Trivago has announced their list of Ireland’s top hotels and, surprisingly, there are very few hotels in the top 20. Bed & Breakfasts are the top choice it seems.

Country houses and guesthouses, from Kerry to Antrim, and even some self-catering homes were chosen as the public’s favorite places to stay in Ireland. Many hotels, such Ashford Castle, recently named as the best hotel in the world by Virtuoso, and Wicklow's Powerscourt Hotel, named AA Ireland's Hotel of the Year for 2016, didn’t make the list.

Kerry dominated Trivago's top ten with four inclusions from Killarney and two from Dingle, while just one Dublin hotel makes its top 20.

Here are the top spots:

Harvey’s Point, County Donegal


The Killarney Park Hotel, County Kerry


Heaton’s Guesthouse, Dingle, County Kerry


Pinetrees B&B, Ballymoney, County Antrim


Avlon House, Carlow


Ballybunion Guesthouse, County Kerry


Emlagh House, Dingle, County Kerry


Oranhill Lodge, Oranmore, County Galway


The Ross, Killarney, County Kerry


Algret House, Killarney, County Kerry


Waterfront House, Enniscrone, County Sligo


Jameson Court, Galway


Adare Country House, Adare, County Limerick


The Gregory, Belfast


Woodside Lodge, Westport, County Mayo


Evergreen, Swords, County Dublin


Rose Park House, Derry


Augusta Lodge, Westport, County Mayo


The Marker, Dublin


Keef Halla, Crumlin, County Antrim

Trivago’s list of the top 20 hotels is based on 190 million online ratings. All in all Trivago's list of Ireland's Top 50 hotels includes a total of 22 B&Bs. The United Kingdom-based site is the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing rates from more than 700,000 hotels on over 200 booking sites worldwide. Its ratings are aggregated using an algorithm that provides "a dependable and impartial score, whether a hotel has 400 reviews or 4,000."

David Lintott of Trivago's UK & Ireland Public Relations Office told the Irish Independent, “The trivago Top Hotel Awards aim to judge all accommodation fairly, whether they are a guest house in Dingle, a B&B in Ballybunion or a luxury hotel in Dublin.”

Stephen McNally, President of the Irish Hotels Federation, which represents almost 1,000 hotels and guesthouses, didn’t agree.

He said, “The survey is based on a narrow sample of B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels and is clearly not representative of the wide range of superb hotel accommodation available throughout the country.”

Lintott added, "It is fascinating that B&Bs are rated as highly as four and five-star hotels.

“It appears that holidaymakers in Ireland are attracted to the family-run nature and personalized service of B&Bs."


Harvey's Point, County Donegal: Forget your five-star hotels and high prices here’s where the public really like to stay.Harvey's Point