Top 10 snazziest 5-star hotels in Ireland

From castles to luxury spa hotels, we’ve got you covered in our list of the top ten snazziest 5-star hotels in Ireland.

If you’re looking to stay in luxury while visiting Ireland, or maybe just fancy a lovely weekend away, you have to visit one of these 5-star hotels all across Ireland.

The Emerald Isle is home to some of the best, from ancient castles to snazzy boutique hotels and spas, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

To help you make up your mind, we have made a list of the top ten snazziest five-star hotels from all over Ireland.

10. Lyrath Estate, Co. Kilkenny – a historic location in picturesque countryside

Lyrath Estate is one of the snazziest 5-star hotels in Ireland, it's spectacular.

A night at this five-star hotel and country resort is sure to make you feel relaxed and refreshed. Located in the heart of Kilkenny City, Lyrath Estate blends old with new as the historic 17th-century estate house sits alongside a modern-day extension.

Guests will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the 170 acres of picturesque Irish countryside across which the estate stretches, as well as being able to relax at the multi-award-winning Oasis spa. Needless to say, this is one of the top luxury hotels in Ireland.

Prices: Average €180 per night


Address: Dublin Rd, Lyrath, Kilkenny, Ireland

9. The G Hotel and Spa, Co. Galway – glamorous and modern, a must-stay

The G Hotel is one of the snazziest 5-star hotels in Ireland.
Credit: @theghotelgalway / Facebook

A five-minute drive from the centre of Galway City, the chic G Hotel overlooks Lough Atalia. On their website, they claim to be ‘the only 5-star hotel in Galway’ so the G Hotel and Spa is a must-visit if you’re going to be in town.

The hotel is well known for its distinctive public spaces which boast an abundance of pink and purple furnishings, including the stunning Grand Salon, Pink Ladies Lounge, and Gentleman’s Lounge, as well as its AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, GiGi’s.

Prices: Average €200 per night


Address: Old Dublin Rd, Galway, Ireland

8. Merchant Hotel, Belfast – the art-deco interior makes this building feel alive

One of the top 5-star hotels in Ireland is the Merchant Hotel in Belfast.
Credit: Merchant Hotel, Belfast

When it comes to luxury hotels in Ireland, The Merchant Hotel in Northern Ireland is one of the finest. Located on the site of a former bank, it’s no surprise that this hotel screams decadence with its antique furniture.

The Victorian and art-deco style make it a must-visit with its luxurious period rooms, equipped with all the modern extras, including flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges, alongside tea and coffee making equipment.

If you aren’t already sold, you might want to check out their suites which include separate living rooms and fireplaces!

While you’re staying at the Merchant, you can visit the rooftop spa and gym that offers panoramic views of the vibrant city of Belfast, and dine at the Great Room Restaurant or Bert’s Jazz Bar.

Prices: Average €221 per night


Address: 16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ

7. Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa, Co. Wicklow – you have to eat in their Sika restaurant

Powerscourt is one of the top 5-star hotels in Ireland, they even have a spa.

Set on Ireland’s beautiful east coast, the Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa is located on a 1000-acre estate so it has a lot to offer visitors looking a relaxing break.

The rooms have marble bathrooms with rainfall showers, and some suites even offer separate living areas, fireplaces, and rooftop terraces with their own jacuzzis and stunning views.

If you want to take your relaxation to the next level, you can visit the indoor spa, which features an indoor pool, saunas, steam rooms, and a gym.

In the evening, you can head for something to eat at Sika, an elegant, glass-walled restaurant offering modern Irish dishes.

Or grab afternoon tea at the Sugar Loaf Lounge, named after Wicklow’s Sugar Loaf Mountain, and finally, wind down with a few drinks in McGill’s, a cosy traditional Irish pub.

Prices: Average €307 per night


Address: Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

6. Adare Manor, Co. Limerick – four-poster beds and claw-foot baths

Adare Manor is one of the top 5-star hotels in Ireland, they have a Michelin Star restaurant too.

This Neo-Gothic manor in County Limerick is one of the top luxury hotels in Ireland. Offering visitors the ultimate experience, it features a golf course, an indoor pool, formal gardens, and a library, as well as villas and townhouses on its 850-acre estate.

The opulent rooms feature four-poster beds, claw-foot baths, antiques, and fireplaces, while the modern villas and townhouses offer full kitchens.

Guests can also enjoy a delicious meal at one of the hotel’s Michelin Star restaurants, furnished with decadent oak furnishings.

To make the most of your time here, you can hire a bike to explore the estate and surrounding town, or why not try out clay pigeon shooting?

The landscaped gardens are truly beautiful and you can enjoy wonderful views of them from the hotel.

Prices: Average €652 per night


Address: Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland

5. Ashford Castle, Cong – kick back in a historical beauty close to Lough Corrib

Ashford Castle, Cong is a 13th-century castle that you must stay at.

