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The Merrion Hotel

The Merrion Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls

The Merrion is Dublin's most exclusive luxury hotel, and has a convenient location across from the Government buildings in four 18th-century townhouses. It has fewer rooms than the nearby Shelbourne and feels more intimate and private, though its list of features is still extensive: The hotel has a full-service spa, lovely Roman-style indoor pool, and well-equipped fitness center. The impressive restaurant offering includes Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, the only restaurant in Ireland to receive two Michelin stars, as well as the casual and atmospheric Cellar Bar, housed in the original 18th century wine vaults. It's true that some rooms have unremarkable views of other buildings, the gym is a bit small, and not all rooms have iPod docks, but most will find little fault with this five-pearl gem.
Burrendale Hotel, Country Club & Spa

Burrendale Hotel, Country Club & Spa Rating: 4.5 Pearls

This upscale hotel in quaint Newcastle attracts couples and families in equal numbers with its many on-site features such as several restaurants and bars, a spa complete with an indoor pool, and event spaces which are popular venues for weddings. Guests also have free access to country club facilities, but the real standouts here are the rooms. Spacious, and individually decorated in everything from stylish stripes to feminine florals, these up-to-date accommodations include free Wi-Fi and large flat-screen TVs; DVD players are available upon request, as are mini-fridges, which are noticeably absent. Common spaces don't quite live up to the rooms, but are nonetheless well-kept.
Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Ashford Castle embodies the fantasy of the Irish castle hotel, featuring a massive historic stone facade, complete with towers and turrets; gorgeous, manicured grounds; a stunning setting on a huge lake; and common spaces that are truly grand, with rich wood paneling, chandeliers, and antique furniture. After such magnificence, the rooms can be a bit of a letdown. They still retain elements of their original elegance, but some have frumpy style and need renovations. George V Dining Room offers excellent, formal fine dining (jackets are required in the evening), and drinks and tea can be enjoyed in the graceful drawing room with lake views. The wide range of estate activities includes falconry lessons, boat tours on the lake, golf on the 9-hole course, clay shooting, and archery.
Sheen Falls Lodge

Sheen Falls Lodge Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Sheen Falls Lodge is arguably the top hotel in County Kerry. The 300-acre estate belonged to the Marquess of Landsowne in the 18th century, and the hotel -- opened in 1991 -- feels like a country manor house. It has a stunning setting on both Kenmare Bay and Sheen River, which has, as the name suggests, gentle tumbling waterfalls. The 66 rooms have classic country decor -- crown molding, cheerful prints (plaids and florals among them, in moderation), and soft yellow walls; all but one have water views. Estate activities range from clay pigeon shooting to fishing to tennis, and more traditional luxury hotel features include a lovely indoor pool, spa, and small fitness center. Formal fine dining is offered at La Cascade restaurant, while (slightly) less expensive dishes are served at the classy Restaurant Lounge. The sommelier hosts daily tastings in the wine cellar.
Lyrath Estate Hotel, Spa & Convention Centre

Lyrath Estate Hotel, Spa & Convention Centre Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The Lyrath Estate Hotel's blend of 17th- and 21st-century design is impressive, as are the large manicured gardens and lush parkland surrounding the property. The hotel has all the makings of a country getaway, with an extensive list of amenities for children and adults. Rooms are spacious and nicely finished, though old-style TVs should be replaced. The restaurants are on the pricey side, but there are plenty of other options in Kilkenny, just a mile away. All in all, the hotel is a decent luxury option that delivers on facilities. Those looking to be closer to the hustle and bustle of the city center should check out the slightly less posh Newpark Hotel.
The Westbury Hotel

The Westbury Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls

The Westbury is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of Dublin, just off Grafton Street and within walking distance of major sights. The 205 rooms and suites are beautifully decorated with neutral colors, plush couches and linens, and modern patterns. All rooms have Nespresso machines, minibars, and elegant bathrooms. The Westbury is known for space, and even the standard rooms are generous in size. The huge lobby is full of comfortable couches where a delicious afternoon tea is on offer. The hotel also has an upscale restaurant, Wilde, named after the writer Oscar Wilde, a casual restaurant called Cafe Novo, and the Marble Bar. When booking, be sure to read the fine print: Some packages come with breakfast and Wi-Fi while others do not.
Hayfield Manor Hotel

Hayfield Manor Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls

One of Ireland's most acclaimed properties, this family-run, 88-room boutique hotel in Cork City pulls out all the stops for an authentic Irish experience. The hotel is set on two acres of manicured gardens, in a Georgian-style manor house with elegant, traditional decor, and has an impressive array of features, including two popular restaurants, a lively bar, and a spa with heated indoor pool. Guests can also expect warm Irish hospitality, exemplified in perks like a golf putter in every room and a special milk-and-cookies turndown service for kids. Charming rooms include upscale amenities like iPod docks, orthopedic beds, Nespresso machines, and Elemis bath products. Rates are reflective of the level of luxury; this is definitely Cork's top hotel.
Talbot Hotel Carlow

Talbot Hotel Carlow Rating: 4.0 Pearls

This upscale hotel won't win any architectural awards, though it has won plenty of others -- especially related to its emphasis on providing top-notch services for families. Rooms are modern with decent amenities, though they do lack air-conditioning, and some facing the road can be noisy. They are spacious, however, and feature attractive decor like gold headboards and dark wood accents. Leisure facilities are impressive, especially those for kids: There's a kids' club and organized activities. Rates are on par with this level of hotel, and most nearby options do not offer the same level of amenities, like the on-site spa and the large fitness center.
Ambassador Hotel Cork

Ambassador Hotel Cork Rating: 4.0 Pearls

A former military hospital, the Ambassador is now an upscale historic boutique. Its 70 spacious rooms all feature colorful decor, high ceilings, king beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. Some have balconies offering expansive city views. Property highlights include a beautiful restaurant with a homey feel, and a fitness center complete with a sauna. The location atop a hill allows for panoramic views -- but guests will have to drive to the city center or take a 20-minute uphill walk on their way back.
Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley

Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley Rating: 4.0 Pearls

With little local competition, the 352-room Clarion Hotel Liffey Valley is a modern, functional hotel that is light on charm but perfectly adequate for the needs of its clientele. Rooms are contemporary, if a bit corporate-feeling, and Wi-Fi is fast (though the lack of air conditioning might be an issue). A spa with a big pool and hot tub is a plus, along with the large, bright fitness center. Guests hoping to explore Dublin city center will be disappointed -- it's a good 20-minute drive away.

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