Our travel agent is Barbara Sabo with United Fairfax Travel. You can contact her through email: Barbara@UFXtravel.com or via telephone: 703-591-3544. She has all of our wedding itinerary details and can assist you with booking flights and accommodation and renting cars.
Just a couple of hints about accommodation in Ireland. Hotel rates often do not include breakfast, unless they are offering a B&B special. When looking for accommodation keep in mind that often the rate quoted to you is per person sharing. (pps) So if the rate is 70 Euros -for two people that is actually 140 euro a night. Sometimes hotels will quote you a rate that is actually per room.(pr) Just make sure you are clear which type of quote you are getting. All prices listed below are simply a rough estimate based on two persons sharing a room. These rates can change daily along with the dollar to euro exchange rate. Please contact the venue directly for an exact quote or have Barbara Sabo, our travel agent assist you with bookings.
Since flights back to Dulles from Ireland are much more convenient from Dublin Airport than those offered from Shannon, many people are making the drive across the country to leave from Dublin. We don’t have a lot of experience staying in the Dublin area, but will mention several hotels we have run across in our own accommodation search. One thing we have learned is that you should not attempt to drive into the city at all. Parking there is difficult to find, many hotels don’t provide it and those that do charge a premium. An option would be to return the car to the airport and taxi back into the city or if staying outside of the city, take a taxi or some public transport into the city and only move your car when you are leaving for the airport. A cab ride from the airport to the city center is approximately $35.
Number 31 $200-$280 353 1 676 5011
This hotel is rated #4 by trip advisor. It is located south of St. Stephen’s Green (large park) and within walking distance to Grafton Street. (great shopping and pubs) Boutique hotel in quiet neighborhood. Great breakfasts included. Interesting architecture-several townhomes joined together!
The Morrison $225 353 1 887 2400
This hotel is rated #30 by trip advisor. It is located on the north side of the Liffey River. Funky boutique hotel. Make sure to check special offers and hotel discount websites for the best rates.
The Clarence $240-$280 353 1 407 0800
This hotel is rated #62 by trip advisor. It is located on the south side of the Liffey River in Temple Bar (great nightlife district). It is owned by Bono and the Edge from U2. The reviews are mixed-complaints of being “loud” all night long-it is in a bar district.
The Westin $325-$385
This hotel is rated #14 by trip advisor. It is located opposite Trinity College-Great location! Very luxurious! We found the lowest price on hotels.com
Clontarf Castle Hotel $200 353 1 833234
This hotel is rated #17 by trip advisor. It is located 2 miles north of the city center and 5 miles from the airport. It provides free parking for guests!
Bed and Breakfasts
Waterloo House $150-$250
This B&B is rated #6 of B&Bs in Dublin by trip advisor. It is located in the city, not far from the center and provides parking to guests.
There are many more hotels and B&Bs in and around Dublin. Make sure you check for special rates or try discount hotel sights-hotels.com, orbitz, expedia etc.
Dublin is an expensive city, so prices will be on the higher side.
Galway (Galway is approximately 1/2 hour from Cloghan Castle)
Park House Hotel $200-$250 Tel: 353 91 564924 *Jay and Lea will be staying here*
The House Hotel $225 Tel: 35391 538900
The G $230-$285 Tel: 353 91 865200
The Radisson SAS $230 Tel: 353 91538300
Bed and Breakfasts: (all of the following B&B’s are on College Road in Galway which is in walking distance to where we are staying at the Park House Hotel)
Petra House $120 Tel: 353 91 566580
Four Seasons B&B $120 Tel: 353 91 564078
Ardawn House $135 Tel: 353 91 568833
Cloghan Castle Area
Please consult the Cloghan Castle website as they have a more extensive listing of nearby accommodation. Here is a short list as well.
Lady Gregory (7 miles from the castle) $175-$180 includes full irish breakfast Tel: 353 91 632333
Loughrea Hotel and Spa $150 includes full irish breakfast. new hotel-opened august 2008. Tel: 353 91 880088
St. Clerans (6 miles from the castle) $505-$675 Tel: 353 91 846555
Bed and Breakfasts (Most B&B’s in the area do not have their own websites. Sometimes you can find a picture of them if you search a website like www.galway.net )
Cabanas B&B $100 Tel: 353 091-841159
Lough Cutra House $90 Tel: 353 91 6311385
Skellig Hotel $210-$255 per night Tel: 353 66 9150200
Benners $180 per night Tel: 353 66 9151638
Dingle Bay Hotel $160 Tel: 353 66 9151231
Bed and Breakfasts:
Castlewood House $170 Tel: 353 66 9152788
Dingle Marina Lodge $95-$100 Tel: 353 66 9150800
Harbour Nights $95-$100 Tel: 353 66 9152499
An Capall Dubh $120 Tel: 353 66 9151105
Near Shannon Airport
The Old Ground Hotel $260 Tel: 353 65 6828127
*Ennis is about 20 minutes away from Shannon Airport and is a great town. We have stayed in this hotel before and it is quite charming.
Oak Wood Arms $200 2 minutes from Shannon Airport Tel: 353 61 361500
Bunratty Castle Hotel and Spa $280 10 minutes from Shannon Airport Tel: 353 61 478700
Bunratty Manor Hotel $200 Tel: 353 61 707984
* The two above bunratty hotel’s are located next to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills, Meadow and Byrnes, and Avoca Handweavers is within walking distance. The famous Durty Nelly’s Pub is right next door. In addition, Craggaunowen-a pre-historic park, is a few minutes drive away.
Bed and Breakfasts:
Gallows View $90 10 minutes from airport Tel: 353 61 369125
*close to Bunratty attractions mentioned above
Avarest $90-$105 -15 minutes from airport, between Ennis and Limerick Tel: 353 61 360278
Bed and Breakfasts:
Garnish House $120-$185 Tel: 353 21 4275111
*Very nice B&B across the street from University College Cork. Walking distance from downtown. AWESOME breakfasts! Have stayed here many times.