Donegal is a dynamic place. It is an ancient land filled with sights of wonder and natural attractions, awe-inspiring landscapes and rugged coastlines.
Wildly undeveloped, Donegal is one of the most unspoiled stretches on the Emerald Isle. Often associated with the mother tongue (the Irish language), traditional music and rolling green pastures, it is plain to see why this destination tops traveller’s bucket lists.
Here are the ten best hotels in Donegal, according to Booking.com – a user-populated review and travel booking website. Only hotels that have accumulated over 200 reviews have been taken into consideration.
10. Nesbitt Arms Hotel – for homely vibes
This three-star hotel is located in Adara, not far from the stunning Donegal coastline. The family-run property balances homely vibes with modern comforts and individual touches.
There is an on-site bar and restaurant, and with major natural attractions on its doorstep, making it an excellent base for exploring the surroundings and one of the best hotels in Donegal.
Address: The Diamond, Drumbaran, Ardara, Co. Donegal
9. Allingham Arms Hotel – for watersports
Located in the lively seaside resort of Bundoran in the South of Donegal is the Allingham Arms Hotel. This four-star hotel is popular for weekend breaks and summer vacations. And, during the mid-year months the sleepy seaside town comes to live with surfers and water sports enthusiasts.
With ocean views and traditional hotel comforts, this four-star establishment will become a home away from home.
Address: W End, Magheracar, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
8. Tara Hotel – for a fishing village setting
The Tara Hotel is a popular three-star hotel located in Killybegs in Donegal. Overlooking weather-worn fishing trawlers and working boats, the hotel offers a great atmosphere.
It offers a highly rated on-site restaurant and a state-of-the-art gym which keeps customers coming back for more!
Address: Main Street, Drumbeagh, Killybegs, Co. Donegal
7. Creevy Pier Hotel – for ocean views
This three-star hotel is located in Ballyshannon along the stunning Donegal coastline.
With a garden, terrace and outdoor patio (overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean), it is all about setting here at Creevy Pier Hotel.
The hotel is old-school in style and offers warmth and homeliness to no end, making it one of the best hotels in Donegal.
Address: Kildoney Glebe, Cloghbolie, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal
6. Sandhouse Hotel – for beach vibes
This four-star hotel overlooks the stunning Rossnowlagh Beach on Donegal Bay. This charming beachfront property is an ideal place for a summer break with the sand and sea just moments from its doorstep.
Expect elegant rooms and local seafood served in its on-site restaurant, which also overlooks the water, too.
Address: Rossnowlagh Beach, Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
5. Abbey Hotel Donegal – for Donegal town vibes
This three-star hotel is located in the centre of Donegal town’s main square, making it the perfect place to explore the town in question.
With fresh furnishings and modern renovations, this traditional hotel has been given a new lease of life. It is now listed as the fifth most highly-rated hotel in Donegal, according to Booking.com.
Address: Glebe, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, F94 AP8W
4. Central Hotel Donegal – for leisure
Also located in the heart of Donegal town is the Central Hotel Donegal. This three-star offers everything you could ask for.
With an on-site restaurant and bar, as well as live entertainment you’ll be enjoying every minute. More so, it has a wellness centre with a gym and swimming pool. And, it is in walking distance to most major sights!
The rooms are airy with tonnes of natural light and neutral shades with splashes of pop colour to give a contemporary feel to a classic hotel setting.
Address: The Diamond, Co. Donegal
3. Mill Park Hotel – for a tranquil retreat
The four-star Mill Park Hotel is a fantastic resort to escape to on any given trip to Donegal. Sitting on manicured green lawns, this hotel offers a tranquil base for your Donegal adventure.
The hotel is a 10-minute walk from Donegal Castle and other major sites. With an on-site bar, restaurant and wellness centre (with a swimming pool) all of your needs will be catered for.
Address: The Mullins, Mullans, Donegal, F94 HD99
2. Lough Eske Castle – for utter enchantment
Lough Eske Castle is a four-star establishment in Donegal. The enchanting castle setting is sure to make you feel like royalty while its four-star standard beams through in every little luxury.
An on-site spa (think massages, facials and fitness centre) offers serenity during your stay. To top it off, the gourmet dining options which offer local produce and seasonal dishes make it one of the best hotels in Donegal.
Address: Castle, Lough Eske, Donegal, F94 HX59
1. Harvey’s Point – for a couples escape
This four-star hotel in Donegal sits along the shores of the placid Lough Eske. The tranquil setting and magical woodland setting will offer serenity and relaxation at every turn.
This award-winning property is well-suited for a courting couple looking to escape the world for a weekend. Fine dining, woodland walks and endless romance are all on offer at Harvey’s Point in Donegal.
Address: Lough Eske Rd, Tawnyvorgal, Donegal