Between the lush green hills and the vibrant towns and cities that purr with Irish tunes, you can't take a wrong turn in Ireland...
The cities of Cork and Dublin, as well as Dundalk, Drogheda, Waterford, Limerick, Shannon and Galway, are just a short drive from a vast array of beautiful coastlines, mountains and lakes. There is certainly no shortage of accommodation here as the Celtic Tiger economy resulted in hundreds of new hotels being built over the last fifteen years or so.
So whether you want to explore the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula and the town of Killarney, stroll along Cork's historic river waterfront, or enjoy the beauty of Wexford and the museums of Dublin, you'll have no trouble finding a hotel that is conveniently close to the attractions you are most interested in.
Use our guide to hotels in Ireland to decide where you will stay when you visit the Emerald Isle...
A lot of the hotels in Ireland are in old abbeys and castles. They range from wonderfully luxurious establishments with indoor pools, fabulous restaurants and impressive amenities, to affordable, charming hotels that have all of the essentials you would need for a great holiday. They can be found in town and city centres, as well as nestled away in the glorious countryside.
There's a hotel here for everyone, regardless of whether you prefer the peace and tranquillity of a rural hotel in Kerry or the liveliness and electric atmosphere of a hotel in a more central location, such as Galway.
You can expect to find all of the big name hotels here - from Radisson, Park Plaza, Marriott and Hilton, to Holiday Inn, Jury's, Travelodge, Clarion and Carlton. Ireland has them all. In Ireland, hotels tend to get booked up very quickly as this country is considered to be an all-year-round destination. Because of this, it's best to book your accommodation early, particularly if you intend to visit during, for instance, the Galway Arts Festival in the summer months or during the Cork Jazz Festival in October.
Discover Ireland's premier attractions using our handy guide...
The rich and interesting history of the Emerald Isle, combined with its outstanding natural beauty, provides many of today's attractions.
Top five attractions
Ring of Kerry
This tourist route in the south west of the country can be seen on organised tours or you can drive it yourself and see the sights at your own pace. There are plenty of worthwhile stops, including waterfalls, beaches, viewpoints, castles and abbeys, as well as welcoming hotels along the route.
Cliffs of Moher
Pick a clear day to see this wonderful sight at the edge of the Burren. The cliffs fill many a camera lens at Ireland's most-visited natural attraction.
Legend has it that anyone who kisses the famous Blarney Stone at the castle of the same name (in County Cork) will be given the gift of the gab. There's certainly plenty to chat about after contorting yourself to reach this well-worn rock.
The lakes and mountains of Connemara, on Ireland's west coast, provide a giant and unspoiled outdoor playground.
National Museum of Ireland
There are actually four locations to discover: three in Dublin covering natural history, arts and archaeology and one in County Mayo looking at country life. They are all worth a visit, though the children will probably lean towards the natural history collection in Merrion Street.
Find out more about the highlights of Ireland's annual calendar of events...
Irish charm never runs in short supply and you'll find plenty - alongside a warm welcome - at any of the annual events that take place around the country.
St Patrick's Day; March 17: You can be anywhere in Ireland to help the locals kick off a day of celebrations to honour the country's patron saint. Parades fill many of the main streets and traditional music, song and dance drift well into the small hours.
Live at the Marquee; June-July: Head to Cork in summer when huge names in music hit the high notes at this Docklands festival. Past performers include Tom Jones, Lady Gaga and Elbow. Book your hotel in Cork as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Steeple Sessions; June-August: Hear the traditional folk music of Ireland by candlelight during these stirring twice-weekly events in the Unitarian Church on St Stephen's Green in Dublin every summer.