10 Swanky Hotels By The Sea In Ireland That Are Perfect For A Weekend Getaway

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Photo left: Hastings Hotels. Right: Mulranny Park Hotel

If you’re looking for sea view hotels in Ireland that are a stone’s throw from the ocean, then you’re in the right place.

In the guide below, you’ll find everything from cliffside hotels where you can admire the view from your bed to hotels that are plonked right next to the sand.

The prices for a night in the hotels below tend to vary… a lot! You’ll find everything from pocket-friendly to ridiculously expensive spots! Get scrolling!

Note: the places below are pretty pricey. If you’re looking for a pocket-friendly break, you’ll find 9 scenic places to stay in Ireland on a Friday in August for under €70 per night here.

The Best Hotels by the sea in Ireland

  1. The Redcastle Hotel (Donegal)
  2. Slieve Donard Resort and Spa (Down)
  3. Kelly’s Hotel (Wexford)
  4. The Dingle Skellig (Kerry)
  5. Inchydoney Island Lodge (Cork)
  6. The Armada Hotel (Clare)
  7. Mulranny Park Hotel (Mayo)
  8. The Cliff House Hotel (Waterford)
  9. Parknasilla Resort (Kerry)
  10. The Shandon (Donegal)

1. The Redcastle Hotel (Donegal)

redcastle hotel donegal
Photo via the Redcastle Hotel

You’ll find the four-star Redcastle Hotel a stone’s throw from the town of Moville on the glorious Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.

The hotel boasts 93 bedrooms and luxury suites, many of which offer ocean or parkland views. There’s also a private golf course, a restaurant, a swimming pool, a gym and a luxury Spa.

Prices and things to do

  • A Saturday night in August with breakfast will set you back €184
  • You can book a room or browse prices here
  • Check out our guide to the best things to do in Donegal for places to visit

2. Slieve Donard Resort and Spa (Down)

Coastal hotel Ireland - Slieve donard resort
Photo via Hastings Hotels

Good God this place looks unreal. You’ll find Slieve Donard Resort nestled at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, next to the incredible Murlough Beach in Newcastle, County Down.

You can soak up the view from the spa (I’m well aware that pun was gack…) or from some of the hotel’s 180 luxurious bedrooms. 

Prices and things to do

  • A Thursday night in August will set you back €184
  • You can book a room or browse prices here
  • There are loads of things to do in County Down if you spend a night here

3. Kelly’s Hotel (Wexford)

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Photo via Kelly’s

You’ll find our next hotel in Wexford, finely located next to Rosslare’s sandy beach. I’ve been hearing about the 4-star Kelly’s Hotel for years.

My Nan and Grandad used to go there when they were younger, and my Nan still speaks of the hotel fondly. Views, top-class service, and a stone’s throw from the sand. What’s not to love?!

Prices and things to do

  • A Thursday night in September with half-board (dinner and breakfast) will set you back €297 for 2 people
  • You can book a room or browse prices here

4. The Dingle Skellig (Kerry)

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Photo via the Dingle Skellig

The Dingle Skellig is one of two hotels in this guide that I’ve stayed in. The night we spent here was pretty damn good.

If you visit this place, you’ll be treated to fine views from many of the rooms, the breakfast area, the outdoor patio, and hot tub in the spa. You’re also a handy walk from some of Dingle’s best pubs.

Prices and things to do

  • A Friday night in August will set you back €298 for B&B
  • There are loads of things to do in Dingle if you spend a night here

5. Inchydoney Island Lodge (Cork)

Inchydoney Island hotel by the sea Ireland
Photo via Inchydoney

You’ll find Inchydoney Island Lodge just outside the buzzy little town of Clonakilty in West Cork. The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue-Flag Inchydoney beach.

Now, while I’ve never stayed in this hotel before, I have been inside… I legged it in to use their toilet after a ramble on the beach last winter… It couldn’t be closer to the sea!

Prices and things to do

  • A Saturday night in August will set you back €269 for B&B
  • You can book a room or browse prices here
  • There’s loooooooads of places to visit in Cork if you stay here

6. The Armada Hotel (Clare)

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Photo via the Armada

This is another sea view hotel in Ireland that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. If you’re searching for a swanky spot to stay in while you explore Clare, get yourself here.

Located in Spanish Point, the Armada is the perfect base for surfers looking to tackle waves and travellers looking for a hotel by the coast.

Prices and things to do

  • A Thursday night in August will set you back €179 for B&B
  • You can book a room or browse prices here
  • There’s loooooooads of places to visit in Clare if you stay here

7. Mulranny Park Hotel (Mayo)

Mulranny Park Hotel mayo
Photo via Mulranny Park Hotel

The 4-star Mulranny Park Hotel can be found perched on a site that overlooks the magnificent Clew Bay in Mayo.

A stone’s throw from the sand on the Blue-Flag Mulranny Beach (and a handy spin from Croagh Patrick), this hotel is the ideal base for those looking to explore Mayo.

You can cycle the Great Western Greenway in the morning, have a ramble along the sand in the late afternoon, and spend the evening sipping away and admiring the view that lays before you.

Prices and things to do

  • A Friday night in August will set you back €209 for B&B
  • There’s loooooooads of things to do in Mayo if you stay here
  • You can book a room or browse prices here

8. The Cliff House Hotel (Waterford)

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Photo via the Cliff House hotel

Next on our list is the Cliff House Hotel in County Waterford. As the name suggests, this hotel is plonked right at the side of a cliff, which means stunning sea views as far as the eye can see.

A good chunk of the rooms here offer magnificent sea views, so you can soak up the view from the moment you wake up. 

Prices and things to do

  • A Friday night in September will set you back a whopping €560
  • There are loads of things to do in Waterford if you spend a night here
  • You can book a room or browse prices here

9. Parknasilla Resort (Kerry)

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Photo via Parknasilla

Our next stop takes us to the Parknasilla Resort in Kerry. Built in 1897, this 4-star hotel is situated amongst the spectacular Kerry mountains and bounded by the sea.

Victorian-era décor collides with views of the Atlantic Ocean to make this one of the best sea view hotels in Ireland.

If you’re visiting Kerry for a bit of active exploring, Parknasilla will provide the perfect respite after a day in the mountains.

Prices and things to do

  • A Friday night in August will set you back a €395
  • There are loads of places to visit in Kerry if you spend a night here
  • You can book a room or browse prices here

10. The Shandon, County Donegal

the shandon view from room

Next up is the Shandon Hotel in Donegal. I stayed here earlier this year and, like the Dingle Skellig, it was pretty damn good.

You’re a handy walk from the beautiful Marble Hill Beach and, if you stay in one of the rooms that I did, you’ll have ample views of the surrounding countryside and sea.

Prices and things to do

  • A Friday night in August will set you back a €395
  • There’s loooooooads of places to visit in Donegal if you stay here
  • You can book a room or browse prices here

The best beach hotels in Ireland: Wrapping it up

There’s a tonne of great coastal hotels in Ireland where you can kick-back for a night or two. Have you stayed in one recently that you loved?

Let me know in the comments section below!

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