There’s some stunning 5 star hotels in Ireland for those happy to splash the cash!
And, although luxury hotels like Adare Manor and Ashford Castle tend to get much of the attention, there’s plenty of luxury hotels in Ireland for you to consider.
In the guide below, you’ll find a good mix of 5 star hotels in Ireland, from refurbished castles to swanky manor houses. Dive on in!
Our favourite luxury hotels in Ireland
The first section of our guide looks at our favourite 5 star hotels in Ireland – these are places that one or more of The Irish Road Trip Team have been to and loved.
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1. Dromoland Castle Hotel
Less like a hotel, and more like something from a fairytale, Dromoland sits just near the mouth to the Rivers Rine and Fergus, in some of Clare’s most stunning natural beauty.
Have a truly royal experience when you stay in the Brian Boru Suite, named after Ireland’s High King, and experience the highest levels of beauty, furnishings, and captivating picture windows and their equally spellbinding and picturesque views.
The luxury doesn’t stop there, with their own spa and wellness treatments, estate-focused activities, and the exceptional Earl of Thomond, the castle’s landmark restaurant serving the finest Irish and world cuisines. This is regarded as one of the best castle hotels in Ireland for a reason.
2. Adare Manor
Set in the heart of this riverside private estate, just outside Limerick’s picture-perfect village of Adare, this captivating manor house hotel will woo and seduce you with its idyllic setting and luxurious styling. Home to Limerick’s first Michelin-starred restaurant, The Oak Room, and former home to the Dunraven family, Adare Manor is arguably the fanciest hotel in Ireland.
Tuck yourself away into one of their opulent staterooms, or even the exclusive Earls of Dunraven stateroom, and you’ll experience luxury like never before; marble bathrooms, furnished to perfection, filled with historic character and unbridled views of some of Limerick’s most scenic landscapes.
You’ll often hear people say that Adare Manor is the most expensive hotel in Ireland, but is it true?! It’s definitely up there, anyway. A Saturday night in May starts at €920 while a Saturday night in July starts at an eye watering €990.
3. The Europe Hotel
The Europe is one of the most visually impressive 5 star hotels in Ireland. On the banks of Lough Leane, to the northwest of Killarney in Kerry, the Europe Hotel stands watch over the blissful landscape with its shifting waters and changing emotions. This is one of the finest spa hotels in Ireland, as a glance at the photos above will reveal.
The sublime location lends itself perfectly to these 5-star accommodations and the ESPA’s wellness treatments. Languish in the healing waters of the serene pool and let yourself drift away across the lough and into the mountains.
Each of the stunning rooms enjoys commanding views across the mesmerising lough, tranquil woodland, or the manicured greens at Mahony’s Point Golf Course. Relax into your super king-size bed, and embrace all the luxury on offer.
4. Monart Spa
More than just another hotel with a spa, Monart takes its wellness treatments and facilities to another level; 68 luxuriously decadent rooms, each providing ever-increasing levels of comfort, serenity with tranquil views across the Monart estate.
Wrap yourself up in the luxuriant dressing robe and cosy slippers before melting into the warmth and healing waters of the thermal suite.
Recommended in both the Michelin and Bridgestone guides, the restaurant at Monart is renowned for delivering outstanding a la carte dining. Sourcing produce from local producers, and using only the finest in-season ingredients, each dish is a masterpiece for your enjoyment. If you’re looking for the top luxury hotels in Ireland to mark a special occasion, Monart is well worth considering.
5. The Park Hotel Kenmare
At the head of the Kenmare Bay, and overlooking the expansive body of water, this hotel’s prime position is commanding to say the least; check-in here to unburden yourself of the daily grind, and escape into your piece of paradise.
Home of traditional elegance in every room, of the highest standards of service, and excellence in every aspect, the Park Hotel and Sámas spa exceed expectations.
From wellness treatments, fine dining, superior drinks selections and champagne bar, together with sumptuous fabrics and furnished rooms; from first impressions to the lasting memories you’ll create, the Park Hotel will embrace you with its attention to detail. Also, few 5 star hotels in Ireland can claim to be run by a hotelier as charming as the wonderful Francis Brennan.
