27 Best Places To Stay In Ireland (If You Love A View That Knocks You On Your Arse)

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The best places to stay in Ireland, in my opinion, are those that come with a view that knocks you on your arse.

There are few things better than waking up in the morning and chilling with a coffee while admiring a mighty view.

It’s also hard to bate kicking-back in the evening with a beer and watching the sun drop over a gorgeous landscape.

If you, like me, are fond of a fine view from your hotel, B&B or Airbnb, then this guide should tickle your fancy.

It’s wedged with places to stay in Ireland with great reviews and outstanding views… that unintentionally rhymed… badly.

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The Cliff House, Waterford

10 of the best places to stay in Ireland

Here’s a list of our top 10 spots (along with a video if you can’t be arsed reading). There are loads more places to dig into when you scroll down.

  1. The Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal
  2. The Lake Hotel, Kerry
  3. Slieve Donard, Down
  4. The Cliff House, Waterford
  5. Knockranny House Hotel, Mayo
  6. The Hideaway, Donegal
  7. Pax Guesthouse, Kerry
  8. Benbulben Farmhouse, Sligo
  9. Kelly’s Hotel, Wexford
  10. Clare Island Lighthouse, Mayo
 

1. The Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal

Those that take a spin out to the 4-star, family-run Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh in County Donegal will be treated to sea views… from their bed!

This hotel has cosy written all over it. The Sandhouse offers a range of rooms, from a ‘Hill View’ to a ‘Deluxe Sea View’, each of which boasts a uniquely styled ‘blend of old-world charm and modern convenience’.

Visitors can ramble across the road to the breathtaking Blue Flag Rossnowlagh Beach for a saunter along the sand. There’s plenty of more places to visit in Donegal nearby.

Check out prices for a night at the Sandbox here.

2. The Lake Hotel, Kerry

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I’m only two in and this article is already causing me pain – I need a holiday… here, preferably! Welcome to the swanky Lake Hotel in Killarney.

You’ll find this hotel nestled on the lake of Lough Lein – Killarney’s lower lake. If you spend a night or two here, you’ll be treated to a view where mountains, islands, and woodlands all collide.

The best part? (sh*t pun alert) You can soak up the view from an outdoor jacuzzi. Very fancy altogether.

The Lake Hotel is a mighty base if you’re looking to explore Killarney or spin along the Ring of Kerry driving route.

Check out prices for a night at the lake hotel here.

3. Slieve Donard, County Down

Slieve Donard Hotel by the sea

Good God this place looks unreal. You’ll find the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa at the foot of the magnificent Mountains of Mourne, next to a golden strand of beach.

Visitors can kick-back and soak up the view from the spa or from many of the hotel’s 180 luxurious bedrooms. 

There’s an almost endless number of things to do in Down if you make the Slieve Donard your base. You could spend a morning hiking in the Mournes, and an afternoon and evening flaked out in the hotel spa.

Check out prices for a night at the Slieve Donard here.

4. The Cliff House Hotel, Waterford

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Photo via the Cliff House Hotel

Welcome to the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford. This place looks like it’d be the right job after a stressful month or two in work – the whole place has kick-back-and-chill-out-there-pal vibe written all over it.

The sea view you’ll be treated to here can be enjoyed from the warm waters of the spa or from the comfort of the hotel as you kick back with a drink or a coffee.

Those of you that follow our guide to the best things to do in Waterford could easily make this your base for a night.

Check out prices for a night at the Cliff House here.

5. The Hideaway, Donegal

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You’ll find this gorgeous little cabin tucked away in the hills of Donegal. It’s a cosy, self-contained space that’s been finely designed to make the most of the stunning mountain views that surround it.

Imagine kicking back out here on a warm summer morning with a coffee. Or in the evening as the sun sets with a beer… a little dollop of magic.

See this and 24 other quirky, luxurious and romantic rentals in our guide to the most unique Airbnbs in Ireland.

