All of the 5 star hotels in Ireland on one list

5 Star Hotels In Ireland – A Definitive Guide Featuring 45 Top Hotels

I’ve compiled a full list of 5 star hotels in Ireland, and many feature personal reviews to help you plan your next break away.

I am often asked how many 5 star hotels are in Ireland, but it was only when I started to research this post that I realised there was over 45 of them! Apologies if I have excluded any hotels, but surprisingly there was no definitive list with all of the 5 star hotels in Ireland – well until now.  

Guest writer Sarah Dunne from Teas, Trips & Travels has visited 14 of Ireland’s 5 star hotels, (clearly I need to up my game!), and Sarah kindly offered to share some of her personal reviews with me. Sarah has a Facebook and Instagram page where she shares her bucket list adventures and holiday activities at home and abroad. 


I have completed the list with some of my own personal reviews, as well as many more 5 star hotels in Ireland that I have yet to visit. This post should list all of the 5 star hotels in Ireland, but please comment below or contact me if you spot any that I have omitted.

As there are 45 hotels on this list, if you are specifically looking for 5 star hotels in Dublin or 5 star hotels in Northern Ireland you can click on these links to bring you there directly.




Guest writer Sarah Dunne offers her personal reviews on these 5 star hotels in Ireland:

1. Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Galway

Glenlo Abbey is a 5 star hotel in Galway, Ireland

This 18th century hotel lies just outside Galway city. Glenlo Abbey combines contemporary elegance with old world charm, and I found (Sarah Dunne) the standard and service here is impeccable.

A friendly doorman greeted me upon check-in, and the same man very politely carried my luggage straight to the boot of my car at check-out. I made straight for Palmers Restaurant where I enjoyed delicious slow cooked brisket, and a basket of chips.


One of my favourite activities when staying in a 5 star hotel is to enjoy a movie at an in-house cinema. I was allowed to bring my ‘Mistletoe on the Rocks’ cocktail into the cinema with me, and a bucket of popcorn was also provided to all attendees.

Breakfast the following morning was one of the best I’ve ever had – they had their own honeycomb, which is one of my guilty pleasures. I managed to get a seat next to the window and I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast looking out onto the gardens.  


My favourite room in the hotel was the reformed Abbey Room. I had the room to myself after breakfast. The fire was lit, the room was so peaceful, and I spent time admiring the stained glass window.

The hotel is also home to the Pullman Restaurant. Originally two Orient Express train carriages, this is a unique dining experience I’m sure.

Other activities include a 9-hole golf course, falconry and a choice of boat trips. We received top class service here in every aspect, Glenlo Abbey is absolute perfection.

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2. Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick

Adare Manor is one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland

Adare Manor is a world class 5-star hotel located just outside Adare village in Limerick. It has won numerous awards, including the best resort in Europe and the 5th best resort in the world, in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. Be prepared to be astonished by the 840 acres of pristine parkland, the lavish interiors and the award-winning spa. 


I (Sarah Dunne) used to work in the town houses of Adare Manor many moons ago. I recall dreaming of being a guest there some day, and now I have stayed two times!

I was actually so bowled over by the attention the first time I stayed here, that I felt a little emotional. The luxury started before I even entered the hotel. There was valet parking, and the doorman escorted us to the reception desk to check-in.


Nothing is left to chance at Adare Manor. From pillow preferences to dining options, they anticipated our every need. This luxury five-star resort boasts the Michelin star restaurant, The Oak Room, as well as further dining options in the Tack Room and Carriage House, and Afternoon Tea menu in The Gallery.

Afternoon tea at Adare Manor

Read: 25 hotels in Ireland for food lovers

As well as a pillow menu and valet service, you can expect fleece lined bathrobes, a complimentary fridge of treats and soft drinks, full-sized toiletries, and free movies on your TV.


You can enjoy activities such as the Spa, gym and swimming pool, but also outdoor pursuits such as golf, fishing, bike rides and falconry. They have recently added the Padel Club where you can take technical golf lessons in the Sports Simulation room.

