The star gradings listed alongside accommodation on our website are those assigned by the official tourist board, Fáilte Ireland. Criteria for each rating depends on the type of accommodation.
Hotels can receive ratings of between one and five stars:
Five Stars – The highest rating. Only the most luxurious accommodations receive these. The highest standards are met by the staff, and the service is exquisite. These offer the best food, drink, entertainment, and, of course, the best quality accommodation. You will be guaranteed an exceptional stay at any Five Star accommodations.
Four Stars – These accommodations offer very high quality services, and are complete with the most modern of conveniences. You can be sure of a good meal and good entertainment when you stay somewhere that has achieved a Four Star rating.
Three Stars – All three-star accommodation come with private bathroom and are nicely decorated. Restaurants are relaxing and serve a good standard of food. They offer all essential services, and are generally modestly priced. Perfect for the cost-conscious traveller who looks for a good level of comfort.
Two Stars – Two star ratings are usually family-run and are quite charming and very comfortable. Most guest rooms have a telephone and private bathroom. Dining facilities are also usually available.
One Star – One star establishments offer a pleasant stay, and offer all required services. Some guest rooms will be equipped with private bathroom. A visitor will have quite a comfortable stay and a warm welcome.
Guesthouses can carry a star rating of between one and four stars.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
B&B accommodations are not allocated star ratings. However, an approval system is in place, whereby a B&B can be Approved by the tourist board, Fáilte Ireland.