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How to Find Great Accommodation in Ireland in 5 Easy Steps

Updated October 2023–Are you looking for some ideas and inspiration on how to find great accommodation in Ireland in a handful of easy steps?

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If so, read on to discover a solution to what is perhaps the single most difficult part of vacation planning.

Before you book anything, you should be knowledgeable about the different kinds of accommodation available in Ireland.

According to Fáilte Ireland (pronounced “Fallcha”), the country’s tourism authority, there are several types of accommodation available to tourists visiting the Emerald Isle.

The list includes hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses (different in some ways from B&Bs), castles, country houses, self-catering accommodation, camping sites, glamping facilities, hostels, even lighthouses.

They all come with a different price tag, with much of it depending on location and the time of year you’re traveling to Ireland.

Here are 5 tips that will help you solve the problem of how to find great accommodation in Ireland.

Tip #1: Look for Bargains and Quality in Ireland’s Hotels

When considering hotel accommodation in Ireland, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

According to the Irish Hotels Federation, the national organization of the hotel and guesthouse sector in Ireland, there are approximately 1,000 hotels and guesthouses throughout the country.

Some of the hotels in Ireland have been used to house the approximate 93,000 Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Ireland since the war in their country began two years ago.
That alone is putting significant pressure on Ireland's tourism industry.

What to Expect from Ireland's Hotels

Hotels on the island of Ireland are rated on a 1 to 5-star scale.

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The open fireplace in the Central Hotel in Dublin, an affordable place to stay that should feature in your research as you think about how to find great accommodation in Ireland. Photo courtesy of The Central Hotel Facebook.

This classification system may differ from similar ones in other countries, so bear that in mind.

Overall, however, Irish hotels are of high quality and have improved immensely over the years, with pretty much every modern convenience that you might be accustomed to in your home country.

How to Find Great Accommodation in Ireland in 5 Easy Steps
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The most expensive hotels are obviously rated 5 stars.

They include posh castles, country club-style hotels, and luxury city hotels.

Unless you are celebrating something really special, I’d book a hotel that is cheaper.

You don’t want to blow all your cash in one or two nights, especially if you are planning to stay in Ireland for two weeks or so.

Four-star hotels in Ireland are generally very nice and less expensive than a 5-star property. Some of them include charming period houses and hotels that have large suites.

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There are several 3-star hotels in Ireland that are quite adequate for couples and families alike. Make sure you consider this as you do your research on how to find great accommodation in Ireland. Photo: Imilian for Getty Images.

Many of Ireland’s 3-star hotels include small family-run hotels as well as some larger city hotels.

Rooms usually include a private bathroom with a bath and/or shower. Most, if not all of them, have decent restaurants that serve food throughout the day.

A 2-star hotel in Ireland is likely to be a family-run business. Most guest rooms will have a private bathroom.

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One-star hotel properties in Ireland will have basic, mandatory services and comfort up to a good standard. Not all hotels in this category will have private bathrooms.

Given the competitiveness of the hotel industry in Ireland, there’s a good chance that you can get some great deals in highly rated hotels if you do your research beforehand.

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Like planning a vacation close to home or abroad, you should be looking at prices in advance and set up some kind of notification system that will alert you when deals are released.

Booking sites like, one of my favorites, as well as,, Kayak, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and Trivago are all worth considering.

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Be sure to make use of booking apps that will help you as you research ways on how to find great accommodation in Ireland. Photo: stokkete

One smartphone app that I like is Hopper.

You can use it to search for hotels, car rentals, and flights. Once you have your specific preferences in place, the app will notify you when deals become available.

Take $25 off your hotel reservation when you sign up with Hopper. Click on the link below to get the special Ireland on a Budget savings code.

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Check out some of these 3- and 4-star hotels in Ireland:

Bottom line: if you are sightseeing in various parts of Ireland, you’ll want lodging that isn’t too expensive, yet provides all the basic comforts that you’d expect from a good hotel, as well as a decent breakfast.

If you are using public transportation, you'll want to book accommodation that is centrally located in the towns and cities you are interested in seeing.

Read More: Affordable Hotels and Guesthouses in Dublin: 8 You Should Know About

Tip #2: Consider Self-Catering Accommodation

Most people who visit Ireland for the first time think they can see the entire country in two weeks.

And while you can certainly pack a lot into that period of time, your vacation may seem a little rushed in the end.

The reason you’re taking a vacation is to relax, right?

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Rental properties are often available quite close to Ireland's coastal areas. Photo of the Co. Kerry coastline courtesy of Failte Ireland.

With that in mind, one alternative is to opt for self-catering accommodation in a particular part of Ireland and use that as your base to explore other areas of Ireland that are close to it.

You’ll have to take care of your own meals, of course, but if your accommodation is close to shops, you can stock up on the essentials without much hassle.

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Self-catering accommodation is available at the Blackhead Lightkeeper's House in County Antrim, Northern Ireland Photo: Brian Morrison, Tourism Northern Ireland.

Before you choose self-catering accommodation in Ireland, know what you want from a self-catered property.

