In the second of 2 articles, the team at Executive Tours Ireland are reporting back on our travels to find the best hotels in Ireland. This week we have put together 6 of our favorite hotels that we are proud to call our hotel partners for our Luxury tours of Ireland. We spent the night at each and ever hotel and rated each of them based on markers such as accommodation, dining experiences, spas and any additional details that we thought our readers would like to know. Our philosophy still remains: “If we wouldn’t stay at a hotel, then neither will our guests!”
No 1 Savoy – Limerick
The Savoy Hotel, is a magnificent boutique hotel located in the heart of Limerick City within a vibrant shopping and theatre district of Limerick City in south-west Ireland.
The hotel features 92 beautifully decorated rooms and suites which house luxurious marble bathrooms, king size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, plush mattresses and fluffy pillows. The Savoy also offers spacious suites with king size beds, relaxing lounge area and roomy Italian style bathrooms.
The Savoy offers foodies and drink connoisseurs a selection of five trendy but tastefully decorated restaurants and bars to suite everyone’s tastes. The restaurants focus on using the very best of local produce in Limerick and locally sourcing seasonal ingredients.
The Hamptons Bar and Grill with its New York Style décor offers an informal dining experience which presents a refreshing and modern twist on its extensive menu and their prime steak is some of the best I have tasted in the world.
The Savoy Restaurant feels more relaxing and elegant with open décor. It offers an a la carte menu that fuses traditional cuisine with a contemporary palate utilizing artisan food producers. My absolute however is any selection from their outstanding seafood dishes which are a must-try.
Additionally, The Liszt Lounge offers is the ideal spot to have afternoon tea as a treat. The in vogue trend of adding cocktails to afternoon tea is ever-present at The Savoy Hotel. The relaxing atmosphere in the Library lounge is a superb choice for afternoon tea, lunch and an evening meal. The Savoy Hotel Bar is renowned for its moniker cocktails and has a superb outdoor heated terrace.
The ultimate in relaxation, the Spa at the Savoy offers a vast array of treatments which will leave you feeling replenished and rejuvenated. Treatments at the spa include the un-missable Thai massage, know for its benefits of wellbeing and tensions relief. The spas also offers Ayurveda, an alternative holistic medicine originating from India. It aids in rejuvenating your mind & body and helps with various health issues ranging from allergies to digestive complaints and arthritis. The spa also offers complimentary use of the gym and Aqua center which houses an 8-meter pool, Jacuzzi and steam-room. It has everything you need to relax and unwind on your luxury tour of Ireland.
No 2 Westbury – Dublin
The 178 room hotel is renowned for its exceptional service and understated luxury.
It is well-appointed with traditionally-woven Irish wool carpets, soft mohair-covered George Smith chairs and lavish silk blackout curtains.
The rooms and suites at the Westbury are outstanding and you immediately gain a sense of unassuming luxury, characterized by peaceful tones of creams and taupe’s. The spacious, bright rooms are furnished with superb pieces and include opulent marble bathrooms with heated floors. They present the ideal Comfortable and peaceful, they provide the perfect haven between day tours of Ireland.
The Westbury offers guests a great selection of dining choices. The Wesbury offers a tempting afternoon tea which includes an alluring assortment of sandwiches, scones, homemade pastries and delightful patisserie. These are complimented with fragrant teas served in beautiful silver teapots. Why not go all our and indulge in a glass of Moët & Chandon Rosé from The Wesbury’s enormously admired Champagne trolley?
The Balfes Bar & Brasserie is a vivacious bistro with a stunning outdoor terrace. It combines the liveliness and styling of a New York bistro with the unperturbed chic of a deluxe Parisian brasserie. The Bar houses a unique, a zinc covered bar that offers delicious cold-pressed juices and cocktails. The open kitchen restaurant serves exquisitely prepared dishes such as seaweed-cured salmon gravadlax and a rib eye steak that I would highly recommend. All dished use ingredients that are locally sourced from the finest artisan producers such as their cheeses and grass-fed beef. Balfes also offers a great selection of gluten free dishes.
Equally as excellent is The Wilde Restaurant which offers fantastic all-day dining in chic surroundings. It serves the most diverse dishes, an extensive children’s menu, exceptional healthy options and and vast wine list. Finally, The Marble Bar, decorated with eye-catching Fabergé chandeliers and welcoming open fire, is the precise place to enjoy a post-tour martini or a pre-dinner glass of champagne.
No 3 The Europa Hotel – Belfast
The Europa Hotel in Belfast is situated in the hub of Belfast city and a short distance from some top attractions such as the Grand Opera House, Titanic Belfast and the Odyssey Arena. The 272 roomed hotel charms guests with its sophisticated décor which is a mixture of style and function.
The bedrooms in this hotel are truly amazing. Each room feels warm and inviting designs, offering an incomparable blend of elegance and purpose. From a classic room to the presidential Suite, each room offers guest a superb accommodation with some offering views of the Black Mountains, Great Victoria Street and The Grand Opera house.
