Ireland’s best hotels . . . according to TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards


Harveys Point hotel, Donegal.
Harvey’s Point hotel, Donegal.

The TripAdvisor 2017 Travellers’ Choice top hotel votes have been counted and the results are in. The “Top 10 Irish hotels” list features some Ireland Chauffeur Travel favorites and is a great reminder of the quality hotels on offer around the country – from Donegal to Mayo, Dublin, Kerry, Cork, Laois and, well, back to Donegal! Harvey’s Point, a four-star hotel set among the Bluestack Mountains on the shores of Lough Eske in Donegal, grabs top spot on the Top Irish Hotels List as well as the “Best service” category.

The results cap an incredible start to 2017 for Donegal, which was ranked Number 1 on the “Cool List for 2017” by National Geographic Traveller UK. Donegal was also voted as “Ireland’s Hidden Gem” in the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards.

Ireland Chauffeur Travel favorites feature in the “Top Luxury Hotels in Ireland” list, with the Killarney Park Hotel taking top spot. Ballyfin Demense – which was voted Best Hotel in the World by Condé Naste Readers – took second place, ahead of Dublin’s Merrion Hotel and Hayfield Manor in Cork.

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Irish hotels:

  1. Harvey’s Point, Donegal
  2. Ashford Castle, Mayo
  3. The Merrion, Dublin
  4. The Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry
  5. Hayfield Manor, Cork
  6. Castle Durrow, Laois
  7. The Brehon, Killarney, Kerry
  8. The Dunloe, Kerry
  9. The River Lee Hotel, Cork
  10. Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey, Donegal

Top 15 luxury hotels in Ireland:

  1. Killarney Hotel, Kerry
  2. Ballyfin Demense, Laois
  3. Merrion Hotel, Dublin
  4. Hayfield Manor, Cork
  5. The Dunloe, Kerry
  6. Castle Leslie Estate, Monaghan
  7. The Marker Hotel, Dublin
  8. Dromoland Castle, Clare
  9. The Europe Hotel, Kerry
  10. Tankardstown, Meath
  11. Monart, Wexford
  12. Adare Manor, Limerick
  13. The Westbury, Dublin
  14. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, Kerry
  15. Druids Glen Hotel & Gold Resort, Wicklow

Read more about Ireland’s top hotels on our luxury accommodation page (

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards are in their 15th year. They are determined based on “millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide,” says the online travel giant.

By Leonie Corcoran

Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney, Kerry.

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Be inspired with the stunning Wild Atlantic Way video

Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way: It’s that time of the year when – with a sense of adventure pervading – we make plans for vacations and new adventures. And there’s no better place to start than on the windswept edge of the world on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

The Wild Atlantic Way stretches all along the west coast of Ireland and has proved a huge hit with domestic and foreign visitors (it and sister route “Ireland’s Ancient East” have been credited with being key to Ireland’s 10.5 million overseas visitors last year).

The 2,500km route is recognized as one of the world’s longest defined coastal routes and it has even starred in Star Wars.
Now Ireland’s tourism authority, Fáilte Ireland, has teamed up with one of our hottest music groups to make a video showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the route.

Walking on Cars hail from Dingle and so the five-piece alt rock band know a thing or two about the Wild Atlantic Way. The band’s track – “Don’t Mind Me” is the soundtrack to visually stunning scenery along the trail that is famed for its rugged coastlines, unspoiled natural landscape and relaxed pace.

At Ireland Chauffeur Travel, some of our favorite places along route include Mizen Head Peninsula in West Cork, the Cliffs of Moher and Loop Head in Co Clare, Skellig Michael of Star Trek fame, in Co Kerry and the Slieve League Cliffs in Co Donegal (read more here).

Also, 2017 is a great time to visit stops on the route – Donegal, just voted National Geographic’s “coolest place on the planet”, Skellig Ring, Lonely Planet’s must-see for 2017, or Erris in Mayo – officially Ireland’s best place to go wild.

As well as soothing any January blues, we agree that the video gives an insight about why “wild” is included in the “Wild Atlantic Way” title. Let us know what you think and if you haven’t visited the area yet, or need some scenery to soothe your soul, the video might be all you need to convince you to plan a trip!

Contact us to start building your Wild Atlantic Way itinerary – email:; call us in the office on +353 62 67051 or Toll Free USA: 1800 329 9138; or tweet @IrelandTours.

By Leonie Corcoran

Wild Atlantic Way: what a view
Wild Atlantic Way: what a view

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