If you’re in search of the best hotels in Meath, you’ve landed in the right place.
There’s endless things to do in Meath, so it makes sense to pick out the perfect base for your adventure.
And, luckily enough, there’s a fine mix of accommodation in the Royal County, with something on offer to tickle most fancies.
In our Meath hotels guide below, you’ll find everything from luxury accommodation to places to stay in Meath that hopefully won’t break the bank.
Our favourite hotels in Meath
The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best hotels in Meath – these are places that one of The Irish Road Trip Team have stayed in and loved.
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1. The Johnstown Estate
Indulge yourself with a stay at the luxurious Johnstown Estate, an 18th century residence offering four star hotel amenities. Relaxing guest rooms and lodges provide elegant surroundings with chandeliers and plush furnishings.
They are complemented by two onsite restaurants, a newly opened Spa, and an Atrium for drinks or afternoon tea.
This is one of a handful of spa hotels in Meath and it’s an excellent option if you fancy a weekend of pampering.
2. Trim Castle Hotel
The historic site of Trim Castle contrasts nicely with the three-storey contemporary hotel with its glass and stone facade. Enjoy drinks and dinner on the terrace with superb views of the walled castle and romantic ruins.
This independent family-owned hotel offers exceptional service guaranteeing a restful and relaxing stay. Visitors here can kick-back with a tipple in the Bailey Bar, grab a coffee from the Barista Cafe or relax in the evening with a meal in Jules Restaurant.
3. Tankardstown House
Tankardstown House is a historic country house hotel that has seen its share of Irish history since 1710. Opt for one of the luxury cottage suites in the courtyard and enjoy casual dining in the Garden Village.
Head Chef Jonny overseas the 2 AA Rosette Brabazon Restaurant using freshly picked produce from the walled kitchen garden.
If you’re looking for unique accommodation in Meath with stunning interiors and extensive grounds, Tankardstown House is well worth checking out.
4. Conyngham Arms Hotel
The Conyngham Arms is one of the more popular Meath hotels amongst visiting tourists, as it’s a stone’s throw from many of the Boyne Valley’s top attractions.
This is a restored 18th century coaching inn in the heart of pretty Slane village. Boutique rooms are individually furnished with modern comforts, fluffy bathrobes and Nespresso coffee machines.
Chefs serve up tasty fare from breakfast and lunch to dinner and desert. Top notch!
5. Bellinter House
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, Bellinter House boasts some of the most unique accommodation near Tayto Park. This is an opulent country house hotel with a grand entrance and a host of enviable amenities. Luxury rooms offer restful views of the surrounding countryside and River Boyne.
The four star hotel pampers guests with deep soaker bath tubs, extra large beds, handcrafted furniture and softest goosedown pillows. Head to the Bathhouse at Bellinter for spa treatments, massages and seaweed baths before relaxing in the hot tub.
Navan is just a 5-minute drive away, but you’ll probably want to sample the delicious menus in the Eden Restaurant and Drawing Room Bar.
Hotels in Meath with a swimming pool and/or spa
Personal favourites aside, there are plenty of other great hotels in Meath worth considering.
Below, you’ll find Meath hotels that boast a swimming pool, for those of you that fancy a dip.
1. Pillo Hotel Ashbourne
The contemporary Pillo Hotel Ashbourne welcomes individuals, families and groups to enjoy a special Summer or New Year break packed with fun. This stylish hotel has 148 individually climate-controlled rooms and suites that include quality soft furnishings, tea/coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi and a desk.
Tayto Park provides family entertainment just 5 minutes away. There’s casual dining in the bar and restaurant and a huge fully-equipped fitness room and indoor pool rounding off the amenities.
Book a relaxing massage or spa treatment and end the experience in the relaxation room with prosecco and chocolates!
2. Knightsbrook Hotel
Hotel of the Year 2019, Knightsbrook is one of a handful of spa hotels in Meath. After a round of golf on the challenging championship course, head to Gulliver’s Clubhouse and Lounge for a bite to eat. Unwind in the holistic River Spa for hair, nails and beauty treatments.
You’ll be looking your best when you descend the sweeping staircase into the marble lobby. Swifts Bar is the place to enjoy cocktails and live music before dinner in the lavish Rococo Restaurant.
Make time to enjoy the views from The Terrace and explore the 186-acre park surrounding this beautiful resort.
