Lockdown luxury: the best Irish stay hotel deals in your county
Are you feeling low on bandwidth? Die for a break? Desperate for a change of scenery, and a fancy to that? Well, we don’t blame you. Now that the country has moved into Lockdown Level 3, our options for a fall getaway seem more limited than ever.
and all is not lost. With hotel occupancy rates abnormally low for the season, several of Ireland’s top hotels are hoping to attract locals by slashing their overnight rates.
All adhere to Level 3 guidelines and are aimed at people living in the county who want a real stay.
And since the Stay & Spend program gives you 20% off what you spend in restaurants and hotels in the form of income tax credits (with conditions), now might be as good as any other to think of a break.
If you’ve always wanted to try out the five-star hotel in your area, but found the price a bit prohibitive, now might be the time to grab a bargain in your own backyard.
Dubliners can find their way to the heart of the city center, where the Morrison Hotel’s Big Deal offer allows guests to enjoy a night for two with breakfast included, a three-course dinner at the Award-winning Morrison Grill, complimentary bottle of Prosecco and chocolates on arrival, room upgrade (subject to availability), late check-out, for € 199 (a second night with breakfast is € 100). The flat rate would normally amount to € 420. See morrisonhotel.com for more details.
The Merrion Hotel, a favorite haunt of visiting celebrities in Dublin, has created its 5 Star Steal Package. Where a weekday stay with a three-course dinner in the garden room, a bottle of champagne and breakfast can cost a couple € 500, the bundle can be booked Sunday through Thursday for € 350. Friday and Saturday can be booked with a supplement of around 45 €; typically this package would cost guests around € 710. See merrionhotel.com or call 01 603 0600.
If you live in Cork, the opulent Hayfield Manor offers locals a ‘Corkonlyan’ exclusive. For € 162 per person sharing, guests can enjoy an upgrade, the hotel’s famous breakfast, a four-course dinner, and access to their Beautique Spa leisure facilities (which include a swimming pool indoor and outdoor jacuzzi). To book, see hayfieldmanor.fr or call 021 4845900.
No1 Pery Square, member of the Blue Book of Ireland, is a premier slice of luxury in historic Georgian Limerick. For € 169 per person sharing (instead of € 199 in room only), enjoy one night with breakfast, a 4-course seasonal dinner, a glass of Prosecco or craft beer to taste around the corner fire, and a € 35 credit towards a treatment in their organic Voya spa. There are more details on oneperysquare.com, or by calling 061 402 402.
If you are lucky enough to be based in the Kingdom, the Park Hotel in Kenmare – as seen on RTE At your service, and run by brothers Brennan Francis and John – offers a special rate for residents. From € 175 per person sharing (instead of € 550 for two), enjoy one night in the hotel’s five-star accommodation (plus breakfast) and an evening meal in their famous Terrace restaurant. See parkkenmare.com or call 064 6641200.
The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney has breathtaking views, and for € 490 per person sharing, Kerry Folk can enjoy a truly awesome getaway. The stay includes two nights in a lake view room, a bottle of Moet & Chandon on ice and a luxury box of Butlers chocolates in your room, an à la carte dinner for two in one evening, as well as an opportunity to relax in their famous Espa. Other free facilities such as pony trekking and indoor tennis are also available. Usually Lakeview rooms start at € 380 per night. Visit theeurope.com for availability and further information.
Live the vida lockdown in Louth? Try Ghan House near charming Carlingford. Built in 1727, this is a 4 star, AA rated Georgian house with three acres of walled gardens. The hotel encourages residents to fall in love with their country again with a 15 pc discount on their stay with the promo code “Louth” for online bookings (one night with breakfast generally costs € 170). Take advantage of the offer at ghanhouse.com.
Kilkea Castle in Kildare has a fantastic deal for a family of four. For € 270, the package includes a night in a two-bedroom lodge, or a lodge room in the castle itself, as well as a full Irish breakfast and family dinner at the Hermione’s restaurant. There is also free entry to the Irish National Stud and the Japanese Gardens. The package would normally cost around € 395. See kilkeacastle.fr or call 059 9145600 for more information.
Nestled beside Lough Atalia, just 15 minutes from the town, the G Hotel in offers Galwegians a five-star experience without having to leave the county. The Philip Treacy-designed hotel also houses the Espa Spa and offers a G-Cation, including breakfast and dinner, in its award-winning restaurant. When booking online on theghotel.fr, enjoy a 20pc discount.
The people of Waterford are already proud of the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore and now locals are encouraged to secure a reservation for the House Restaurant Experience at the Cliff House Hotel, which has been booked since the hotel reopened, but now has a limited availability. The House restaurant holds one Michelin star and four AA Rosettes. Foodies can enjoy a delicious, seafood-focused eight-course tasting menu at The House Restaurant, including accommodation in a Sea View Room and a Full Irish Breakfast, from £ 439 € for two people sharing the accommodation. See cliffhousehotel.fr for details on how to book.
In Wicklow, BrookLodge & Maccredin Village near Aughrim is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. To thank the locals, the complex offers its guests dinner, room and breakfast from € 122 per person in sharing, with a champagne on arrival (rooms can cost € 270 per night). There is also a free room upgrade if you stay more than one night. See brooklodge.com or call 0402 36444.
Wexford’s blue book gem, Dunbrody House, is offering a special ‘Yellow Belly’, which allows guests to enjoy a night in a room with breakfast, as well as dinner from the celebrity chef’s new fall menu. Kevin Dundon. The midweek package is around € 155 per person (weekends are usually priced at € 265 per person sharing). To book, contact 051 389600 or visit dunbrodyhouse.com.
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