The Europa Hotel offers a plethora of dining choices in which to relax and indulge in some of the most glorious traditional and contemporary food I have ever eaten. The wonderful Piano Lounge is a mixture of modern style and charm, where each detail has been designed to reflect the Europa’s long history. I have to say, I have never enjoyed afternoon tea so much as I did in the luxurious surroundings of the Piano Lounge. Afternoon tea guests can enjoy delicate pastries, scones and sandwiches served with the finest blended teas. And this can be Topped off with a glass of Champaign. The Piano Lounge also offers evening cocktails and a broad selection of tantalizing hot and cold dishes which are available throughout the day.
The Causerie has the laid back feel of a wine bar and is the perfect place to relax for a superb meal after a days touring. All dishes are created using only local products which guarantees the freshest and tastiest meals.
The Lobby Bar, a favorite among in-house guests and locals too, is full of character and charisma. Similar to the Causerie, it offers a casual environment for dining or a haven in which to have a relaxing night cap at the end of a small group tour of Ireland. Guest can enjoy live music or the celebrated Saturday Jazz sessions.
The hotel houses the ESPA Spa for guests to enjoy a relaxing experience. The Spa is a refuge for body and mind, providing a retreat of serenity. This deluxe spa offers the ESPA range of products and therapies, has eight treatment suites, two relaxation rooms, a Zest Juice Bar, lounge area and access to all the further amenities of the Health Club such as the gym, leisure facilities, indoor pool and infinity pool. The Spa at the Culloden offers a vast selection of rejuvenating treatments to leave you energized for the next day of your private tour of Ireland.
No 4 The Europe Hotel Kerry
The Europe Hotel in Killarney has by far one of the most eye-catching settings in Ireland.
The five-star hotel overlooks the world legendary Lakes of Killarney, and has magnificent views of Kerry’s McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range in the scenic South West of Ireland.
The eight bedroomed Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney offers luxury accommodation with chic bedrooms and luxurious suites in a timeless style all overlooking the gardens or Killarney lakes. Countless rooms and suites have roomy balconies with splendid views of Loch Léin,
The Europe Hotel offers a selection of dining choices from a formal setting to a relaxing meal. The Spa Café with its enclosed terrace facing the lake and gardens, offers a tranquil experience to diners looking to order light, healthy Spa cuisine and refreshments.
The The Brasserie Restaurant offers Al Fresco Dining, on its terrace with phenomenal views of the lakes. It has an unrivalled range of light snacks, and its flamed grill streaks have to be tried to be believed. The restaurant offers an A La Carte, desert, cheese and children’s menu to suits the palates of every discerning guest.
Equally, The Panorama Restaurant, again with magnificent view of the Lakes of Killarney, the mountains and the resident gardens and recently won ‘Best Hotel Restaurant in Kerry’ at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2015.
The bar at the resort is captivating and peaceful and adorned with dark wood paneling while cavernous leather arm chairs sit alongside the open fires while traditional music plays in the background.
ESPA at The Europe is a beautiful resort spa that seizes the spender and peacefulness of its surroundings. The spa offers a variety of holistic treatments that will restore even the weariest traveler with the use of tailored essential oils. It boasts 16 Treatment Rooms, 2 Express Beauty Suites, Private Spa Suite for Two, Manicure & Pedicure Thrones and a Make Up Counter
No 5 Kingsley Hotel – Cork
The Kingsley Hotel offers guests spacious, warm and contemporary accommodation in gentle shares of cream, caramel and chocolate luxury and many of the rooms share views of the gorgeous River Lee.
The springboard restaurant has a very relaxed feel and hints of the grounds original use, Lee Baths (public Baths) are referenced in its design. It offers some of the finest culinary creations Ireland has to offer.
Alternatively, the Fairbanks Restaurant with it chic and sophisticated design offers tantalizing dishes to satisfy even the most seasoned diner.
The K Lounge is a lobby style venue and had a more laid back feel which is ideal for a light lunch or snack. Conversely you can indulge yourself on vacation with Afternoon Tea that offers an assortment of delicate finger sandwiches, a selection of freshly baked scones with home-made jam, Kerry butter and whipped cream, tea cakes such as scrumptious raspberry tartlets & chocolate opera cakes, delicate pastries, smoked salmon and capers mille-feuille, goat cheese and sun blush tomato tartlet, loose-leaf teas and specialty coffees.
Fishers Bar is a cozy and striking bar with a traditional feel and denotes hints of the kingfisher, often seen along the riverbank. It is renowned for serving a selection of local Cork stouts and beers, as well as craft ciders and traditional whiskeys.
The Spa at the Kingsley offers luxurious treatments to soothe and indulge any tired traveler.
It offers Spa Ritual, Vita Liberata and Pevonia Botanica (a pure holistic botanical and marine elements treatment that has the by-fecta, not only is it great for your body but it is also kind to mother nature too by having completely biodegradable packaging). The spa is home to 12 superb treatment rooms and a remarkable Thermal Suite. Spa treatments include facials, body treatments, massage and holistic therapies, maternity touch therapy and gentlemen’s treatments
So that ends our list of hotels that we would thoroughly recommend and we are thrilled to put our names to.
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All the best,