Think about the number of bedrooms that will accommodate you and any family members who are traveling with you, its proximity to the beach or to a town or city, if that’s important to you, parking facilities, and any other practical matters.

If there are reviews available, be sure to read them.

In addition, clarify anything you might be unsure of with the owners before settling on the property.

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Tip #3: Experience the Renowned Irish Hospitality in B&B Accommodation

When Americans first started visiting Ireland in the 1950s, they stayed primarily in guesthouses or as they are more commonly known, B&Bs.

Staying in a B&B was the perfect way to experience the hospitality of the Irish people, and that is still true today.

It’s not unusual to experience the warmth of a B&B host, many of whom are known to offer a welcoming cup of tea and a sweet treat to guests when they arrive.

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Experience genuine Irish hospitality in an Irish B&B. Photo: Brian Morrison for Tourism Ireland.

While there are many other options available to the tourist, B&Bs have held their own in a competitive market.

And they have modernized greatly, too.

Gone are the days when you might have to share a bathroom in a B&B.

Most B&Bs today offer en-suite accommodation, which means a bathroom is part of the same set of rooms.

Fáilte Ireland lists three different types of “Bed and Breakfast” accommodation. They include townhouses, country houses, and farmhouses.

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Gort na Mona B&B in Ardara, Co. Donegal. Photo: Brian Morrison, Tourism Ireland.

There are more than 3,000 B&Bs in Ireland, with about 1,000 of them Fáilte Ireland-approved.

A townhouse can either be detached or semi-detached (known as a duplex here in the U.S.).

Fáilte Ireland considers a country home to be either a historic property, a modern bungalow in the country, or a traditional Irish home, also in a rural area.

At a farmhouse B&B, guests can see how an Irish farm works and can participate in various activities.

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A couple arrive at the Kyle Farmhouse B&B in County Wicklow. Photo: James Fennell, Tourism Ireland.

B&B owners who are approved by the tourism agency have the shamrock quality assurance sign proudly displayed outside their homes and in any promotional materials that they create.

There are a number of ways to find the right B&B.

You could use a booking site like for example, or search B&B Ireland, which lists B&Bs on the entire island of Ireland (see the booking form below, which will take you to the website).

While there are B&Bs all over Ireland, including in rural and urban places, you’ll want to consider the location of the B&B before you book.

Are you interested in going to the pub to hear a traditional Irish music session? If so, a B&B located in a town close to pubs and shops would be ideal.

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As you do your research on how to find great accommodation in Ireland, be sure to consider country house guesthouses that this one featured above Photo: Tourism Ireland.

Accommodation outside of town will require one person in your party to abstain from alcohol as Ireland’s drinking and driving laws are very strict.

Alternatively, you could get a taxi back to your accommodation.

Uber does not operate in Ireland as it does in other countries. While you can use the app, you will essentially be getting a local taxi service instead.

Expect to pay between $100 and $120 per night (two people sharing a room) in a B&B in Ireland.

Of course, you’ll find cheaper B&Bs than that and more expensive ones. It all depends on your budget.

You’ll also find some B&B options on Airbnb such as Bookeen Hall in County Galway, which is housed in a restored old church.

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An Irish breakfast is a staple whatever kind of accommodation you choose in Ireland. Photo courtesy Failte Ireland.

No Irish B&B would be complete without offering the full Irish breakfast.

It’s become a staple of the B&B business in Ireland and in fact in other types of accommodation, too, including in Irish hotels.

Breakfast in an Irish B&B usually includes rashers, sausages, egg, black or white pudding, and of course Irish soda bread.

Be prepared to spend an hour over breakfast as socializing with your host and other guests is common.

Read More: Finding the Perfect B&B: How Much Can You Expect to Pay

Tip #4: Experience Ireland’s Coastline: Consider Staying in a Lighthouse

Many photographs of Ireland are taken close to the ocean, which is not surprising given that it is surrounded by over 1,450 km (900 miles) of dramatic coastline.

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Fanad Lighthouse in Donegal. Photo: Failte Ireland.

Indeed, many counties on the island of Ireland are home to some breathtaking coastal views, which makes staying in a lighthouse an alluring prospect.

The Wild Atlantic Way, which starts in County Donegal and ends in County Cork is a 2,500-km (1,600 miles) coastal route where you’ll find several of them.

Many tourists arriving in Ireland might never think of staying in a lighthouse. In fact, some may not know that accommodation is even available in some of them.

Those that do include Fanad Lighthouse in County Donegal, Clare Island Lighthouse in County Mayo, and Loop Head Lighthouse, County Clare, along the Wild Atlantic Way.

On Ireland’s east coast, the Wicklow Head Lighthouse is a popular place to stay, and in County Antrim, the Blackhead Lighthouse provides cool accommodation.

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Inside the Blackhead Lightkeeper's House courtesy of the Irish Landmark Trust, which offers self-catering accommodation, one of the many options to consider as you discover how to find great accommodation in Ireland.

If you’re captivated by the intrigue and magical mystery of lighthouses, then you should treat yourself to a night or two in one.


Tip #5: Glamping: Getting Up Close to Ireland’s Beauty

If you’ve always shied away from camping, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that glamping is not camping.