3. The Boyne Valley Hotel
In the heart of scenic Boyne Valley, this first-class hotel offers a luxury retreat with deluxe bedrooms tastefully decorated in calming neutral colours. Plush velour headboards and throws add a sumptuous note. The Boyne Valley Hotel is part of an elegant 19th century estate with 16 acres of landscaped gardens to stroll and admire.
Stay active with a visit to the gym and make use of the indoor pool, sauna, steam room and therapeutic jacuzzi. There’s a restaurant and bar for evening entertainment. All this just 3km from historic Drogheda attractions and 30 minutes from Dublin Airport.
4. Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa
Dunboyne Castle is one of the most popular family hotels in Meath and it provides a warm welcome to visitors in search of some serious R&R. Comfortably furnished bedrooms have views across the manicured gardens and have ample space for sofas, armchairs and even a four-poster bed if you choose!
Calming and filled with natural light, they include Wi-Fi and HD TV with interactive entertainment systems. The Ivy Restaurant offers a menu of Irish cuisine. Book a series of treatments in the serene Seoid Spa for the ultimate well-being.
Reduce muscle tension with a massage, glow with health after a rejuvenating scrub and finish in the thermal suite.
Family-friendly hotels in Meath
If you’ve read our guide to the best family hotels in Ireland, you’ll know that there’s some very family friendly hotels in Meath.
Below, you’ll find a handful of places to stay in Meath that’ll suit those of you travelling with the kids in tow.
1. Darnley Lodge Hotel
Darnley Lodge Hotel welcomes families to its historic estate, once the home of the influential Darnley family. Fifteen ensuite bedrooms are fully equipped. Families can enjoy the extra space and comforts of a triple or family room which make an ideal base for enjoying local attractions nearby.
Mellowes Adventure and Childcare Centre provides a fun day out for under 11s while Causey Farm has plenty of educational hands-on activities. Tayto Park and Grove Garden Tropical Aviary are a short drive from Darnley Lodge. Return home for drinks and dinner at the end of each fun-filled day.
2. Ardboyne Hotel
Families get a special welcome at Ardboyne Hotel, Navan with specially priced family packages for added value. Spacious family rooms sleep 4 and are ideal for those with young children. Cots are available free of charge. Spend the day at nearby attractions such as Tayto Park or Funtasia Water Park.
Navan Adventure Park is conveniently close and offers a range of activities including Football Golf, Off-Road Go-Karting, Mini Golf and an Obstacle Course. End the day in the hotel bar and restaurant where kids have their own menu of favourites.
3. The Village Hotel, Bar and Restaurant
Sleek and modern, the Village Hotel in Bettystown has won a host of awards including Best Hotels Finalist 2019. They offer excellent packages for families. Spacious well-appointed triple and family bedrooms provide parents with a luxury break while kids are spoilt with their own treats.
A short drive from the hotel, Drogheda is home to Funtasia Water Park, Millmount Museum and Magdalene Tower.
4. Headfort Arms Hotel
Book a family break at the Headfort Arms Hotel which has a laid-back atmosphere for all ages. Owned by the Duff family for 50 years, this award-winning Travellers’ Choice 2021 “Best of the Best” Hotel is located in Kells, surrounded by plenty of things to do.
Family rooms are exceptionally large and can sleep up to 5. As well as a babysitting service, the hotel has a DVD library and serves stone-baked pizza so it’s a winner already! Enjoy thrilling rides at Tayto Park with indoor and outdoor activities or visit Trim Castle and Causey Petting Farm.
5. The Newgrange Hotel
The Newgrange Hotel tempts families with its stylish accommodation and fun-filled family getaways. Dine in a relaxed atmosphere in Rowley’s Pub which serves bar food and hearty meals to suit all appetites. There’s also a Club Lounge, Library and Bridge Restaurant.
Nearby Navan Adventure Centre has a host of sports activities including golf footie and go-karting. After a busy day walking and exploring, you’ll all sleep well in a generously sized family room for four.
Meath hotels: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant Meath hotels 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!
What are the best hotels in Meath?
The Johnstown Estate, Trim Castle Hotel and Tankardstown House are three of the best places to stay in Meath.
What are some good hotels in Meath with a pool?
Pillo Hotel, Dunboyne Castle Hotel and the Boyne Valley are three places to stay in Meath with a pool.
Are there any spa hotels in Meath?
Yes – Knightsbrook Hotel, The Johnstown Estate, Dunboyne Castle Hotel.
Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.