10 BEST 4-star hotels in IRELAND for 2024

Dreaming of a luxury escape to the Emerald Isle? If so, read on as we are rounding up the top ten best 4-star hotels in Ireland you need to visit.

Top 10 BEST 4-star hotels in IRELAND.

Boasting modern facilities, luxury accommodation, extensive grounds, and a relaxed atmosphere, the best 4-star hotels in Ireland have everything you could need for an amazing break.

With plenty of great places to stay all across Northern Ireland and the Republic Of Ireland, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to great places to stay.

So, before you book your next weekend break on the Emerald Isle, read on to discover the top ten best four-star hotels in Ireland.

The rundown – our top picks for the best 4-star hotels in Ireland

Best luxury hotel: Roganstown Hotel & Country Club, Co. Dublin

Best castle hotel: Clontarf Castle Hotel, Co. Dublin

Best spa hotel: Parknasilla Resort and Spa, Co. Kerry

Best hotel by the coast: Redcastle Hotel, Co. Donegal

Best city hotel: The Montenotte Hotel, Co. Cork

Best family hotel: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Co. Fermanagh

Best hotel in Dublin: Hyatt Centric The Liberties, Co. Dublin

Best hotel in Northern Ireland: Roe Park Resort, Co. Derry

Best hotel in Cork: Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Co. Cork

Best hotel in Donegal: Harvey’s Point, Co. Donegal

Best hotel in Galway: Delphi Resort, Co. Galway

Best 4-star hotels in Ireland – tips and advice

Our selection of the best 4-star hotels in the country.
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  • Booking.com: The best site for booking 4-star hotels in Ireland.
  • When to book: NEVER book last minute! The best 4-star hotels in Ireland are in high demand. Your trip will be much better valued, and you will get to stay in the best hotels by booking at least three months in advance.
  • It is important to choose the best location, so research where it is you want to go and what you want to see, and choose a convenient hotel.
  • 4-star hotels in Ireland will have incredible amenities and facilities to avail of, such as a spa, gym or pool.
  • 4-star hotels in Ireland will also provide quality cuisine for you direct from their restaurants. If you are extra keen, check out their menu in advance.

Where to stay in Ireland – great locations for all

The best places to stay in Ireland.
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Dublin: Dublin City Centre is the perfect location for those booking their very first trip to Ireland. Not only will you have all the city’s top tourist attractions on your doorstep, including Temple Bar and Trinity College. Rather, you will be just a stone’s throw from coastal towns, such as Howth and Dun Laoghaire.

Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland is home to a whole host of visitor attractions, and thanks to its small size, no matter where you stay, you will be in the ideal location for exploring. From the hustle and bustle of Belfast City Centre to breathtaking views of the Causeway Coast, including the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle, you’ll be spoilt for a choice of things to see and do.

Cork: County Cork is the ideal choice for those who want to spend some time exploring Cork City but then when you want a break from shopping, being able to jump in the car to explore the beautiful scenery that Ireland is so famous for.

Donegal: The perfect retreat for families, couples, friends, and anyone who wants to discover the wild and rugged nature of northwest Ireland, County Donegal is the ideal base for all kinds of travellers. Not only will you enjoy the perfect backdrop for an Irish holiday, but you will also get a chance to discover all the amazing Donegal attractions throughout the county.

Galway: Set in the west of Ireland, Galway is known as Ireland’s capital of culture. The perfect backdrop for relaxing weekend breaks, you can enjoy the beauty of Connemara, then head into the city centre for a delicious evening meal and a pint in one of Galway’s traditional pubs.

1. The Montenotte Hotel, Co. Cork – the perfect base to explore Cork City

The Montenotte Hotel is one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: This stunning Cork hotel offers an elegant stay and secluded feel while being perfectly situated at the heart of the city centre. Boasting classic bedrooms and wonderful leisure facilities, you are in for an incredible stay at this contemporary hotel.

This hotel is close to…CORK CITY CENTRE!

This hotel is perfect for…A STYLISH CITY BREAK!

IN HIGH DEMAND: This is an extremely popular hotel. NEVER book last minute! We suggest booking at least three months in advance.

Facilities here include:

  • Beautiful four-star hotel rooms, suites, and apartments
  • The Glasshouse Rooftop Bar and Outdoor Terrace
  • Cameo Cinema
  • Bellevue Spa and Motion Health Club
  • 20 m indoor swimming pool

Address: Middle Glanmire Rd, Montenotte, Cork, T23 E9DX, Ireland

2. Parknasilla Resort and Spa, Co. Kerry – a central location to discover the Ring of Kerry

Parknasilla Resort is a great spot on the Ring of Kerry.
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Overview: Nestled at the heart of the Kerry mountains, Parknasilla Resort and Spa is undoubtedly one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland. Relax back in a luxurious bedroom, dine at the classy restaurants, and make the most of the fitness centre, golf, and spa facilities.

