When it comes to festive fun, Ireland is one of the best places to enjoy a cosy December break.
From country retreats to plush city centre hotels, Ireland is packed with options for ambient yuletide stays.
In the guide below, you’ll discover 11 Christmassy hotels in Ireland that are perfect for a cosy December night away.
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1. Hayfield Manor
Located a stone’s throw from Cork City, Hayfield Manor is a stunning five-star hotel situated in a converted manor house.
This place really comes into its own in December, when it is tastefully decorated and transformed into a cosy festive dream (see above!).
Packed with Christmassy charm, Hayfield Manor is a solid option for anyone in search of a luxurious night away that’ll get you in a festive spirit.
2. Clontarf Castle
The Norman-era Clontarf Castle dates all the way back to the 12th century and offers a truly chic spot to enjoy Christmas.
In December, the entire place is cloaked in lights and inside, trees and lavish decorations help to make Clontarf Castle one of the cosiest places to stay in all of Ireland.
Located in a quiet corner of Dublin, Clontarf Castle is renowned for its luxurious facilities including a spa, plush bar and various high-end restaurants.
3. Kilronan Castle Hotel
Set within a stunning centuries-old castle, the Kilronan Castle Hotel is one of the best hotels to visit in Ireland during the festive season.
Packed with character, guests can soak up the old-world vibe here (and I mean ‘old-world’ in the best possible way!) with four-poster beds, soaring ceilings and traditional decor.
One glance at the photo above will give you a sense of what to expect if you take a spin out here during December.
4. Glenlo Abbey Hotel
Set in an 18th-century manor house in Galway, Glenlo Abbey is a great choice for those seeking some festive vibes in December.
With luxuriously traditional rooms, stunning grounds and a swanky restaurant, this hotel is pure Christmas opulence!
They also offer a Christmas package that combines festive fine dining and cosy elements such as open fires, mulled wine and lavish decorations!
5. Markree Castle
A gorgeous stately structure on the Wild Atlantic Way, Markree Castle is one of the most festive places to be in December in Ireland.
You’ll discover bags of character in this gorgeous family-run hotel, with open-fires, traditional decor and no shortage of Christmas cheer.
6. Lough Eske
You’ll find this 17th-century castle a stone’s throw from Donegal Town where it’s the setting for one of Ireland’s most ambient festive hotels.
Luxurious in every sense of the word, guests here can expect four-poster beds, a spa, delicious food and a superbly festive buzz throughout December.
If you’re after a festive treat, a stay a Lough Eske will tick all of your boxes (the food here is also top-notch!).
7. The Merchant
The next establishment on our list of the finest Christmassy hotels in Ireland for a cosy December break is the Merchant, a Belfast city-centre stalwart of festive vibes.
Located in a Grade I listed building dating back to the 19th century, The Merchant is packed with old-world charm and modern-day luxury.
During December, the place becomes laden with stunning features including all manner of twinkling lights and delightfully Christmassy decorations.
8. The K Club
This French-inspired mansion is located just down the road from Dublin and it offers a traditional yet modern Christmas experience.
Famed for its two excellent golf courses, the K Club is a great spot to come and unwind over the festive period.
Christmassy vibes here come in the form of lavish decorations, opulent old-world design and a delicious festive menu blending Irish and French gastronomy.
9. Dromoland Castle
A stunning stately home in Co. Clare plays host to the 5-star Dromoland Castle hotel. Festive ambience comes courtesy of the vintage decor, cosy rooms and a delicious festive lunch menu.
Also, the simple fact that you will be staying in a real-life castle certainly adds to the festive feels, not to mention the lavish grounds which often become blanketed with snow on chilly December mornings.
10. The Shelbourne
Dating back to 1824, this stunning hotel on St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin is perfectly located for a festive stay in the Irish capital.
After a day of sightseeing, returning to this enclave of cosiness in the centre of town is a real treat, with the antique ambiance and lavish decorations during the Christmas period whipping up a real atmosphere of yuletide cheer.
For those seeking a touch of luxury, the Shelbourne offers a fancy spa, 2 fine-dining restaurants and a gorgeous lounge for afternoon tea and dinner.
11. Lough Rynn Castle
This stunning 19th-century castle set amid 300 acres is as Christmassy as they come, with bags of old-world character.
Boasting open fires, grand rooms and a seriously romantic location, Lough Rynn is a unique spot for festive fun.
Their decorations are known as some of the best in the business, with all manner of plush wreaths and trees tastefully scattered throughout the castle!
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James Connolly is a professional writer based in London. Having lived in cities across the world including Mumbai, Medellin and Barcelona, he uses his expertise to write articles showcasing the best of global travel.