Located on a stunning 350 acres of parkland, Ashford Castle in County Mayo is a 13th-century castle that sits elegantly overlooking Lake Corrib. This medieval and Victorian hotel has continued to expand over the years to become the 5-star hotel it is today.

The luxurious rooms feature antique rosewood furniture, and some even have four-poster beds and separate living and dining areas.

Ashford Castle offers visitors several lavish dining options, including fine dining in the George V Dining Room, casual dining at Cullen’s at the Cottage or the Dungeon, or afternoon tea in the elegant Connaught Room.

Prices: Average €245 per night


Address: Ashford Castle Estate, Cong, Co. Mayo, F31 CA48, Ireland

4. Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa, Newcastle – for sea and mountain views

The Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa is set in the beautiful seaside town of Newcastle.

Set in the beautiful seaside town of Newcastle, Northern Ireland, the coastal location of the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is the perfect weekend retreat.

From the hotel, you’ll be treated to stunning views of Newcastle beach, the promenade, and the Irish Sea, as well as the colossal Mourne Mountains.

Start your day off right with an Irish breakfast in the hotel restaurant, which offers wonderful views of this quaint seaside town.

This grand Victorian hotel features spa facilities, including an exercise room, a pool, a sauna, and a steam room.

After a long day, guests can unwind and enjoy good food at the sophisticated Oak Restaurant, the relaxing Lighthouse Lounge, or the traditional Percy French Inn.

Prices: Average €200 per night


Address: Downs Rd, Newcastle BT33 0AH

3. Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa, Killarney – for a relaxing break

Aghadoe Heights Hotel has a spectacular view and is one of the best 5-star places to stay, especially in Killarney.
Credit: @aghadoeheights / Facebook

Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa in County Kerry overlooks the stunning Lake Leane, offering visitors a relaxing lakeside retreat. The stunning views here are like none other.

Views from the hotel stretch into the distance as you can see the Killarney Lakes and Ireland’s highest mountain range, The McGillycuddy Reeks.

Some rooms feature beautiful lake-view balconies, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and Bose stereo systems.

At the same time, suites boast custom beds and lakeside suites have floor-to-ceiling windows. There are even two suites with kitchens and one which offers a wraparound terrace and a jacuzzi.

Prices: Average €269 per night


Address: Lakes of Killarney, Nunstown, Killarney, County Kerry, V93 DH59, Ireland

2. Lough Eske Castle, Donegal – dripping in opulence and extravagance

Another old castle, the Lough Eske Castle in Donegal is filled with opulent rooms and canopy beds.

On the shores of the breathtaking Lough Eske, you will find Lough Eske Castle, a restored 17th-century castle. As one of the top 5-star hotels in Ireland, it is pet and family-friendly so offers something for everyone.

The opulent rooms and suites are fitted with elegant four-poster or canopy beds. In contrast, some suites even feature luxurious separate living rooms, as well as free-standing baths and fireplaces.

Visitors can experience a once in a lifetime dining experience at the elegant Cedar Restaurant which features floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors which open onto the terrace to provide incredible views of the sweeping gardens and surrounding woodland.

Prices: Average €314 per night


Address: Castle, Lough Eske, Donegal, F94 HX59, Ireland

1. The Marker Hotel, Dublin – our top pick for 5-star luxury hotels in Ireland

Marker Hotel in Dublin has one of the best views in the entire skyline of the city.

This stylishly-modern hotel sits right in Dublin City Centre at the urban hub, Grand Canal Quay. The checkerboard façade distinguishes this hotel from the rest, making it completely unique.

Set at the heart of the city, you can visit Dublin’s most popular sights including Trinity College and the Grafton Street without having to travel too far. The hotel’s contemporary rooms are furnished with bold colours and marble bathrooms with rainfall showers making it really stand out.

As if that wasn’t enough, visitors can indulge at The Brasserie (which was recently awarded “Best Hotel Restaurant in Dublin” by RAI), the buzzing Marker Bar, or head up to the rooftop bar to make it a night to remember as you enjoy panoramic views over Dublin city. The hotel also features an infinity pool, a fitness centre, and a spa.

Prices: Average €254 per night


Address: Square, Docklands, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin Docklands, Dublin 2, D02 CK38, Ireland

There you have it, our top picks for the snazziest 5-star hotels in Ireland. Which one would you most love to stay at?

Other notable 5-star hotels in Ireland

While we have mentioned some of the best five-star hotels in Ireland, there are plenty of other great hotels that didn’t make the list.

Some of our favourites are the Cliff House Hotel, Hayfield Manor Hotel, Glenlo Abbey Hotel, the Westbury Hotel, the Park Hotel Kenmare, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Castle Leslie Estate, Dromoland Castle, Culloden Estate & Spa, Mount Juliet, Stormont Hotel, the Dylan Hotel, and Fota Island Hotel and Spa.

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