Looking for a family-friendly hotel in Ireland can be tricky especially when you have more than one child. As parents we need all the extra's, we want kids clubs, swimming pools and for larger families like myself, we want interconnecting rooms. With young babies, some parents need access to a microwave and a kettle and of course, an enjoyable relaxed atmosphere, a place that goes the extra mile.
Today we've compiled a list in no particular order of our favourite hotels for families in Ireland. We hope it helps with planning your next staycation on the Emerald Isle.
The Pillo Hotel & Spa, Ashbourne
There's a whole host of Fun Family Packages at the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. Fancy a trip to Tayto Park, Funtasia or Dublin Zoo this summer? They're all close-by. There's also a fantastic Leisure Centre with a gym and swimming pool at the hotel and a gorgeous spa too. The Pillo Hotel & Spa Ashbourne has fantastic family packages available that include entrance tickets to Tayto Park, Funtasia Water Park and Dublin Zoo so you can just concentrate on having lots of family fun.
Quality Hotel, Clonakilty, Cork
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, in the heart of West Cork, the Quality Hotel is picture perfect for families of all sizes. There's something for everyone with a wide range of fun family activities including a pirate ship playground, games room, swimming pool, 3 screen cinema, adventure centre, indoor play area and toddler play zone, creche and babysitting services. They offer dining options for all the family with children's food for every age. Covering all bases they have large family rooms, interconnecting rooms, wheelchair adapted rooms and the facility to provide a travel cot for families with young children.
Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare, Wexford
A hotel renowned for child-focused and child-friendly approach within the hotel industry. With its miles of sandy beaches, the Pirates Club with it an extensive daily programme of activities and the complimentary child-minding for children in the playroom each evening it hits all the buttons for us. They even serve children’s dinners at 5.30pm each evening followed by a disco in one of their rooms. What more could you ask for?
The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone
The Hodson Bay Hotel offers spacious and comfortable family rooms, two bedroom family suites and interconnecting rooms. Kids will love the Penguin Kids Activity Camp, jam-packed with energetic games, fun-filled activities and includes healthy meals. With a rich choice of activities on their doorstep including Baysports which has the worlds largest inflatable water slide, you'll also receive exclusive discounted offers on a range of attractions. They have your unforgettable summer holiday all taken care of.
Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, Dublin
A pictures perfect setting for a Dublin family break. Located in a quiet country setting beside The Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo, 15 minutes from Dublin City and close to the M50. Their family bedrooms include two double beds with some interconnecting rooms. There are SMART TV’s, WiFi and small refrigerators included. The hotel has a leisure centre, day spa, golf course and children’s playground so lots to do on-site and close-by!
The Redcastle Hotel & Spa
The Redcastle Hotel, Golf & Spa in County Donegal is a superb 4-star resort nestled on the shores of Lough Foyle in Inishowen. The hotel is perched on the edge of a rugged coastline and the views capture every change of weather and sky imaginable. Redcastle does not have a play area or kids room but Leisuresland, a kids indoor activity centre sits right next door to the hotel. During Easter week and the summer months, they have a kids club, arts and crafts classes and movie nights on offer. They also boast a packed young diners menu filled with delicious and healthy food and drink options. DVD players and a selection of great kids DVDs are provided in all interconnecting rooms and there is a large swimming pool with a toddler area on site.
Kenmare Bay Hotel, Kenmare, Kerry
On the Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way, the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort provide family, disabled, connecting, and triple rooms, as well as self-catering houses and lodges. They have something to suit all the family including an extensive kids playroom, swimming pool, outdoor playground, a kids club and teen zone. Or kick back in their restaurant fully supplied with kids' games and DVDs to keep the younger members of the family entertained while you enjoy your breakfast or dinner at your own leisure. Kids under 12 receive free B&B through direct hotel offers.
Dingle Skellig Hotel, Kerry
The Dingle Skellig Hotel & Peninsula Spa in Kerry is situated just 200 metres from Dingle Bay. It makes an ideal base for family breaks and offers an exciting range of activities nearby for the whole family. Visit Oceanworld, meet Fungi the dolphin or pop by Dingle Horse Riding school and trek along the magnificent Dingle Peninsula. There are a small number of interconnecting rooms that are ideal for families. Their kids club caters for children over the age of four and provides a range of entertainment and activities including day trips to Oceanworld.
