A relaxing stay when you have to leave your pooch at home alone isn’t all that relaxing… if you want to enjoy a luxury escape and bring the pup along to delight in the fun, head to one of these dog friendly hotels in Ireland where they will certainly get the VIP (Very Important Pooch) treatment!
Dog Friendly Hotels in Ireland
If a trip to Galway is on the cards, The Twelve is already a great spot to visit, made even better by the fact that they’re known as the most pet friendly hotel in Ireland! To bring your pup, you must put down a €50 deposit that is fully refundable. When you bring your furry friend, they’ll be getting 5 star service, from dog bowls, tasty treats, plus some pet room service so they can get in on the fun! Just bring yourself and your pup and let the amazing staff do the rest. Bring your well-behaved pup to The Twelve!
Exuding elegance and luxury, Tankardstown House is a truly special place to stay in the heart of the Boyne Valley. A stay here is always a memorable one, so why should your pup be left out of the picture? Bring your pooch to their specially appointed courtyard cottage suits, where their Very Important Pooch package has your dog sorted with a tasty doggy treat. The VIP package also includes a ‘Farm to Plate’ Tasting Menu at their award winning restaurant, Brabazon. Your pup will feel like the luckiest in the world with 80 acres of gorgeous woodland and parkland for them to explore – a must visit!
A member of Ireland’s Blue Book, Barberstown Castle is an enchanting 13th century castle in Kildare. Both yourself and your pup will certainly be impressed by the picturesque grounds of the castle. For a €25 charge, you can bring your pup here and be allocated a gorgeous dog friendly room. Delight in their magical fine dining restaurant, gaze upon the historic rooms and walls of the castle, and bask in the elegance that runs throughout Barberstown Castle.
Dunmore House Hotel
West Cork is not only known for its picturesque views and incredible food producers, but it’s home to the pet-friendly Dunmore House! With special dog-friendly ocean view rooms available, these are based on the ground floor with balcony views of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way. Luckily, your dog will not have to remain tied to the bedrooms – they can roam around the bar and lounge too. Enjoy the gorgeous views of Clonakilty Bay with your furry friend at Dunmore House.
Lough Inagh Lodge
Delight in the tranquility that comes with both the Connemara scenery and a stay at the Lough Inagh Lodge. You and your pup can come here to enjoy a number of outdoor activities, before heading into the cosiness of the lodge with open log fires and an oak-panelled bar. With the exception of the dining areas, you can bring your pooch around this dog friendly hotel. There are plenty of spots to bring your pup to in the surrounding area, from the Connemara National Park to the Victorian Walled Gardens – a fun-filled stay is guaranteed!
If you’re a nature lover, then you and your pooch will be sure to enjoy in a relaxing stay at Center Parcs in Longford. Your dog will certainly feel at home here, with a cosy lodge fitted with special amenities to make your stay (and theirs!) a little easier, from vertical door handles to prevent escapes, to a tether ring on the patio so your pup can relax outside with you during a summer barbecue! With a number of restaurants on the grounds suitable for you to bring your pup, you can guarantee that your stay at Center Parcs will be a memorable one.
Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges
Drive up north to Fermanagh for a relaxing stay at the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges. Choose from a spacious pet friendly hotel room or a self catering lodge, for a home-away-from-home experience! Overlooking Lough Erne, you’ll delight in some picturesque views as you take a stroll with your pup, whether it’s by the lake or at one of the nearby parks. Note that when you head inside your pooch must be kept on a lead at all times, but there are some dog parks close to the hotel where you can let your pup run wild!
Nestled amid East Cork’s woodlands, the luxury 5-Star Castlemartyr Resort consists of a grand 17th century country manor house that sits adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. For you and your pup, only the best service applies, with gorgeous pet-friendly rooms inside the hotel, the ground floor deluxe rooms with a private garden or their Orchard Residences (for an extra €20 charge) located within the original walled gardens on the resort grounds. You’re spoiled for choice here, and the team have spared no expense, with a pet concierge service and a welcome gift & doggie bed for your pooch! Dogs cannot be left unattended in the rooms, but a local pet sitting service is available so you can enjoy your lunch and dinner whilst your pup is kept busy. A stay at Castlemartyr is guaranteed to be unforgettable.
A luxury four star hotel just minutes from Cork city centre, The Kingsley is one of the many dog friendly hotels in Ireland. When you book their “Paws & Unwind Package“, you can bring your four legged friend and they will get the star treatment – a bed, bowl, blanket, and even a welcome bag from the team! Bring your pup into the designated areas of their lounge for your meals, so your pup will never be left too lonely. With lots of spots around the city to venture out to, your pooch is spoiled for choice!
Castletroy Park Hotel
The relaxing Castletroy Park Hotel is renowned for its friendly welcome (top 10% in the world for customer service!) and delicious food. Located in Limerick with a number of sites to see just a stone’s throw away, you and your pup will most certainly enjoy your stay here. With dedicated dog friendly rooms, an additional supplement of €25 applies, but your pup will have plenty of room to play in their semi-enclosed courtyard around the hotel. Bring your furry friend’s bedding along so they can feel right at home, and you’re sure to have a delightful doggy friendly stay!
