Ireland luxury lodging. Photo and article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland

On our recent 24 day trip around Ireland, we stayed at a dozen different properties. Each place exhibits its own distinct luxury travel characteristics. These Ireland luxury lodging properties range from inns, to large hotels, to medieval castles.

Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland

Killarney Park Hotel

Ireland’s #1 luxury hotel rated by TripAdvisor is Killarney Park Hotel. Shall I repeat that? Killarney Park Hotel is the #1 luxury hotel in Ireland. Wow. Killarney Park Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and holds a AA 2 Rosette designation for culinary excellence. The vibrant and cute town of Killarney is right outside the front gate of Killarney Park Hotel. It is a super convenient location. One of my favorite Killarney spots is Murphy’s.

Please click the below image to see a video of our amazing suite at Killarney Park Hotel.

Live look at Killarney Park HotelThe Killarney Park HotelThe Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.TBEX

Posted by Charles McCool on Monday, October 2, 2017

Killarney Park Hotel: Town Centre, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Kilkea Castle

Recently completed modernized and renovated, Kilkea Castle is a 12th century castle in County Kildare. Parts of Kilkea Castle (pronounced Kill-Kee) date to 1180, making it one of Ireland’s oldest inhabited castles. Of course I asked if Kilkea Castle is haunted. I loved the response of, “what great castle is not haunted?” The ultra-luxury castle rooms are scheduled to open for public bookings at end of October 2017. The 180 acre grounds include a homage to Ernest Shackleton, the Antartica explorer, who was from the area. McCool Travel tip: the Sir Walter de Riddlesford room overlooks the magnificent gardens and is definitely not haunted (at least while I stayed there).

What a castle. Wow! Portions of it are from 1180. Haunted? But of course. 👻☘️😎Kilkea CastleInto Kildare Kildare FailteFailte IrelandDiscover Ireland

Posted by Charles McCool on Sunday, October 1, 2017

Kilkea Castle: Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Harvey’s Point

Selected as Ireland’s #1 hotel for 5 straight years by TripAdvisor, Harvey’s Point in County Donegal is magnificent. Recently awarded the AA Red Star, an elite designation as one of the best hotels in the British Isles. The “Swiss made in Ireland” focus of Harvey’s Point encompasses the luxury spa and activities, renowned cuisine, and palatial lodging.

Good morning from the luxurious Harveys Point Hotel in Donegal Ireland.

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Here is a video tour of my palatial suite at Harvey’s Point.

Harvey's Point #1 hotel in Ireland.Go Visit DonegalTourism IrelandFáilte Ireland

Posted by Charles McCool on Saturday, October 7, 2017

Harvey’s Point: Lough Eske, County Donegal, Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Shelbourne

Dublin’s largest five star luxury hotel is also one of Ireland’s most historic places. The Shelbourne played a prominent role in the 1916 uprising and Michael Collins led the drafting of the Irish Constitution here. The 193 year old Heritage rooms facing St. Stephens Green underwent a complete refurbishment and modernization three months ago. Conde Nast readers rank The Shelbourne as the #5 hotel in Ireland. Restaurant Association of Ireland named The Saddle Room as the Best Hotel Restaurant in Dublin. Visit separate websites for Shelbourne Dining and Shelbourne Spa. McCool Travel tip: take a ride on Ireland’s first elevator.

G'day from epic room and view from The Shelbourne Dublin, a Renaissance Hotel. Can I please stay forever?Failte IrelandVisit DublinTourism IrelandTBEX

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, September 29, 2017

The Shelbourne: 27 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Castle Leslie Estate

Only a few Irish castles remain owned by the original family and Castle Leslie in County Monaghan is one. It is in a great location, about an hour from Dublin and Belfast. Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII, granted the Leslie family 50,000 acres for saving her life. The current 1,000 acres surrounds Glaslough, a preserved Irish lake popular for pike fishing. Miles of trails—designed for equestrian activity but great for hiking also—meander through the magnificent woods. In 2002, Castle Leslie hosted the wedding of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Request the Red room, where Sir Paul stayed, also historic for being the first place in Ireland with indoor plumbing.

