Themed Hotels

Hotel Puerta America

What happens when you tire of the standard type of hotel – the tasteful wall art, the magnolia décor and the pastel shades? As we know from experience, there are too many bland hotels to choose from, a fact that has been addressed by adventurous hotel designers in recent years.

Hotel: Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland

Ashford Castle

What’s it all about? Well, Ashford Castle is all about history, service, attention to detail and being made to feel like royalty, that’s what it’s all about. This majestic pile dates back to 1228, from whence it changed hands and appearance many times (it has gone from being, initially, a defensive castle stronghold to French Châteaux to Victorian neo-Gothic).

Hotel: Aghadoe Heights, Kerry, Ireland

Aghadoe Heights – the vIew from the penthouse jacuzzi

There are many reasons to recommend Aghadoe Heights, but the one thing that always springs to mind whenever this luxury Irish spa hotel comes up in conversation (which is more often than you might think, especially when you’re stuck at home either nursing a cold, or looking outside and wishing you were anywhere else but home) is the intuitive, instinctive skills of the hotel head honchos, Pat and Marie Chawke.

Hotel: Parknasilla, Kerry, Ireland

Parknasilla, exterior view

There are various crucial reasons why anyone pays good money to spend a leisure weekend (or longer) in a hotel: they want to base themselves in a city destination and simply use the hotel room for sleeping in; they want to base themselves in a relatively remote location, amble through the local area and enjoy all that it has to offer; they want to retreat to a place of such remoteness that it requires a little bit of effort to get there, yet on arrival all that’s left to do is to melt into the atmosphere and the environment.

Hotel: Lough Erne, Fermanagh, Ireland

 

Lough Erne Resort, Jetty at dusk

A few miles from the famed island town of Enniskillen, Lough Erne Resort resides between two prominent lakes on its own peninsula. And yes, that is as breathtaking as it sounds.   All rooms have enviable views of the natural surroundings.

Hotel: Cliff House Hotel, Waterford, Ireland

 

Cliff House Hotel, Exterior at Night

The Cliff House Hotel is aptly named – there it is, improbably stitched onto the coast, overlooking the popular picturesque summer resort village of Ardmore, West Waterford.   The Cliff House has been at the forefront of national hotel attention since its opening in the late Noughties, garnering for itself in the meantime a wealth of acclaim, positive reviews, awards and stars (notably in the on-site House Restaurant, which nabbed a Michelin star last year).

Hotel: Monart, Wexford, Ireland

Monart Hotel & Spa: Outer Grounds Bridge

The award-winning Monart is situated a few miles from Enniscorthy, deep in the heart of the lush Wexford countryside, and arrived at by driving along small roads (big lanes?) that wouldn’t be able to make room for two BMWs or the like.