However, simply walking around the grounds is pretty special too. I have nothing but praise for this hotel, its management and staff – it is without a doubt one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland.

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3. Ashford Castle, Mayo

Ashford Castle is one of the best castle hotels in Ireland

800 year old Ashford Castle in Mayo is a little piece of heaven. Awarded the accolade as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Ashford castle is undoubtedly one of the best hotels in Ireland. I (Sarah Dunne) stayed here last December and was very fortunate to see its gorgeous Christmas décor. At check-in, there was mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies for every guest.


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This hotel oozes old world elegance, but the absolute highlight for me was the wonderful welcoming staff – nothing is too much trouble. I stayed in a Lake Corrib room – the best value room, which had all the mod cons like underfloor heating, automatic blinds and Egyptian cotton bedding.


What particularly stood out for me was when I came back to my room after enjoying an in-house movie in the cinema, the turndown staff had lit candles on my bath, placed my slippers beside my bed, and left complimentary chocolates on my pillow.


The two resident Irish Wolfhounds – brothers Cronan’ and Garvan trotted along with their handler into the castle every morning, and I enjoyed taking photos with them and petting them. 

There are many activities to enjoy on site including boating, ziplining, falconry and cycling, as well as the cinema – where popcorn is delivered straight to your chair. A stay at Ashford Castle is truly a royal adventure.

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Read:25 Castle hotels in Ireland for romantic escapes or group getaways



4. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Kerry

Muckross Park Hotel is one of the best spa hotels in Ireland

Killarney has so many excellent luxury hotels, but without a doubt my (Sarah Dunne) favourite is Muckross Park Hotel. This hotel perfectly balances 18th century style with 21st century splendour.

Our bedroom was bright and airy, the bathroom sink was adorned with Orla Kiely toiletries, while the Gothic-style Spa has one of the best pools and Jacuzzis I’ve been in. It also happens to have an outdoor hot tub.


In the restaurant, I chose the Supreme of Irish Chicken – it was delicious. Breakfast was equally good with a top notch Eggs Benedict, my breakfast favourite.


The hotel is in the perfect location to explore the National Park and Muckross House. They also have the option to book two-bedroom apartments that accommodate up to five guests.


The award-winning Spa at Muckross boasts as Vitality Suite, thermal area, herbal sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub, as well as a wide variety of treatment options.

Considering its 5-star rating and that it is one of the best spa hotels in Ireland it offers surprisingly good value. Muckross Park was the most perfect getaway, I have nothing but compliments for this hotel. 

Read: 20 Spa hotel breaks in Ireland

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5. Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow

Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow is one of the top 5 star hotels in Ireland

Powerscourt Hotel is a stunning property set in the historic Powerscourt Estate in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. Powerscourt features Palladian-style architecture, with tasteful decor throughout, however the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.  

We (Sarah Dunne) enjoyed dinner in Powerscourt’s traditional pub, McGills – which served tasty pub grub. There is also fine dining available in Sika restaurant. We had a delicious breakfast here, where I had another superb Eggs Benedict.


Amenities at the hotel include a luxury Spa, Leisure Club with swimming pool, and outdoor activities such as falconry, complimentary bikes for cycling around the estate, and of course, it’s famous Golf course. Powerscourt Waterfall is just minutes away and a must visit.

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6. Hayfield Manor, Cork

Hayfield Manor is one of Ireland's best hotels

Hayfield Manor is a family owned boutique hotel centrally located in a quiet area of Cork city, and in my opinion, a true haven from home.

I (Sarah Dunne) received a fabulous warm welcome and was upgraded from a Manor to a Superior Room which was a wonderful surprise!

I took a chance and booked my first ever Solo Afternoon Tea. I asked for a quiet corner of the restaurant, and I was granted a whole area to myself in the Conservatory of Perrotts Garden Bistro.


The foyer provided a wonderful relaxed ambience, and was the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail. The Drawing Room and The Library were also room favourites of mine.

The Beautique Spa was actually the first Elemis brand Spa in Ireland and the full treatment menu is non gender specific.


Everything about this Cork hotel exceeded my expectations, including the staff. My only regret was that my stay was only for one night.

