From pet-friendly self catering options to luxury five-star resorts, I’ve got over 40 great apartments and hotels in Ireland that allow dogs to come on holiday with you.
When I started researching this post, little did I know that there were so many hotels in Ireland that allow dogs. I have listed over 40 below, but there are actually a lot more. I chose hotels or apartments that were either recommended, or had a pet-policy on their website – so if you are aware of some that I have left out, please comment below and I will check them out.
There is such a variety of pet-friendly hotels in Ireland. The Twelve Hotel in Galway has a separate pet lobby and a pet menu for your four legged friend, while Castlemartyr has a dedicated Pet Concierge. The Salty Dog in Co. Down allows your pet to dine with you in the lounge. You can pre-book grooming services and dog sitting in many hotels, and I was amazed to learn that some even offer turndown teats!
In some hotels certain breeds are excluded, while others require vaccination certificates. Some hotels provide bedding and water bowls, while others expect you to bring your own. One thing that is common among all hotels in Ireland that allow dogs, is that you need to notify them in advance that you are bringing a dog with you. There may be only a few rooms in a particular hotel that are pet-friendly, so you have to book well in advance.
I have divided this list of hotels in Ireland that allow dogs by official hotel ratings, however some of the 3-star hotels have excellent reviews from pet owners. I have also included some recommended self catering options at the end too. I hope you enjoy it and it helps you plan a holiday in Ireland with your pet in the near future.
5-Star Hotels in Ireland that Allow Dogs:
1. Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
Ashford Castle is arguably Ireland’s best hotel, if not one of the world’s best. You can rest assured that yourself and your canine friend will be spoilt in Ashford Castle. In fact Ashford Castle believe your pet is a VIP too (Very Important Pet)! Pet-friendly rooms are equipped with a choice of different sized comfy beds, cushions, duvets, fluffy towels, food, water bowls and a turndown treat. The vast Ashford Estate will ensure endless walking possibilities and you can pre-book dog sitting, dog walking and grooming services.
Pets can not be left unattended in rooms and must be kept on a leash at all times. They are not allowed in dining, beverage or lounge venues. The cost for such lofty treatment is only €40 per dog per night, however, a damage deposit of €1000 is required per stay. Pre-booking is required in advance. See more here.
2. Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork
Castlemartyr Resort won the Gold Medal Award for the best pet-friendly hotel in Ireland in 2019 and they have numerous options for a great pet friendly holiday in Cork. Choose from luxury room and suite options in the hotel, or luxury self-catering options on the resort grounds. There is a dedicated Pet Concierge that offers discounts on local dog walkers, sitters and maps of nearby woods and beaches, and your dog will find a welcome doggie gift in your room.
Unlike many hotels, guests can have up to two pets (max size standard labrador) in any room at once. Please bring your own food and bedding, bowl etc. Pets must be disease-free with all standard vaccinations and there are exceptions for certain dog breeds. Pets are not allowed in food or beverage areas, must be kept on a leash in public areas, and can not be left alone in any room at any time – pet sitting is available at an extra charge.
Cost per hotel room is €50 for first night and €20 for any additional nights; self catering lodges €20 per night or €100 for seven nights. Pre booking is essential. See more here.
3. Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford
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The luxurious Cliff House Hotel is one of the few 5-star hotels in Ireland that allow dogs to dine with you on the terrace. They actively promote stays with pets and have a ‘Sandy Paws’ offer which includes an overnight stay for two and a dog, with breakfast included. You can expect homemade dog treats, towel and a sleeping crate. There are superb cliff walks and plenty of options for paddles in the sea – I’ve stayed there and it is a stunning location for both owners and pets.
Pre-booking is a must as dog-friendly rooms are subject to availability. Dog guests must be 30lbs or less as rooms are not suitable for larger dogs. Dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times and not left alone in rooms. Dogs are not permitted in bar or restaurant areas. See more here.
4. Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Co, Kerry
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens is a great choice for a pet-friendly holiday in Ireland as your pet will love exploring the 65 acre estate, which includes an enclosed run. The hotel offers dog friendly accommodation in their luxurious kennels, or in one of their pet-friendly hotel rooms. Upon arrival you will be greeted with a welcome pack including a pet toy, treat and clean-up bags. There are more pet treats in your room including a water bowl, and a pet bed with a doggy throw to cover the sofa should your pet wish to sleep there.