I think my Auto Europe Car Rental vehicle looks pretty good at Castle Leslie Estate. What do you think?#travel #roadtrip #europeanroadtrip

Posted by Charles McCool on Thursday, October 12, 2017

Castle Leslie Estate: Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Newforge House

Located only 30 minutes from Belfast, Newforge House is a five star country guest house offering luxurious rooms and cuisine in a tranquil setting. Operated by a young, passionate couple—John and Lou Mathers—Newforge House counts Best Country House in Ireland and Culinary Haven of the Year among their many awards. Onsite gardens, orchard, and chickens means super fresh and organic food all year round. With only six rooms, Newforge House is the smallest Ireland luxury lodging property on this list but also the one with the most individualized attention. Great place!

Another remarkable property, now in Northern Ireland. Land of McCool. Thank you Ireland's Blue Book for stay and Anton Diaz for you know what. 🤣Newforge House

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, October 13, 2017

Newforge House: Magheralin, County Armagh, Northern Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Bushmills Inn

Parts of the large Bushmills Inn date to around 1608, the year that Ireland’s oldest distillery (Old Bushmill’s Distillery) was founded. A massive renovation in 2009 added a conference center, cinema, and more rooms. Current awards for Bushmill’s Inn include Hotel of the Year in Northern Ireland and Best Boutique Golf Hotel in Ireland. Ask about the Secret Library and Flag Room. Two miles away is Giant’s Causeway (“built” by my cousin Finn McCool) and closer than that, in the village of Bushmills, is a tavern called Finn McCool’s. This is McCool country! McCool Travel tip: notice the two flags, one changes every day to honor the guest living the furthest away (it was us during our stay!).

Garden view suite at The Bushmills Inn Hotel & Restaurant via Ireland's Blue Book.

Posted by McCool Travel on Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Bushmills Inn: 9 Dunluce Road, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Ghan House

Located an hour from Dublin and Belfast, Ghan House sits next to the castle in the medieval walled seaside village of Carlingford, County Louth. The cuisine is top notch; Ghan House annually earns 2 AA Rosettes (since 2012) and leads the Good Food Ireland movement. The Georgian style manor built in 1727, now has 12 rooms for guests, elegant gardens, and is capable of hosting weddings and events for 150 people. Walking the grounds, I imagined the property looks about the same as when people traveled by horse and carriage. Very cool!

Good morning from the super cute Irish country inn of Ghan House, Carlingford next to the entrance to the medieval arch…

Posted by Charles McCool on Friday, October 13, 2017

Ghan House: Carlingford, County Louth, Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Adare Manor

Located in the gorgeous village of Adare in County Limerick—home to some must-see thatched roof houses—is the amazing Adare Manor. The new owners bought Adare Manor three years ago and set out to create the most luxurious destination in Ireland. Everything is being restored, every tile removed and remodeled. Minstrel’s Gallery is the second longest hall room in Ireland (132 feet). The main house has 365 stained glass windows, 75 fireplaces, and the only La Mer spa in Ireland and UK and 9th in the world). Adare Manor is 30 minutes from Shannon airport and 2.5 hours from Dublin; their motto is Beyond Everything.

Just toured the soon to open, super posh Adare Manor Hotel. 75 fireplaces, 365 stained glass windows, second longest…

Posted by Charles McCool on Monday, October 2, 2017

Adare Manor: Adare, County Limerick, Ireland | websiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram


For more information on Ireland luxury lodging:

Ireland’s Blue Book represents 48 unique and distinctive properties: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Leading Hotels of the World: website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Discover Ireland: website | Facebook | Twitter

Discover Northern Irelandwebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Tourism Irelandwebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

AA Rosette recognizes exceptionally high standards in culinary excellence across Ireland and the UK: website

For more information on what to do in Ireland:

Fun Things To Do in Dublin

Cool Things To Do in Donegal Ireland

Visit Donegal, Ireland for a lot of Craic

8 Great Places to Visit in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: In the Footsteps of Finn McCool

Genealogy Travel: McCool homestead in Northern Ireland

What are your favorite Ireland luxury lodging properties? Can you suggest other places to stay in Ireland?

While Failte Ireland, Ireland’s Blue Book, and various properties hosted us and picked up the tab for much of this glorious trip, please be certain that my message is carefully crafted for my awesome audience so that you can make informed decisions in order to Travel Happy on future trips. Failte Ireland introduced us to many great places in Ireland in addition to these amazing Ireland luxury lodging properties.

