Finding a hotel with a view will not be a difficult task. For those wanting to splurge, castle hotels, guesthouses, farmhouses, and self-catering lodging are all available. In places such as Doolin, Lis-doonvarna, and Limerick City, hostels are a great way to live on the cheap and explore the surroundings.
Gregans Castle Hotel (Eco-Friendly)
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare 065 707 7005
With a luxury five-star feel, the Gregans Castle Hotel is a four-star gem tucked in a quiet valley overlooking the rocky vista of the Burren. The rooms have a relaxed d écor, the bathrooms are spacious, and the service is impeccable. The Haden family, who own and manage the establishment, are constantly researching and updating their hotel to become more ecologically friendly. If you can only choose one lavish hotel during your stay in all of the Shannon Region, make this your choice. Multi-night stays available at a reduced rate. Check online for specials.
Mount Vernon, New Quay, Burren, Co. Clare 065 707 8126 110+ per person; sea view add 30; MC/V
Aly Raftery and Mark Helmore, the hosts and owners of Mount Vernon, might have one of the best views in all of Ireland. Overlooking the Burren and the sea to Galway Bay, this Georgian villa has a lot of literary history exuding from its antique d écor. Meals are available with a day's notice. The lovely town of Kinvara, not far from here, is worth exploring. Golf courses are nearby.
Going green takes dedication on all levels. Becoming certified as an ecologically friendly hotel in Europe is quite difficult. Staff must undergo training. Owners and managers must implement costly measures viewed as investments for the future. For travelers, staying in these establishments means you are taking a step toward greener travel.
Rainbow Hostel and B&B
Doolin, Co. Clare 065 707 4415
While there are many choices for accommodations in the popular town of Doolin, the Rainbow Hostel is a top choice for those on a budget. The hostel has a partner B&B next door. Offers en suite rooms, kitchen and laundry facilities, and the establishment is couple and family friendly. Go on a guided walk with Mattie Shannon (co-owner) to learn more about the archaeology and geology of the Burren landscape. Bikes available for rent. Free WiFi, but BYOL (bring your own laptop).For a shoestring meal starting at 12:30
Dooneen Lodge B&B
Caher Rd., Mungret, Co. Limerick 061 301 332
Located near Limerick, Adare, and a short drive to the Burren, the Dooneen Lodge B&B is gaining precedence as the friendliest B&B in the county (with the best breakfast). The informative website details the many activities available in the region. The hosts will be more than happy to help you plan various day trips as well.
Kilmallock, Co. Limerick 063 98 093
Centrally located on a picturesque farm outside of Limerick, and not a far drive from Cashel, Killarney, or Cork, the Flemingstown House has already made a renowned name for itself. A trip to this 250-year-old farmhouse is an adventure in itself and merits at least two nights.
Here are some other accommodations you might consider while in County Clare or County Limerick. (In the listings that follow, = around 25 euros per person.)
The Old Ground Hotel & Pub. Ennis, Co. Clare.065 682 8127
Moy House. Lahinch, Co. Clare.065 708 2500
Sleepzone. Kincora Rd., Lisdoonvarna.065 707 4036
Castle Oaks House. Castleconnell,
Co. Limerick.061 377 666
Glin Castle. Glin, Co. Limerick.06834173
Trainor's Hostel. Ballingarry Village, Co. Limerick.069 68 164 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cherry Blossom Budget Accommodation. Alexandra Terrace, O'Connell Ave., Limerick City.061 469 449