Where to stay: IRELAND
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Fairmont Carton House | Maynooth, Ireland
Carton House is a country house and surrounding demesne that was the ancestral seat of the Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster. Located 23 km west of Dublin, in Maynooth, County Kildare, the Carton Demesne is 1,100 acres (4.5 km2). For two hundred years, the Carton Demesne was the finest example in Ireland of a Georgian-created parkland landscape. In 2000 much of the demesne was redeveloped into two golf courses and the house into a hotel complex.
The Shelbourne | Dublin
Stylish, opulent and utterly distinctive in a Victorian style – the more so since a vast refurbishment brought a new level of glitter to the hotel's fixtures and fittings. Think antiques and embossed wallpaper, open fires and sparkling chandeliers. The Shelbourne Dublin is the grand old lady of the Dublin hotel scene since 1824. Don't miss the newly commissioned series of 32 glorious stained-glass windows (one for each Irish county) running through the hotel.
The Wilder Townhouse | Dublin
The Wilder was founded originally as a 'Home for Retired Governesses' – and the hotel has retained much of the building’s period charm: think excellent joinery, high ceilings, and bright interiors. Add modern touches in the form of dramatic light fittings and original Irish art displayed across the property, and the result is a hotel of considerable character.
Zanzibar Locke | Dublin, Ireland
Locke is a hybrid travel concept that combines the space and comfort of home with the experience and thoughtful design of a boutique hotel. Each of Zanzibar Locke's studio apartments come equipped with fully fitted kitchens and living space. Generously-sized rooms create a sense of freedom unique to the Irish market, where guests can enjoy the option of a short stay in a City Studio (average 25sqm) or retreat to a larger premium River Suite (average 40sqm) for a long term stay.
The Flint | Belfast, Northern Ireland
Minimalist modern furniture, industrial decor and original parquet floors make The Flint a stylish stay in the centre of Belfast. Suites come with king-sized beds and kitchenettes, and although it doesn’t have a restaurant there are lots of options nearby, including sister cafe Town Square, which serves brunches and burgers.
The g Hotel | Galway, Ireland
Milliner Philip Treacy, a native of Galway, turns hotel designer at the G, a five-star property with 101 rooms and suites on the edge of the city. The location, at the front of a retail park, is unusual, and the décor not to everyone’s taste, but many guests are won over by the food and comfortable rooms.
Aloft Dublin City
The hotel is located in the Blackpitts area of Dublin's Liberties, one of the capital's most dynamic quarters. The Liberties is rich with heritage, formerly a trading site of textiles; fast forward and this rejuvenated district is the thriving home to media and tech hubs as well as Dublin's top visitor attractions. It has 202 rooms, panorama bar, lounge, fitness centre and grab&go pantry.
Ballyfin | County Laois, Ireland
Splendid Ballyfin is one of Ireland’s finest country houses, now restored to elegant and graceful life, and reopened as a luxurious hotel. The beauty of the great house and its spacious demesne and lake, and the stratospheric standards of hospitality here, makes this hotel a truly remarkable place.
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites | Aran Islands, Ireland
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites offers a remarkable, carefully designed experience on the remote, beautiful and windswept island of Inishmaan. Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam’s splendid and intimate enterprise is only a few years old – but is already famous for sky-high quality and immersive island magic.
Bellinter House | Navan, Ireland
On the banks of the River Boyne in the beautiful County Meath is the Bellinter House, a modern take on the traditional Irish country house hotel. The 18th-century, Palladian-style house was designed by architect Richard Cassels who designed a number of important buildings, including the Irish Parliament. Of significant historical interest; the grounds and building are therefore open to the public daily from noon until 4pm.
Kilkea Castle | Castledermot, Ireland
Kilkea Castle, dating back to 1180, and it has the ghosts to prove it. Built in the late 12th century, Kilkea remains one of Ireland’s oldest habitable castles. Located an hour’s drive southwest of Dublin, the estate sits on 185 acres of green meadows and thick forests near the Killeshin Hills. Its scenic setting is ideally suited to falconry, horseback riding, archery, and some spirited ghost-hunting.
Adare Manor | Co. Limerick, Ireland
Formerly one of Ireland’s most magnificent stately homes, neo-gothic Adare Manor has emerged from a glorious renovation with the aim of being Ireland’s most impressive luxury hotel. Creative dining concepts, magnificent interiors and myriad outdoor pursuits are among the attributes set to distinguish it.
