Looking for ideas for romantic getaways in Ireland? Sure, one of Ireland’s castle hotels might be a good pick, but there are plenty of other manors, hotels, and guest houses that are also high-end, classy, and perfect for an escape. Here are out top picks for the most roantic hotels in Ireland, perfect for an couple’s getaway.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel, County Galway
When it comes to romantic hotels in Ireland, it doesn’t get much better than Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Located just outside the city centre of Galway, the Glenlo Abbey Hotel offers five star accommodation and views of western Ireland’s outstanding landscape and largest lake. Rooms are styled with luxurious old world charm décor, pillow top mattresses, and marble en suites. The hotel offers a unique dining environment at their award winning Pullman Restaurant where you’ll be eating aboard historic Orient Express train carriages. There are two other restaurants to choose from at the hotel, the Oak Cellar Bar that offers casual dining, and the River Room Restaurant offering breakfast, afternoon tea, and private dining. Round out your stay at Glenlo Abbey Hotel with a wealth of things to do in and around the estate. Those who choose to stay here can enjoy walking trails, a picnic on the grounds, cycling, and easily visit the nearby city of Galway.
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Butler House, Kilkenny
Book your romantic stay in Ireland at the Butler House in Kilkenny. Built in 1786, the Butler House is one of the buildings on the grounds of the over 800 year old Kilkenny Castle. There are fourteen different rooms and suites, each with their own personality, providing premium comfort with a blend of contemporary and historic class. The Butler House also boasts a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner in a stylish modern space. Enjoy your stay at the Butler House with a wander through their enchanting walled garden and of course a visit to the Kilkenny Castle (one of the best things to do in Kilkenny!).
Bushmills Inn Hotel and Restaurant, Bushmills
If you’re looking for the perfect couple getaway in Northern Ireland, then look no further than the Bushmills Inn Hotel. Located a ten-minute drive from the Giant’s Causeway, the Bushmills Inn Hotel is set in a former coaching inn that dates back to the 17thcentury. Now an upscale boutique hotel, the Bushmills Inn Hotel still remains true to its Irish history with a keen marriage of rustic cottage and modern comfort. Rooms vary in style and views, but all offer traditional furnishings with a twist of luxury. Bushmills Inn Hotel has an award-winning restaurant to dine at that showcases locally sourced ingredients. You can also enjoy Irish tapas in their Gas Bar, along with live music and all still lit by gas light. It doesn’t get any more romantic in Ireland than that!
Lough Inagh Lodge, Connemara
Nature lovers looking for romantic places to stay in Ireland will fall in love with Lough Inagh Lodge in the heart of Connemara. The Lough Inagh Lodge is a four star country retreat that combines modern and old-world charm into a welcoming atmosphere. Rooms are elegantly furnished, each named after a famous Irish writer, and all offer breathtaking views of lake and mountains. Here, on the shores of Lough Inagh, you’ll be surrounded by mountains and can enjoy hiking trails, cycling, and other outdoor as well as cultural activities.
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
When considering romantic getaways in Ireland The Merrion Hotel in the heart of Dublin is a must. Built within four converted Georgian townhouses, this five star hotel is the perfect marriage of modern luxury and historic elegance. Each room within The Merrion Hotel is home to lavish furnishings, the finest linens, bathrooms wrapped in Italian marble, and views of the garden or city. The hotel offers a few dining options including a two star Michelin restaurant serving up French inspired fine cuisine, another restaurant serving up Irish cuisine, and a bar to enjoy a creative cocktail or two. On site you’ll also find The Tethra Spa with private treatment rooms, an Italian marble steam room, a gym, and a host of spa and beauty treatments to indulge in.
Dunbrody House, Arthurstown
The Dunbrody House is a luxury boutique hotel located on the incredible Hook Peninsula on Ireland’s south coast. Set in the village of Arthurstown, it’s a great spot for planning a couple’s getaway in Ireland. The hotel is set on 300 acres that include woodland trails, a garden, and a luxury spa. Rooms are expertly decorated with the finest of Georgian décor as well as modern comforts. There are a variety of dining options at the Dunbrody House that include The Harvest Room Restaurant, offering the best of local Irish ingredients, a seafood bar, a gastro-pub with live music every weekend, jazz brunches, and afternoon tea.
The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Cong
If you’re looking for romantic hotels in Ireland then The Lodge at Ashford Castle is the perfect place to stay. In 2019, it was awarded Romantic Hotel of the Year by the Irish Hotel Awards. The Lodge is located less than an hour drive from Galway, is set on the sprawling 350 acre estate of Ashford Castle and overlooks the largest lake in Ireland. Rooms are a mix of modern and classic elegance, fit with king-sized beds with goose down duvets and pillows, the latest technology, and bathrooms with underfloor heating. Enjoy an idyllic six course meal at the Wilde’s Restaurant and a host of various on-site activities from cycling to kayaking, golf and more.
Which of these romantic hotels in Ireland would you like to stay at?