Read any one of our several posts on the Dingle Peninsula and you’ll be easily convinced that one day just isn’t enough. We’ll quickly help you realize that you’ll need several days to explore all the peninsula has to offer. Our posts include: The Ultimate Guide to the Dingle Peninsula, Driving Slea Head Drive, and Exploring the North Shore of Dingle Peninsula. Go ahead… take a few moments to plan the ultimate visit to Dingle Peninsula, then come on back and let’s help you plan where to stay in Dingle!
With so many great Dingle hotels ranging from budget to luxury, you’ll no doubt be able to find something that suits your needs… and your wallet! Whether you’re looking for a Dingle hostel, hotel, or bed and breakfast, we’ll highlight several options and point you in the right direction for reviews and booking options. This, of course, won’t be a comprehensive list of all of the hotels in Dingle Ireland, but it will at least get you started!
Best Dingle B&B
Castlewood House Bed and Breakfast
Winning award after award year after year, Castlewood House must be doing something right! They’ve exceeded customer expectations in the categories of affordability (bargain), service, and romance. They have been continuously listed among the top small hotels in Ireland and in all of Europe. This outstanding Dingle B&B overlooks Dingle Bay and is perfectly located near the start of Slea Head Drive.
At Castlewood House B&B, choose from a classic, superior, or deluxe room; or treat yourself with a junior suite. All come complete with a large marble bathroom, luxurious toiletries, whirlpool jacuzzi bath with separate walk-in power shower, hairdryer, flat screen TV, plush bathrobes and slippers, filtered water, and tea/coffee making facilities. No matter which room type you choose you will walk into elegant decor and luxurious amenities. No two rooms are decorated alike. Even the dining room exudes elegance and has a divine menu of offerings to match. Their award-winning locally sourced breakfast is reason alone to book. Seriously, look at this menu! If you are looking for a place to stay that’s quaint and personal, yet stylish and still affordable, look no further than the Castlewood House Dingle Bed & Breakfast.
Luxury Dingle Hotels
Dingle Skellig Hotel
Looking for luxury hotels in Dingle Ireland? Stop looking and start booking! The Dingle Skellig Hotel, located within walking distance to Dingle town, offers the finest luxury accommodations in Dingle and has several leisure facilities and restaurants for you to enjoy. And opening in May 2019 is a brand-new 4-story wing of the hotel! This expansion will include 32 new guest rooms in addition to a casual dining restaurant. The new accommodations will include 12 deluxe king guest rooms, 11 deluxe executive sea view suites, and 9 deluxe family suites. 5 of the new rooms will feature private balconies with outdoor furniture for unparalleled views over Dingle Bay. But don’t worry, even if you book one of the ‘original’ rooms (see below), you will NOT be disappointed!
There are leisure activities for people of all ages at the Dingle Skellig Hotel. Choose from an alluring menu of treatments at The Peninsula Spa, including holistic and sports massage, hydrotherapy, hot stone therapy, tanning and beauty (make-up, waxing, nails), and Yon-Ka face and body treatments. The spa proudly uses locally sourced ingredients including seaweed from Brandon Bay, honey from a local bee keeper, and in-house blended aromatherapy oils. You are welcome to use the steams rooms, sauna, and hot tubs (including an outdoor hot tub that overlooks Dingle Bay) before and after your treatment. The Dingle Skellig Hotel also boasts a Health and Leisure Club complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym, and studio offering yoga and fitness classes.
The Perfect Dingle Hotel for Families
Traveling with teens or little ones? The Dingle Skellig Hotel has got you covered! The hotel has children’s facilities including Skellig Crèche (childcare for children 4 months to 4 years) and the Fungie Kids Club (childcare and activities for children 4 to 12 years old). Their Teen Console Room is set up with TVs and gaming consoles for the older “kids”! So, again, there is something for everyone at the Dingle Skellig Hotel!
The hotel also has several dining options to choose from. Breakfast is served each morning in the Coastguard Restaurant complete with stunning views over Dingle Bay. Dinner is served in the elegant atmosphere of the Coastguard Restaurant from 6:30 onwards. For something a little more casual, check out the Blaskets Bistro (serving dinner from 6 pm) and the Blaskets Bar (serving food from 12:30-9:30pm each day, with occasional live music). Even if you are not staying at the hotel, you are more than welcome to enjoy the dining and spa facilities at cost. Day passes for non-guests are available for the leisure club if you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day in Dingle!
While we did not get a chance to stay at Dingle’s oldest hotel, Benners Hotel Dingle. However, we did enjoy tea and scones in the lobby and dined in the restaurant (Mrs. Benner’s Bar). The old world charm of the hotel dates back 350 years. Like its sister hotel, the Dingle Skelling Hotel, Benners Hotel Dingle offers some of the finest lodging in Dingle. With 52 luxuriously appointment guestrooms, the hotel offers an ample amount of deluxe accommodation just steps from the shops and restaurants on and around Main Street in Dingle town. Because it is the sister hotel of Dingle Skellig, guests of Benners Hotel are welcome to enjoy complimentary access to the swimming pool and leisure facilities Dingle Skellig.
