Kilkenny is one of Ireland’s top cities. Just a short trip from Dublin, it’s a great place to find a stunning castle, fun pubs, and quaint shops (and much more! Take a look at my guide of things to do in Kilkenny for ideas!) Kilkenny can be visited as a day trip, but I suggest spending a night or two to really get the most out of this town. Find the perfect place to rest your head for your visit with my Kilkenny accommodation guide.
One of the best places to stay in Kilkenny is Butler House. This sprawling estate house was built in the 1800s and is located in the centre of Kilkenny. Butler House has everything to make you feel like a king or queen during your stay. There’s a stunning Georgian garden, a restaurant on site, a terrace and features like marble fireplaces, plastered ceilings, and stunning staircases. Rooms are the perfect balance of modern and old-world charm with original features, luxurious queen-sized beds, and views over the garden. Along with a complimentary breakfast, you can also dine in their beautiful restaurant for lunch or enjoy afternoon tea in style. If you’re looking for grandeur, history, and charm then you’ll love Butler House.
Kilkenny River Court Hotel
If it’s luxury and views your after then opt for one of the best hotels in Kilkenny, the Kilkenny River Court Hotel. This large 4-star hotel has a quiet location, restaurant and bar, and some of the best hotel views in Kilkenny. Rooms are large and decorated in soft soothing tones and have luxury mattress, linens, and some even have balconies overlooking the River Nore. You’ll find it hard not to dine at their award-winning Riverside Restaurant and Bar every night of your stay. With a marvellous menu, music on weekends, afternoon tea, and sweeping views of the river and castle, it’s one of the best places to dine in Kilkenny. You can’t beat Kilkenny River Court Hotel’s central location, lavish rooms, and fine dining.
Langton House Hotel
Located in the heart of Kilkenny is the award-winning Langton House Hotel. Rooms range in size but all are uniquely designed with luxurious beds and city views. The Langton House Hotel is home to a stunning restaurant that brings the outdoors in. They offer traditional and international fine-dining fare with seasonal menus and have a farm to fork rule by sourcing the best local produce. The hotel also boasts a couple of different bars and delightful tea rooms. If you’re looking for hotels in Kilkenny Ireland that focus on great food and luxurious accommodation then Langton House is ideal.
Bridge View B&B
Located only a four minutes’ walk to Kilkenny castle is the Bridge View B&B. This charming little bed and breakfast in the centre of Kilkenny is adorned with colourful flower boxes and has warm and welcoming hosts. Rooms are modest, with en-suites, and have views of the River Nore. With a central location, a full Irish breakfast to kick start your day, and the sweetness only a bed and breakfast offers, you’ll love staying at Bridge View B&B.
City Centre B&B
If you’re looking for budget-friendly accommodation in Kilkenny then consider City Centre B&B. Just as the name reflects, it has a great location in the centre of Kilkenny. This bed and breakfast has been completely refurbished and offers a shared lounge, a lovely garden and terrace, and even has room service. Rooms have all the comforts of home including; extra plush pillows, warm duvets, and a private bath. City Centre B&B is an ideal place to stay for a weekend getaway to Kilkenny.
Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel
Kilkenny Hiberian Hotel is a grand building in the centre of town. This award-winning hotel is home to a glamorous restaurant as well as an award-winning bar. The Hibernian Bar is ideal for everything from a cup of coffee to a casual dinner, and you can also try their premium whiskey tasting experience. Rooms at the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel are decorated in a timeless fashion with luxurious bedding and even have Nespresso machines. The Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is perfect whether you’re looking for a romantic place to stay or a luxurious accommodation for your trip to Kilkenny.
PS: for more on Kilkenny bars, check out my post on the best Kilkenny pubs!
If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Kilkenny that don’t sacrifice style and comfort then the Kilkenny Inn is what you want. Rooms are bright, modern, and spacious with en-suites that offer fluffy bathrobes and complimentary organic toiletries. The Kilkenny Inn is also home to the Kernel Bar & Kitchen that serves everything from a delicious breakfast to the finest craft beers and ciders, and all in a stylish space. Kilkenny Inn is a great place to stay if you’re visiting Kilkenny on a budget but want a great location and the perks of a top hotel.
Rosquil House B&B
When deciding where to stay in Kilkenny consider the Rosquil House B&B. Located 15 minutes from Kilkenny’s centre, this four-star boutique bed and breakfast has lovely hosts who have a passion for food. Breakfasts at Rosquil House are relaxed and social times where you can choose from their buffet, that includes homemade granola, fresh local fruits, and freshly baked treats, or from their cooked to order dishes, like a full Irish breakfast, pancakes, or tasty omelettes. The Rosquil House B&B blends comfort, fabulous home cooking, and a lovely location to ensure a wonderful stay in Kilkenny.
Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel
When browsing hotels in Kilkenny City, the Pembroke Hotel is a fabulous option. This four-star boutique hotel has a wealth of reasons for why you should stay here during your Kilkenny visit. Rooms are modern with king-sized beds, contemporary en-suites, and some even have views of the Kilkenny Castle. There’s an on-site bar and restaurant catering Irish and international cuisine in a posh but relaxed atmosphere. On top of stunning suites and a fabulous restaurant, the Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel is also home to a spa. Mint offers a range of spa treatments, from facials to massages as well as skin rejuvenation and more. The Kilkenny Pembroke Hotel has everything to guarantee an incredible stay in Kilkenny.
Which one of these Kilkenny accommodation options would you choose?