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Hotels @ Waterford

Just as you would expect of Ireland’s oldest city, Waterford offers a fantastic range of hotels in terms of price range, situation and style – and your accommodation options run from the most modern, luxuriously appointed spa hotels to a castle which can trace its existence back the sixth century!

While many of Waterford’s visitor attractions lie in the central Viking and Norman Quarters, the choice of hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and spa hotels spreads out around the city, most notably along the banks of the River Suir, offering rooms not only with a view but with a real sense of history in this bustling, cosmopolitan maritime destination.

When to Book a Hotel in Waterford

The most popular month for dropping in on the unique cultural buzz of Waterford is undoubtedly August, when the Spraoi Festival ensures all the hotels experience a peak in demand from revellers and partygoers – so please do book hotels early for the Bank Holiday Weekend if a world-renowned festival of street arts and music makes you want to join in the fun!

Additionally, the Waterford Viking Marathon is a popular running event held every June, there is Waterford Harvest Food Festival held along the Quays every September and the Imagine and Fringe Arts Festivals take place annually in September and October, respectively.

Spend St Patrick’s Day (and Night!) in Waterford

The Waterford St Patrick’s Day Parade and night-time festivities always very special in this ancient city, with many hotels offering special celebratory deals.

Why is the city synonymous with 17th March fun? Because local Waterford scholar Luke Wadding was responsible for making St Patrick’s Day an official feast day on the Catholic Church calendar back in the 17th century – and Waterford was the first city in Ireland to declare the day a general holiday!

A Room With a River View in Waterford

One of the most enchanting images of Waterford is the riverside quays and The Mall. Get yourself a central hotel location for this and the history of the Old Quarter’s museums, and for the atmosphere and culture of the quaint streets and alleyways, with restaurant and bar options aplenty.

When it comes to historical settings in the riverside city, hotels and views don’t come much more spectacular than those at Waterford castle – one of Ireland’s best-known stately homes, whose private island location is only accessible via a two-minute boat ride.

Hotels in County Waterford

If you’re planning on hiring a car with Expedia, a whole new world of options opens up in County Waterford, where seafront hotels and traditional B&Bs are the accommodation of choice.

Why not mix and match your pleasures in the historic and cultural heart of Waterford with those of the superb golf courses, traditional seaside towns, horse racing hotspots and noted megalithic landscapes around and about? Look out for accommodation in and around Tramore, Dungarvan and Youghal.