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Ireland luxury lodging. Photo and article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland first published on 19 October 2017 on

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36 Responses to “Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland”

  1. bolaaka November 5, 2017 at 9:28 am #

    I have more than one reason to visit Ireland. What a beautiful post. These places look so peaceful.

  2. Karen Warren October 30, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    What an amazing collection of hotels. Next time I go to Ireland I’m definitely going to find a castle to stay in!

  3. Sue Reddel October 29, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    Some great digs here Charles. I wouldn’t mind staying in a castle that would be fun.

  4. Cathy Sweeney October 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

    These are great recommendations for Ireland accommodations. I loved my stays there several years ago. Now I’ve got new ideas for the next visit. Would love to check out The Shelbourne in Dublin.

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) October 30, 2017 at 9:56 am #

      Definitely worth considering these places. The Shelbourne is magnificent. Try to get one of the Heritage rooms.

  5. pattimorrow October 28, 2017 at 9:37 pm #

    Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe that I have not visited. We’ve been talking about going in 2018. All the places above look great, but I am totally in love with Kilkea Castle. That’s where I want to stay!

  6. Doreen Pendgracs October 28, 2017 at 8:33 pm #

    Wonderful post, Charles. I’d love to visit Ireland, but the right opportunity has not yet presented itself. Hopefully, sometime soon …

  7. The Vicki Winters Show October 27, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    Kind of digging the post with all of the videos and photos and information, oh my…..all about Luxury hotels in Ireland! I wasn’t feeling like I missed anything by not attending TBEX, until this post!

  8. Cat October 24, 2017 at 1:01 am #

    I’d be interested in staying at the castle, but I’m scared of ghosts so maybe that’s not a good idea. The Shelbourne Dublin looks luxurious. It has a great view and a fancy bathroom!

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) October 24, 2017 at 10:51 am #

      The Shelbourne is a great place to stay in Dublin. Oh, the ghosts in Ireland are friendly so go for the castle stays. 😀

  9. mmzink October 23, 2017 at 11:45 pm #

    What a great list of places!! We unfortunately didn’t get to stay in any of these while we were in Ireland (for a 9 day driving trip) but we did travel through the adorable little town of Adare. Will have to my list for the next visit!

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) October 24, 2017 at 10:54 am #

      Well, the Adare Manor either just opened or is about to, so definitely re-visit. Adare is a cute little town, right?

      • Bernardine Turley November 2, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

        Great reviews. I have very happy memories of the Shelbourne, but it has been extensively refurbished since I was last there. Time for a return visit.
        Feel the need to point out that Adare and Co Limerick are not in the UK. The UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Co Limerick is in the Republic of ireland, a separate country.

      • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) November 3, 2017 at 12:24 am #

        Thank you, Bernardine. Most of the places in this article are in Ireland (not UK), including Adare Manor. Only 2 places are located in Northern Ireland.

  10. travelnwrite October 23, 2017 at 12:13 am #

    Some of the best luxury we’ve seen is in Cairo, Egypt, Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand. Great report Charles!

  11. Marvi October 22, 2017 at 10:04 am #

    Wow.. Imagine staying in an actual castle – even for a night or two! Kilkea Castle seems pretty awesome. Good thing that you didn’t witness any paranormal phenomenon, probaby would ruin the stay. But, who doesn’t love a scare or two, right? LOL. Nevertheless, Ireland does have amazing accommodations for those wanting luxury comfort. 🙂

  12. Lara Dunning October 21, 2017 at 6:48 pm #

    Ireland really has some great luxury lodging properties, and this is a great list. Some were are already on my to stay list, and now I have some new ones! Looking forward to my next trip to Ireland, and glad we got to say hello in person. 🙂

    • McCoolTravel (@CharlesMcCool) October 22, 2017 at 8:08 am #

      Yes, that was cool to meet you in Killarney. I was rather distracted with preparing for my talk so I would love another chance to chat one day. Maybe on your turf in Washington.

  13. Anete October 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    Ahh these royal castles in Ireland! Every time I look at them I think how powerfu and impressive they look. Amazing! I love love to stay at every single one ofthem. Will add them all to my “places to stay at in the future” list 🙂

  14. Tami October 21, 2017 at 12:53 am #

    What fantastic properties! I’ll take the castle, please! (but without any haunted occurrences!)

  15. Abdur Rahman October 20, 2017 at 2:28 am #

    Very nice traveling .thank you for sharing.


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