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7. The Europe Hotel, Kerry

The Europe Hotel is one of the best hotels in Killarney, Kerry

I (Sarah Dunne) had the pleasure of staying one night at the sublime Europe Hotel, which is located in Fossa, an 11 minute drive from Killarney. A picture perfect view of the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range awaited us, and this view alone – especially when reflected perfectly off the lake, was worth every penny. 


There is an airy relaxed atmosphere throughout the hotel. The hotel boasts 187 bedrooms and suites and we stayed in a Superior Lakeview Room. 

We had a very tasty lunch in the Brasserie while we waited for our room to be ready. I had the Croque Monsieur followed by a tasty Garganelli Pasta.

This casual dining restaurant is open from 11am-11pm daily and also has an outdoor terrace which is very popular. Other dining options at the hotel include the Panorama restaurant which has a Fine Dining Menu, and Riva restaurant which has a more Mediterranean twist.


Onsite facilities here include a luxury ESPA with thermal suite, boating, fishing and complimentary horse riding. Well done to the management and staff here, they were always attentive and made us feel like royalty.

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8. Castlemartyr Resort Hotel, Cork

 five star hotels in ireland - Castlemartyr Hotel

Castlemartyr resort is made up of a 17th Century Manor House adjacent to the ruins of an 800yr old castle in East Cork. The hotel boasts 108 bedrooms and 36 luxury holiday homes. I (Sarah Dunne) stayed in one of the Deluxe rooms which was spotlessly clean, comfortable and modern.

Read: Hotels in Ireland with lodges – my top 20 picks.


We enjoyed Afternoon Tea in the Knights in the Manor House. We had the perfect spot next to the large window where we were able to observe a wedding ceremony taking place in the manicured garden, it was beautiful. Afternoon Tea is available Wednesday-Sunday, they also offer Gluten Free Afternoon Tea and a Children’s Afternoon Tea.


If I had one negative to say, it would be that check-in was quite slow, our room wasn’t ready for about two hours after the stated check-in time, but it gave us the opportunity to explore its beautiful gardens.

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9. Lough Eske Castle, Donegal

Lough Eske Castle is one of Ireland's best hotels

Lough Eske Castle is steeped in history and romance. Dating back to the 15th century and set within 43 acres of native woodland on the shores of Lough Eske, it certainly has the wow factor. It blends its historic past with contemporary luxury beautifully, and has a luxury spa with a swimming pool for the ultimate relaxing break.   


I (Sarah Dunne) stayed in a fabulous Deluxe Room which was spacious with elegant oak furniture. The hotel offers a complimentary daily history tour from the main reception area.

Activities at the hotel also include complimentary bike hire, fishing and the on-site Spa – CARA Organic Beauty. The castle grounds are great for exploring the lake and surroundings.


There are various dining options with Cedars Restaurant, The Father Browne Bar and the Gallery Bar. The food was absolutely gorgeous and exceeded expectations. Lough Eske Castle is also renowned for a great Afternoon Tea.


Situated at the Castle gates, is a second accommodation that I haven’t stayed in yet but is on my wish list – the Lake Lodge at Lough Eske. It’s a self catering private secluded hideaway. Guests of the cottage can also avail of the swimming pool, gym and bike hire at the Castle.

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10. Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny

Lyrath Estate is a luxury 5 star hotel in Ireland

I (Sarah Dunne) stayed at the Lyrath for a mid-week retreat three years ago and my stay was absolutely fabulous from start to finish. It met all of my expectations of a five star hotel in Ireland and more. It is nestled amongst 170 acres of parkland yet only five minutes drive from Kilkenny City.


One of my favourite things about this hotel was its multi-award winning Spa. Oasis Spa offers the ultimate in luxurious treatments ranging from a Couples Experience to a selection of maternity massages and everything in between.


I was the first person in the Spa so I had the place more or less to myself for the duration of my time here. The hydrotherapy pool was one of the best I’ve been in. It looks onto the grounds with no glass separation, just me and the outside world – I’m pretty sure I dozed off for a few seconds! After my 25 minute facial, I had a detox juice and chilled out in the relaxation room.

