The Best Hotels In Clonakilty: 9 Cosy Spots For A Summer Getaway

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

You can’t cover all the various things to do in Clonakilty in a few hours, so you’ll need somewhere nice to spend a night or two.

Especially if you want to nip into some of the villages lively pubs (there’s also some great restaurants in Clonakilty, too!).

In the guide below, you’ll find a clatter of brilliant Clonakilty hotels, from luxurious escapes to pocket-friendly getaways.

Our favourite hotels in Clonakilty

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The first section of the guide tackles our favourite hotels in Clonakilty, from the brilliant Inchydoney Island to the gorgeous Dunmore House Hotel and much more.

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1. Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa

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For a splash of decadence in a gorgeous beachfront location, the Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa is the place to stay. This landmark four star hotel is a short drive from Clonakilty and has rooms with balconies overlooking Inchydoney Beach.

Take a stroll along the Blue Flag Beach before breakfast and book yourself a few treatments at the award-winning spa with unique seawater therapies.

Contemporary decor, a third floor lounge with ocean views and the opportunity to dine on the freshest local fare make this a place to savour whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or a bucket-and-spade family holiday.

If you’re in search of Clonakilty hotels for a special occasion, it’s hard to go wrong with a few nights at Inchydoney Lodge.

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2. The Clonakilty Hotel

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Located in the heart of this lovely town, the Clonakilty Hotel offers comfortable three star accommodation within easy strolling distance of shops, attractions and the waterfront.

But you don’t have to leave the premises to enjoy dining on freshly caught fish and prime beef in the cosy Copper Pot Restaurant and Bar.

Comfortable bedrooms have tasteful furnishings including a table and chairs, tea and coffee-making station, a desk and complimentary Wi-Fi.

This is a fine place to explore some of the best things to do in West Cork from, with hikes, drives and historical sites a short spin away.

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3. Dunmore House Hotel

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On the shores of Clonakilty Bay, Dunmore House, one my favourite hotels in Cork, has been a family-owned hostelry since 1948.

Guests are welcomed to the hotel with 30 light and spacious bedrooms that boast elegant handmade furniture, Voya organic toiletries in the bathroom and the softest Irish cashmere rugs. Most room have ocean views to wake up to.

Dine in the Adrift Restaurant from the innovative menu which focuses on West Cork produce from land and sea or choose casual dining in the lounge bar.

Guests are welcome to explore the Cliff Garden and Organic Kitchen Garden which produces herbs, salads and edible flowers for the restaurant.

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Hotels in Clonakilty with 4/5 star review scores

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Now that we have our favourites out of the way, it’s time to see what other hotels Clonakilty has to offer.

Below, you’ll find everywhere from the brilliant O’Donovan’s Hotel and the Emmett to the Clonakilty Park and much, much more. 

1. O’Donovan’s Hotel

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The historic O’Donovan’s Hotel on Pearse Street is a Clonakilty landmark with its timeless facade, fireside lounge bar and regular live music session.

The hotel has an elevator and comfortable rooms with ensuite bathrooms, TV, tea/coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

The adjoining Molly’s Cafe and Wine Bar is perfect for a coffee or light meal while the authentic An Teach Beag is where the trad music sessions take place.

Staying here will give you the chance to immerse yourself in local customs while enjoying warm Irish hospitality within easy walking distance of local attractions.

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2. Emmet Hotel

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The elegant Emmet Hotel frequently gets high praise for its beautiful rooms and prime location on Emmet Square.

Each individually styled bedroom in this Georgian boutique hotel is furnished with comfort in mind and deluxe rooms include a personal Lavazza coffee pod machine.

A host of public spaces in the hotel includes a sun room, walled garden with open and covered spaces, a front bar and garden restaurant which is renowned for serving a wonderful breakfast.

This upscale hotel is steps from the Michael Collins Museum, the Farmer’s Market and Clonakilty Distillery so it’s in good company! 

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3. Clonakilty Park Hotel

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I’d argue that the Clonakilty Park is one of the best hotels in West Cork. Winner of Ireland’s Best Hotel in the Family Friendly Ireland Awards 2019 and frequently features in the Top 10 Family Hotels in Ireland, Clonakilty Park Hotel is a very family friendly place to stay.

The hotel thrills young visitors with an indoor Play Zone, Adventure Golf Course and Aerial Adventure Centre with zip lines in the grounds as well as award-winning rooms that are particularly spacious.

The hotel has a pool, leisure centre with sauna and steam room and a cinema. The Twist Bar and Bistro offers relaxed dining and entertainment making this a well-recommended place to stay.

If you’re in search of hotels in Clonakilty where the service, the rooms and the location are all near-impossible to beat, check this place out.

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Clonakilty accommodation that’s nice and central

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Now that we’ve got the many Clonakilty hotels out of the way, it’s time to tackle some other accommodation in the town that’s well worth a mention.

Below, you’ll find a mix of guesthouses and B&Bs in the town, some of which could go toe to toe with some of the hotels in Clonakilty.

1. 19 Ashe Street

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How about a 3 bedroom holiday home in the heart of Clonakilty close to shops, bars and attractions? This spacious townhouse sleeps 7 with two double bedrooms and a family room (double plus twin).

You’ll love the big open-plan kitchen for family breakfasts together while planning the day ahead. The living room has two sofas for putting your feet up.

On summer evenings, relax in the garden, fire up the barbecue and cook local seafood, sausages and black pudding! There’s a free public car park just around the corner leaving you free to explore on foot.

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2. Long Quay Lodging

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This modern hostel accommodation gets high praise from past guests, especially for its location and value for money.

There’s free Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen and guest lounge for making new friends. Guests can also borrow complimentary bicycles for exploring this lovely coastal area.

Bedrooms are simple and comfortable with superb views of the garden and surrounding countryside. All this just 2 minutes stroll from town.  

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3. An Sugan Guesthouse

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An Sugan Guesthouse is an attractive family-run guesthouse on Wolfe Tone Street. The 3 star accommodation is in the historic centre of Clonakilty so everything is within easy walking distance from this Georgian property.

It has stylish decor, original architectural features and well-equipped bedrooms which have tea/coffee making facilities, a flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi.

Tuck into a delicious complimentary breakfast to start your day on a good footing. Right next door is the An Sugan Seafood Restaurant with an award-winning menu, so dinner is sorted too!

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FAQs About the best Clonakilty hotels on offer

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

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 Clonakilty hotels for a weekend break?

Any of the Clonakilty hotels mentioned above are worth checking out. If I had a few quid to spend, I’d stay in the Inchydoney Lodge, solely because it’s so close to the sea.

What are the fanciest hotels in Clonakilty?

Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty Park Hotel and Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa are all gorgeous hotels in Clonakilty that guarantee a great night away. 

Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.

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