The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast
Awarded Five Stars by the AA, The Fitzwilliam Hotel is located in the heart of Belfast city centre. With a number of dog friendly hotel rooms available, for £40 per night you can bring your furry friend along, which includes a water bowl, a welcome dog treat and a toy to keep them entertained. An additional £100 is charged for a pre-authorisation check in. Your pooch can enjoy the beauty of the hotel lobby, and you can bring your pup around the city to one of the many dog friendly spots in Belfast!
Venture out West to County Clare for the fairytale-esque five-star Dromoland Castle. Set on a 450-acre estate, this opulent spot is perfect for a getaway with your pooch, for only a €40 extra charge. The Castle is located near the coast, so you can take a leisurely stroll with your pup on the nearby beaches, or keep it within the grounds and explore the Castle’s beautiful lake and walled gardens. With all the necessities taken care of, your furry friend will feel right at home, plus you can pre-arrange dog food if you give the staff 48 hours notice. A memorable experience is guaranteed at this luxurious castle!
Cliff at Lyons
Set in a restored 18th-century village in Kildare, the idyllic Cliff at Lyons country retreat occupies a collection of historic rose-clad buildings and is surrounded by picturesque gardens. For your pups, they have a handful of pet friendly rooms so they can enjoy the experience too. Though you can’t leave them alone in the room, your furry friend will certainly enjoy the surrounding nature and everything that Cliff at Lyons has to offer! The Puppy Love package is available from €275 to €368 for two humans plus one dog, including breakfast.
A hideaway located in the heart of Dublin city centre, Dylan Hotel treats all guests, whether two- or four-legged, like VIPs! A five-star boutique hotel in Dublin is rare to find, so if you’re looking to treat yourself then look no further. If you’d like to head out and about, let the hotel team know and they can arrange for dog walkers and pet spas for your pooch, and they’ve got you covered with a bed, food and treats for your furry friend! Head to the Bar and Terrace for a drink alongside your pup – a delightful stay is sure to be had.
Ocean Sands Hotel
Nestled on miles of pristine beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Sligo is the Ocean Sands Hotel. With a number of dog friendly rooms available, you have the option to be allocated a room with doors opening straight outside, so your pup can have easy access to maximum playing time! There are also some self-catering apartments available if that’s more your style. You and your pooch can enjoy your meals and drinks on their specially-appointed pup friendly tables in the lobby, where a bite to eat and a cocktail are made even better with them by your side.
Cliff House Hotel
On the cliffs of Ardmore Bay is the picturesque Cliff House Hotel. Almost defying gravity, this five-star hotel hangs on the edge of the cliff, delivering breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. For those searching for a fine dining experience to remember, the House Restaurant is home to a Michelin star. You can bring your pup along on your memorable trip, with the option to borrow a sleeping crate, though they can’t be left unattended in your room – nobody wants a lonely pooch! The Sandy Paws offer is available from €654 per night for two, including breakfast plus one dog guest.
The Lodges at Glenlo Abbey
One of the most remarkable 5-star dog friendly hotels in Ireland, Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate is the epitome of opulence and luxury. Dating back to the 18th century, you can bask in the history surrounding the estate. A short stroll away from the hotel, you will come across The Lodges at Glenlo Abbey, a series of self-catering, luxurious rooms perfect for you and your dog to delight in. A €50 charge applies for your pup, with a policy that is available upon request. Fully stocked kitchens are available to make your stay more comfortable, with the option to rent a barbecue in the warmer months. Enjoy a secluded stay with your pup here!
The Inn on the Coast
Head up north to the Inn on the Coast, a dog friendly hotel that has been around since 2012. With 10 pet friendly rooms available, you and your pooch will feel right at home, with the team making all the arrangements so your pup can be as comfortable as possible. For £30 extra, you can bring your pooch along to your stay. Designated sections in the Pub Bistro are available so you and your dog can enjoy dinner together, and special arrangements can be made so you can delight in a delicious breakfast the next morning.
Nestled on the tranquil shores of the Lough Ree in Athlone, Glasson Lakehouse is a cosy resort to retreat to together. Take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, allowing you to take in the lush greenery whilst relaxing in style. The outdoor cabin offers an intimate setting, with an al fresco copper bathtub and a wood burner for the ultimate cosy getaway. A perfect spot for your four-legged friend, Glasson Lakehouse also offers a Doggy Hotel Break so no one has to miss out on the fun. Their dog friendly rooms come with all of the essentials for your pooch so you can be sure that you’ll both feel very welcome!
Welcoming guests since the 1940s, Gregan’s Hotel is a luxury, eco and gourmet retreat, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Burren in Co. Clare. Cosiness runs throughout this spot, with open fires, candlelights and antique furniture. They will welcome your pup with open arms, for a €25 charge. Enjoy your breakfast and dinner sans puppy, with the option to leave them in the room for dining times, but make sure not to leave them too long – we don’t want any sad pooches!
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