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 offers 25 en-suite bedrooms, beautifully decorated and supremely comfortable, with some boasting sea views.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Keith O’Hara has lived in Ireland for 34 years and has spent most of the last 10 years creating what is now The Irish Road Trip guide. Over the years, the website has published thousands of meticulously researched Ireland travel guides, welcoming 30 million+ visitors along the way. In 2022, the Irish Road Trip team published the world’s largest collection of Irish Road Trip itineraries. Keith lives in Dublin with his dog Toby and finds writing in the 3rd person minus craic altogether.