I hired out a complimentary bike to cycle around the grounds. I couldn’t fault anything about Lyrath Estate, from the food to the service, I will definitely return.

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11. The g Hotel, Galway

spa at the g Hotel, Galway

I (Sarah Dunne) celebrated my birthday at The g Hotel in 2018 and it was the perfect treat. I received the warmest of welcomes when I checked in, and found balloons, a card and cakes in my room, which was a wonderful gesture. The standard Deluxe bedrooms were modern and spacious.

The g has a completely different decor to a lot of other 5 star hotels in Ireland, but that’s one of the things I loved about it. It is loud and funky, but its modern decor is tasteful too.


ESPA at the g is Galway’s only 5-star Spa. Designed by Philip Treacy, this two storey Spa has a Thermal Suite as well as 12 treatment rooms, and a rooftop bamboo terrace. Our visit to the ESPA was a stellar experience. It was relaxing and tranquil and a great way to start off the morning.


I like to treat myself to Afternoon Tea regularly, and I loved some of the colourful and unusual treats that were included at The g.

The courteous staff are an absolute asset to the hotel and I could not have been happier with my stay here. The g also provides a valet car service. A stay here offers a great base to explore Galway City and the surrounding countryside. 

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12. Aghadoe Heights, Killarney, Kerry

luxury hotels in Ireland - Aghadoe Heights Hotel

The Aghadoe Heights Hotel is superbly located overlooking the Lakes of Killarney. I (Sarah Dunne) arrived an hour early to check-in, but our room was ready, so I was delighted. It had extremely comfortable beds, as well as a stand alone bath, shower, and a marble vanity unit stocked with Voya products. Our room set the tone for the rest of our stay.


The hotel boasts two restaurants, two bars, a leisure centre with swimming pool, and luxury spa. The Spa with thermal suites offers stunning lake views and has won numerous awards. The personal service by the attentive staff made me want to return, and with its own Helipad on site, maybe I’ll arrive in style next time! 

Read: The best Spa hotels in Ireland

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13. Dromoland Castle, Clare

Dromoland Castle is one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland

Dromoland Castle has been welcoming guests since the 16th century. There is a feeling of being transported back in time here, where you live like a Lord or Lady in your castle. Check-in was seamless and I (Sarah Dunne) was upgraded to a Deluxe room as it was a relatively quiet period.

There are lots of activities to enjoy, including walks around the extensive manicured grounds, cycling, golf, tennis, falconry as well as a luxury Spa. Afternoon Tea here in Dromoland Castle is so good I’ve had it here several times!


The Spa at Dromoland Castle is also well worth booking into. It comprises of six luxurious treatment rooms and one of the best Relaxation rooms I’ve ever been in. For the ultimate indulgence try the Royal Retreat treatment – it is divine.  

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I hope you enjoyed my reviews on some of my favourite 5 star hotels in Ireland. There are many more 5 star hotels that I haven’t stayed in yet, but The Travel Expert has listed them all for you below.

Sarah Dunne

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14 The Cliff House, Waterford


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The Cliff House Hotel is regarded by many as one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland and I couldn’t agree more. This boutique hotel in the small fishing village of Ardmore has only 39 rooms. While it doesn’t offer the grandeur or elegance of one of Ireland’s large castle hotels, it is the ultimate romantic hideaway.


I had a superb meal in its Michelin-star restaurant – in fact it one of the best meals I have ever eaten. I only wish I had time to enjoy the swimming pool and spa too. Its setting, perched on a cliff over looking the Irish Sea is absolutely breathtaking. 


All rooms have sea-views and are beautifully appointed, but if you really want to push the boat out, the split-level Cliff Veranda Suites are spectacular. The living area is on the ground floor and the bedroom is upstairs with a dramatic cliffside location. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open on to a large private veranda, with ocean views and comfortable sun loungers.

