Top 10 best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland

Looking to explore all that the Emerald Isle has to offer with your furry friend? Here are the ten best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.

Ireland is a great place to explore with your family pets on holiday, as there are countless dog-friendly hotels in Ireland. From family-friendly resorts to boutique hotels, there are options for all pawfect families.

Dog-friendly hotel rooms often offer more than just a place where dogs can relax and unwind; usually, some doggie treats are included. There are so many benefits to travelling with your dog, and with pet-friendly hotels dotted right across Ireland, the options are endless.

Here are the ten best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.

The Rundown ‒ our top picks

Best Boutique Hotel: The Dylan Hotel, Co. Dublin

Best Budget Hotel: Leenane Hotel, Co. Galway

Best Family Hotel: Center Parcs, Co. Longford

Best Spa Hotel: Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan

Best Luxury Hotel: Ashford Castle, Co. Galway

Best Hotel with a Pool: Muckross Park Hotel, Co. Kerry

Best Hotel in Dublin: Conrad Dublin, Co. Dublin

Best Hotel in Galway: The Twelve Hotel, Co. Galway

Best Hotel in Northern Ireland: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Co. Fermanagh

Best Hotel in Kerry: Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Co. Kerry

Dog-friendly hotels in Ireland – tips and advice

There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.
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Booking.com: The best site for booking dog-friendly hotels in Ireland

When to book: NEVER book last minute! Dog-friendly hotels in Ireland are in high demand. Your trip will be much better value, and you will get to stay in the best hotels by booking at least three months in advance.

Where to stay in Ireland – the best areas for dog-lovers

Where to stay in Ireland with dogs.
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Pretty much everywhere in Ireland is perfect for those travelling with dogs. However, we have listed some of our top destinations that have plenty to offer dogs and dog-owners alike.

Galway: Ireland’s capital of culture is a great destination to bring your pets. Aside from a friendly inner city and the beautiful Salthill Promenade, Galway boasts the vast landscape of Connemara, which is perfect for your dogs to stretch their legs. Plus, the county is also home to the well-named Dog’s Bay Beach, so it’s just fitting to bring your pooch here.

Dublin: Believe it or not, Dublin is actually a fantastic dog-friendly city. With plenty of outdoor spaces and parks in the inner city, beaches and hikes in the wider Dublin area, and fantastic dog-friendly hotels, your four-legged friend will feel right at home in Ireland’s capital.

Kerry: Known as the Kingdom County, Kerry is home to some incredible outdoor experiences that will give your pups plenty of room to roam and enjoy nature.

Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland, in general, is very dog-friendly. Belfast City itself is home to plenty of dog-friendly hotels and cafes, while the vast countryside and coastal stretches provide the perfect place for walks.

1. Ashford Castle, Co. Galway – the VIP treatment

Ashford Castle Hotel is one of the best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: Dogs are treated like VIPs (Very Important Pets) at the beautiful Ashford Castle. Before arrival, guests will be asked to fill out a pet preference form where the dog’s stay will be tailored to their needs.

Dog sitting and walking services are available upon request, and there are plenty of treats and toys available as well.

This hotel is close to… CONNEMARA! Located in acres of countryside and bordered by Lough Corrib and Lough Mask, Ashford Castle is the perfect base from which to explore with your four-legged friends.

This hotel is perfect for… LUXURY ACCOMMODATION! Perhaps one of the most luxurious hotels in Ireland, Ashford Castle is the perfect indulgent escape.

IN HIGH DEMAND: This is an extremely popular hotel. NEVER book last minute!

Facilities here include:

  • Comfortable rooms, complete with king-size beds and luxury bathrooms.
  • A luxury onsite spa and wellness facility.
  • Various dining options.
  • Experiences on the estate, including falconry, walking trails, boat trips, and more.

Address: Ashford Castle Dr, Leaf Island, Cong, Co. Galway

2. Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork – the best dog-friendly hotel in Ireland

We highly recommend Castlemartyr Resort.
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Overview: Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork has been awarded the Gold Medal for being the best pet-friendly hotel in Ireland. Offering pet-friendly rooms, suites, and self-catering options, this five-star hotel offers luxurious options for you and your pet.

For an additional charge, a pet concierge is available to offer insights into all the local dog walkers, sitters, groomers, and walks, ensuring your every need is catered to.

This hotel is close to… BALLYCOTTON CLIFFS! Offering magnificent sea views of the wild Atlantic Ocean, this is the perfect place for a walk.

This hotel is perfect for… SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATION! With dog-friendly bedrooms, suites, and self-catering options,you’ll be spoilt for choice.

IN HIGH DEMAND: This is an extremely popular hotel. NEVER book last minute!

Facilities here include:

  • Luxurious rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Various onsite dining options.
  • An 18-hole golf course.
  • A luxurious onsite spa.

Address: Castlemartyr Resort, Grange, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, P25 X300

3. Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford – a hidden gem

The Cliff House Hotel is one of the best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: Overlooking Ardmore Bay, the Cliff House Hotel welcomes dogs with open arms. Dogs are welcome to relax on the Terrace while the family enjoy a delicious meal after a busy day spent on the beach.

