If you’re in search of the best hotels in Wicklow, you’ve landed in the right place.
There are few counties in Ireland that make as fine a destination for a hiking holiday as Wicklow (see our Wicklow walks guide to see why!).
Ireland’s ‘Garden County’ is home to an endless number of things to see and do and it’s also home to plenty of great places to stay while you’re there.
The guide below is packed with the best hotels in Wicklow, from 5 star hotels, like Powerscourt, to spa hotels, boutique accommodation and much more.
Our favourite hotels in Wicklow
In the guide below, we’re going to take you through the best hotels Wicklow has to offer, from hotels perched right on the beach to luxury resorts and more.
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1. The Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club
Welcome to the Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club, a wonderful 4-star hotel nestled among the picturesque hills of Glen of Downs.
This lovely property is an ideal destination for travellers who wish to enjoy the best Wicklow has to offer along with magnificent panoramic views of 30 acres of woodlands and gardens.
The hotel itself is amazing! Whether you wish to go for a dip in the 18 m deck-level swimming pool, relax in a sauna, hot tub, and a steam room, or work out at the well-equipped fitness centre, Glenview Hotel & Leisure Club offers a wide range of thrilling leisure facilities.
There’s also an AA Rosette-awarded Woodlands Restaurant. If you’re looking for the best hotels in Wicklow with a swimming pool, you can’t go wrong with a night here.
2. Powerscourt Hotel
Powerscourt is widely regarded as one of the best spa hotels in Ireland, and for good reason. This is one of a handful of 5 star hotels in Wicklow that packs a punch.
With its Palladian-style architecture, a wide range of luxurious amenities, and beautifully decorated rooms with marble baths, this place has everything needed for a comfortable stay on Ireland’s charming east coast.
Expect to find stunning spa facilities, several excellent dining options, and a fabulous indoor 20m Swarovski crystal-lit swimming pool. If you wish to explore the estate, the resort offers complimentary bicycles.
The 2-championship courses at Powerscourt Golf will be right at your doorstep when staying at the luxury 5 star Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa.
3. Druids Glen
Next up is another of the few 5 star hotels in Wicklow; Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort. You’ll find it nestled in 400 acres of rolling countryside, a stone’s throw from some of the best places to visit in Wicklow.
This prestigious hotel and resort offers nearly 180 stylish and spacious rooms and suites fitted with luxury amenities.
Enjoy relaxing spa treatments at the award-winning Bijou Spa at Druids Glen, try local food delicacies at the on-site Hugo’s Restaurant and Garden Rooms and Bar, and play golf at championship golf courses including Druids Glen and Druids Heath.
4. Clone Country House
You will find the beautiful Clone Country House in the heart of County Wicklow in Aughrim. Built in the 17th century and surrounded by lovely gardens, this historical property can accommodate up to 26 guests.
Nature lovers can look forward to enjoying activities like fishing, golfing, and hiking, as well as day trips to historical castles and golf courses in Wicklow County.
Rooms at the Clone Country House are elegant and fitted with period furnishings. Some units even have a private fireplace and a sauna. In the morning, guests can enjoy à la carte and Full English/Irish breakfast at the stylish dining room.
Spa Hotels in Wicklow
Right – now that we have our favourites out of the way, it’s time to have a nosey at some of the other spa hotels Wicklow has to offer.
Now, the previously mentioned Powerscourt and Druids Glen both have a spa, as do the two gorgeous spots mentioned below!
1. BrookLodge & Macreddin Village
If you are searching for accommodation in Wicklow County where you can enjoy a wide range of excellent spa treatments, look no further than BrookLodge & Macreddin Village.
This beautiful country-style house has won numerous awards including Culinary Hotel of the Year and twice the winner of AA hotel of the year. The highlight of the property is definitely the luxurious Wells Spa, an adults-only spa centre that offers an array of health and beauty treatments.
Guests staying at BrookLodge can have a memorable dining experience at both the Strawberry Tree (Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant) and La Taverna Armento restaurant that offers Italian cuisine.
This is one of several 4 star hotels in Wicklow with a swimming pool and leisure facilities that have racked up great reviews online.
2. Summerhill House Hotel
Summerhill House is one of the most beautiful of the many Wicklow hotels and it’s arguably one of my favourite hotels in Ireland.
A beautiful country-house hotel, Summerhill House is situated right above the lovely village of Enniskerry where it offers magnificent views of the Irish Sea and the Wicklow Mountains.
Located just a 20-minute drive from the Dublin city centre, this place is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway in County Wicklow.
