8 Irish hotels with outdoor rooftop bars and terraces

By Emma Power,

An open-air barbecue during the day, fairy lights and furry throws at night – yep, the best place to enjoy a drink (and some spectacular views!) is one of these Irish hotels with their very own rooftop bars and terraces.

A romantic getaway with your other half just isn’t complete without watching the sunset over a city before bed, of course with a bottle of bubbly from the rooftop bar.

Or that spa weekend you’ve been planning with the girls – isn’t it the perfect occasion for a spot of afternoon tea in a pretty rooftop garden?

Plus, these hotels are truly prepared for the not-so-reliable Irish weather; with outdoor heaters and canopies, you can enjoy these rooftop bars all-year-round.


Montenotte Hotel

Cork

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The location of this four-star hotel is ideal, as it combines city-centre convenience with the peaceful atmosphere of an elevated residential area, all in one stylish package.

Sample local craft beers with your other half while you watch the sunset on the hotel’s open-air rooftop terrace; adjoining the chic bistro and bar, the all-weather panoramic balcony boasts the best views of Cork cit – hands-down.

There’s also even an onsite cinema in the hotel –  think curtained walls, cinema lighting, a large projection screen, luxurious tiered cinema seating, surround sound and the latest in cinema technology.


The Marker

Dublin

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Head to Dublin’s vibrant Dockands district and you’ll find this fab spa hotel. If you’ve been looking for the perfect place to stay in style on your girls weekend then congratulations, your search is over!

The spa is clad in charcoal Kirkstone with luxurious walnut floors, and features a huge Jacuzzi, as well a sauna, eucalyptus-scented steam room and impressive 23-metre long infinity pool.

With a delicious cocktail in hand and some of your favourite people by your side, the hotel’s rooftop bar and terrace is the place to be. It’s almost too easy to enjoy a daytime cocktail (or two) followed by a nightcap in the trendy lounge area!

Love luxury? Then read our post on the top luxury hotels in Dublin.


The Merchant

Belfast

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Located in the heart of Belfast’s up-and-coming Cathedral Quarter, this grand Victorian Hotel is housed in a former bank and original Grade A-listed building that dates back to 1860.

Planning a private party? The hotel’s all-weather rooftop garden is prepared for Irish weather year-round thanks to its retractable roof, and is also prepared for thirsty guests – the terrace also features a fully-stocked bar.

Can’t get enough of those city views? The hotel also boasts a stunning rooftop hot tub, surrounded by a terrace and decking area so you can admire the cityscape while you unwind. Super romantic.

Check out our blog post: top 6 hotels for a weekend break in Belfast.


The Dean

Dublin

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You’ll find this modern boutique hotel slap-bang in Dublin’s city centre on the lively Harcourt Street, surrounded by the best of the capital’s bars and restaurants.

The industrial-chic rooms have a host of cool features like Marshall amps to connect your gadgets to, Samsung TVs with Netflix, vinyl for the Rega turntables, a Nespresso machine and a fully-stocked mini SMEG.

Sophie’s – the chic rooftop restaurant, bar and all-weather rooftop terrace – is definitely the hotel’s centre piece. Think barbecues with friends in the summer, snuggling up with your other half and a glass of red wine in winter.


Trim Castle Hotel

Meath

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This beautiful four-star hotel is situated just opposite Trim Castle, one of the locations for the film Braveheart, and the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.

The gorgeous rooftop garden offers superb views of the castle and other iconic landmarks in the area. The terrace comes with its very own private rooftop bar, so is ideal for hosting a swish cocktail party or relaxed barbecue.

The luxury accommodation is also close to several of Ireland’s best golf courses, including Killeen Castle, the K Club and Carton House, so you can make a real weekend of it!

Love Trim? Read our blog on the best spa hotels in Meath and Louth.


The Address at Dublin 1

Dublin

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One of Dublin’s newest swanky luxury hotels, The Address at Dublin 1 blends chic contemporary design with state-of-the-art smart technology.

When it comes to the bedrooms, think innovative one-touch devices that control lighting, climate and entertainment, sleek espresso machines and rainforest power showers in the elegant Italian marble bathrooms.

The private rooftop Club Lounge with its outdoor terrace boasts enviable views over the capital’s skyline, and is reserved exclusively for guests who are part of the hotel’s corporate club.


Lough Rea Hotel and Spa

Galway

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Overdue a reunion with the girls? Then check out this stylish and chic spa hotel overlooking the beautiful Loughrea Lake.

The hotel’s spa features five luxury treatment rooms, experience showers, an ice fountain, samarium, steam room, sauna, and even a dark and light relaxation room.

When you’re all rested and relaxed, you’ve got to visit the panoramic rooftop garden. With wooden decking, a spectacular gin menu and afternoon tea, the terrace and bar is the perfect setting for catching up with old friends.

More inspo? See our list of the best Irish spa hotels for a girls weekend.


Ashford Castle

Mayo

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Set on the shores of Lough Corrib in 350 acres of lush parkland and forested islands, this luxury 13th-century castle hotel effortlessly blends the old and the new.

The vintage-style cinema room sets the scene perfectly, with sumptuous red velvet seats so you can enjoy a classic date night with your other half (popcorn included!).

Afterwards, enjoy a nightcap in the classy Cigar Terrace with its rooftop bar and terrace. With a flagstone floor, wrought-iron chairs and views of the River Cong, it’s a sophisticated way to end a romantic evening for two.

Check out our post on romantic Irish castle hotels for couples here.