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The Fab 50: Ireland's 50 best places to stay in 2021

From hip new hotels to self-catering castles, cosy guesthouses to glamping escapes, Pól Ó Conghaile and Nicola Brady have the year's best places to stay

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Frank the shipping container in Co Donegal

Frank the shipping container in Co Donegal

The Clarence

The Clarence

The Clarence

The Clarence

Two Green Shoots, Co Cork

Two Green Shoots, Co Cork

Inside the Station House

Inside the Station House

Milk Harbour, Co Sligo

Milk Harbour, Co Sligo

Station House Hotel

Station House Hotel

Skildren Cottage, Co Donegal

Skildren Cottage, Co Donegal

Marlfield House Pond Suite

Marlfield House Pond Suite

Dolphin Beach, Connemara

Dolphin Beach, Connemara

Lettery Lodge

Lettery Lodge

Velvære Spa at the Radisson Blu Royal in Dublin

Velvære Spa at the Radisson Blu Royal in Dublin

Dean Cork - Inside a Hi-Fi room

Dean Cork - Inside a Hi-Fi room

The Wren, coming soon to Dublin

The Wren, coming soon to Dublin

Lake Lodge

Lake Lodge

Al fresco eats at The Kingsley in Cork

Al fresco eats at The Kingsley in Cork

Markree Castle

Markree Castle

Inside a bedroom at Barn Lane

Inside a bedroom at Barn Lane

Blackrock House, Portrush, Co Antrim

Blackrock House, Portrush, Co Antrim

Kilkee cottage

Kilkee cottage

Further Space

Further Space

Glamping Under the Stars: Shepherd's Delight

Glamping Under the Stars: Shepherd's Delight

Cabü by the Lakes

Cabü by the Lakes

Adare

Adare

A helping hand: Volunteers social distance before delivering hot meals to people in need during Covid-19 pandemic at the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey. Co Wexford.

A helping hand: Volunteers social distance before delivering hot meals to people in need during Covid-19 pandemic at the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey. Co Wexford.

The Sophie Suite at Killashee Hotel

The Sophie Suite at Killashee Hotel

Mario Puchowski on his rollerblades at Longcourt House

Mario Puchowski on his rollerblades at Longcourt House

The Rabbit Hotel, Co Antrim

The Rabbit Hotel, Co Antrim

A view of Dublin from the Clarence Penthouse

A view of Dublin from the Clarence Penthouse

Finn Lough

Finn Lough

The terrace at Randles Hotel in Killarney

The terrace at Randles Hotel in Killarney

Tom’s Fish & Tackle at The Glasson Lakehouse

Tom’s Fish & Tackle at The Glasson Lakehouse

Mount Falcon and its heated bamboo tent

Mount Falcon and its heated bamboo tent

The Heritage apartments

The Heritage apartments

Bookeen

Bookeen

Frank the shipping container in Co Donegal

Frank the shipping container in Co Donegal

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

Freestanding bathtub in The Harrison Chambers of Distinction

Freestanding bathtub in The Harrison Chambers of Distinction

Ballintubbert bedroom detail

Ballintubbert bedroom detail

The Dean

The Dean

Zanzibar Locke

Zanzibar Locke

West Clare Explorer

West Clare Explorer

'Wild nights' at Finnebrogue Woods, Co Down

'Wild nights' at Finnebrogue Woods, Co Down

A garden view of the Blue Haven

A garden view of the Blue Haven

An archival image of The Lansdowne in Kenmare, Co Kerry

An archival image of The Lansdowne in Kenmare, Co Kerry

The Cliff House beachhouse

The Cliff House beachhouse

Cashel Palace Hotel, Co Tipperary

Cashel Palace Hotel, Co Tipperary

An artist's impression of the refurbished Park Hotel Kenmare

An artist's impression of the refurbished Park Hotel Kenmare

Inside Tubbrid Castle, Co Kilkenny

Inside Tubbrid Castle, Co Kilkenny

Adare Manor

Adare Manor

The sauna at Currarevagh House, Oughterard, Co Galway. Photograph by Eamon Ward

The sauna at Currarevagh House, Oughterard, Co Galway. Photograph by Eamon Ward

The Oak Hall at Ashford Castle Hotel

The Oak Hall at Ashford Castle Hotel

Cabanas are coming to The Merrion in Dublin...

Cabanas are coming to The Merrion in Dublin...

The Europe

The Europe

The Irish Landmark Trust's Killee Cottage

The Irish Landmark Trust's Killee Cottage

Burren Farm Experience campers

Burren Farm Experience campers

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Frank the shipping container in Co Donegal

Covid-19 has been a horror show; we all know that. But it has also seen extraordinary resilience and imagination, and our Fab 50 hopes to inspire, help you plan and showcase the fierce creativity at the heart of Irish hospitality.

Think of the boom in food trucks and ‘at home’ menus, of outdoors enhancements like secret gardens and terrace dining. Mount Falcon is building a bamboo tent with barbecue grill; the Merrion is adding cosy cabanas; the Armada is crafting its own camper van in West Clare.


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