There's nothing I love more than planning my dream trip to Ireland. From hostels to boutique hotels and breathtaking cabin Airbnbs, the question always centres on what kind of trip to Ireland I want to take. Whether you're planning an Irish escape to the city or seeking somewhere with mountain views, there's a place in Ireland for everyone.
Here are 4 unique hotels in Ireland that are doing it right.
(1) The Dean Dublin
At the top of my list is The Dean Dublin, an interior design aficionado's dream. This boutique styled accommodation isn't the cookie-cutter hotel your parents brought you to during family vacations. It's chic, trendy, and has so much character. What I love most about this place are its well equipped pod rooms. You never pay for space you don't need when you book a pod room! Bleisure travellers love this place for its great location (centred in the heart of Dublin) and their on-site professional meeting and event space. There's no better place to extend your stay after a business trip than at The Dean Dublin.
(Images by TheDeanDublin.ca)
(2) Gregan's Castle
Located in the heart of The Burren (southwest Ireland) since 1970, Gregan's Castle offers luxurious accommodations surrounded by breathtaking views of flora and fauna. This hotel is perfect for travellers looking for an escape from city life and a return to natural beauty. Bright and airy rooms make for a perfect occasion for breakfast in bed sans distraction since no televisions can be found in any guest room at Gregan's Castle. If you're looking for the perfect place to unplug in Ireland, you've just found it.
(Images by Gregans.ie)
(3) The Generator Hostel
When someone recommends a hostel instead of a hotel or Airbnb I usual cringe, and then I discovered The Generator Hostel. Here's why they changed my entire outlook. They have locations in many cities in Europe, their Dublin city-centre space is located in the Smithfield and Stoneybatter neighbourhood where there are so many talented local traditional musicians and a jam session at nearby old pubs that have so much history. The hostel itself has many social spaces, cafés and bars that are design with kind of an industrial like feel with the exposed brick and and original stonework. It's a great place where you can meet other travellers.
If you're into the book scene, you're going to love this. The Generator Hostel in Dublin is only an 8 minute walk away from Lilliput Press, a publishing house that's opened their doors to the public where they have a bookstore and literary readings.
(Images by GeneratorHostel.com)
(4) Cosy Cabin, Stunning Glenveagh View
With a 5-star review and 80 reviewers, owners Pete and Anna are definitely doing something right! 'The Hide', their secluded cabin is located on a slope with a gorgeous view of Glenveagh National Park and it starts at only $89 per night! If you're looking to unplug, this cabin will offer the peaceful retreat you've been craving.
(Images by Airbnb.ca)