6. Knockranny House Hotel, Mayo

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Photo via Knockranny House Hotel

This luxury hotel is set in secluded grounds on a hillside that overlooks the picturesque town of Westport – easily one of the best towns on the island.

Visitors to Knockranny House can enjoy views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay’s islands to the west and the Nephin Mountains to the north.

There’s also an endless amount of things to do in Mayo nearby for you to dive into! Croagh Patrick and Achill Island, in particular, are both a handy drive away.

Check out prices for a night at Knockranny House here.

7. Pax Guesthouse Dingle, Kerry

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Photo via Pax Guesthouse

Good God this place looks special. You’ll find Pax Guesthouse in Dingle, a little under 20 minutes walk from Dick Macks pub (my point of reference any time I’m trying to gauge how far out a B&B is from Dingle town).

The guesthouse boasts views that are… well… just throw your eyes up and see for yourself. Talk about special!

Several people recommended this place to me in recent months, and the vast majority that did so mentioned the host, John, and the homely nature of the place as much as they did the view.

8. Benbulben Farmhouse B&B, Sligo

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Photo via Benbulben Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast

I said at the beginning that this guide was in no particular order, and the Benbulben Farmhouse B&B in Sligo is a testament to that.

This may well be the best place to stay in Ireland with a view! Just look at the scenery that lays outside of the window in the snap above.

Situated at the foot of Benbulben and in the heart of Yeats Country, this B&B offers guests Mountain views that are simply out of this world.

Thinking of visiting? Check out our guide to 27 of the best places to visit in Sligo!

9. Kelly’s Hotel, Wexford

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I’ve heard from many people over the years that Kelly’s in Wexford is one of the best places to stay in Ireland for couples with kids.

You’ll find this hotel in Wexford, finely located next to Rosslare’s sandy beach. My Nan and Grandad used to stay here when they were younger, and my Nan still speaks of the hotel fondly.

Views, top-class service, and a stone’s throw from the sand. What’s not to love?!

Check out prices for a night at Kelly’s here.

10. Clare Island Lighthouse, Mayo

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The spectacular Clare Island Lighthouse can be found at the most northerly point of Clare Island in Mayo.

Built in 1806, Clare Island Lighthouse was decommissioned in 1965 after an impressive 159 years of service.

The lighthouse has been beautifully restored by its current owner and offers guests a breath-taking of coastline and mountains.

See loads more unusual Irish rentals in our guide to 23 of the most unique places to stay in Ireland in 2020.

11. The Dingle Skellig, Kerry

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The Dingle Skellig is one of a handful of hotels in this guide that I’ve spent a night or two in. I can confidently recommend this place as the night we spent here was pretty damn good.

If you visit this hotel, you’ll be treated to top-notch views from many of the rooms (especially the ones in the new extension), the breakfast area, the outdoor patio, and the hot tub.

Check out prices for a night at the Dingle Skellig here.

12. The Shandon, Donegal

hot tub at the shandon spa

Next up is the Shandon Hotel in Donegal. I stayed here earlier this year and, like the Dingle Skellig, it was excellent.

You’re a handy walk from the beautiful Marble Hill Beach and, if you stay in one of the rooms that I did, you’ll have ample views of the surrounding countryside and sea.

This is a lovely little spot to base yourself from as you explore Donegal and it’s many natural attractions.

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

13. Inchydoney Island Lodge, Cork

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Inchydoney Island Lodge is finely plonked just outside the little town of Clonakilty in West Cork. The hotel overlooks the sea and the Blue-Flag Inchydoney beach.

While I’ve never stayed in this hotel before, I have been inside… I legged it in to use their toilet after a ramble on the beach last winter. 

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

14. Parknasilla Resort, Kerry (one of best places to stay in ireland for couples)

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Our next stop takes us to the Parknasilla Resort in Kerry. Built in 1897, this 4-star hotel is situated amongst the spectacular Kerry mountains and bounded by the sea.