Pooch perks at the Cliff House Hotel include a floor mat, pet bed, fluffy towel, and pet treats.

This hotel is close to… ARDMORE BAY! If your pooch is a fan of the seaside, we highly recommend booking into Cliff House Hotel.

This hotel is perfect for… A SEASIDE ESCAPE! With stunning views over Ardmore Bay, the dog-friendly bedrooms here are the ideal base from which to explore the area.

Facilities here include:

  • Comfortable sea view rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Various onsite restaurants and bars.
  • Fantastic spa and wellness facilities.
  • Incredible seafront location.

Address: Cliff House Hotel, Middle Road, Dysert, Ardmore, Co. Waterford, P36 DK38

4. Dylan Hotel, Co. Dublin – perfect for exploring the capital

Dylan Hotel is a great place to stay with dogs in Dublin.
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Overview: This five-star boutique hotel is one of the most exclusive hangouts for furry friends in Ireland. Your dog will be treated like royalty and offered fluffy beds, water bowls, and plenty of treats.

However, like all things royalty, these services at the Dylan Hotel come with a hefty extra charge!

This hotel is close to… DUBLIN CITY CENTRE! If you want to discover Ireland’s capital city with your dog, then the Dylan Hotel is the perfect place to stay.

This hotel is perfect for… A CITY BREAK! This charming boutique hotel will provide an unforgettable city break for you and your pooch.

Facilities here include:

  • Luxurious boutique accommodation.
  • A selection of onsite restaurants and bars.
  • A convenient city-centre location.
  • Meeting and event spaces.

Address: Eastmoreland Pl, Dublin

5. The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Co. Kerry – a luxurious pet-friendly escape

The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens in County Kerry is one of the best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: This pet-friendly hotel is one of the best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland, and rightly so.

Pooches can enjoy luxurious kennels or dog-friendly hotel rooms at Dunloe Hotel & Gardens. Although this is a five-star hotel, the cost per dog per night is relatively inexpensive and includes a doggie box welcome pack full of goodies!

This hotel is close to… KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK! Aka, heaven for dogs. With nearby woods, lakes, and more, a stay at this picturesque country hotel is perfect for you and your pets.

This hotel is perfect for… AN ACTIVE BREAK! Hotel staff are happy to organise any activities you’d like to discover in the local area.

Facilities here include:

  • Spacious en-suite bedrooms.
  • The Grill Restaurant, an onsite bar, and an Upper Lounge and Terrace.
  • Boating, fishing, and horse riding on the estate.
  • An onsite spa, gym, and swimming pool.

Address: Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Dunloe Lower, Beaufort, Co. Kerry, V93 E029

6. Glasson Lakehouse, Co. Westmeath – set on pristine grounds

Glasson Lakehouse in County Westmeath is a must-visit.
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Overview: Discover the beauty of County Westmeath with a trip to Glasson Lakehouse. This four-star hotel is the perfect place for dogs who love to explore and go on long walks.

Your dog will have access to the lobby and extensive grounds whilst having an abundance of space in their pet-friendly rooms.

This hotel is close to… DUN NA SI AMENITY AND HERITAGE PARK! Not only does this hotel offer extensive grounds for your pup to enjoy, you can also take them on a long walk around Dun Na Si Amenity and Heritage Park.

This hotel is perfect for… A RELAXING BREAK! With a beautiful estate to explore, this is the perfect relaxing pet-friendly holiday destination.

Facilities here include:

  • Comfortable en-suite bedrooms.
  • Bonnie’s Restaurant and Tom’s Fish and Tackle.
  • Boat tours, kayaking, golfing, and bike rental.
  • Luxurious onsite spa facilities.

Address: Lakehouse, Killinure, Glasson, Co. Westmeath, N37 HX45

7. Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, Co. Fermanagh – for a lakeshore experience

The unique and luxurious accommodation is one of the reasons to stay at the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges.
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Overview: Only the most well-behaved dogs are welcome at this lakeside retreat. Situated right on the shore of the lake, this is ideal if you love a bit of wild swimming. A security deposit is required at the time of booking, and your dog must be kept on a lead at all times.

This hotel is close to… LOUGH ERNE! Located on the banks of Lough Erne, this fantastic pet-friendly hotel offers spectacular views and plenty to see and do.

This hotel is perfect for… FAMILIES! With dedicated pet-friendly rooms and self-catering accommodation in their lakeside and woodland lodges, this hotel is the perfect spot for family holidays in Northern Ireland’s countryside.

IN HIGH DEMAND: This is an extremely popular hotel. NEVER book last minute!

Facilities here include:

  • Comfortable hotel rooms and private self-catering lodges.
  • Two onsite dining options.
  • Beautiful river views.
  • Luxurious onsite spa facilities.
  • A children’s play area.

Address: Dublin Rd, Killyhevlin, Enniskillen BT74 6RW, United Kingdom

8. Center Parcs, Co. Longford – dedicated dog-friendly lodges

Centre Parcs is one of the best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: The lodges at Center Parcs offer over 400 acres of woodland waiting to be explored by you and your dog. They offer a designated doggy exercise area where you can let you can let your dog roam freely.