This hotel is close to…THE KERRY MOUNTAINS!

This hotel is perfect for…A RELAXING RURAL ESCAPE

Facilities here include:

  • Deluxe bedrooms, suites, lodges, and villas
  • The Doolittle Bar and Pygmalion Restaurant
  • Nine-hole parkland golf course
  • 500-acre estate
  • Relaxing spa and wellness facilities

Address: Derryquin, Parknasilla, Co. Kerry, V93 EK71, Ireland

3. Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Co. Cork ‒ one of the best spa breaks in Ireland

Inchydoney Island Lodge is one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: Located in the historic town of Clonakilty in West Cork, Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery Ireland has to offer. With fantastic leisure facilities and a great business centre, this hotel is great for all kinds of travellers.

This hotel is close to…CLONAKILTY!

This hotel is perfect for…DISCOVERING WEST CORK!

Facilities here include:

  • Modern hotel rooms and suites
  • The Gulfstream Restaurant for a delicious Irish breakfast option
  • Dunes Pub & Bistro for a hearty meal
  • The Lounge and Silver Surfer Food Truck for drinks and a quick bite
  • Seawater Spa Therapies

Address: Inchydoney Island, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, Ireland

READ MORE: Like the look of this? Then check out IB4UD’s article on the 10 best hotels in Cork for all budgets

4. Roganstown Hotel & Country Club, Co. Dublin ‒ a top-class Dublin hotel

This is a great choice in Dublin.
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Overview: Located in Swords, just north of Dublin City, Roganstown Hotel and Country Club is the perfect place to stay that is not too far from the city. Set among picturesque grounds and boasting fantastic facilities, you can’t go wrong with a stay here.

This hotel is close to…DUBLIN CITY!

This hotel is perfect for…A RELAXING BREAK CLOSE TO THE CITY!

Facilities here include:

  • Comfortable guest bedrooms
  • No Sixty One Salon and Spa
  • Leisure Centre and 18-hole championship golf course
  • McLoughlin’s Restaurant and O’Callaghan’s Bar and Patio
  • Shuttle bus service from the airport

Address: Naul Rd, Roganstown, Swords, Co. Dublin, K67 P2E4, Ireland

5. Redcastle Hotel, Co. Donegal ‒ the perfect setting in northwest Ireland

Redcastle is one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: Set on the picturesque shores of Lough Foyle, Redcastle Hotel is one of the very best 4-star hotels in Ireland. Set for a multi-million euro makeover, this brilliant hotel is due to become even better, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

This hotel is close to…THE INISHOWEN PENINSULA!

This hotel is perfect for…A SEASIDE ESCAPE!

IN HIGH DEMAND: This is an extremely popular hotel. NEVER book last minute! We suggest booking at least three months in advance.

Facilities here include:

  • Modern bedrooms with oceanfront views
  • The Edge Restaurant, The Captain’s Bar, and The Deck
  • Spa, Leisure Centre, and Ladies’ ‘Sugar Room’
  • Nine-hole parkland golf course
  • Various activities on site

Address: Inishowen Peninsula, Culineen, Redcastle, Co. Donegal, Ireland

RELATED: Find out where Redcastle ranks on our article on the top 10 best hotels in County Donegal

6. Hillgrove Hotel, Leisure & Spa, Co. Monaghan – for a state-of-the-art leisure complex and spa

Hillgrove Hotel is one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: Located close to Monaghan town centre, the Hillgrove Hotel, Leisure, and Spa is an elegant four-star hotel that promises a relaxing escape. Providing the ultimate atmosphere to relax with your loved ones, this fantastic hotel needs to be on your bucket list.

This hotel is close to…MONAGHAN TOWN CENTRE!

This hotel is perfect for…AN ELEGANT SPA BREAK!

Facilities here include:

  • Classic, deluxe, and family rooms
  • Honeymoon suites
  • Kids Club and child-friendly facilities
  • The Bistro, PK’s Bar, and the Coffee Dock
  • Luxurious spa facilities and state-of-the-art fitness club

Address: Old Armagh Rd, Latlorcan, Monaghan, H18 RK15, Ireland

7. Delphi Resort, Co. Galway ‒ charming accommodation in the heart of Connemara

This hotel is charming and picturesque.
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Overview: Ideally located in the west of Ireland, Delphi Resort is a luxurious hideaway perfect for those who enjoy embracing active adventures. With brilliant spa and leisure facilities, it is one of the best hotels in Galway and the perfect retreat after a day spent exploring Connemara. See where Delphi ranks on our list of the best hotels in Ireland that are the stuff of dreams.

This hotel is close to…CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK!

