Top 5 best hotels in south-east Ireland

After a tough year, a relaxing break in the sunny south-east is exactly what you need to relax, unwind, and de-stress. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in south-east Ireland. Choose one  ̶  and start packing!

The south-east region of Ireland has it all: picturesque seaside villages, bustling towns, historic cities, award-winning beaches, exciting new restaurants  ̶  and the best weather in Ireland!

Whether you’re interested in a romantic weekend for two, a lively family get-together, or an activity break with friends, you’ll find countless holiday options available to you in the region.

In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice, particularly when it comes to choosing somewhere to stay. To help you make your choice, here’s our list of the five best hotels in south-east Ireland.

5. Clayton Whites Hotel, Co. Wexford – located close to all the Viking town’s hotspots

The Clayton Whites Hotel is one of the best hotels in south-east Ireland.
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If you want to stay in the heart of historic Wexford town, close to shops, restaurants, public transport links, and all the town’s amenities, then Clayton Whites Hotel is a perfect choice.

This family-friendly hotel offers a variety of room types, including interconnecting rooms, all of which are competitively priced and stylishly decorated.

Grab a bite to eat in the Terrace Restaurant – a stunning spot overlooking the courtyard – or enjoy a drink in the Library Bar.

The Clayton Whites Hotel is a must-visit.
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If you’re feeling energetic, you can try out the hotel’s indoor swimming pool or do a session in the gym. Afterwards, treat yourself to a sauna or visit the hotel’s luxurious Tranquillity Spa.

If the weather is good and you fancy a trip out of town, the long and sandy Curracloe beach is only 9 km (5.6 miles) away and is a great place to walk or swim.

All of these things come together, making Clayton Whites Hotel one of the best hotels in south-east Ireland.

Address: Abbey Street, Wexford, Ireland

4. Hotel Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny – the perfect backdrop for a city break

Hotel Kilkenny is one of the best hotels in south-east Ireland.
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Hotel Kilkenny is situated just a five-minute walk from Kilkenny city centre.

So, if you want to explore everything Kilkenny has to offer, this is a great choice: you’ll find museums, heritage sites, and a variety of restaurants and bars on your doorstep.

This 4-star hotel has 138 bedrooms. We highly recommend the gorgeous, deluxe, adult-only rooms in the new wing of the hotel. With their Italian marble bathrooms and king-size beds, you won’t be disappointed.

You can dine in style in the hotel’s Taste restaurant and then work off the calories in the Active Club, which includes a swimming pool and gym.

Address: College Road, Kilkenny, Ireland

3. Granville Hotel, Co. Waterford – one of the best hotels in south-east Ireland for exploring the Waterford Greenway

You need to book a night at the Granville Hotel.
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Suppose you’re looking for a traditional hotel that’s full of atmosphere, elegance, and charm but also want to stay in the vibrant centre of Ireland’s oldest city. In that case, the Granville Hotel in Waterford is the place for you.

This family-run hotel is a short walk from the city’s famous Viking Triangle and historic centre. It’s also the perfect base for anyone who wants to explore the 46 km (29 miles) long Waterford Greenway.

The rooms vary in size and shape and are individually decorated. Book a River View Room for a fantastic view of the River Suir.

The breakfast menu is superb: don’t attempt to check-out before trying the hotel’s famous speciality dish, Blaa Eggs Benedict.

Address: Meagher Quay, Waterford, Ireland

2. Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Co. Wexford – opulent accommodation in a beautiful Georgian building

Dunbrody Country House Hotel is one of the best hotels in south-east Ireland.
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If you’d like to pamper yourself by staying at a luxury boutique hotel renowned for its fine food and superior accommodation, then Dunbrody Country House Hotel ticks all the boxes.

Run by TV chef Kevin Dundon and his wife, Catherine, the couple offer visitors an unforgettable and authentic country house experience.

The hotel’s magnificent bedrooms retain many of the original 1830s features and are exquisitely decorated. For a trip to remember, book one of the luxury lodges on the estate or the cosy cabin.

Dunbrody Country House Hotel is truly special.
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Of course, with Kevin Dundon in charge of the kitchen, you won’t be disappointed by the food. The Harvest Room Restaurant has won many awards, and fish lovers will enjoy the more informal Champagne Seafood Bar.

After all the wining and dining, a walk around the Dunbrody Coastal Loop is a must. You’ll even find a private cove if you fancy a swim.

Address: Arthurstown, Co. Wexford

1. Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford  ̶  the ultimate luxury hotel in the south-east

The Cliff House Hotel tops our list of best hotels in south-east Ireland.
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The Cliff House Hotel clings dramatically to a cliff in Ardmore Bay, County Waterford. All 39 of its luxury bedrooms face the sea and enjoy breathtaking views of the coast.

Relax on a terrace or private balcony, soak in the tranquil atmosphere, and create memories you’ll never forget.

Enjoy dinner in the Michelin-starred House Restaurant or treat yourself to a treatment at the hotel spa, The Well by the Sea. There are some fantastic cliff walks nearby, and the hotel is also close to several championship golf courses.

Without a doubt, this five-star venue is one of the best hotels in south-east Ireland. When you visit, you’ll see why.

Address: Middle Road, Ardmore, Co. Waterford

By Therese Furlong

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