The trivago awards 2018 | the best hotels in Ireland

By Emma Power,

Once again, it’s time for us reveal our selection of the best hotels in Ireland – yep, it’s the 2018 edition of the trivago awards!

Using over 175 million online ratings and reviews from real guests, we’ve determined the best-rated hotels in Ireland for five different categories.*

So read on and check out the cream of the crop in Irish hospitality.


The best 5-star hotel in Ireland

1. The Merrion

Dublin

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Centred around a manicured 18th-century garden in a beautiful Georgian building, the Merrion Hotel offers luxurious 5-star accommodation right in the heart of Dublin 2.

The hotel’s lavish guestrooms are furnished with plush Egyptian cotton bed-linen, Italian marble bathrooms and contemporary Irish art. Stay in the Main House and admire the vaulted ceilings and original fireplaces, or enjoy views of the private landscaped grounds in the Garden Wing.

Dine in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaudor, Ireland’s only 2-Michelin star rated restaurant, or enjoy a glass of Merlot in the the oak-lined wine vaults or a sophisticated canape in the intimate cocktail bar.

Make sure to check out the spa with its stunning 18m infinity pool set in French limestone, and the opulent Italian marble steam room.


The best 4-star hotel in Ireland

1. Harvey’s Point

Co. Donegal

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Situated on the shores of Lough Eske at the foot of the Blue Stack mountains is the elegant luxury hotel Harvey’s Point, an ideal place to take in the natural beauty of Donegal.

Suites promise real luxury, whether you go Executive, Deluxe, Premium, Lakeshore or Penthouse. Think gorgeous amenities like private balconies, a separate foyer and lobby for complete privacy, whirlpool bathtubs for two and even your own personal bar!

Dining in style is something of a way of life at the hotel, whether it’s the renowned carvery Sunday lunch, a spot of afternoon tea or haute-cuisine in the theatre-style open kitchen that looks out onto the waters of the lake.

Guests can also enjoy a selection of organic spa treatments (advocated by celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Natalie Portman) in the beauty room to ensure utter peace and relaxation during your stay.


The best 3-star hotel in Ireland

1. Killeen House & Rozzers

Co. Kerry

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A beautiful ivy-covered Edwardian hotel that was once an early 19th-century rectory, Killeen House is surrounded by 1.5 acres of charming countryside grounds in the southwest of Ireland.

The country hotel is traditionally furnished and has an intimate, family-run feel. There are just 23 classically-designed guestrooms, perfect for retiring to after a day spent exploring Muckross House and Killarney National Park, both just five miles away.

The cosy atmosphere is at its best in the Rozzers Restaurant, where Head Chef Paul O’Gorman whips up a wide range of popular and tasty Irish dishes using locally-sourced produce. Alternatively, tuck into some pub grub in the warm hotel bar.

Guests are in the ideal location for day trips in County Kerry, as the hotel is situated along the famous Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula driving routes, close to Torc Waterfall and the prestigious Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.


The best alternative accommodation in Ireland

1. The Tides Guest House

Co. Kerry

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A family-run B&B in the seaside resort of Ballybunion, County Kerry, this boutique guesthouse boasts traditional accommodation in a charming coastal setting.

The B&B offers single rooms, twin rooms, double king rooms and a master suite, so whether you’re going for a golfing trip with the lads or a romantic weekend break, you can relax in style and comfort.

Take in the cosy atmosphere in the sitting room with its warm peat fire, relaxing massage chair and selection of books on local history. The conservatory dining room has impressive views of the Atlantic Ocean and Kerry Head, right up to the Cashen Estuary and River Field.

The B&B ensures guests have guaranteed tee times for Ballybunion’s old course, and if you’re not a golfer at heart then there’s also walking, fishing, sightseeing and swimming at the town’s Blue Flag beaches.

The best value-for-money hotel in Ireland

1. Malinbeg Hostel

Co. Donegal

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This budget hostel offers an exceptional location for a totally affordable price in the stunning southwest of Donegal.

Situated opposite the Atlanic Ocean and Rathlin O’Byrne island, just a five-minute walk to Silver Strand beach, the hostel boasts unrivalled views of the rugged Donegal landscape.

The accommodation is clean, comfortable and cosy with a variety of options to suit groups of all sizes, whether you’re looking to go private, stay with the whole family or as a bigger gang in a dorm. The hostel’s amenities include a common room, dining room and laundry facilities as well as free parking.

The hostel is an ideal base to see Donegal at its best, with cliff-climbing, scuba-diving, deep-sea fishing and hill-walking, as well as the Malinbeg Harbour and Ougue fishing port.


*For the trivago Awards 2018, we used data from an internal algorithm  – the trivago Rating Index – to aggregate guest reviews and ratings from over 175 million hotels globally. The hotel with the highest generated score in each awarded category is deemed the category winner, and to ensure accuracy, a minimum of 20 reviews were required for award eligibility.

If you are a hotelier and want to know more about the trivago Awards, check out our B2B blog here.