Irish hotels and guesthouses are classified under the star classification. Devised by Bord Failte-Irish Tourist Board and the Irish Hotels Federation, the classification system makes it easier for visitors to evaluate and choose the hotel and guesthouse of their choice. Each hotel and guesthouse has a distinct character and range of facilities. Details on the style and services unique to each premises are listed in the accommodation listings.
Hotel classification descriptions
The following are the hotel classification descriptions:
These include Ireland's most luxurious hotels, all of which are of high international standards. They range from elegant, stately castles to prestigious country clubs and top class city hotels catering for both the business and tourist. All guest accommodation is luxurious and spacious suites are available. These fine hotels boast some of the country's best restaurants and offer table d'hôte and/or a la carte lunch and dinner menus. Exceptional service and a personalised welcome are the norm in these hotels.
These include contemporary hotels of excellent quality and charming period houses renovated to a very high standards complete with all modern comforts. All guest accommodation is of high standard and half suites are usually available. Restaurant facilities provide excellent cuisine and service for the discerning diner. Table d'hôte and/or a la carte lunch and dinner menus are available.
These range from small, family-operated premises to larger, modern hotels. Guest rooms are well decorated with the emphasis on comfort and all have private bathrooms with a bath and/or shower. Restaurants offer high standards of cuisine in relaxed and hospitable surroundings. Table d'hôte and/or a la carte dinner menus are available. These hotels offer a range of services making them ideal for the cost-conscious traveler seeking comfort.
These are more likely to be family-operated premises, selected for their charm and their comfortable facilities. All guest rooms have a telephone and most have a private bathroom with a bath and/or shower. Full dining facilities are available, representing excellent value and good wholesome food.
Here you can enjoy the comforts of a pleasantly simple hotel where a warm welcome prevails. These premises offer all the mandatory services and facilities to a satisfactory standard, necessary for a most enjoyable and relaxed visit. Some great rooms have a private bathroom with a bath and/or shower.
B&B / Guesthouses
Guesthouses vary from five-bedroomed family houses, Georgian and Victorian residences to larger professionally-serviced modern premises. The informal atmosphere and personal attention are of features of this category. The availability of meals to non-residents is not a requirement; however, some provide this service. All guesthouses comply with statutory regulations which cover physical requirements and the level of service provided. Restaurant facilities are available in some guesthouses.
Guesthouse classification descriptions
The following are the Guesthouse classification descriptions:
This is the top classification for guesthouses in Ireland. Guest accommodation includes half suites and all guest rooms have private bathrooms with bath and/or shower, direct dial telephone, and colour TV and radio controllable from the bed. Room service offers full breakfast. Facilities include car parking, safety deposit boxes, fax, newspapers, and baby-sitting service.
All guest rooms have private bathroom with bath and/or shower, and direct dial telephone. Room service offers breakfast. Facilities include a TV lounge; travelers cheques and at least two major credit cards are accepted.
Half or more of the guest rooms have private bathroom with bath and/or shower. Facilities include a reading/writing room or lounge area for resident's use.
These premises meet all the mandatory requirements for guesthouses and offer simple accommodation, facilities and services to a satisfactory standard.
The premises in this category include old-style, period type, and modern farmhouses; the type of farming varies- mixed, tillage, dairy, sheep and poultry- all of interest to visitors, particularly if they come from the city. Evening meals are provided in some houses if notice is given before 12.00 noon each day. A new concept called Green Tourism, i.e. a holiday experience on a working farm, is also included this category of accommodation. Irish Farm Holidays Association is the representative body for these premises and further information may be obtained by contacting them.
Hostels provide clean, simple accommodation at a budget price, several with family rooms. They are ideally suited to the holiday-maker seeking a real alternative to conventional accommodation. The kitchen and common room often provide an international setting for socialising and meeting other hostellers from all over the world.
An Oige (Irish Youth Hostel Association) has a chain of 37 registered Youth Hostels situated in most of the scenic areas of Ireland. These hostels provide simple multi-bedded rooms with comfortable beds and facilities for cooking one's own meals. Members of An Oige or other youth organisations affiliated to the International Youth Hostel Federation may use the hostels on production of their membership cards and non-members may buy stamps at the hostels entitling them to use the hostels.
The self catering category of Accommodation covers a variety of premises in urban and rural areas, ranging from modern bungalows, old converted houses, 'semi-detached' two-storey houses to group schemes of purpose-designed units.
Caravan / Camping
Caravan and Camping parks are categorised:
Parks offer an extensive range of facilities and good management.
Parks offer a good range of facilities and good management.
Parks offer limited facilities and good management.
Parks offer minimum facilities required for registration.
Ranging from Irish owned groups to International chains
Griffin Group - Hotels in Killarney and Wexford.
Ibis Hotels - hotels in Galway and Dublin.
Hastings Hotels - several hotels in North of Ireland.
Prem Group - Hotel and apartment accommodation and executive facilities.
Radisson SAS Hotels - located at Dublin, Belfast, Letterkenny, Athlone, Limerick and Sligo
Sweeney Hotels - Family owned with hotels in Galway City, Clifden (Galway), Killarney (Kerry), Ballsbridge (Dublin)
Tower Hotel Group - Hotels located in Dublin, Sligo, Waterford and Kerry.
Treacy Hotel Group - Hotels in Enniscorthy, County Wexford and Waterford City.
Best Western Hotels - Several hotels throughout the country.
Byrne Hotels - Hotels in Galway City.
CMV Hotels - Features Coast & Country, Manor House and Village Inn Hotels
Fitzwilliam Hotel Group - Hotels in Dublin
Great Southern Hotels - several hotels throughout the country.
Gresham Hotels - several high quality hotels.
Irish Court hotel Group - hotels in Ennis, Shannon, Killarney, Tralee, Waterford, Sligo and Letterkenny
Jury's Hotel Group - hotels nationwide.
Lee Hotels - hotels in Dublin, Sligo and Kerry.
Lynch Hotels - several hotels in West of Ireland
O'Callaghan Hotels - hotels in Dublin.
Regency Hotel Group - hotels in Dublin and Wicklow
Ryan Hotel Group - hotels in Galway, Kerry and Dublin
Sinnott Hotels - hotels in Galway and Dublin
Whites and Associated Hotels - Hotels in Clare, Laois, Kerry, Wexford, Waterford and Donegal.