Ireland 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:
Five Star Hotels Ireland
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.
Four Star Hotels Ireland
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.
Three Star Hotels Ireland
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.
Two Star Hotels Ireland
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.
One Star Hotels Ireland
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.