Classification of accommodation in Ireland

From cheap and cheerful to luxurious castle living, Ireland has accommodation to suit everyone

Accomodation - Accomodation Classification

Ever slept in a lighthouse? Or how about a medieval castle? Ireland’s accommodation is extremely varied – you’ll find a warm welcome and a tasty meal wherever your adventures take you. But what should you expect from those stars next to the hotel name? We’ve got the lowdown on Ireland’s accommodation rating scheme, so you know what's going on in terms of service and quality (naturally, a warm welcome is guaranteed).

Hotels

Hotels on the island of Ireland are rated on a one to five Star scale.

***** (5 Star)

The very best of the best in comfort and service. Hotels of this standard range from stately castles, country club hotels and luxury city hotels. Accommodation in 5-star hotels is luxurious and spacious; suites are available, and they also boast some of Ireland’s top restaurants – it’s really more than just a hotel, it’s a real treat.

**** (4 Star)

4-star accommodation includes contemporary hotels and charming period houses to the highest standards with all modern comforts. Guest accommodation is luxurious, with suites and half-suites available. These hotels also house restaurants that dish out excellent food and service.

*** (3 Star)

3-star accommodation ranges from small family-run hotels to larger city hotels. Every guest room will have a private bathroom with a bath and/or shower. 3-star hotel restaurants prepare food to high standards in a relaxed atmosphere.

** (2 Star)

A 2-star hotel is likely to be family-run premises with charm and character. Guest rooms will have a telephone, private bathroom and dining facilities will also be available. You may not be able to order a margarita at three in the morning, but the service will still be great.

* (1 Star)

With 1-star hotels you can expect all the mandatory services and comforts to a good standard. Some guest rooms may have private bathrooms.

Guesthouse classification

Guesthouses on the island of Ireland are rated on a one to four scale.

**** (4 Star)

These are the cream of the guesthouse crop. Guest accommodation includes half suites and every room will have a private bathroom with a bath and/or shower. Direct telephone, TV with remote control and room service are also available. Other services you can expect include dinner service, safety deposit boxes, newspapers and, in some cases, a babysitting service.

*** (3 Star)

3-star guesthouses come with cosiness as standard. Guest rooms have a private bathroom and a direct telephone. You can expect a TV lounge area, and at least two major credit cards are accepted. Some guesthouses will have restaurant services, too.

** (2 Star)

Most guest bedrooms in 2-star guesthouses have a private bathroom. There will be a reading/ TV lounge area and, in some cases, a restaurant.

* (1 Star)

Though simple, 1-star guesthouses meet all the mandatory requirements and perform their services to a good standard. Some of these guesthouses will have restaurant facilities.

Self-catering classification in Northern Ireland

Self-catering accommodation in Northern Ireland is rated on a one to five scale.

***** (5 Star)

You can expect a really high standard of comfort and facilities, including TV, washing machine and tumble dryer, fresh linen, controlled heating and telephone.

**** (4 Star)

4-star accommodation should include all the mandatory facilities and a washing machine and tumble dryer.

*** (3 Star)

3 star self-catering properties should be self-contained with the mandatory facilities including fresh linens and colur TV.

** (2 Star)

2-star self-catering properties will include extras such as TV and linens. Though simple, these properties will have a good level of comfort.

* (1 Star)

Though on the bottom rung, 1-star self-catering properties will have adequate facilities and services, bear in mind that accommodation will be basic.

Self-catering classification in the Republic of Ireland

Self-catering accommodation in the Republic of Ireland is rated on a one to four scale.

**** (4 Star)

4-star accommodation should include all the mandatory facilities and a washing machine and tumble dryer.

*** (3 Star)

3 star self-catering properties should be self-contained with the mandatory facilities including fresh linens and TV.

** (2 Star)

2-star self-catering properties will include extras, such as TV and linens. Though simple, these properties will have a good level of comfort.

* (1 Star)

All 1-star self-catering properties will have adequate facilities and services, however, bear in mind that accommodation will be basic.

B&B classification in the Republic of Ireland

B&Bs in the Republic of Ireland are rated on a two to five scale.

***** (5 star)

Exceptional service, a 5-star means you’re visiting one of the best B&Bs on the island, so expect something special.

**** (4 Star)

Excellent and consistent standard of service and overall quality.

*** (3 Star)

A 3-star B&B will provide a good to very good level of service and overall quality.

** (2 Star)

2-star B&Bs are considered to meet acceptable levels of service and quality.

B&Bs in Northern Ireland

B&Bs in Northern Ireland are not rated under a star system but are inspected by the Northern Ireland Tourist board and so are of a satisfactory level of comfort and service.

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