Hotel Westport, Mayo
Located in Westport's heritage town on the Wild Atlantic Way and the stunning West Coast of Ireland, Hotel Westport is an ideal location for your holiday at home. They provide a great range of family accommodation, ranging from standard family rooms, standard and premier interconnecting rooms, deluxe family rooms and premier suites. Families won't want to leave the ground with everything they have to offer including a leisure centre with a 20m pool and children’s splash pool, 9-hole crazy golf course, outdoor play area, table tennis and pool table. Or kick back, relax and unwind and enjoy a lazy lunch in the bar as the children are being entertained in the Panda Club.
Mount Wolseley, Carlow
Set in the stunning countryside of County Carlow, Mount Wolseley Hotel is one of Ireland's top luxury family resorts. Complete with a pool, teen zone, Woolie Bear Club, playroom and outdoor playground, Mount Wolseley caters for all ages. For larger families, there is a selection of purpose-built interconnecting rooms and travel cots can be requested, upon reservation.
The Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey
This is a brilliant family hotel! There are loads of things for the kids to do. The hotel is minutes from excellent beaches, has adult and kids' swimming pool, a great active kids club, pet farm, mini golf, go-karting, Amber Train and Village and four restaurants including an Italian garden pizzeria and an adult only FARM steakhouse.
Lough Allen Hotel, Leitrim
Escape with the family to the picturesque town of Drumshanbo located in an incredible setting beside Lough Allen. Enjoy the complimentary kids club running each evening, indoor swimming pool and outdoor play area. You will never get stuck for ideas with numerous activities in surrounding areas such as horse riding, bike rides, stand up paddle boarding, fishing and zorbing. They provide a great range of family accommodation, ranging from standard family rooms, interconnecting rooms, and apartments, depending on your requirements.
Druids Glen Resort
Located right in the heart of Wicklow, just twenty miles south of Dublin, Druids Glen Resort is perfect for a family staycation or short break. A haven for families with an indoor swimming pool, play area, playground, DVD library and interconnecting rooms. During school holidays and midterm break, the Kids High Tea Club opens with an extensive list of activities including art attack, make-over station, movies and more. With an abundance of sights and attractions to choose from including Glenroe Farm, Clara Lara, Horse riding, Killruddery House & Gardens, Powerscourt Waterfall and Glendalough you'll never be short on finding something fun to do.
Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar
The Resort comprises of two superb hotels, plus an award-winning leisure centre and spa, and is set in 90 acres of rolling countryside and mature forest and is just 5 mins drive to Castlebar. The hotel retains some of its original country house atmospheres, while Breaffy Woods Hotel offers families comfortable, quality accommodation with a choice of large family rooms. Just 15 minutes drive from Westport, it boasts an award-winning Leisure Centre with 20m pool and separate kiddies splash pool, an outdoor playground, Games Room, Astroturf pitch and Crazy Golf, and the ever-popular Breaffy Buddies Kids Club.
Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
Mount Juliet Estate, has a real family-friendly culture. Set on 500 acres of lush parkland in the heart of County Kilkenny, it is one hour from Dublin and 30 minutes from Waterford. Offering golf, fine dining & spa for mum and dad with fishing, bike rides, swimming pool, nature trails, playground and Mount Juliet Juniors Kids Club for the little ones. it’s the ideal place for your next family break away with a variety of accommodation to suit your family needs.
Osprey Hotel, Kildare
Only 35 minutes from Dublin and has many family-friendly attractions on their doorstep including; Dublin Zoo, Kildare Village, Lullymore Heritage Park, Tayto Park, Clonfert Pet Farm and much more. The Osprey offers families a choice of rooms. They have a supervised Kids Club so you can treat yourself to some ‘me’ time in soul spa’s thermal suites or enjoy a romantic meal in mash: Restaurant.