Victorian-era décor collides with views of the Atlantic Ocean to make this one of the most beautiful places to stay in Ireland for those in search of a sea view with a heap of luxury to go with it.

If you’re visiting Kerry for a bit of active exploring, Parknasilla will provide the perfect respite after a day in the mountains.

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

15. The Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, Fermanagh

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Photo via the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel

The 4-star Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel provides guests with stunning views out over the chilly waters of Lough Erne. 

Located in County Fermanagh, this family-run hotel is surrounded by gorgeous lakeside gardens. It’s also a stone’s throw from the historic town of Enniskillen.

Expect views, great service, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, and gym along with plenty more.

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

16. Limestone Lodge Doolin, Clare

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Photo via Limestone Lodge

If you’re visiting Clare and looking to kick-back in a well-reviewd B&B with a view that’ll knock you sideways, get yourself to Limestone Lodge in Doolin.

If you look at the picture above, you’ll get a taste of the view out to the Cliffs of Moher that awaits you in this charming guesthouse. The hand-built stone wall sealed the deal for me.

Thinking about visiting? Here’s a tonne of things to do in Doolin.

17. Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo

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Photo via Mulranny Park Hotel

Another one for Mayo! The four-star Mulranny Park Hotel is perched on a site that overlooks Both Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick in what really is one of the most breath-taking corners of Ireland.

Imagine chilling and having breakfast or lunch in one of those chairs above on a cool Autumn day. The arse would be frozen off you, but it’d be worth it all the same.

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

18. The Armada Hotel, Clare

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The Armada Hotel is another spot that falls into the category of ‘best places to stay in Ireland for couples’. I know several people that have stayed here in the last couple of months.

Every single one of them has raved about their stay. If you’re searching for a swanky spot to stay in while you explore Clare, get yourself here.

Located in Spanish Point, the Armada Hotel is the perfect base for surfers looking to tackle waves and travellers looking for a hotel by the sea.

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

19. The Europe Hotel & Resort, Kerry

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Photo via the Europe

This place has been on my if I-had-a-spare-300-notes-I’d-defo-stay-here-list for ageeeeeeees at this stage.

Overlooking the gorgeous Lakes of Killarney, the Europe Hotel & Resort is a Five Star Hotel in Killarney that’s racked up impeccable reviews online.

While the whole place just screams ‘luxury’, it’s the view that makes this hotel so painfully desirable.

Check out prices for a night at the Europe here.

20. Delphi Resort, Galway

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Delphi Resort is arguably one of the best places to stay in Ireland with kids, as there’s an endless number of things to do to keep them occupied.

You’ll find it at the heart of the spectacular Delphi Valley, a stone’s throw from the little village of Leenane.

Visitors to Delphi will be spoiled thanks to a location that’s enveloped by a rugged and wild landscape. The best part? You can lap it all up from the waters of the leisure suite. Take me here. Now.

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

21. Sneem Hotel, Kerry

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Our next stop is the little village of Sneem on Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula. The view that unravels in front of you as you drive into Sneem is worth the visit alone.

Rolling mountains seem to fold in upon you from every angle as you enter one of Kerry’s most wonderfully quaint little villages.

Imagine winding down with the view above laid out in front of you after a hard days exploring?! Magic!

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

22. Knockrobin, Wicklow

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Photo via Knockrobin

Welcome to the very quirky Knockrobin Glamping in Wicklow. You’ll find this place on the grounds of the award-winning Tinakilly House Hotel.

Those of you that spend the night here will be treated to a unique spot to sleep for the night with unbeatable views. And you’ll also have a restaurant nearby to grab a feed.

Check out this and 27 other unique places to go glamping in Ireland in 2020.

23. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, Kerry

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Photo via Aghadoe Heights Hotel

Kerry has had it’s fair share of features in this guide – and here’s another. Welcome to Aghadoe Heights – a hotel and spa with views of the lakes and the MacGillycudday Reeks.