6. The Cliff House
Breathtaking views across the Celtic Sea, no matter the time of year, Cliff House’s 5-star luxury and refinement will soothe even the most savage of seas. Take up residence in one of the sea view rooms and enjoy the ever-changing emotions of the priceless sea views.
If you can bear to drag yourself away from the comfort of your cocoon, the in-house spa and wellness retreat may be your undoing; unending views even from the pool, and a balcony that hugs the coastline. Even the award-winning restaurant embraces the natural coastal beauty with seafront dining and showcasing the freshest Irish produce.
Nestled in the very heart of Ireland’s rolling emerald hills, the Ballyfin’s opulence and luxury is proudly showcased in this 1820s manor. Explore and enjoy the 5-star property’s extensive grounds, or recline into the oasis of their in-house wellness and treatment suite before dining at the elegant yet simple restaurant, where the focus is on flavour and freshness.
Beautifully appointed with individual touches for a truly personal experience, the spacious rooms, suites, and even private cottage all feature marble bathrooms, fabrics and furnishings as befits the personality and Ballyfin’s ethos of luxury and style, no feature too grand, no detail too small.
And yes, this is where Kanye West and Kim Kardashian honeymooned, which is a testament to the fact that this is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland. Hit play above to see move!
8. Glenlo Abbey
Glenlo Abbey is one of the more popular 5 star hotels in Ireland in 2022 and, if you’ve ever dreamt of living in your own private manor house, then this is probably what you imagined; manicured lawns that go on for miles, a tree-lined approach with a footman to meet you at the door, followed by a warm welcome from smiling faces.
Whether you’re here for the golf, on a romantic escape, or just taking some personal time, Glenlo Abbey’s luxurious rooms and suites hit all the right notes when it comes to giving you the experience you deserve.
Day spa, fine dining, and a whole host of estate activities ensure your rest, relaxation, and entertainment. Few 5 star hotels in Galway come close to the breath-taking Glenlo.
More spectacular 5 star hotels in Ireland with rave reviews
Now that we have what we think are the finest luxury hotels in Ireland out of the way, it’s time to see what else the island has to offer.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Aghadoe Heights and Hayfield Manor to some of the more overlooked 5 star hotels in Ireland.
1. Carton House
Along with Adare Manor, Carton House can be (depending on time of year) one of the most expensive hotels in Ireland, with a Saturday in June starting at €935 (a Saturday in May is much cheaper at €460).
You’ll find this stunning property tucked away in Kildare where it recently reopened after an extensive restoration that, judging by reviews, has gone down a treat with visitors looking to indulge.
Home to several dining experiences and the stunning Whiskey Library, there’s plenty to occupy the palate here. Rooms are big, bright and comfy, with some offering beautiful garden views.
2. The Merrion
The Merrion is one of them more notable 5 star hotels in Dublin. Just around the corner from Trinity College, but also close to St. Stephen’s Green and both the National Museum and Gallery, The Merrion is your perfect 5-star hotel.
Stay in either the contemporary-styled Garden Wing, or Main House with its cultural and heritage features, and you’ll be treated to the ultimate in luxury and comfort; spacious rooms with deluxe king-size beds, superior fabrics and furnishings, and captivating views.
You can also enjoy 2-star Michelin dining at the Patrick Guilbaud restaurant, and luxury treatments at the spa. This is one of the more popular luxury hotels in Ireland for good reason.
3. Aghadoe Heights Hotel
Near the scenic shoreline of Lough Leane, the Aghadoe Heights Hotel casts its impressive shadow across it surveys. From the views of the distant mountains to the manicured gardens, and down to the very last detail in each room, the Aghadoe spares nothing to ensure your experience surpasses every expectation.
Elegant bedrooms, and opulent suites, each is unique and comes with all the contemporary comforts you would expect from a 5-star resort.
The in-house spa provides wellness and healing treatments, and The Lake Room restaurant serves fine dining in a warm and convivial atmosphere where the focus is on local and seasonal produce. If you’re looking for 5 star hotels in Ireland where you’ll be treated to stunning views, get yourself here!
4. Hayfield Manor Hotel
Escaping to Cork never felt so good as when you escape to the Hayfield Manor Hotel. Behind the redbrick walls, the 5-star hotel takes care of everything, leaving you no choice but to surrender to the luxury and tranquillity.
