Follow the Shamrock

Follow the Shamrock

Luxurious hotel room bed

Start your holiday, safe in the knowledge that you're staying in the right place.

We want you to enjoy yourself. That’s why Fáilte Ireland works throughout the year to assess over 5,000 places to stay across Ireland, including B&Bs, hotels, guest houses, self-catering, hostels, caravan parks and camping.

All of the accommodation featured on Discover Ireland has undergone an independent and rigorous assessment, meaning you can select accommodation that won’t disappoint.

Whether you're enjoying some quiet time at a small country hotel, bunking up with some friends in a hostel, enjoying the craic in a buzzing city hotel, or looking for a B&B where you can hang up your walking boots, you can be sure Fáilte Ireland has checked it out before your arrival.

What does the shamrock mean?

Céad Míle Fáilte
Quality Guarantee

- a warm welcome and friendly service

- in cleanliness, safety, security and comfort


Star rating

What does the star-rating system mean?

What does the star rating mean?

Stars are your guide to quality and indicate the different levels of facilities and services.

5 Stars  Exceptional and among the best available
4 Stars  Excellent and consistently achieves high quality levels
3 Stars  Good to very good quality facilities and services
Approved  Acceptable and meets customers' minimum requirements

Does a lower star rating equal less quality?

All of the accommodation businesses listed offer high quality, but may not meet all of the facility and service expectations for the higher star ratings.

Types of accommodation

To help you choose the right accommodation, the following definitions describe each type.

Irish Home B&Bs
This type of accommodation offers bed and breakfast in a private house. Classification is at Approved, 3*, 4*, and 5. There are a number of B&Bs that pay particular attention for visitors with specialised interests including: Walkers Welcome, Anglers Welcome, Adventure Seekers Welcome, Golfers Welcome, Food Lovers Welcome, Farmstays Welcome, Eco Friendly. 

A hotel has a number of bedrooms, of which most have ensuite or private facilities. They serve breakfast, dinner and, normally, lunch, and usually have a drinks licence.

A house, cottage, apartment, with self-catering facilities; normally let on a weekly basis; although shorter breaks may be available.

Guest houses 
A guest house normally has at least 7 letting bedrooms, some with ensuite or private facilities. Breakfast is available and evening meals may be provided.

Accommodation often in shared rooms with bunk beds but family rooms may also be available.

Caravans and camping
Caravan and camping that meet or exceed minimum standards for cleanliness, maintenance and facilities.

Pubs and restaurants with rooms
The restaurant or pub is the most significant part of the business, and is usually open to non-residents as well as those staying there. Breakfast is usually provided.

Activity accommodation
Accommodation normally provided on a group basis. 

Holiday camps 
Parks that offers holiday chalets. 

Historic houses
Historic houses are private houses of significant architectural merit and character. 

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