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15. Mount Juliet, Kilkenny


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We enjoyed a family stay in Mount Juliet last summer and loved it. We stayed in the luxurious Manor House, which is situated on a ridge overlooking the River Nore, with 500 acres of woodlands, parks and gardens. Mount Juliet also boasts a Michelin Star Restaurant – The Lady Helen, as well as a pool, spa and a stunning walled garden.


We stayed in one of the Manor House garden rooms, however, Hunters Yard offers more modern and reasonably priced rooms. You can also enjoy more informal dining at The Hound restaurant at Hunter’s Yard, as well as Afternoon Tea at the Manor House.

The Health Club offers a heated 15 metre swimming pool, thermal suite, and treatment rooms. A gym is also available with activities and wellbeing options.

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

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16. Monart Spa Hotel, Wexford


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If you want to experience one of the best spa hotels in Ireland, then you have to go to Monart. You won’t find a sports facilities and nightly entertainment, but you will find Ireland’s only Destination Spa Hotel.


When you arrive you can slip on your robe and never don clothes again until you leave – yes many people even dine in their bath robes! It is one of the most relaxing hotel stays I have experienced, but you do need to plan a quiet night with not too many night caps, to experience it properly.

Read: My review of Monart 



17. Fota Island Resort, Cork

 Fota Island Resort & Spa hotel is one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland for families

I am a big lover of Fota Island Resort – it is a super family resort. I have visited many times, and if you are looking for one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland for families, then this is one to consider.


As well as its close proximity to Fota Wildlife Park, it also boasts great family friendly facilities on site, including a kids camp during school holidays, a fairy trail, playground, and swimming pool.

The Spa features a hydrotherapy pool, with Ireland’s only walking river, which is renowned for its assistance in healing sports and fatigue related injuries. You will also find an 18-metre pool, gym and 18 different treatment rooms.

Read: My review of Fota Island Resort



18. Druids Glen, Wicklow


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We enjoyed a wonderful overnight stay at Druids Glen a few years go. Its close proximity to Dublin makes it an ideal choice for a short break for Dubliners, or for anyone looking to explore Wicklow’s highlights. Glendalough, Blessington Lakes and Powerscourt are close by, as are the beaches of Brittas Bay and Curracloe.

Read: 12 great things to do in Wicklow with kids


We found the standard family rooms with two double beds very spacious, however, interconnecting rooms are also available if you want more privacy. Small bathrobes and slippers were provided for the kids and there is a fairy forest, playground, mini soccer pitch and extra activities available during school holidays.


Druids Glen is also a great choice for a couples getaway, where you can enjoy a swim in the 18 metre indoor pool, or a luxury treatment in the Spa.

spa in druids glen hotel

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19. K Club, Kildare

spa at the K Club Hotel, Ireland

The K Club is one of Ireland’s top golf and spa resorts, and offers a choice of bars, restaurants and fine dining. The K Spa compliments the hotel beautifully and has a 16.5 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, as well as a dedicated fitness facility.

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20. Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry

spa at the Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry

The Killarney Park Hotel is one of the few family owned and run 5 star hotels in Ireland. Located in the heart of Killarney Town with the National Park on your doorstep, you will be hard pushed to find a better located 5-star hotel in Killarney. The Killarney Park Hotel is affiliated to Leading Hotels of the World, and is the top rated hotel in Killarney on TripAdvisor.


The Spa offers Elemis treatments and its Health & Fitness Suite has a 20 metre pool, caldarium, bubble pool, hot tub relaxation room and gym.

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21. The Park Hotel Kenmare, Kerry

best spa hotels in Ireland - Park Hotel Kenmare

Francis Brennan’s Park Hotel is practically a landmark in Kerry. With superb dining options, a 25 metre pool, cinema and luxury spa, you may find it difficult to leave. The SAMAS Spa offers a calendar of complimentary events and classes to guests, but the three-hour SÁMAS Experience should not be missed.


Its sister hotel, Dromquinna Manor, has a delightful waterfront restaurant, the Boathouse Bistro, that reminds be of the Boathouse in Central Park. Shutters Pizza on the Pier is also a popular choice, and boasts a beautiful setting. One of Ireland’s most luxurious glamping sites is also located here – The Hideaway at Dromquinna Manor.