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Have you considered glamping when thinking about how to find great accommodation in Ireland? Photo: Jan Sztemon for Getty Images.

In Ireland, there’s a growing number of glamping sites available to tourists.

They include everything from pods to cubes, bubble domes, tents, treehouses, yurts, vintage caravans, and shepherd huts.

The cost to go glamping in Ireland is varied and really depends on the amount of luxury you’re looking for in an outdoor setting.

It is a different experience from camping and as such, will cost more.

However, as you’ll see from some of the examples below, it’s an experience that you won’t easily forget.

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To guarantee that your glamping getaway is a success, make sure that you know exactly what the glamping facility provides.

Some come with kitchens while others require you to cook outdoors, so be sure to check that out before booking. Be sure to also pack suitable clothing and footwear for your adventure.

How to Find Great Accommodation in Ireland in 5 Easy Steps

Here are some of the more popular glamping sites in Ireland.

Aran Islands Glamping– no special preparation is needed when staying at this glamping site, which is literally a stone’s throw from the beach on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands.

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An aerial view of Aran Islands Glamping on the island of Inishmore. Photo: Gareth McCormack for Tourism Ireland/Failte Ireland.

The site offers two different types of glamping accommodation.

One is called the “Tigin,” which holds up to six people and includes a mini kitchen, a separate shower room, and a bathroom.

The other, known as the ”Clochan,” accommodates up to four people and also includes similar amenities.

Prices during the peak season are around €150/$158 US/£130 Sterling/$213 CAD/$244 AUD per night at the Clochan and €160/$169 US/£138 Sterling/$227 CAD/$261 AUD per night at the Tigin. Both are self-catering.

Teapot Lane Glamping – if you’re looking for a quirky, magical place to spend a couple of nights, then this glamping site in County Leitrim will be right up your alley.

At Teapot Lane Glamping, you’ll find a cozy cottage, a vintage caravan, a treehouse, and a yurt to satisfy your glamping urge.

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A yurt at Teapot Lane Glamping in Co. Leitrim. Photo courtesy of Teapot Lane Glamping.

The site’s facilities include a communal kitchen, a campfire, a woodland shelter, communal gas barbeques, and communal shower facilities for those staying in the caravan or the yurt.

Prices vary, depending on which facility you stay in but the average for a two-night stay at Teapot Lane Glamping is around €370/$391 US/£321 Sterling/$527 CAD/$604 AUD.

Nire Valley Glamping – with views of the beautiful Comeragh Mountains from a sun deck that’s attached to a renovated lorry (truck), this glamping spot in County Waterford is the ideal escape from reality.

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The Nire Valley Glamping truck has been turned into comfortable accommodation. Photo: Nire Valley Glamping Facebook.

The lorry includes a refrigerator, a 3-ring gas hob, a sink with a cold-water supply, a wood-burning stove with a supply of logs, and much more.

This glamping site is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area. It is particularly suited to walkers and serious hikers.

Rates for April, May, June, September, and October based on two people staying are €100/$105 US/£86 Sterling/$142 CAD/$163 AUD.

A bell tent is also available at €90/$95 US/£78 Sterling/$128 CAD/$146 AUD per night. A hamper breakfast is included.

Belmullet Coast Guard Station Glamping Luxury Pods – don’t let the “luxury” in this glamping accommodation throw you off.

It’s actually quite an affordable place to stay, with rates year-round at €120/$127 US/£104 Sterling/$170 CAD/$195 AUD per night for a minimum 2-night stay.

The pods are located on an island off the Mayo coast called Claggan Island, which is located in Blacksod Bay. It is approximately 12 km (7 miles) from Belmullet.

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The glamping pods at the Belmullet Coast Guard Station in Co. Mayo. Photo courtesy of Belmullet Self-Catering Accommodation.

The pods sleep up to 4 adults and are equipped with comfortable beds, couches, and toilets.

Kitchen and shower facilities are in a nearby converted barn.

An area next to the pods is perfect for outdoor dining.

Glamping Under the Stars – this County Laois glamping haven is only an hour’s drive from Dublin.

This family-owned glamping site offers accommodation in a number of quirky hobbit houses, wood lodges, shepherd's huts, and bell tents.

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One of the quirky hobbit houses on the glamping site at Glamping Under the Stars in County Laois. Photo: Glamping Under the Stars Facebook.

Each hobbit house, for example, sleeps a family of up to six people and includes a private bathroom, garden, picnic bench, and chimney stove for toasting marshmallows. Gas-powered barbecues are available as well.

The site is close to Abbeyleix and Portlaoise. Tourist attractions in this Midlands area include The Rock of Dunamase, Birr Castle, and more.

Guests must stay for a minimum of 2 nights at a rate of around €450/$476 US/£390 Sterling/$641 CAD/$734 AUD.

All international rates mentioned for the above accommodations are based on the currency exchange as of October 2023.

Let me know if the information posted above has helped you in your research on how to find great accommodation in Ireland.


Colette is a County Sligo native who created Ireland on a Budget to provide her readers with money-saving tips on how to get to Ireland and then save even more when they're there. She's a professional copywriter who lives in the New York area with her husband and two children.

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