The Mayson | Dublin
Located in the heart of Dublin Docklands, next to the 3Arena on the River Liffey, The Mayson is a boutique-style property. One of Dublin‘s most modern and architecturally striking hotels it is set in two historic buildings (one a public house from 1860 and and one warehouse from 1870). In a dilapidated condition and not been used in over two decades, their existing, inherent characters. original features and fixtures such as the fireplaces have been retained and a new modern annex was added.
Hard Rock Hotel Dublin
The 120-room hotel is a contemporary reimagining of two historic buildings, combining the Exchange Building, a listed property built at the turn of the 20th century, and the adjacent Fashion House building, linked together by a newly built glass bridge. The classic red-brick exterior has been maintained whilst the fresh interiors are adorned with Hard Rock memorabilia, including treasured possessions and instruments from some of Ireland's most loved musicians.
Number 31 | Dublin
The hotel is split into two distinct halves - a newly restored Georgian townhouse and a modernist coach-house, connected by a courtyard garden. The renovation first began with a renovation of the mews to give it an aesthetic of “modern Irish design with an eclectic twist.” Dublin based Nigel Howard, led the new design, centred around the Art Deco style. The wing contains panels from the original Ziegfeld Theatre in New York, designed by Joseph Urban, father of Art Deco.
The Dean | Dublin
The Dean is a hip boutique design hotel, located in Dublin‘s city centre, right on Harcourt Street – bars, restaurants and clubs aplenty. The hotel offers a choice of accomodations, ranging from a cabin-sized room to a penthouse suite. Rooms are filled with fun: Rega turntables, vinyl and books from Tower Records Dublin, Marshall amps, Nespresso machines, SMEG fridges loaded with liquor, Irish munchie trays piled high with local goodies and plenty more to amuse.
The Mont | Dublin
If the calibre of the boutique hotels opening is any indication, Dublin is having something of a moment. The newest kid on the block is The Mont, a handsome 19th-century pile that once housed a bank and later a nightclub, and which local studio 21Spaces has now reimagined as a warm, sleek 96-room retreat lined with Irish timber, customised furniture and Kvadrat fabric.
Kellys Hotel | Dublin
Perched above South Great George's Street (not a place for light sleepers), this boutique bolthole is a stylish and funky spot, in a building which dates back to the 1870s. Inside, the hotel is a twisting warren of just 16 rooms, linked to reception by an interior bridge lined with stained glass and weathered walls. The rooms vary in size, but all are sleek, minimalist and decorated with unique artwork.
The Clarence | Dublin
Smooth, cool, even a trifle austere: there’s nothing fussy about the Clarence’s look. It was originally a splendid Victorian building but today, its sports an acreage of pale, polished wood, terrazzo flooring, leaded windows, and lots of hard surfaces. With only 51 rooms and an interior design focused on fashion, this boutique hotel does its job very well. The hotel is connected inextricably with Irish super-group (and part-owners) U2.
The Devlin | Dublin
The 40-room property has opened its doors with a unique set of features including a 42-seater subterranean cinema. The hotel, that describes itself as a “community hub” and “more than a hotel”, also includes a rooftop restaurant, terrace and cocktail bar.
Titanic Hotel | Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast’s hit visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, is housed in a landmark, purpose-made building in the city’s regenerated shipyards, now known as the Titanic Quarter. It has been joined by an exciting hotel fashioned from the historic headquarters of the Titanic’s builders, Harland & Wolff.
Slieve Donard | Newcastle, County Down | Northern Ireland
This one of the most majestic spa hotels in Ireland, built in 1897, right on the beach. As if the turreted Scottish Baronial-style building wasn’t impressive enough, it’s got a world-famous golf course on one side, the mountains on the other, the ocean in front and a great spa and old-school charm within.
The Fitzwilliam Hotel | Belfast, Northern Ireland
On the one hand, there's a palette of soft pinks, greys, beige and peach, plus cream and dusty pink leather sofas that sit around the gas fire and bookshelves in the lobby. On the other, there's black wood, smart hi-fis and designer phones. The restaurant's design is best, and takes its inspiration from Scandinavia and Japan, all beech, deep red banquettes and stylishly attenuated but comfortable chairs.
The Fitzwilliam | Dublin
- design by Sir Terence Conran. This splendidly modern and noticeably friendly hotel is set in the very centre of Dublin’s shopping and entertainment district. Overlooking the open spaces of St Stephen’s Green, the Fitzwilliam offers sleek accommodation on an intimate scale.
The Merchant | Belfast, Northern Ireland
Grande luxe and then some in the public areas, and Victorian meets the 1970s in the rooms, as if Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen and Mary Quant had gone on an acid trip then fallen out. A £16 million extension in 2011 – which added 38 rooms to the original 24 – is, by contrast, cool Art Deco.