Read: 20 top picks for glamping in Ireland

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22. Tankardstown House

Tankardstown House is one of Irelands top luxury hotels

Tankardstown House is an excellent choice for a luxury break away. It is ideally located in the Boyne Valley, just an hour from Dublin, so it would suit adults looking for an overnight escape.

The 18th century Manor House exudes elegance and you can enjoy a casual lunch and fine dining in its award-winning Brabazon Restaurant, as well as Afternoon Tea in the Cellar Restaurant. Guests can dine on the Terrace in the summer months or inside with an open fire in the winter. This hotel is pet-friendly too!

Read: 40 hotels in Ireland that allow dogs

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23. Ballyfin Demesne, Laois

best hotels in ireland - ballyfin demesne

When it comes to luxury hotels in Ireland, Ballyfin Demense tops the list every time! It was also voted one of the best hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. According to Richard E Grant “it was like stepping back in the past without the inconvenience of no electricity. The personal attention…the welcome of the people, the setting, the food, I should be their PR manager” – I think that says it all.


This five-star luxury country house has only 20 rooms and suites and is open to residents only – it is one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland for an intimate escape.

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24. Sheen Falls Hotel, Kerry

luxury hotels in Ireland - Sheen Falls

Sheen Falls Lodge enjoys an idyllic location overlooking Sheen Waterfalls, as well as being within walking distance to the picturesque town of Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way.

A Relais & Chateaux Hotel, it boasts fine food and wine and a host of activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, archery, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and falconry. If you prefer to relax, spend some time in the spa or indoor heated pool.


You may be aware of the lodges at the Sheen Falls Country Club, but did you know that there are thatched cottages available at the Sheen Falls Lodge Hotel? These Hansel and Gretel fairy-tale like cottages are accessed via a private gate, with a huge garden and the interiors are beautiful. Sheen Falls must be one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland with self catering lodges on site.
5 star hotels in Ireland with self catering lodges

Read: 20 hotels with lodges in Ireland

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25. Dunloe Hotel & Gardens, Kerry

Dunloe Hotel is one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland for families

The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens is a recent addition to my Irish bucket list and must be one of the best luxury hotels in Ireland for families. As well as 64 acres to explore, there is a wonderful outdoor adventure playground on the hotel grounds.


Families can also enjoy kayaking on the river that flows through the estate, as well as complimentary pony trekking, tennis and fishing. If you are lucky to catch something, the kitchen will be pleased to prepare and cook your catch for dinner that evening.

During the summer two popular movies are shown each night, suitable for children of all ages. Popcorn and drinks are provided.


The hotel has large family rooms that can accommodate two adults and three children, which consist of a double room with balcony and a separate room for children via an internal interconnecting door. This room can not be reached from the hotel corridor – I love this idea for families who want separate rooms but are nervous about outside access.

This hotel is pet-friendly too.

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26. Trump International Doonbeg, Clare

Trump International Doonbeg is one of the best 5 star hotels in Ireland beside the beach

Whatever you may feel about its owner, the seaside location of Tump International Doonbeg is hard to beat. There are not many 5 star hotels in Ireland beside the beach, and of course the spectacular golf links course is another top attraction. 

There is also a luxury Spa on-site and a choice of dining options in the Ocean View Restaurant, as well as the more relaxed Trumps Bar and Restaurant at the 18th hole. 

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27. Carton House, Kildare

Carton House is now a five star hotel in Ireland

Following an extensive restoration, Carton House reopened last year as Ireland’s only Fairmont Hotel. Through its luxurious redesign Carton House managed to retain its Country Manor atmosphere, but added a choice of dining options, as well as a reimagined Spa and Wellness centre.

Its 1100 acres of parkland are a pleasure to explore, and golfers will enjoy its two 18-hole golf courses.

