The 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, Kilkenny – a historic location in picturesque countryside

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

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Address: Dublin Rd, Lyrath, Kilkenny, Ireland

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

The G Hotel is one of the snazziest 5-star hotels in Ireland.
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A five-minute drive from the centre of Galway, 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.

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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.
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The Merchant Hotel is located on the site of a former bank so it’s no surprise that this hotel screams decadence. 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 which offers panoramic views of Belfast, and dine at the Great Room Restaurant or Bert’s Jazz Bar.

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Address: 16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ

7. Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa, 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.

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.

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

6. Adare Manor, 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.
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This Neo-Gothic manor hotel offers visitors the ultimate luxurious experience as 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?

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

5. Ashford Castle, Cong – kick back in a historical beauty

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

Located on a stunning 350 acres of parkland, Ashford Castle 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.

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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.
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Set in the beautiful seaside town of Newcastle, County Down, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is the perfect weekend retreat. From the hotel, you’ll be treated to fantastic views of Newcastle beach, the promenade, and the Irish Sea, as well as the colossal Mourne Mountains.

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.

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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.
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Killarney’s Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa overlooks the stunning Lake Leane, offering visitors a relaxing lakeside retreat. 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.

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Address: Lakes of Killarney, Nunstown, Killarney, Co. 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.
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On the shores of the breathtaking Lough Eske you will find Lough Eske Castle, a restored 17th-century castle. The 5-star hotel 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.

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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.
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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.

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.

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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?

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Siân McQuillan is a student at Queen's University Belfast currently studying a masters degree in media and broadcast Production. When she is not studying or off exploring somewhere new, you will find her expressing her love of writing and visual storytelling by creating content for her online blog and YouTube channel. More than anything else, she loves sharing her travel experiences both abroad and closer to home in Ireland with the hope of inspiring others to visit somewhere new.