It’s Official: Ireland is the Best European Destination


medium-Youghal LighthouseWe at Travelodge Ireland Hotels have, of course, always known that Ireland is the best European destination for overseas visitors but that knowledge has now been officially recognised by the readers of influential American travel newspaper, Travel Weekly. And those readers know their business because travel is their business; they’re all travel agents or travel professionals.

Travel Weekly named Ireland as Europe’s “best destination” at the Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards recently. But this isn’t a first for Ireland, the country has now taken the award for an impressive third year in a row and comes on the back of a boatload of other awards from travel publications and huge growth in the number of overseas visitors to the country.

The awards from Travel Weekly, an American weekly newspaper targeting travel professionals, are considered the best of the best in the travel business. Approximately 15,000 readers of this important travel publication voted in the awards so it’s a useful indication of how the vital US market views the Irish tourism offering.


Irish Tourism is a Prize-Winning Machine

The Travel Weekly award is only one of many recently awarded to Ireland. Titanic Belfast was voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, while Skellig Ring was tipped as one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 regions to visit in 2017 and County Donegal nabbed for National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Cool List. Ireland was also hailed ‘Best Destination Europe’ by World Traveller Media, an information platform for the increasingly important Chinese travel market.

Let’s look at some of the travel highlights that Ireland has to offer at the seven Travelodge Ireland Hotels locations across the island.


Budget Hotels in Dublin from Travelodge Ireland Hotels

Dublin city has all the churches, art galleries, museums you could ever want to visit. Dublin pubs are filled with friendly punters; you can listen to music of all types in settings from intimate gigs to full on arena concerts while theatres are of the best quality. Restaurants in Dublin can fill the bellies of the most demanding gourmet customer. And of course, with our choice of 3-star accommodation in Dublin, Travelodge Ireland Hotels provides 5 budget hotels to give you the best value budget stay in great locations across the city.


Stay in Central Belfast Hotel for Budget Prices

When you visit Belfast, you should check out the Game of Thrones tours, Belfast Castle, Belfast Zoo, the Titanic exhibition, City Hall, Grand Opera House, Botanic Gardens and the SSE Arena. But that’s only the start of the tourist attractions Belfast provides; for more details on the best of Belfast check out the Travelodge Hotels Ireland Belfast Top 10 Attractions page. Book our Travelodge Belfast Central Hotel right in the centre of things, a short walk from City Hall and the perfect base to explore the delights of Belfast.


Cheap but Comfortable Stay in Galway

If you’ve been to Galway before you know this is the Irish city that defines the word ‘craic’. There’s a unique mix of music, culture, fun and tradition in Galway so whether you’re there for a few days or on a business trip check out the Travelodge Hotels Ireland Galway Top 10 Attractions page for the best ideas on how to make the most of your stay. All of these entertainment attractions are within easy reach of our Travelodge Galway City Hotel and its comfortable beds, spacious en-suite bathrooms and flat screen TVs.


Enjoy the Best of Waterford from 3 Star Travelodge Accommodation

There’s always plenty to do in Waterford city when you drop in for a few days and nights. There’s the Waterford Crystal factory tour, there’s the Viking quarter to stroll around, there’s Activate Waterford’s family activity centre. And of course, there are great festivals with Spraoi in July being a particular favourite of Travelodge Ireland Hotels. Book direct on and you’ll always get the best Travelodge Waterford hotel. Don’t forget to consult our Waterford Top 10 Attractions page for more ideas on how to get the most from your trip to the city.


Budget Hotels in Limerick

Travelodge Ireland Hotels thinks Limerick is such a great city to visit that we have 2 budget hotels in the city! Whether you stay in comfort on the east side of Limerick at our Travelodge Castletroy Hotel or slumber peacefully at our 3 star Travelodge Ennis Road Hotel in western Limerick City you’re close to the city centre. So, if you want to visit King John’s Castle or the incredible Hunt Museum, stroll through the elegant Georgian Quarter or indulge in some retail therapy in the many city shops, you’re never more than a short trip away from our budget hotels in Limerick.


Budget Hotels in Derry

Derry is not only one of Europe’s finest walled cities but there’s also fantastic entertainment on tap in the city. Listen to top-class traditional music on offer in the city’s pubs as well as viewing artefacts in its museums, galleries that rival any other city on the island of Ireland.  And don’t forget to visit the more recent past by visiting the Museum of Free Derry. Where can you enjoy a 3 star stay right in the heart of the city at budget prices?  The Travelodge Derry Hotel of course!


Cork’s 3 Star Travelodge Hotels

The second city of the Republic of Ireland bows down to no-one in the many tourist attractions it provides. From the ancient campus of University College Cork to the Cork City Gaol, the city is chock full of things to do. The surrounding countryside has many other attractions for the guest staying at our Travelodge Cork Airport Hotel; Fota Wildlife Park, the delightful town of Kinsale, a foodie heaven or the tourist beloved Blarney Castle. For even more fun ideas on how to spend your time in Cork, turn to the Travelodge Ireland Hotels Cork Top 10 Attractions Page.