If you’re in search of the best hotels in Dundalk, you’ve landed in the right place.
There’s plenty of things to do in Dundalk, and the town is a great place to explore everywhere from the Cooley Peninsula to parts of Northern Ireland from.
The town is a lively spot and it’s home to heaps of excellent places to eat (see our Dundalk restaurants guide) and lots of cosy pubs.
In our Dundalk hotels guide below, you’ll find everything from luxury accommodation to places to stay in Dundalk that hopefully won’t break the bank.
Our favourite hotels in Dundalk
The first section of this guide is packed with what we think are the best hotels in Dundalk – these are places that one of The Irish Road Trip Team have stayed in and loved.
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1. Ballymascanlon House Hotel
Just north of Dundalk, near the Flurry River, you’ll find one of the most popular hotels in Louth – Ballymascanlon House Hotel, where it has commanding views across the valley. Approaching the hotel, you know you’ve come somewhere special with its tree-lined private road.
The hotel comprises 97 private bedrooms, including 6 of the original luxurious Victorian suites. Catering to single, doubles, twin or triple occupancies, the hotel also offers family rooms with double and single beds, as well as accessible rooms.
The hotel’s 18-hole golf course is available for residents, as well as the extensive gardens, exclusive Terrace Bar and Ballymascanlon Restaurant. You can also relax in style and comfort with their private swimming pool and gym.
2. Carrickdale Hotel & Spa
You’ll find the serene grounds of the Carrickdale Hotel and Spa nestled at the start of the Cooley Peninsula. With its Serenity Spa, Carrick Restaurant and Dale’s Lounge ready to spoil and relax into your stay, you’ll discover why it’s regarded as one of the best hotels in Dundalk.
The hotel offers comfortable and low-key luxury as it immerses you in its charm and intimacy. Don’t forget to check out their pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi before heading off to your choice of 108 guest rooms.
Available in either Standard or Deluxe, Executive or Superior Suites, and 23 family rooms available, you’ll always find the perfect night’s sleep for your stay.
3. Hotel Imperial Dundalk
Conveniently located just down the road from Dundalk railway station, you won’t find a more central hotel from which to explore the city centre. This is one of the more popular Dundalk hotels for good reason.
Deluxe rooms come as standard in this 4-star hotel; with triple and family rooms also available, or an Executive Suite for those needing a bit more space.
4-Star accommodation isn’t the only selling point for the Imperial Hotel; its dining and bar scene is also exceptional. La Galleria restaurant, with its extensive menu and wine list, is the perfect location for enjoying a meal with family or friends, or before hitting the pubs for a night out.
4. The Crowne Plaza Dundalk
Only a 45-minute drive from Dublin Airport, and under 1-hour from Belfast, the Crowne Plaza in Dundalk is a great option for those seeking familiar hotel comforts from Standard or Executive rooms or IHG suites.
With the standard comfy feel and aesthetic, you’ll settle in quickly and get down to the business of relaxing. Explore nearby golf courses, Dunmahon Castle, and various beaches, like Blackrock and its quaint seaside village.
When you return, stop into the rooftop bar and restaurant for a drink or two as the sun goes down, or even stay for dinner. If that’s not what floats your boat, try the in-house restaurant, Fourteen Below, for a more contemporary flair and nouvelle cuisine.
Other popular places to stay in Dundalk
Personal favourites aside, there are plenty of other great hotels in Dundalk and other types of accommodation in Dundalk.
Below, you’ll find some other excellent hotels in Dundalk along with some guesthouses and townhouses that pack a mighty punch.
1. Fairways Hotel Dundalk
South of Dundalk, on the R132, the fully refurbished and modernised 4-Star Fairways Hotel is your gateway to Ireland’s Ancient East. With 113 rooms and suites, ranging from Standard King, Executive Double and Single, or even Triple rooms, all now featuring the finest in comforts, and the latest technology.
No matter what time of the day you might be feeling peckish, the Brasserie is there to cater to your every rumbling-tum temptation. Don’t stress if you have dietary preferences, as there are extensive vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, as well as a comprehensive children’s menu.
If you’re looking for bright and spacious Dundalk hotels with great reviews, check the Fairways out.
2. Innisfree House
Just outside the city centre, this private Edwardian guesthouse offers its residents unparalleled hospitality and charm. With some of the rooms featuring fireplaces and/or four-poster beds, rooms can accommodate singles, couples, and families of up to four in a room, you’ll be enchanted by its heart-warming atmosphere.
The guesthouse offers complimentary WiFi and parking for residents, and also includes breakfast. The location is extremely convenient, with access to the M1, Cú Chulainn’s Castle, and nearby Dundalk Railway Station.
Within a short walk, you’ll find yourself at Pearse Lyons Brewery, or any number of Dundalk’s finest eateries. This place goes toe-to-toe with the more popular Dundalk hotels when it comes to online reviews, too!
3. Old Parochial House
Set-in off a quiet country road, the Old Parochial House is your home away from home. With four rooms available, two doubles (1 with a double bed, the other 2 single beds), one single room, and a family room with a large double bed and a sofa bed, all with a shared bathroom.
The rooms also feature a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, microwave, kitchenware, and include tea and coffee making facilities too.
Old Parochial’s location is ideal for those wanting to explore west of Dundalk. Nearby are the historic Clochafarmore Standing Stone (Cú Chalainn’s Stone), scenic Stephenstown Pond, and of course only a short trip into Dundalk itself.
4. Glen Gat House
Another cosy guesthouse with close proximity to a range of eateries, the Glen Gat is a traditional B&B. Each of the stunning rooms is elegantly appointed with wooden furnishings and soft linens and come with tea and coffee making facilities.
Rooms are available in singles, doubles, or family rooms, many with original Edwardian features.
Accommodation includes a hearty Full Irish or lighter Continental breakfast and is served in the dedicated and cosy dining room. For those hungry after hours, or after a night out on the town, there are kitchen facilities available for guests.
5. Rosemount B&B
And last but by no means least in our guide to the best places to stay in Dundalk is Rosemount B&B. Situated along the Dublin Road, Rosemount is conveniently located for those travelling to or from Dundalk. Set within an award-winning garden, the B&B offers stately styling and elegantly presented rooms.
There’s a double room, with a private bathroom, and is ideal for a couple’s weekend escape. Also available is a twin room, with either 2 single beds, or 1 single and 1 double bed, perfect for friends or a small family.
Each room has tea and coffee making facilities, free car parking, and complimentary WiFi. An exceptional breakfast is included with each room and compromises either a Continental breakfast or a Full Irish breakfast for those with a hearty appetite.
What Dundalk hotels have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to stay in Dundalk from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about where to stay in Dundalk
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What hotels in Dundalk have a pool?’ to ‘Which are the fanciest?’.
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 Dundalk?
In my opinion, it’s hard to beat Carrickdale Hotel & Spa, Hotel Imperial Dundalk and Ballymascanlon House Hotel.
What Dundalk hotels have a swimming pool?
Carrickdale Hotel & Spa and Ballymascanlon House Hotel both have a swimming pool as part of their complex.
Katherine is an food and travel writer with family-roots in Ireland. She enjoys hitting the road at every given opportunity, and can often be found with an atlas and notebook to hand planning the next big trip.