Whilst expensive, your dog is bound to have a fantastic time by your side.

This hotel is close to… DERRYCASSIN WOOD! The perfect place for a walk.

This hotel is perfect for… FAMILIES! With so many activities and extensive grounds to explore, Center Parcs is the ideal spot for a pet-friendly holiday with kids.

IN HIGH DEMAND: This is an extremely popular hotel. NEVER book last minute!

Facilities here include:

  • Luxury lodges for various group sizes.
  • Indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.
  • Plenty of dining options.
  • A fantastic onsite spa.

Address: Center Parcs, Newcastle Road, Newcastle, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

9. Rathmullan House Hotel, Co. Donegal – tasty kitchen scraps

Rathmullan House Hotel is one of the best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland.
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Overview: If your dog enjoys the luxurious lifestyle, then a stay at Rathmullan House Hotel is perfect for you. Their pet-friendly accommodation has a private entrance and a dedicated sleeping area.

This country house hotel is ideal for your furry companion, located just a stone’s throw away from a 3 km (2 miles) long sandy beach. According to their website, there is no additional charge for pets. However, we advise ringing to check in advance.

This hotel is close to… RATHMULLAN BAY BEACH AND LOUGH SWILLY! If you and your pup enjoy a walk on the beach, this luxurious hotel is a great choice for you.

This hotel is perfect for… A COASTAL ESCAPE! Set in the heart of County Donegal, Rathmullan Bay Beach is a great place to go with your dog, who loves to spend time by the sea.

Facilities here include:

  • Stunningly designed en-suite rooms.
  • Various onsite dining options.
  • Extensive gardens to explore.
  • 49 ft (15 m) indoor pool.

Address: Rathmullan House Hotel, Rathmullan Terrace, Kinnegar, Rathmullan, Co. Donegal, F92 YA0F

10. Bellinter House, Co. Meath – waggy tails guaranteed

Check out Bellinter House in County Meath.
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Overview: Located on the banks of the River Boyne, this hotel understands that dogs are more than just a pet but are part of the family. Dogs are welcome to stay in the Stable Rooms, which offer an abundance of space and open out onto a courtyard.

Dogs are also welcome to enjoy all of the outdoor areas, including the outdoor dining area.

This hotel is close to… RIVER BOYNE! Set in the Boyne Valley, Bellinter House is a picturesque location to enjoy a break away with your pets.

This hotel is perfect for… A UNIQUE ESCAPE! This beautiful country house offers luxury interiors and a truly unique feel.

Facilities here include

  • Luxury en-suite bedrooms.
  • Onsite Bathhouse Spa.
  • A Drawing Room and Bar.
  • Luxurious Eden Restaurant.

Address: Bellinter House, Ballinter, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 F2XA

Other notable mentions

There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in Ireland to choose from.
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Boutique Hotels: Railway Country House, Co. Wexford; Castle Murray House, Co. Donegal; Cliff at Lyons, Co. Kildare

Budget Hotels: Ardilaun Hotel, Co. Galway; Wyatt Hotel, Co. Mayo; Belmore Court and Motel, Co. Fermanagh

Family Hotels: Marlfield House, Co. Wexford; Gregans Castle Hotel, Co. Clare; Ocean Sands Hotel and Apartments, Co. Sligo

Spa Hotels: The Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa, Co. Donegal; Parknasilla Resort and Spa, Co. Kerry; Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Co. Cork

Luxury Hotels: Harvey’s Point, Co. Donegal; Ballymaloe Hotel, Co. Cork; Rosapenna Hotel and Golf Resort, Co. Donegal

Hotels with a Pool: Renvyle House Hotel and Resort, Co. Galway; The Rabbit Hotel, Co. Antrim; Brooklodge Hotel & Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow

Hotels in Dublin: Ballsbridge Townhouse, Co. Dublin; Zanzibar Locke, Co. Dublin; Harding Hotel, Co. Dublin

Hotels in Galway: Lough Inagh Lodge, Co. Galway; Cashel House Hotel, Co. Galway; Renvyle House Hotel, Co. Galway

Hotels in Northern Ireland: Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Co. Derry; Marine Hotel, Co. Antrim; Belle Isle Estate, Castle, and Cottages, Co. Fermanagh

Hotels in Kerry: Sneem Hotel, Co. Kerry; Randles Hotel, Co. Kerry; Dingle Benners Hotel, Co. Kerry

FAQs about the best dog-friendly hotels in Ireland

Is Ireland a dog-friendly country?

Yes! Ireland is a great location for dogs, especially if you’re staying in the Irish countryside. With terrific walking trails, plenty of beaches, and acres of gardens to explore, Ireland is the perfect pet-friendly holiday destination. Plenty of hotels now offer dog-friendly rooms, so you can bring your four-legged family members along, too.

Are dogs allowed in restaurants in Ireland?

It depends on the restaurants. There are lots of pet-friendly restaurants around Ireland, but it’s best to check before you go.

Can dogs go into pubs in Ireland?

Same as above, plenty of pubs now welcome dogs, but it’s best to check before you go.

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