Tastefully appointed with the finest in fabrics and furnishings, guest comfort is the priority in these spacious rooms.
Wellness and spa treatments at the Beautique Spa are extraordinary with their attention to detail and client welfare. Relax into their full-body deep tissue massage, and revive the lost you. At Orchids Restaurant you discover the finest dining in soft lighting and a calming atmosphere.
4. Powerscourt Hotel
Another of the better-known 5 star hotels in Ireland is the wonderful Powerscourt Hotel. Only a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, Powerscourt sits amongst the rolling green fields of Co. Wicklow. With the impressive Powerscourt Golf Club, House and Gardens, and Distillery all within walking distance, this hotel offers its residents the ultimate escape.
As part of the Marriott Autograph collection, you can expect all the exclusive amenities you’d expect from the name Powerscourt; prestige, luxury, and palatial.
With a full-service spa in-house with wellness and fitness facilities, exceptional in-room amenities and appointments including separate show and bathtub in the bathrooms, and a range of three on-site dining establishments serving both International and Irish cuisines.
5. Fota Island Resort
Explore the wonderful Fota Island and its encompassing resort as you escape to this exclusive resort near Cobh in Cork. This luxury golf hotel is the ultimate getaway for those who truly love their sport, with three Championship level 70+par courses unfettered access to greens and tees from the hotel.
Not into golf? Not a problem, Fota Island is also for non-golfers wanting to escape. You won’t struggle to enjoy yourself with the resort’s incredible coastal views, luxury rooms with superior amenities and in-house services, tranquil wellness and fitness spa, and the exceptional fine dining at the Cove Restaurant.
6. The Shelbourne
Located opposite scenic and historic St. Stephen’s Green, The Shelbourne is a luxurious 5-star hotel presented in a stunning 1824 redbrick building. From the centre of the nation’s capital, you’ll be treated to the finest in elegance, luxury and refinement; this Grand Old Dame is the heart and soul of Dublin.
For almost 200 years, the hotel’s spacious rooms and suites have provided their guests with the most elegant appointments and exclusive fabrics and furnishings.
During your stay, you’ll be assured to dine in a refined and dignified atmosphere within the Saddle Room restaurant or take afternoon tea in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge for utter decadence. If you’re looking for indulgant luxury hotels in Ireland, you won’t go wrong here.
7. Ashford Castle
Next up is Ashford Castle, which is arguably one of the most famous 5 star hotels in Ireland. Step within the stone walls of this 13th-century castle and you’ll discover why this 5-star hotel is exceptional in every way.
Rooms, suites and the private Hideaway cottage all feature luxury and elegance in every detail; spacious sizing and king size beds, rich fabrics and patterned wallpapers, and heritage furnishings all add to the unique styling.
Dine like royalty in the George V Dining Room and be treated to some of the nation’s most elegant presentations of local and seasonal produce by acclaimed chef, Philippe Farineau. Relax and restore in the distinguished wellness and spa centre, with the healing waters and restorative treatments in Ireland’s ‘Best Hotel Spa’.
8. The G Hotel
Contemporary styling with traditional service is combined effortlessly in this 5-star hotel in historic Galway city. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be treated like a VIP as you stroll along their iconic magenta carpet. Elegant chandeliers, spacious surrounds, and a distinguished presentation are just the beginning.
The essence of the Galway coast and the wild Atlantic Ocean has inspired each of the guestrooms, with the interior design featuring original artworks, RESPA beds with Duck Down pillows, and iconic turn-down service. Relax and unwind at the ESpa, Galway’s only 5-star spa, and dine at the G, renowned for its culinary excellence.
Often overlooked luxurious hotels in Ireland
The final section of our guide to the best 5 star hotels in Ireland looks at lavish hotels that are sometimes overlooked.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from the beautiful Lyrath Estate and the breath-taking Sheen Falls to plenty of other luxury hotels in Ireland worth considering.
1. Castlemartyr Resort
Halfway between Cork cITY and Youghal, you’ll find Castlemartyr Resort and its impressive atmosphere amongst golf greens and the ruined Castlemartyr Castle. The ornate renaissance parterre gardens set the tone of this elegant and refined hotel.
With the same level of detail and dedication, you’ll find even the smallest feature is immaculate in its presentation.
