast every morning to guests who can enjoy it while overlooking the garden and river.
4. Hotel Imperial
Conveniently located right in the middle of Dundalk town, the Hotel Imperial is a classic 4-star hotel. It’s nice and close to all the town’s attractions, including shops, bars and restaurants.
The popular en-suite rooms are particularly common for couples looking for a nice weekend away in County Louth. It offers an on-site Lounge Bar with a modern coffee shop and bar serving drinks all day. It’s your best bet if you’re looking to be close to all the action.
5. Crowne Plaza Dundalk
For more of a classic large-scale hotel, Crowne Plaza is located just outside of Dundalk town in Louth. The 4-star and 14 storey high hotel complex has a range of rooms to suit everyone’s ideal getaway.
It’s just minutes away from the M1 Motorway between Dublin and Belfast, and in an ideal spot to explore the historic Cooley Peninsula.
The onsite restaurant, Fahrenheit Grill is set on the 13th floor providing an incredible view over the Irish Sea as you enjoy your meal or drink at the end of the day.
6. The D Hotel
Another larger scale hotel option, D Hotel is set in Drogheda right on the banks of the River Boyne. It’s within walking distance to many of the attractions in town or a short drive to several beaches near Drogheda.
The hotel features a mini gym, waterfront restaurant and bar, balconies over the valley from some of the rooms and a shopping centre right next door.
You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the onsite steakhouse and grill bar, with a range of meals and drinks to suit couples or family outings.
What Louth hotels have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to stay in Louth from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the best hotels Louth has to offer
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Which hotels are the fanciest?’ to ‘Which is the cheapest?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best hotels in Louth?
In my opinion, it’s hard to beat Four Seasons Hotel, Spa & Leisure Club, Carrickdale Hotel & Spa and Ballymascanlon House Hotel.
What are some good hotels in Louth with swimming pool facilities?
Ballymascanlon House Hotel, the Four Seasons in Carlingford and Carrickdale Hotel & Spa all have a swimming pool.
Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.