Dingle Hotel in the Heart of Town
Dingle Bay Hotel
Facing Dingle Bay behind a colorful red facade is the Dingle Bay Hotel. Free Wi-Fi, heated bathroom floors, and in-room tea/coffee making facilities are just a few of the rooms many luxuries. The location across the street from the Dingle Harbor and Marina can’t be beat. This puts you within walking distance of Dingle town’s most popular pubs, restaurants and shops. Though you don’t have to leave the building to visit one of the best pubs in Dingle. Paudie’s Bar is an excellent place to throw back a drink or two and dine on delicious, locally-sourced food. With a busy pier right across the street, you better believe their seafood is as fresh as it can get!
Paudie’s Bar in Dingle Bay Hotel
Paudie’s Bar offers an eclectic menu at moderate prices. Choose from appetizing starters, soups, an array of fresh salads, and entrees including fish and chips, seafood mornay, sirloin steak, and a beef burger to name a few. Be sure to save room for dessert, because the selection is much too tempting to pass up. “Come for the mussels and stay for the music”, their website invites. Paudie’s proudly hosts talented musicians playing anything from traditional Irish tunes to ballads and today’s top hits. So again, even if you’re not staying at Dingle Bay Hotel, stop into Paudie’s and say Hi to Sarah, the owner.
Slea Head Drive Photo Guide
If you’re planning to drive Slea Head Drive on your visit to the Dingle Peninsula, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on our Slea Head Drive Photo Guide. We’ll guide you kilometer by kilometer, pointing out highlights and hidden gems along the route. Learn the fascinating history behind the many archeological sites found on the drive. Gain quick access to admission costs, opening hours, and contact information for popular attractions.
The Anvil Bar & Restaurant
Now we’ll take a look at a few accommodations on the peninsula located outside of Dingle town. If you’re like us, maybe you want to be away from the hustle and bustle. At the furthest east end of the peninsula is the tiny village of Boolteens (just a few km from Castlemaine). Here you will find the family-run Anvil Bar & Restaurant. Not only is The Anvil an excellent place to dine on delicious traditional Irish dishes (check out their tempting menu HERE), but it’s also a comfortable bed and breakfast offering 6 en-suite rooms. Choose from a double, triple, or family room, each offering a scenic mountain or garden view. All rooms include flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities, ironing facilities, and free toiletries.
O’Connor Family Services
Liz O’Connor and her family purchased The Anvil back in 1999 and completely renovated the building to make it what it is today. Liz is one of the kindest, most welcoming people you will ever meet. So, even if you choose not to stay at The Anvil, please pop in, have a hearty Irish meal and a pint and say “Hi” to Liz and her son Stephen, who now runs the Bar & Restaurant. (Stephen also runs O’Connor’s Travel and offers small group tours around County Kerry. Give him a ring (+353 087 4139565 or e-mail: email@example.com) for more information about their customizable tours.
The Name Explained
Where does The Anvil get its name? We’re so glad you asked! It’s a historical and truly heart-warming story involving the old forge across the street and a 4th generation blacksmith. Florence O’Sullivan is one of Ireland’s last remaining traditional blacksmiths. He occasionally works in the forge, even into his late-80s. Florence is an inspiration to all who know him. Hopefully you’ll get the chance to meet him during your visit to Boolteens. Learn more about his life and his craft in this short video.
Self Catering Dingle Lodging
Inch Beach Cottages
If you like to cook some meals in during your travels, you probably want to consider self catering accommodation during your visit to Ireland. For one of our trips to the Dingle Peninsula, we stayed at Inch Beach Cottages overlooking the absolutely stunning Inch Beach. These self catering cottages are perfect for traveling families. Their location on the south side near the start of the peninsula can not be beat! Just a short 30 minute drive and you’re in Dingle town, at the start of Slea Head Drive. This location also puts you in a nice location for exploring the north side of the peninsula (accessible via the Caherconree Pass), along with other highlights in County Kerry.
TIP: Sykes Cottages is an excellent resource for finding self-catering cottages around Ireland and the UK.
Inch Beach Cottages manages 9 detached self catering cottages nestled between the Slieve Mish Mountains and the MacGillicuddy Reeks. Each cottage has a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom along with two additional bedrooms with twins beds and a guest bathroom complete with bath and shower. Also included is a fully equipped kitchen with oven and stove-top, microwave, dishwasher, fridge. Other amenities include washer and dryer and a fire place in the cozy living room. There’s plenty of space to spread out and it contains all of the amenities you would want in a home away from home.