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28. Cashel Palace Hotel, Tipperary

Cashel Palace is Ireland's new 5 star hotel

This Palladian manor dating back to 1732 has been reimagined, and is Ireland’s newest 5 star hotel. There are just 42 bedrooms at Cashel Palace, as well as a luxury Spa, and a choice of fine dining or bistro-style dining options. With stunning views of the Rock of Cashel, as well as expansive gardens to explore, a stay here combines nature with history in luxurious surroundings.
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29. The Savoy Hotel, Limerick

bar at the Savoy hotel, Limerick

The chic Savoy Limerick places you right in the heart of the city centre. Overlooking the River Shannon, it has three restaurants, a modern gym, spa, and plunge pool. With the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips are endless. 

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5 Star Hotels in Dublin, Ireland


30. The Westbury, Dublin

New terrace suites at the Westbury, Dublin

The Westbury, a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, is one of Dublin’s best 5 star hotels. Situated in the heart of Dublin’s social and shopping scene, the location is superb.

Balfes all-day bistro and Wilde Restaurant and just as popular with locals as they are with hotel guests, and the newly opened Luxury Terrace Suites are a welcome new addition to Dublin’s hotel offering.

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31. Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

Veranda at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

Dublin’s Intercontinental Hotel is a favourite haunt of mine. Its outdoor terrace is stunning during the summer months, and its festive displays at Christmas-time are second to none. We enjoyed a family stay here over Christmas and loved it. 


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The Intercontinental boasts some of the largest hotel rooms in Dublin and its Wellness area with Spa and 14 metre heated pool, is the perfect place to relax after a day out in the capital.

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32. The Merrion, Dublin

Garden Room at Merrion Hotel, Dublin

The Merrion Hotel is one of Dublin’s most luxurious five star hotels, and is also a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. As well as boasting Ireland’s first ever two-star Michelin restaurant, you can also enjoy more relaxed dining in The Garden Room, or light bites and cocktails in the Cellar Bar.


The Merrion Spa & Health Club is a welcome addition. The original 18-metre infinity pool remains, but they have added six treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna and gym.

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33. Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin

Superbly located in the heart of Dublin overlooking St Stephen’s Green, I am always surprised that The Fitzwilliam is one of the best value 5 star hotels in Dublin.

It is also a good choice for food lovers as the Michelin Star Glovers Alley Restaurant by Andy McFadden is on-site, as well as one of Dublin’s coolest bars – Inn on the Green.

Read: 25 hotels in Ireland for food lovers

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34 The Marker, Dublin

5 star hotels in Dublin - Marker Hotel

The Marker Hotel is another of Dublin’s top 5 star hotels and a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World. Its trendy cocktail bar and brasserie are the places to be seen in Dublin. It also boasts a spa, a 23-metre infinity pool and a state-of-the-art gym.

If you get a clear day, the views of the Dublin skyline from the rooftop lounge are superb, and complimentary rooftop yoga is available at weekends.

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35. The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

Shelbourne Hotel is one of the top 5 star hotels in Dublin, Ireland

The Shelbourne is not only one of the top 5 star hotels in Ireland, but it is one of Dublin’s landmarks. Located right on St. Stephen’s Green, it has been the centre of the city’s social and cultural life for 200 years. It also has impressive dining options, as well as a health club, spa and 19 metre swimming pool.


History buffs or culture vultures will love the Signature Suites at the Shelbourne. They have taken their names from notable visitors over the years, including JFK, Michael Collins, and Éamon de Valera.

We are regular visitors to the Shelbourne Bar, I love its lively atmosphere and tasty bar food. For a more fine dining experience, the Saddle Room is also a great choice.

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36. Radisson Blu Stillorgan, Dublin

five star Dublin hotel deals at the Radisson St Helens

The Radisson Blu in Dublin is one of the best value 5 star hotels in Ireland. This stunning Georgian mansion dates all the way back to the 16th century. It is 4km to Dublin City Centre – close enough for easy access, yet far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.


Although I haven’t actually stayed here yet, I have dined here on many occasions. I particularly like the relaxed vibe in the Orangerie Bar which overlooks the beautiful gardens. There is also an award-winning Italian restaurant, Talavera on-site. 

