Whether you dream of the complete castle experience, on site archery, or just a cloudlike bed near Dublin, there's a hotel in Ireland for you—and our readers have been there. For our 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—yes, more than three decades—a record 600,000 registered voters weighed in. The impressive number of 2019 results were especially exciting for us: we’re ever curious about where you go, what you loved, and who you went with. As you continue to travel, we continue to listen: Here are the hotels in Ireland you loved most this year.
This castle is old. Like, old. So old that an Anglo-Norman lord built it in 1180. Throughout the centuries that followed, many sirs, dukes, wizards, explorers, lords, and ladies passed through before it became a hotel in the early 1960s. Today, the stony estate is home to Kilkea Castle Estate & Golf Club. Set in Castledermot (ha) on 180 acres of its own land, Kilkea overlooks Killeshin Hills, a few minutes from the ancient Mullaghreelan Woods. The resort has 140 rooms—guests can choose to stay in a castle, carriage, or lodge room. The decor is rich with plum, crushed velvet upholstered cushy armchairs, swirling floral wallpaper, and sunny yellow light fixtures. Kilkea is more than a gorgeous hotel, though. It also offers golf, tennis, equestrian activities, falconry, archery, off roading, whiskey and chocolate tasting, and fishing on the premises.