This hotel is perfect for…AN ACTIVE COUNTRYSIDE HOLIDAY!

Facilities here include:

  • Scenic views of the Connemara landscape
  • Four-star hotel rooms and suites
  • The 814 Restaurant and Bar and Wild Atlantic Café
  • Land and water-based guided activities
  • Spa facilities and thermal suites

Address: Tawnyinlough, Leenaun, Co. Galway, Ireland

READ: The top 10 best hotels in Galway, according to reviews

8. Harvey’s Point, Co. Donegal ‒ one of the classiest Donegal hotels

Harvey's Point is one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland.
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co: Located in southwest Donegal, Harvey’s Point is one of the classiest hotels Ireland has to offer. In idyllic surroundings on the shores of Lough Eske, you can rest assured you will enjoy a peaceful escape here.

This hotel is close to…DONEGAL TOWN!

This hotel is perfect for…A TRANQUIL ESCAPE!

Facilities here include:

  • Deluxe suites and lodges
  • Elegant restaurant, bar, and terrace
  • Timeless interior décor
  • Helicopter landing area
  • Afternoon tea

Address: Lough Eske Rd, Tawnyvorgal, Donegal, F94 E771, Ireland

9. Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort, Co. Cavan ‒ for unforgettable weekend breaks

A great choice for a weekend break.
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Overview: Undoubtedly one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland, Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort is a must-visit for an unforgettable luxury escape. With luxury adults-only spa facilities and a fantastic 18-hole championship golf course, there’s something for everyone here.

This hotel is close to…CUILCAGH BOARDWALK TRAIL!

This hotel is perfect for…A LUXURY ADULTS-ONLY SPA BREAK!

IN HIGH DEMAND: This is an extremely popular hotel. NEVER book last minute! We suggest booking at least three months in advance.

Facilities here include:

  • Standard rooms, luxury suites, and private houses
  • The Cedar Room and Maxwells Grill Room
  • Adults-only spa facilities
  • Health and fitness facilities
  • 18-hole championship golf course

Address: Coras Point, Cavan, Ireland

10. Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Co. Fermanagh – for a wonderful County Fermanagh break

The Killyhevlin is one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland.

Overview: Set on the shores of Lough Erne, Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotels and Lodges is the perfect break for couples, families, or groups. The perfect spot to explore everything County Fermanagh has to offer, this hotel will keep you coming back for more.

This hotel is close to…LOUGH ERNE!

This hotel is perfect for…FAMILIES!

Facilities here include:

  • Comfortable rooms, suites, and lodges
  • Elemis Spa and Wellness facilities
  • Lakeside Grill and Terrace
  • Kid-friendly facilities
  • Meeting and conference rooms

Address: Dublin Rd, Killyhevlin, Enniskillen BT74 6RW

Notable mentions 

Cabra Castle is another great option.
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Best luxury hotels: Clanard Court Hotel, Co. Kildare; Annebrook House Hotel, Co. Westmeath

Best castle hotels: Kilronan Castle Hotel, Co. Roscommon; Cabra Castle Hotel, Co. Cavan

Best spa hotels: Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Co. Westmeath; The Heritage, Co. Laois

Best hotels by the coast: Ballymascanlon Hotel, Co. Louth; Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, Co. Wexford

Best city hotels: Butler House, Co. Kilkenny; Europa Hotel, Co. Antrim

Best family hotels: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin; Avlon House Hotel, Co. Kilkenny

Best hotels in Dublin: Trinity City Hotel, Co. Dublin; Hampton Hotel, Co. Dublin

Ballyliffin Lodge is one of the best 4-star hotels in Ireland.
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Best hotels in Northern Ireland: Burrendale Hotel, Country Club & Spa, Co. Down; Galgorm Resort and Spa, Co. Antrim

Best hotels in Cork: Ballymaloe Hotel and Restaurant, Co. Cork; Eccles Hotel & Spa Glengarriff, Co. Cork

Best hotels in Donegal: Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel and Spa, Co. Donegal; Rosapenna Hotel & Golf Resort, Co. Donegal

Best hotels in Galway: Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Co. Galway; Ballynahinch Castle, Co. Galway

Your questions answered about the best 4-star hotels in Ireland

Read our article on the best 4-star hotels in Ireland and still have some outstanding questions? Not to worry! Here, we have put together the most frequently asked questions about the topic.

What is a 4-star hotel in Ireland?

Four-star hotels in Ireland offer a range of special services and amenities, including things like fine dining, spa facilities, pools, and more.

What is the largest hotel in Ireland?

Citywest Hotel in South Dublin is the largest hotel in Ireland.

What is the difference between a 4-star hotel and a 5-star hotel?

The difference between a 4-star and a 5-star hotel is the level of luxury guests can enjoy during their stay. Generally, 5-star hotels will offer a wider range of facilities, too.

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