There’s some excellent hotels near Glendalough if you fancy staying close by.
This breathing corner of the Wicklow Mountains National Park is home to outstanding scenery, ancient sites and some of the best walks in Wicklow.
Luckily, there’s plenty of Glendalough accommodation a very short distance away, as you’ll discover below!
Hotels near Glendalough under a 10-minute drive
The first section of our guide has four hotels near Glendalough that are less than a 10-minute drive away.
In fact, the first stop in our Glendalough accommodation guide is a short stroll from the valley.
1. The Glendalough Hotel
The Glendalough Hotel is tucked away in the Glendalough Valley, mere minutes on foot from the valley’s major attractions.
The three-star hotel has been welcoming guests in the valley for over a century, and its historic charm can be felt in the hotel’s original features like the original call bells and old Grandfather Clock.
They offer single, twin, superior double, family, and double balcony rooms, all with tea and coffee making facilities, a TV, and an en-suite bathroom.
There’s an on-site bar and restaurant (Casey’s) and many of the Glendalough walks start a short distance away.
2. Lynhams of Laragh
Lynhams Hotel is just 5-minutes by car from Glendalough in Laragh. Choose between their cosy twin or double rooms, which have warm tones, wooden furniture, and plenty of space.
All the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, a TV, and tea coffee-making facilities. The family-run hotel also has its own traditional Irish pub on site, Jake’s Bar, which dates back to 1776!
The menu has a range of light bites, heartier dishes, and children’s meals, but Aunt Biddy’s Guinness & Beef Stew is their signature dish and a must-try for anyone visiting!
This is one of the most popular hotels near Glendalough for good reason. It’s also close to the Sally Gap, Lough Tay and Glenmacnass Waterfall.
3. Trooperstown Wood Lodge
Trooperstown Wood Lodge boasts some of the more impressive Glendalough accommodation and it’s a quick 5-minute drive away.
The four-star lodge is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and has some fantastic views of the Wicklow Mountains and woodland.
There’s no on-site dining, but the lodge has a free morning and evening shuttle to and from the Wicklow Heather in central Laragh for breakfast and dinner!
The lodge does have a traditional bar, where you can unwind with a glass of wine. They have double, triple, and family rooms available, as well as an apartment.
4. Heather House
3 minutes from Glendalough, Heather House in Laragh is a lovely guesthouse with double, twin, and family rooms, as well as studio rooms available.
The property has a pretty garden with an outdoor patio and seating, and great views of the surrounding Wicklow Mountains and woodland.
While the rooms and common areas have traditional decor and antique wooden furniture, the en-suites are more contemporary with sleek walk-in showers or baths.
Just a short walk away, guests can enjoy breakfast or dinner at the Wicklow Heather, the hotel’s sister restaurant. Many of the best things to do in Wicklow are on its doorstep.
5. Tudor Lodge B&B
Tudor Lodge B&B in Laragh easily goes toe-to-toe with the best hotels near Glendalough. You’ll find it a 5-minute drive from Glendalough in Laragh.
The lodge has several rooms to choose from such as single, twin, double, triple, and quadruple rooms. Or, for added privacy, stay in their self-catering cabin or two-bedroom chalet.
Each room has an en-suite bathroom with a power shower, tea and coffee making facilities, and a flat-screen TV. The rooms are traditionally decorated, with warm and rich tones, and antique furniture.
At the lodge, guests can enjoy a continental or a la carte breakfast, as well as packed lunches on request.
Hotels near Glendalough under a 30-minute drive
The second section of our guide looks at B&Bs and hotels near Glendalough that are under a 30-minute drive away.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the excellent Lough Dan House and the brilliant BrookLodge to some often-missed Glendalough accommodation.
1. Lough Dan House
Lough Dan House in Oldbridge is an award-winning bed and breakfast, and a 15-minute drive from Glendalough. It has an incredible location on an 80-acre farm over 1000 feet high in the Wicklow Mountains.
The farmhouse offers twin or double rooms, all with fantastic mountain or lake views. Each room is light and airy, with wooden floors and contemporary decor.
The rooms have en-suite bathrooms and a place for tea and coffee, and the entire property has underfloor heating.
In the mornings, enjoy a full-cooked Irish or vegetarian breakfast in the dining room, and in the evening cosy up in the living room next to the open fire.
2. BrookLodge & Macreddin Village
For a bit of luxury, head to BrookLodge & Macreddin Village 30 minutes from Glendalough. Widely regarded as one of the best hotels in Wicklow, this award-winning property has a range of high-end facilities such as its serene geothermal indoor pool and outdoor hot tub.
Their standard double and twin rooms are decorated in country style, whereas their superior rooms and mezzanine suite have contemporary decor. The junior suites have a choice of both styles.
The hotel has a range of places to eat, and Macreddin Village A.K.A the Food Village is home to the country’s first certified organic restaurant, The Strawberry Tree, as well as La Taverna Armento (specialising in southern Italian food), and the Orchard Cafe.
3. Chester Beatty Inn
25 minutes from Glendalough, the Chester Beatty Inn in Ashford dates back to the early 1800s. The historic property has deluxe double or triple rooms for rent, each with a spacious modern en-suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Certain rooms are on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible. There’s a beautifully decorated restaurant and bar on-site, with traditional decor, historical paintings and artefacts on display, and two open fireplaces.
In the summer, dine outside in the large courtyard, and let the palm trees, waterfall, and rattan furniture transport you somewhere far away!
4. Tinakilly Country House
Last but by no means least in our Glendalough accommodation guide is Tinakilly Country House – a four-star Victorian mansion in Rathnew.
It is a 30-minute drive from Glendalough, located inside a 150-acre estate. The landscaped gardens are beautiful year-round, but in Spring, they come alive with over 100,000 spring flowers!
They have a range of traditional rooms and suites available, with antique furniture, country decor, and an en-suite bathroom. These rooms also come with flat-screen TVs and have either garden or sea views.
Eat on-site at the Brunel Restaurant, for a mix of modern and traditional food.
What Glendalough accommodation have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to go stay nearby in our Glendalough hotel guide.
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 where to stay near Glendalough
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where’s cheap and cheerful?’ to ‘Where is good for first time visitors?’.
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 closest hotels to Glendalough?
The Glendalough Hotel (a few minutes walk) and Lyhnams of Laragh (5-minute drive) are the main hotels near Glendalough.
What Glendalough accommodation is good for tourists?
We like Lyhnams (look at the reviews) as it’s close by and there’s a cosy pub inside, too. However, Tudor Lodge in Laragh is a great option and the rooms are gorgeous.