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6 Of The Best Hotels In Bray For A Weekend Getaway By The Sea

6 Of The Best Hotels In Bray For A Weekend Getaway By The Sea

If you’re in search of the best hotels in Bray, you’ve landed in the right place.

The seaside town of Bray in County Wicklow is a lovely place to spend a few days, especially if you like to keep active!

From fishing and golf, to cliff walks and historic sites, there’s plenty of things to do in Bray to keep you entertained.

There aren’t too many hotels in Bray, but the few there are have built up a solid reputation, with rave reviews over the years. 

The best hotels in Bray

In the guide below, we’re going to take you through the best hotels Bray has to offer, from hotels perched right on the beach to luxury resorts and more.

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1. The Martello Hotel 

The Martello Hotel

Photos via The Martello Hotel on FB

The Martello offers 25 en-suite bedrooms, beautifully decorated and supremely comfortable, with some boasting sea views.

Located on the Bray Esplanade, it enjoys a central location, with an array of attractions close to hand, like Bray Beach and Bray Promenade.

Aside from the typical bedrooms, they also offer self-catering apartments, ideal for a more private getaway.

For entertainment, you can enjoy an array of tipples at the hotel bar, and perhaps later head to the Koo nightclub, both located onsite.

There are also several places to grab some great food at the hotel, including the casual Tower Bistro.

2. The Strand Hotel

The Strand Hotel

Photos via The Strand Hotel on FB

Situated right on the seafront, the Strand enjoys a supremely desirable location. This is one of the most unique hotels in Bray for good reason!

Built by Sir William and Lady Jane Wilde in 1870, it was later the home of their son, the renowned Oscar Wilde.

In 1882, Caffe Vergnano moved in, providing guests and locals with sublime coffee and pastries. It still functions to this day, and is a great place to gaze over the promenade.

The hotel offers 10 beautiful rooms that are cosy and supremely comfortable, with en-suite bathrooms and luxury bedding, and some boast a sea view.

For food and drink, you can choose between Caffe Vergnano, Wilde’s Bar and Restaurant, or the Curry Leaf. Alternatively, the various restaurants in Bray are a short walk away.

3. The Palm

The Palm Bray

Photos via The Palm on FB

Arguably one of the most stylish places to stay in Bray, the Palm has some very funky features.

Located right on the seafront, many rooms offer sea views, some of which can be soaked up from stand-out baths.

There’s a popular Gasto Bar onsite with a lineup of acts taking place throughout the year.

You’re a short stroll to the start of both the Bray Head Walk and the Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk.

4. Firefly

firefly bray hotels

Photos via Firefly Bray on FB

Firefly offers a modern concept, with full self-service from check in to check out. The fully automated hotel puts you in charge, with control over the heating, free Wi-Fi, smart TVs, and independence when it comes to your schedule.

Your phone is your key, so no need to queue to check in or out! The 18 en-suite rooms are all kitted out with mod-cons, Irish artwork, and comfy furniture.

The hotel enjoys an excellent location, superb amenities, and makes for the ideal base for a working holiday or long weekend in Bray.

You can kick-start your day with a tranquil rainfall shower followed by a coffee from the Nespresso machine! They also offer a number of special offers and packages to enjoy your stay to the full.

5. Wilton Hotel Bray

Wilton Hotel Bray

Photos via Wilton Hotel Bray on FB

The Wilton Hotel is located about 2.5 km outside of Bray, and is situated on Bray Head (not far from Kilruddery House and Gardens).

The 102 spacious bedrooms come complete with en-suite bathrooms, modern amenities, and comfortable furnishings.

The Wilton Lounge provides bar services each evening, as well as evening meals, in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

If you’re looking for accommodation in Bray away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, this is a great option.

6. The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel

Photos via The Royal Hotel on FB

Sitting in the heart of Bray, the Royal Hotel is one of the more popular spa hotels in Wicklow, and you’ll find it  a short walk from the seafront, and is surrounded by quirky cafes, restaurants, pubs, and local attractions.

They offer 125 en-suite rooms, featuring traditional decor and cosy furnishings, as well as all the amenities you’d expect.

The leisure centre boasts a heated, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, kids pool, and a range of spa treatments.

McGettigans Bar is the hotel bar, offering a casual and relaxed place to grab a drink and a bite to eat. 

FAQs About the best Bray hotels on offer

Since publishing our guide to the best Bray attractions many years ago, we’ve have heaps (literally!) of questions about where to stay in Bray.

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 Bray hotels for a weekend break?

In our opinion, the best hotels Bray has to offer are The Martello Hotel, The Strand, The Palm and Firefly (all are central to the town).

What hotels in Bray have a swimming pool?

The only hotel with a swimming pool in bray is the The Royal Hotel & Leisure Centre just outside of the town.

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