Rooms, suites, and the private luxury self-catered Residences, all benefit from tasteful decorations, carefully chosen fabrics and furnishings, and offer a range of views of the sublime natural setting. For pure indulgence, unwind at The Spa at Castlemartyr with its wellness treatments, or dine at the award-winning Bell Tower Restaurant.
2. Lyrath Estate
Lyrath Estate is one of my favourite 5 star hotels in Ireland – this stunning property offers a blend of contemporary styling with modern fittings and fixtures, whilst highlighting the original redbrick construction and historic charm. There’s no better, or more luxurious place to stay in Kilkenny.
139 bedrooms with air-conditioning, incredible views across the Lyrath estate and gardens, and a choice of sun terraces or balconies are just the beginning. Nestle into your luxuriously appointed and spacious room; famous for being a Gold Medal and Supreme Winner Award from IASA, and feel your worries drift away.
If you can drag yourself away, there’s also the estate’s Afternoon Tea, served in Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Rooms, or unwind with a treatment at Oasis Spa.
3. Mount Juliet Estate
Halfway between Kilkenny and Waterford, Mount Juliet Estate sits in the centre of some of Ireland’s most scenic landscapes; ruined abbeys and towers, undulating pastures, and the winding River Nore, it’s hard to find a more peaceful location.
The hotel boasts an impressive golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and also a Michelin-starred restaurant, as well as an enchanting and rejuvenating wellness centre at the Hunter’s Yard Health Club.
Each of the Manor House rooms is everything you’d expect of a luxury hotel, and former home of the Earls of Carrick; spacious rooms and suites, earth and neutral tones for fabrics and furnishings, and the very best in luxury appointments.
4. Sheen Falls
Sheen Falls is another of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland. On the picturesque shoreline of Kenmare Bay, where the River Sheen gently tumbles into the mighty waterway, you’ll find your slice of Irish heaven. With its tree-lined driveway, and the sun terrace overlooking the river’s rapids, this hotel’s elegance is obvious from the moment you approach.
As they say, Surrender to Luxury, and why not? Each of the rooms and suites is tastefully decorated to encourage you to do just that, surrender and unwind. Shed your cares as you bathe in the tranquillity of the spa, enjoy unparalleled fine dining at the Falls Restaurant, or take in one of their relaxing activities to reconnect with yourself.
5. Lough Eske Castle
Located near Donegal Town, and in a charming valley near Lough Eske, the hotel sits proudly nestled into the tumbling hillsides of the Wild Appalachian Way. With commanding views across rolling hills and sweeping valleys, this hotel affords guests unbridled access to Ireland’s greatest beauties.
Opulent hotel rooms and suites in traditional castles don’t come more spectacular than this. The courtyard might date back to the 1600s, but you’d never know by all the modern luxuries and contemporary styling with large king-size beds, rich fabrics and furnishings, and tasteful decorations.
The hotel also boasts a therapeutic Spa and the freshest Irish cuisine in Donegal at the Cedars Restaurant. Few luxury hotels in Ireland can go toe-to-toe with the unique experience offered to guests at Lough Eske.
6. The Dunloe
Set back from Lough Leane, The Dunloe is where a stylistic blend of traditional and historic Irish buildings meets with contemporary styling and construction to create an iconic 5-star hotel. Expansive gardens invite guests to roam and unwind as they take time in nature before relaxing further within the hotel’s main buildings.
Within the walls of the hotel, the rooms and suites are designed specifically for guests’ needs; space to relax, fabrics and furnishings to be enjoyed and ensure your comfort, and provide views to soothe the mind. Enjoy a swim at the hotel’s pool, and then partake in a meal in the most beautiful and natural dinner setting at The Grill Restaurant.
Best luxury hotels Ireland: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant 5 star hotels in Ireland 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 the most luxurious hotels in Ireland
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What is the most expensive hotel in Ireland?’ to ‘What luxury hotels in Ireland are the cheapest?’.
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 fanciest 5 star hotels in Ireland?
In my opinion, the finest luxury hotels in Ireland are Dromoland Castle, Adare Manor, The Europe, Ashford Castle and Ballyfin.
What is the most expensive hotel in Ireland?
Although hotel rates change by season, the most expensive hotel in Ireland that we could find is Adare Manor.
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.