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37. The Westin, Dublin

Westin Hotel, 5 star hotel in Dublin

Overlooking Trinity College, this landmark hotel is located in the heart of Dublin City. I haven’t had the pleasure of staying here yet, but I have enjoyed Afternoon Tea in its stunning Atrium Lounge, and a delicious meal in Morelands Grill.

Its chic Mint Bar is popular with locals as well as hotel guests, and is a great choice for pre- or post dinner drinks in Dublin. 

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38. Dylan Hotel, Dublin

five star Dublin hotel - The Dylan

The Dylan is one of the most popular 5 star boutique hotels in Dublin. It boasts modern decor and spacious rooms, and an outdoor terrace that is perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks.

The Eddison Restaurant serves gourmet Bistro-style cuisine, and its close proximity to St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street make it a great choice for guests looking for a central boutique hotel in Dublin.

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39. Conrad Hotel, Dublin

Conrad Hotel Dublin bar

Located opposite the National Concert Hall, close to St Stephens Green and just 600 meters from the shops of Grafton Street, this stylish hotel is a good choice for guests looking for a luxury stay in the city. The Coburg Restaurant is a popular all-day brasserie and cocktails are best enjoyed al fresco at Terrace Kitchen & Social.

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5 star hotels in Northern Ireland

40. Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh

luxury hotels in Northern Ireland - Lough Erne Resort

Lough Erne Resort’s stunning location on a 600-acre peninsula, as well as its top quality food and service have earned this 5 star hotel in Northern Ireland numerous awards, including Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Hotel of the Year. It caters equally well for couples and families and offers a host of activities including two Championship Golf Courses and a unique Thai inspired Spa. 


Head Chef Noel McMeel is practically a house-hold name, and a meal at his Catalina Restaurant is one to savour. You can also enjoy a casual dining at The Loughside Bar and Grill, or bar food at The Blaney Bar.

Lough Erne Resort is one of the best 5 star hotels in Northern Ireland – we enjoyed a family stay here in one of the self-catering lodges, I can highly recommend it.

Read: Living it up at Lough Erne Resort

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41. Bishops Gate Hotel, Derry

Derry Walls

Did you know that Derry is one of the world’s best preserved walled-cities, and is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland? Derry is brimming with culture and history and is waiting to be explored. The landmark Bishop’s Gate Hotel is located within the historic city walls and combines tradition with contemporary style.  

Read: 10 five-star hotels Ireland, overnight stays from €80pp

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42. Culloden Estate & Spa, Antrim

swimming pool at the Culloden Estate & Spa Hotel

The Culloden Estate and Spa was originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down, and is one of the top luxury hotels in Northern Ireland. There is a health club with state-of-the-art fitness suite, and the recently extended and refurbished Spa includes a vitality pool with garden views, and offers a wide selection of ESPA treatments.

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43. Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

Titanic Museum, Belfast

The luxurious Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast is a boutique-style hotel that offers great value for a 5 star hotel in Belfast. Its modern interiors as well as the chic cocktail bar and restaurant are firm favourites with visitors. This hotel is also pet-friendly too!

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 44. Shipquay Hotel, Derry

Shipquay Hotel Derry - one of Northern Ireland's 5 star hotels

The modern Shipquay Hotel is beautifully situated overlooking the Derry’s walls. This boutique hotel is a listed heritage building and boasts 21 unique bedrooms that ooze character and style.

With a popular restaurant, as well as the Lock & Quay bar, this is the perfect place for bottomless brunch, or a night out in Derry’s social scene.

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45. Merchant Hotel, Belfast

best 5 star hotels in Norther Ireland - Merchant Hotel, Belfast

The Merchant Hotel in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is one of the best hotels in the city. The hotel’s Listed Building dates back to 1860, and this old world charm continues into the Great Room Restaurant, which has a huge domed ceiling.


However, don’t let its historic outdoor appearance fool you. Its luxury Spa with rooftop hot tub are favourites with Instagrammers, as are the selection of bars, including the Veuve Clicquot champagne lounge.

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I hope this post on 5 star hotels in Ireland will help you plan a luxury break in the near future. While all effort is made to ensure facilities and standards are correct at the time of issue, they are subject to change. Note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

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