The 8 Best Luxury Hotels
in Ireland

Dane Tredway

Ireland Travel Expert

At Butterfield & Robinson, our hotels aren’t prosaic—they’re pure poetry.

From castles and riads to ryokans and monasteries, we source lodgings that aren’t just places to crash, but one-of-a-kind spots as intimate, authentic and sublime as the rest of your journey—and packed with personal touches from our hotelier friends.

Below we’ve rounded up a few of the best luxury hotels in Ireland, where you can do so much more than simply rest your head.

But be warned: there may be tears when it’s time to say goodbye!


Lismore Castle, Co. Waterford

The 800-year old property has been owned by the Duke of Devonshire since 1773 and has a history and surroundings that will transport you.

Lismore Castle Co. Waterford, Best Luxury Hotels in Ireland

Ideal for families or private groups, Lismore can accommodate up to 30 people yet feels intimate with a group of 10 or 12.


Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara

Surrounded by 450 acres of beautiful wooded grounds overlooking its famous salmon fishery, Ballynahinch is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels.

Ballynahinch Castle Connemara, Best Luxury Hotels in Ireland

Its rooms are tastefully furnished in casual country elegance and its superb restaurant offers refined Irish classics using delicious local meats and produce.


Gregans Castle, Ballyvaughan

A stunning 18th-century manor house in beautiful Ballyvaughan, Gregans Castle is warm Irish hospitality at its best. The property is surrounded by lovingly attended gardens and has spectacular views stretching across the Burren to Galway Bay.

Gregans Castle Ballyvaughan, Best Luxury Hotels in Ireland

Its award-winning restaurant highlights amazing local produce, meat and seafood.

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Ashford Castle, Cong

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Set amidst 350 acres of private woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib, the 12thC Ashford Castle was purchased by the Guinness family in 1852.

Ashford Castle Cong, Best Luxury Hotels in Ireland

Only the opulent interiors and colourful rooms surpass the 5-star hotel’s beautiful grounds, 9-hole golf course, and falconry and horseback riding schools.


Ard na Sidhe, Kerry

Built in 1913 by Lady Gordon, a noted gardener, traveller and writer, this Victorian country manor house is idyllically situated on 32 acres on the shores of Lough Caragh.

Ard na Sidhe Kerry, Best Luxury Hotels in Ireland

Each of its 18 rooms combines old world sensibilities with modern comfort. The property is within striking distance of the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry.


Park Hotel, Kenmare

A landmark property dating back to 1897, the Park Hotel is nestled on nine beautifully groomed acres overlooking Kenmare Bay.

Park Hotel Kenmare, Best Luxury Hotels in Ireland

Each of its 46 rooms is elegantly appointed with all of the original antiques, luxurious fabrics and object d’artes one would expect of a fine manor hotel. The SÁMAS spa is a real highlight.


Hayfield Manor, Cork

The ultimate urban retreat, Hayfield stands on 2 acres of mature gardens within a 10-minute stroll of downtown. Rooms and suites are tastefully decorated in a traditional style.

Hayfield Manor Cork, Best Luxury Hotels in Ireland

The hotel has a fine-dining restaurant, bistro and a six-treatment room spa on site.


Lough Inagh Lodge, Connemara

Lough Inagh Lodge Connemara, Best Luxury Hotels in IrelandNestled in a picturesque setting between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Maum Turk Mountain Range, this cozy fishing lodge boasts some very important features – its own pub, comfortable lounges, and killer views.

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