‘Stylish place for the money’: TripAdvisor names the best hotels and B&Bs in Ireland for 2022

“That is incredible!”

iall O’Donoghue, of Killarney’s Old Weir Lodge, was “blown away” when he saw TripAdvisor’s list of the top 25 hotels in Ireland this morning.

His 30-bed family hotel was No. 1, jumping from sixth place last year.

“It’s outrageous, when you see the list of super places that come after us,” he says. “We wouldn’t dream of being in the same category as some of those places!”

“We put in a lot of effort; the staff is fantastic. It’s really up to them.”

The Old Weir isn’t the only Kerry hotel with cause for celebration after the latest TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards. Stays in Killarney and Tralee take up four of the top five spots.

Top 10 Irish Hotels of 2021 According to TripAdvisor

  1. Old Weir Lodge, Killarney, County Kerry
  2. Ballygarry Estate & Spa, Tralee, County Kerry
  3. The Merrion, Dublin City
  4. The Killarney Park Hotel, County Kerry
  5. Cahernane House, Killarney, County Kerry
  6. The Montenotte, Cork City
  7. Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty, County Cork
  8. Brooks Hotel, Dublin City
  9. Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare
  10. Stauntons on the Green, City of Dublin

Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards are published annually in a variety of categories, from hotels and B&Bs to destinations, beaches and restaurants.

The “community-driven” rankings are determined based on “the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings” posted on its website during 2021, the company says, “as well as an additional editorial process.”

“Stylish stay for the price,” says a TripAdvisor user of the Old Weir, a four-star hotel where double rooms range from €150 to €185 a night on bed and breakfast basis.

“It’s great to hear so many foreign accents since we reopened full time again in March,” says Mr. O’Donoghue. “Even on weekdays we have been busy.”


Breakfast is served at Sheedy’s Doolin.

In other news, Sheedy’s Doolin topped TripAdvisor’s list of ‘Best B&Bs and Inns’ in Ireland, as well as being ranked 6th in Europe and 12th in the world.

Frank and Marian Sheedy opened the B&B in 2019, “with the aim of offering a welcoming haven that feels like home for their guests,” says the travel website.

Rates range from €130 to €145 B&B per night for doubles and twins, with family rooms also available and a junior suite priced at €160.

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Irish B&Bs of 2021

  1. Sheedy’s Doolin, County Clare
  2. Sea-Breeze Lodge, Galway
  3. The River House, Dungloe, County Kerry
  4. Oranhill Lodge, Oranmore, County Galway
  5. Wild Atlantic Lodge, Lahinch, County Clare
  6. Ashley Park House, Nenagh, County Tipperary
  7. Daly’s House, Doolin, County Clare
  8. Bethel Guesthouse, Rosscarbery, County Cork
  9. Petra House B&B, Galway
  10. Hazelwood Lodge, Ballyvaughan, County Clare

Other categories saw Loch Lein Country House in Fossa, Co Kerry, top the list for Small Stays (“intimate hotels that make big impressions”). This and two Dingle guesthouses, Greenmount House and Heaton’s Guesthouse, also made it into the top 20 in Europe.


Michelle Bambury and John O’Farrell at Pax Guest House in Dingle

New global categories this year include ‘Hotels on the Water’, in which Pax Guest House in Dingle was ranked seventh in the world. The property was named “Ireland’s Best B&B” in the independent irish‘s Reader Travel Awards earlier this year.

The best hotel in the world was named Tulemar Bungalows & Villas in Costa Rica, while Adiwana Suweta in Bali emerged as the most popular new hotel for 2022.

The full list of winners can be found at tripadvisor.ie/TravelersChoice.

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