A nominal charge of €10 per dog per night applies and rooms must be booked in advance with the hotel. Pets are not allowed in food and beverage areas and pool areas of the hotel. See more here.
5. Dylan Hotel, Dublin
Dublin’s contemporary Dylan Hotel is the only five-star boutique hotel in Dublin. This historic townhouse is a popular haunt for Dublin’s jet-set but it also happens to be a cool hangout for dogs! You can expect pet beds, treats and water bowls in dog-friendly rooms, but like many five star hotels you will pay for the privilege – the cost is per dog is €100 per night. See more here.
6. Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal
7. Tankardstown House, Co. Meath
The luxurious Tankardstown House allows dogs to stay in their Courtyard Cottage Suites, which open directly on to the courtyard, so dogs can access outside easily. Tankardstown has its own resident dogs (including Bruce above) who are delighted when more dogs stay over and the hotel even has a special package available. Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a complimentary doggie treat and a three-course evening meal from €155 per person. See more here.
4-star Hotels in Ireland that Allow Dogs:
8. Ardilaun Hotel, Co. Galway
Highly commended in this years Pet Friendly Destination of the Year awards, the Ardilaun Hotel is one of Galway’s most popular dog-friendly hotels. Pet-friendly rooms with dog bowls are located beside the gardens so they have easy access to outdoors. You will need to bring your own bedding and food, and dogs are not allowed in their room alone. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times and are not allowed in the restaurant, bar or leisure centre. Reservations must be made in advance direct with the hotel and a fee of €15 per night applies. See more here.
9. Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Co. Derry
The pet policy at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel is simple, they allow all pets, once they are well behaved. Pets will love the 32 acres of woodlands and the welcome treats they receive on arrival – a ‘Pawsecco or Doggy bear’! They also receive a blanket, treat and water bowl. Cost is £30 per stay with a maximum of two dogs per room. The Sixteen 22 Gastro Pub allows pets to dine or drink with you, and you can also opt to have breakfast served there. Dog grooming, walking or sitting is available at an extra cost. See more here.
10. Cashel House Hotel, Co. Galway
The pet-friendly Cashel House Hotel in Connemara allows pets to stay in your bedroom. They can also get the chance to meet the long term resident dog Sammy. A member of Ireland’s blue book, this 4-star hotel is located just 8 miles from Roundstone, and is a great location for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way with your pet. See more here.
11. Vienna Woods Hotel & Holiday Homes, Co. Cork
The Cork Vienna Woods Hotel allows one small pet less than 22 lbs or shorter than 16 inches to stay in their hotel rooms or self-catering villas. Cost is €20 per pet per night, which must be pre-booked as availability is limited. Pets are not allowed within the public areas of the hotel and must remain on leads at all times in the hotel grounds. Owners are requested to bring their own food and bedding, and be washed and on flea medication prior to arrival. Guests are responsible for any damage or injury caused by the pet, and must absolve the hotel staff of any liability if the pet or another guest is injured. See more here.
12. Randles & Dromhall Hotels Killarney, Co. Kerry
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Killarney is a great destination to bring your dog on holiday with you. Randles and its sister hotel The Dromhall allow one dog (small to medium size only) stay in the hotel room with you, but you will need to bring your own food and bedding. Pets are not allowed in public areas of the hotel and must remain on a lead at all times. There is a nominal fee of €10 per pet for one night or €15 per pet for duration of stay. Restrictions apply on certain breeds, please confirm in advance at the time of booking. See more on Dromhall here. and Randles here.
13. Glebe Country House, Co. Cork
Glebe Country House Hotel allow pets stay for free. They have a secure area in our gardens to exercise your dog and the sandy surfing beach of Garrettstown is just four miles away. See more here.
14. Gregans Castle, Co. Clare
The team at Gregan’s Hotel are animal lovers and extend a warm welcome to pets. There are a number of ground-floor dog-friendly rooms which accommodate pets, with direct access to the garden. See more here.