Each of the 74 suites and rooms here offers a breathtaking view, either of the hotel’s gardens, the magnificent Kerry countryside or the gorgeous lakes and mountains that surround it.

Check out prices for a night at this place here.

24. A snug cottage with a private beach, Donegal

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This Airbnb in Donegal is a traditional granite cottage that was fully refurbished with a contemporary timber extension.

If you’re searching for a place to hibernate for a few days, whack this one onto your list. There’s a stove to keep the place toasty, and a private beach (yes, a private beach) right on its doorstep.

Check out our guide to this and 13 other unique Airbnbs in Donegal.

25. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Galway

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This gorgeous Irish castle is like something whipped straight from a fairy tale. The fact that Ballynahinch Castle is smack bang in the heart of Connemara is the icing on the cake.

Castle hotels can often cost an arm and a leg, but this place can be pretty reasonable. I had a snoop at prices and there are rooms on offer from €195 per night.

Check out this place along with 13 other incredible castle hotels in Ireland.

26. The Strand at Inch Beach, Kerry

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Photo via the Strand at Inch Beach

Although the Stand at Inch Beach is just 1.4 km from the stunning Inch Strand, the views from the guesthouse will make you feel like you’re an awful lot closer.

If you’ve never visited Inch, consider lashing it onto your itinerary. It’s a lovely quiet area that’s a nice basecamp for exploring the surrounding county.

27. Harbour View B&B Kenmare, Kerry

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Photo via the Harbor View B&B

Harbour View Bed & Breakfast is a 5 Star B&B that offers some unrivalled views of Kenmare Bay. The town itself is easily one of the most friendly that I’ve ever visited in Ireland.

It’s easy to pass by Kenmare and spend the night elsewhere, but the next time you’re planning a trip to Kerry, try and squeeze in a night in the town – you won’t be disappointed.

Where to stay in Ireland

OK. You’ve read the guide above but you’re still not sure where to stay in Ireland during your trip.

The most common problem that I see people encounter is that they’re not sure what part of the country to stay in during their visit.

Here’s a couple of tips to finding the best place to stay in Ireland on your visit:

  • Location: Personally, I love nothing more than rounding off a day of exploring with a bit of food and a pint. For me, location is king. If I’m hiking in Killarney, for example, I’ll stay in Kenmare town and get a hotel or B&B that’s within walking distance of the town
  • Budget: Budget can be a defining factor when it comes to deciding where to stay in Ireland. Often, the further you go from the main towns and cities, the cheaper the accommodation. 
  • Your route: your Ireland itinerary will play a big part in deciding where to stay. When you’ve planned out the route you’re taking, choose where to stay, as your accommodation will need to fit with where you’re visiting (to a certain extent).

Still confused? If you’re still struggling to decide, drop me a comment in the comment section at the end of this guide and I’ll help you out ASAP.

And that’s a wrap!

I’d love to hear what you think are the best places to stay in Ireland. Take 2 seconds and pop your answer in the comments section below!

Howaya! Thanks for visiting the Irish road trip! This site exists to inspire and guide you on an Irish adventure that’ll give birth to a lifetime of memories (sounds very arsey altogether, I know!) You'll find everything from things to do in Ireland to where to stay in Ireland (unique and unusual places) if you have a nosey around!

6 COMMENTS

  1. We stayed at The Waters Country House in Newtown, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. Lovely hosts. Good location – an hour (?) south of Galway. A few little “cottages“ have water features – gentle sounds while enjoying the rain! Great breakfast. We wished we had stayed longer! (I’m so enjoying all your recommendations – planning a trip for Sept. ‘21.) Stay healthy and be safe.

  2. Another fabulous place is the Bellbridge Hotel Spanish Point.The beach is across the road.We are regular visitors to this Hotel for the food and staff.

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