12th Jun 2020
These luxury hotels are a bargain, offering discounted stays, free perks and great deals
We have been dreaming of our post-lockdown summer vacation and with most hotels set to open at the end of this month, those dreams can finally become a reality.
Reopening from June 29, many hotels are offering staycation packages for couples and families eager to get away.
Here are eight hotels offering discounted stays you’ll want to take advantage of this summer.
Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate, Co Galway (Reopens June 29)
Nothing says post-lockdown freedom like a stay at Glenlo Abbey, a five-star manor on a 138-acre estate. The hotel is offering several reopening deals that include a luxury stay, an a la carte breakfast and dinner at its award-winning Pullman Restaurant, where guests can dine in an original Orient Express carriage, for €315 per room per night.
The hotel is also offering three-night staycation deals. The first of which is for Wild Atlantic Way sightseers and includes an overnight stay, breakfast, a round of golf, dinner, a complimentary self-drive map and a picnic hamper to enjoy for €255 per room per night. The second deal, Stay & Play, offers a three-night stay with daily breakfast, a two-course dinner and a round of golf for just €215 per room per night.
The Shelbourne, Co Dublin (Reopens June 29)
Treat yourself to a self-pampering spa experience at the upscale Shelbourne Hotel. Established in 1824, the historic, five-star hotel overlooks St. Stephen’s Green and will be reopening this month with safety and sanitation precautions in place.
The hotel is currently offering the ultimate Elemis in-room experience for €334. Check into your Deluxe room and receive an Elemis face and body gift pack, including pure essential bath oil for a relaxing and calming soak. Also, be sure to try a cocktail in their new 1824 Bar, a grand snug with rich wood paneling, comfy sofas and top-shelf whiskey.
Other packages include:
The Shelbourne Escape, an overnight stay with breakfast from €299 and an optional add on movie night for €40 per couple (which includes delicious hot dishes, sweet treats and a bottle of wine delivered to your room to enjoy with a movie).
Family Movie Night at The Shelbourne, an overnight stay from €369 for two adults and two children sharing. Snuggle up and enjoy a family movie, with delicious food, drinks and treats (including hot food, ice cream floats and a bottle of wine) delivered to your room for €70 for four people.
Castleknock Hotel, Co Dublin (Reopens June 29)
Near Dublin’s Phoenix Park, Castleknock Hotel is a gorgeous country hotel with its own spa and golf club. The hotel has a ‘picnic for two’ deal for €280 that includes a two-night stay, a provided picnic and a full Irish breakfast for two.
The deal also includes a €40 voucher to spend in their Tonic Day Spa or Earth & Vine restaurant, a farm-to-fork eatery that uses ingredients from local Irish artisans. Children can play at the kids’ pool or playground area, and families can save by booking a Hulla Balloon Family package —a one-night family stay, breakfast and dinner included, from €258.
The Heritage, Co Laois (Reopens June 29)
Tucked away in the Laois countryside, you’ll find The Heritage surrounded by picturesque parklands and lakes. On a clear and sunny day, guests can even see the majestic Slieve Bloom Mountains. The hotel’s rooms feature comforts like stand-alone baths, fluffy bathrobes and slippers and king-sized beds.
The Reconnect at The Heritage package offers the ultimate summer getaway: a deluxe double room, breakfast and a delicious prosecco picnic hamper to enjoy afternoon tea al fresco, available from August to September from €145. Guests can also frequent the tennis courts, stroll along the five-kilometre walking trail or cycle on a complimentary bike.
Faithlegg Hotel, Co Waterford (Reopens July 1)
Just outside of Waterford city, Faithlegg is offering a fantastic midweek deal to cocooners over 50 years of age. For just €338, guests are given two nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast and dinner on both evenings in the award-winning Rosette Roseville Rooms Restaurant.
The hotel also offers a complimentary daily golf clinic, hosted by resident golf pro Derry Kiely, and tickets to either the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens or Mount Congreve Gardens. Cyclists can enjoy the nearby Waterford Greenway, a spectacular 46km off-road cycling trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan with spectacular, scenic views.
Ashford Castle, Co Mayo, and Dromoland Castle, Co Clare (Reopen July 20)
Want to stay in a fairytale-like castle this summer? Both Ashford and Dromoland Castle have teamed up to offer a four to eight night stay for two at their hotels:
2 nights at Ashford & 2 nights at Dromoland – €1,800
3 nights at Ashford & 3 nights at Dromoland – €2,550
4 nights at Ashford & 4 nights at Dromoland – €3,200
Ashford Castle is just an hour-and-a-half drive north of Dromoland, making this double stay a great option for a west coast road trip. Located on the shore of Lough Corrib, Ashford has beautiful waterfront views and plenty of activities available, while Dromoland Castle, originally built in the 16th century, has lavish interiors and an 18-hole golf course.
Ballyvolane House, Co Cork (Reopens July 20)
A popular wedding venue in Castlelyons, Ballyvolane House is a gorgeous 18th century manor that sleeps up to twelve people. The house will be available for private rental from July to September and requires a three-night stay minimum. The historic venue is surrounded by gardens and provides activities like salmon fishing in Cork Blackwater and clay pigeon shooting.
Just 30 minutes from Cork city, the house is also near Fota Wildlife Park and Blarney Castle. Three-night stays cost from €6,500, with breakfast included, and extra guests can be accommodated in the luxury glamping tents, making Ballyvolane an ideal venue for large groups.
Feature image: Castleknock Hotel
Read more: Step straight onto the sand with these 5 Irish hotels on the beach
Read more: Five beautiful Irish Landmark Trust homes to stay in this summer
Read more: 5 best Irish glamping sites to stay at this summer
This healthy fish and courgette chips recipe from Jane Kennedy...
We are used to celebrities oversharing their lives. But sharing...
I fear the true fallout of Covid on our cities...
With diversity on the rise, what struggles do interracial couples continue to face today? Filomena Kaguako speaks to three couples about their experiences.