Post # 1
We’re planning a 10 day self-drive trip around the country and need moderately priced hotel recommendations. We’re open to B&B’s as well, as long as there is a private bathroom. So far one night will definitely be at Ashford Castle in Mayo – the rest is up in the air. This is is what we’d like to do: 3 nights in Dublin, 2 in Killarney, 2 in Cork, 1 in Kilkenny. Would love any suggestions. Thanks!
Post # 3
This place is in Galway, so probably not what you’re looking for, but I just had to post it because I think it’s so cool:
Post # 4
I’m American living in Ireland and here are my recs:
Dublin – lots to choose from but some of the smaller ones are nicer than the big pricey ones – Brooks is good, Shelbourne is fancy and good from all accounts and Marriott owned so if you have points you could do well, Westbury has a good reputation, O’Callaghan Hotels are good and in good locations around City Centre and not too pricey.
Fiance and I stayed at the Kilkenny Court Hotel back in July for a few days and got a SWEET upgrade to a suite (totally unexpected) – it was a really nice hotel overall even without the upgrade – spa and really good dining room at dinner and breakfast.
Fiance and I went to a wedding in Killarney a couple years ago and stayed at the Victoria House Hotel and it was really nice too – lovely room.
I don’t have any recommendations for Cork city but if you go to west Cork our friend’s parents own the Marine Hotel in Glandore and they are the best hosts I’ve ever encountered!
Hope that helps! Good luck!
(p.s. My grandmother was from the village where Ashford Castle is – make sure you go into the village (Cong) and sample the local pubs!)
Have fun and let me know if you have any questions I can help with!
Post # 5
There is a B&B in Bunratty (maybe 1/2 mile from the castle) called Castle Mews. The lady who runs it is Delores. We LOVED this B&B. And it was great location and price.
Post # 6
When I was in Ireland we stayed in Dublin for one night (and I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the place, it had been George Bernard Shaw’s house at one time) and we didn’t really love Dublin, so we headed to Cork the next day. In Cork we stayed at Jury’s Inn, which was really nice, and very reasonably priced. Killarney was definitely our favorite place (we stayed there for four days) and for the first night we stayed at McSweeny Arms which was great, but sadly they were only open on weekends (we went in the off season) and then we stayed at the Royal Killarney, which was also very nice. Actually the McSweeny Arms owner got us the room at the Royal Killarney for the same price as the room we had at McSweeny Arms (which was a HUGE price difference). Oh, definitely take a jaunty ride around the Lake, it’s fantastic fun and beautiful!
Post # 7
Thanks so much for all the great suggestions, I’ll be checking them out this week. This is why I love Wedding Bee!
Post # 8
We’re going to Ireland too! So far we’re booked at the Arlington Hotel in Temple Bar in Dublin on the reccomendation of a friend, and the Butler House in Kilkenny. My Fiance is a Butler so he’s super excited about that. We’re also looking at B&Bs in Doolin to be near the Cliffs of Mohr. Our trip will only be 5 quick days. Its gonna be great though!
Post # 9
I went to Ireland with two of my best friends about 2 years ago and we had a blast. If you need a place in Cork, I highly recommend the “Garnish House”. It is an inexpensive bed and breakfast but they do have en suite rooms. It was by far the best place we stayed at during our 2 week rendezvous around the country. The breakfast selection was amazing — everything was home-made and delicious including the scones and other pastries. Actually, when we arrived they gave us a “tea party” which was extremely needed.
Anyway, Ireland is the best! Enjoy your trip!
Post # 10
have you looked into hostels and vrbo.com and homeaway.com?
We’ll most likely be doing a hostel in Dublin but probably a B&B or small cottage in a port town south of Wicklow.
Post # 11
We always pick the highest ranked place on Tripadvisor – never fails!
Post # 12
@rachelss – Great minds think alike 🙂 I ended up doing a combination of some of the suggestions here and the Tripadvisor top rankings. I’m really excited about all the places we’re going to see and stay at.
Post # 13
We loved the Trim Castle Hotel, north of Dublin. It is a modern hotel which is right across the street from the castle. We spent a few days in Dublin proper, at the Westin which is across the street from Trinity College and convenient to Temple Bar. That was rather expensive though, andI would not do it on my own dime. Just out of the city center is the Radisson blu St. Helen’s. Staying there is like staying in a Georgian manse. If you have a car, that’s the place to be- their prices are very reasonable! Can’t say enough good things about this place.
Ireland, and especially Dublin are not necessarily easy for an American driver. We opted to pay a premium for an automatic transmission because my husband was learning to “stay left”, and it was hard enough as it was. Signage is frustrating too… and parking in Dublin center is very scarce. You will be glad you have a car in every other place though.