Sammy’s Restaurant & Cafe – Inch Beach
After a day of exploring the peninsula, it’s lovely coming home to sunset views over Inch Beach and Dingle Bay. Don’t feel like cooking? Visit Sammy’s Restaurant located right on Inch Beach just steps away from the cottages. Sammy’s is owned by the Hussain family, who also own the Inch Beach Cottages. Stop in and enjoy fresh Dingle Bay oysters or the fresh catch of the day, among many other mouth-watering menu options. Head to the beach and enjoy a feast! The restaurant also offers a wide selection of wines, spirits, and beers. Sammy’s Cafe, located adjacent to the restaurant, serves up coffee, tea, light bites, fresh cut sandwiches, and homemade cakes.
(* Reviews also include traveler reviews of the Inch Beach House B&B, also owned by the Hussain family)
Unique Dingle Accommodations
Stay on a Sheep Farm
If you are looking for a true Irish experience, stop reading this article and immediately go book a room at Brigid’s Sheep Farm. (If you’ve never booked a room/house via AirBnB, follow our unique link first to sign up and save $$$ on your first stay!) Gleann na nGealt Sheep Farm is located near the village of Camp, approximately 30 minutes from Dingle town. It’s a great location if you’re wanting to explore some of Dingle Peninsula’s north shore. A stay with Brigid is an experience you won’t soon forget. She is one of the sweetest ladies you’ll meet and her rural country home and farm offer so much of authentic Ireland. There are a number of archaeological sites located on the farm including 2 ring forts, a souterrain (underground structure), and a gallaun (standing stone). You are encouraged to head off in search of adventure and wander the farm and surrounding hills.
At Brigid’s Sheep Farm, you will stay in one of two double rooms (each suitable for 2 people) and have access to the sitting room to read, watch TV, or just relax. Please note, you are renting a room, not the entire house, so you will share a bathroom and have no kitchen access. However, Brigid will greet you with complimentary tea/coffee and homemade apple/rhubarb pie or crumble upon arrival. Also, a scrumptious breakfast is included in the price, including tea/coffee, toast, porridge, fresh fruit, jams, pancakes, and eggs cooked to your liking. There are a few great restaurants in and around Camp where you can enjoy meals out. Check out our post on things to do on Dingle Peninsula’s north shore.
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Sleep in a Glamping Pod
The weather in Ireland can be inclement and unpredictable, especially on the Dingle Peninsula. If you like the idea of camping, but don’t want to rough it in a tent, may we suggest sleeping under the stars in one of Coach Field’s glamping pods! Pods currently sleep up to 4 people, but come May 2019, larger 6-person pods will be available. It’s the experience of camping with some of the basic luxuries of a hotel. Bedding and towels are included… and so is WiFi to help keep you connected! The price includes use of hot showers, electricity, and parking. Also coming in May, there will be a communal breakfast and snack area with fridge, kettle, toaster, and microwave. Like Brigid’s Sheep Farm, Coach Field is located near Camp, 30 minutes from Dingle town. It’s the perfect stop-over if you’re walking the Dingle Way or wishing to explore some of the north shore of the peninsula.
Stay at a National Geographic Dive Center
Harbour House is home to Waterworld, Ireland’s leading 5-star International Dive Center. This National Geographic Dive Center has racked up several industry awards, including PADI’s Education Award, Environmental Award, and PADI Certificate of Recognition for Excellence. Stay on site with Sandra and her family in one of 15 en-suite guest rooms at Harbour House. Enjoy the indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, and award-winning restaurant as you overlook the Maharee Islands, also known as “the 7 Hogs”. Islands Seafood Restaurant serves up fresh seafood and decadent desserts. Breakfast is not included in the room rate, but can be arranged if you’re interested. Take a dive course, go on a diving expedition, or take a surf lesson. There’s plenty of water adventures to be had at the Waterworld Dive Centre!
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Best Places to Stay in Dingle Ireland
It’s difficult to answer the inquiry Best Places to Stay in Dingle or Best Hotels in Dingle Ireland because we don’t know your style, your budget, or your traveling party size. We don’t know if you are traveling with children or looking to book a romantic getaway. Hopefully we’ve recommended a range of options to get you started. These are places we’ve personally stayed, visited, or met the owners of during our visits to the Dingle Peninsula. We encourage you to plan according to your budget and pick lodging in Dingle based on where you want to spend most of your time.
Consider if you want to stay in the heart of Dingle town or a little off the beaten path? Do you want to splurge on fancy accommodations or save your money to put toward various tours, excursions, and experiences during your time in Ireland? Do you plan to eat most meals out or do you require a kitchen in your Dingle lodging? Once you answer these questions, you’ll be ready to book the perfect Dingle Peninsula hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast, or self-catering cottage. If none of our recommendations appealed to you, check out these recommendations or peruse the map below!
Got personal recommendations on Dingle hotels or other accommodations around the peninsula? Leave them in the comments section below. Then we’ll know where to book for our next visit!
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