Spacious rooms are nicely designed and fitted with all the necessities needed for a relaxing stay. Pay a visit to the Raniforest Day Spa or enjoy seasonal and locally sourced cuisine at the on-site restaurant.
In the evening, unwind with a refreshing drink in a cosy setting at the hotel’s Cooper Beach Bar.
Lesser-known Wicklow hotels with outstanding reviews
The final section of our guide to the best hotels in Wicklow is jam-packed with more brilliant Wicklow hotels that have exceptional reviews online.
Below, you’ll find the brilliant Strand Hotel in Bray, the Horse & Hound and much, much more. Dive on in!
1. The Strand Hotel
The Strand is arguably one of the best hotels in Bray. In fact, it’s much more than just a hotel! Built in the 19th century by Sir William and Lady Jane, the property was inherited by the famous writer Oscar Wilde in 1876.
Sir William Wilde published books on folklore and was also one of the best ear and eye surgeons in all of Ireland, while Lady Jane wrote revolutionary poems.
As for the hotel, it is located just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Bray Beach and offers comfortable accommodation. Expect to find a few excellent facilities including a nicely designed shared lounge, restaurant, and a bar.
2. Horse & Hound Wicklow
The Horse & Hound Wicklow is a lovely traditional Irish pub that offers excellent guest house accommodation for travellers exploring the beautiful Wicklow County.
Located in the picturesque Delgany village right at the foothill of Wicklow Mountains, this place has a restaurant, gin bar, lounge, and a beer garden.
Dine inside the on-site Bellevue Restaurant where Executive Chef, Ben Dineen is in charge of preparing delicious Irish meals. If you wish to grab a pint of Guinness after dinner, pay a visit to the hotel’s Lounge and Heritage Room that also offers pub foods.
3. Woodenbridge Hotel Avoca
Dating back to the 17th century, Woodenbridge Hotel Avoca is the oldest of the many Wicklow hotels. In fact, it’s also the oldest hotel in Ireland.
Travellers will find this historical hotel in the lovely Vale of Avoca. Foodies will want to check out the Goldmines Bistro and the award-winning Redmond Restaurant where they can enjoy everything from fillet steaks and homemade soups to delicious homemade cheesecake.
If you’re in the mood for some live Irish music, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Gold Mines Bar hosts live music performances during the summer season.
After a long day of sightseeing and enjoying mouthwatering foods, spend the night at one of the 70 nicely decorated en-suite bedrooms and enjoy magnificent river views.
There are few Wicklow hotels that can go toe-to-toe with the scenery that surrounds the Woodenbridge Hotel in Avoca.
4. Chester Beatty Inn
Well-known for its outstanding reviews, Chester Beatty Inn is located in Ashford and started out its life as a grocery and hardware store.
Nowadays, it is one of the most popular accommodation options for adventurous travellers exploring Wicklow.
Most guests come here for the superb food and stylish accommodation. Have an unforgettable gourmet experience at their on-site restaurant where you will have an opportunity to try all those traditional Irish dishes.
As for the rooms, all units are beautifully designed and fitted with a wide range of amenities.
5. 40 Winks Bray (one of the funkiest Wicklow hotels)
The last place on this list of the best hotels in Wicklow is the amazing 40 Winks Bray. Located close to the beach and within walking distance of some of the finest restaurants in Bray, this hotel features tastefully decorated rooms fitted with coffee machines, work desks, and electric blankets.
To get a good night’s sleep after a day of exploring Wicklow County, you will find down pillows and hypo-allergenic pillows in your bed. In the morning, enjoy a continental or buffet breakfast at the on-site dining room.
If you’re looking for Wicklow hotels by the sea, you can go wrong with a weekend at the funky 40 Winks.
FAQs About the best Wicklow hotels on offer
Since publishing our guide to the best Wicklow attractions many years ago, we’ve have heaps (literally!) of questions about where to stay in Wicklow.
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 Wicklow hotels for a weekend break?
We get asked about the best hotels in Wicklow a lot, and it’s a hard question to answer, as what constitutes ‘best’ will vary from person to person. If you have a decent budget, I’d argue that Powerscourt is the best. However, places like the Chester Beatty Inn pack a punch.
What are the most picturesque hotels in Wicklow?
In my opinion, the most picturesque Wicklow hotels are Summerhill House Hotel, BrookLodge & Macreddin Village and Powerscourt Hotel.
What are the best 5 star hotels in Wicklow?
Druids Glen and Powerscourt are two of the best hotels in Wicklow if you’re looking for a 5 star experience.