Staying in Doolin hotels and guest houses provides the ideal base for exploring the nearby Cliffs of Moher or venturing over to the Aran Islands. The three hotels selected here showcase the fine accommodation, cuisine and service that epitomize Doolin Ireland.
Tir Gan Ean 4-star hotel is one of the modern new breed of hotels in Doolin. From the outside the Celtic architecture motif complements nicely the rural setting. Inside doesn’t disappoint either as the 12 boutique style guest rooms are large and bright with great views of the surrounding countryside. The creature comforts are not forgone either as all the rooms have satellite TV (plasmas), air-con, under-floor heating and elegant en-suites.
The restaurant and bar move further toward a traditional Irish feel with a great menu of Irish cuisine. The restaurant breakfast is some of the best in the county with everything from pancakes with maple syrup to scrambled eggs with smoked salmon to choose from.
For a more traditional Irish setting the Aran View House is a charming 3 star hotel to sits on a hilltop that provides splendid views of the village/countryside and the Aran Islands, from which it took its name. As you’d expect from a Georgian period house the spacious rooms are all high-ceilinged with ornate architraves. The room furnishings follow a semi-antique style as befits the building.
Dining options are covered in-house with the bar serving hearty pub fare and the restaurant serving modern Irish cuisine. In particular, seafood lovers are well looked after as the local fishing catches arrived daily to Doolin harbor and straight in to the restaurant.
Finally, the Ballyvara House is a traditional family-run 4-star guest house within a short walk of the village. Set on a tranquil rural location the mix of double rooms, studio apartments, luxury suites and family rooms means there can be an eclectic mix of guests staying. All rooms are modern in their styling and amenities and the addition of the games room, pool room and library means there is always something to do when it is raining.