If you’re in search of the best hotels in Ballina, you’ve landed in the right place.
There’s so many things to do in Ballina that it really is worth spending at least a few nights in this vibrant little town.
From Belleek Woods and fishing on the River Moy to cultural attractions, like the Ballina Arts Centre, there are things to do here to tickle every fancy.
In our Ballina hotels guide below, you’ll find everything from luxury accommodation to places to stay in Ballina that hopefully won’t break the bank.
Our favourite hotels in Ballina
Over the years we’ve spent many a long weekend enjoying the buzz in Ballina, and after trying a few different places, we’ve found our favourites amongst the many Ballina hotels.
The first section of the guide contains our favourite hotels in Ballina. Note: if you book via one of the links below we may a tiny commission that helps us keep this site going. You won’t pay extra, but we really do appreciate it.
1. Great National Hotel Ballina
A comfy 4-star hotel located just a short drive from the centre of Ballina, the Great National Hotel Ballina has everything you need for a memorable stay in Mayo.
The hotel boasts nearly 100 modern and spacious en-suite rooms and features a wide range of leisure facilities including a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Make sure to check out the on-site Eidin Spa where you can enjoy health and beauty treatments. Guests can also look forward to dining at the McShane’s Bistro.
If you’re looking for hotels in Ballina with a pool, you can’t go wrong with a few nights spent at the Great National.
2. Mount Falcon Estate
With 32 tastefully decorated guest rooms including deluxe rooms, bedroom lodges for families, and spacious suites, the Mount Falcon Estate is one of our favourite hotels in Mayo.
Whether you wish to indulge in the amazing spa and leisure centre, have a memorable dining experience at Mount Falcon’s 2AA Rosette restaurant, The Kitchen, or learn to fish on our Estate Lake, there is so much to look forward to when staying at this luxurious property.
Nature lovers will be happy to hear that the estate is just a stone’s throw from 3 km of forest trails. If you wish to try and catch Atlantic salmon, the property has its own private stretch of River Moy.
3. Ballina Manor Hotel
If you are looking for accommodation in the heart of the town and wish to stay minutes from some of the most popular attractions in Ballina, book your stay at the fabulous Ballina Manor Hotel.
The hotel is nestled on the banks of the River Moy and offers magnificent mountain and river views. Not to be missed is the on-site Ridgepool Restaurant that offers an extensive food menu with plenty of fresh fish dishes.
This property is a perfect destination for travellers who wish to enjoy activities like kayaking, hiking the woodlands of Belleek, and learning how to surf.
This is one of several Ballina hotels that’s a handy walk from a plethora of lively pubs along with some brilliant Ballina restaurants.
B&Bs and hotels in Ballina with excellent reviews
Personal favourites aside, there are plenty of other great hotels in Ballina along with B&B and boutique accommodation in Ballina.
Below, you’ll find some other excellent Ballina hotels along with some guesthouses and townhouses that pack a mighty punch.
1. Belleek Castle
Rooms are spacious and fitted with coffee facilities, plasma-screen TV’s, and private bathrooms with complimentary designer toiletries.
Enjoy lamb and steak dishes at the on-site Granuailes Candlelight Grill and unwind with a refreshing drink at the Armada Bar.
The hotel also offers opportunities for a bunch of cool outdoor activities including everything from cycling on the Wild Atlantic Way and hiking to water sports and fishing on the river.
2. The Lodge Accommodation
Located within walking distance from the Humberts Monument and the Presbyterian Church, the Lodge Accommodation is a great place to stay for both couples and families with kids exploring Mayo.
Rooms are spacious and come with a comfy seating area, private bathrooms, a toaster, and a kettle. A reliable Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the property, as well as private complimentary parking for guests.
You can also rent a bicycle at the property or enjoy the communal outdoor terrace and mingle with the other guests. If you are flying in from the Knock Airport, this accommodation offers a paid airport shuttle service.
3. Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club
Set in beautifully landscaped gardens and overlooking the Brosna Waterfalls, Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club is located just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Ballina and a short drive from the popular Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths.
The property boasts superb leisure facilities such as 2 indoor heated swimming pools, a hot tub, a relaxing sauna, and a fitness centre.
Guests can look forward to dining at the Twin Trees Bar and the Brosna Dining Room and relaxing at the property’s beautiful gardens. Travellers with kids will be happy to hear that the famous Waterpoint indoor water park is just a 5-minute walk from the Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club.
4. The Loft
If you are looking for a cosy home-away-from-home experience and wish to stay close to the most popular attractions in Ballina, spend a few nights at the Loft.
Located just a stone’s throw from the River Moy on the main street in Ballina, the Loft is a beautiful family-run property that boasts traditionally furnished accommodation with en-suite bathrooms.
Guests are offered a delicious home-cooked breakfast each morning and can order a wide range of drinks at the on-site bar. Nature lovers will be delighted to hear that forest hiking trails can be found 1 km from the property and that Lough Conn is just a short drive away.
5. The Woodlands
Looking for cosy accommodation in Ballina? Spend a few nights at the amazing Woodlands and enjoy comfortable accommodation with a delicious continental breakfast.
The property boasts a shared lounge and a beautiful garden where you can kick back and chill after a long day on the road.
Private parking is available, as well as free and reliable Wi-Fi connection. Some of the more popular attractions in Mayo, like Moyne Abbey, are a short spin away.
6. Quignalegan House
For the ultimate holiday experience in Mayo, spend a few nights at the award-winning Quignalegan House. Surrounded by stunning countryside, this cosy bed and breakfast is located a short drive from the centre of Ballina.
Going off the reviews, guests love the Full Irish Breakfast and the homemade bread and cheeses. There is free on-site parking available.
FAQs about the best hotels in Ballina
Since publishing our guide to the best Mayo attractions many years ago, we’ve had questions asking everything from what are the best hotels in Ballina for a special occasion to which ones have a pool.
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 hotels in Ballina?
I’d argue that the best of the many Ballina hotels are Mount Falcon Estate and the Great National Hotel Ballina.
What Ballina hotels have a swimming pool?
Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club, Great National Hotel Ballina and Mount Falcon Estate are three Ballina hotels with a swimming pool located inside the property.
What are the best places to stay in Ballina if you’re visiting for the first time?
You really can’t go wrong with any of the places mentioned above. However, if you’re looking for alternative Ballina accommodation options, just look for places located in the town itself. That way you won’t have to worry about taxis or any of that craic.
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