Our favorite luxury hotels and castles in London and Ireland

 

Our top travel planners just returned from an inside look at some of the best experiences in London and Ireland. Because we believe where you stay is just as important as where you go, here is a breakdown of the luxury properties we were lucky enough to call home:

Luxury Hotels in London:

The Dorchester Collection has three incredible properties located within 30 minutes of Heathrow Airport, each with their own unique sense of place.

 

45 Park Lane, Dorchester Collection

This contemporary landmark is set right in the center of London, across the street from its larger sister hotel, The Dorchester. Everything about this property is reminiscent of its adventurous past lives (think private clubs and fashionable hangouts for the rich and famous). There are only 45 rooms, ranging from handsome king rooms to cool, London apartment style suites. Each has a view of Hyde Park and access to a private host, who doubles as a butler, concierge, or personal assistant. Recipe for a perfect night: stroll through the latest in-house art exhibition on your way to dinner reservations at CUT at 45 Park Lane (the hotel’s signature restaurant), and grab a cocktail at Bar 45 before hitting the town. The night is yours.

Dorchester Diamond Club Perks through Cadence at 45 Park Lane:

  • Guaranteed upgrade at booking (one category, maximum guaranteed upgrade into a Jr. Suite)
  • Free daily full breakfast for two, restaurant or in-room (excluding alcohol and caviar, including taxes and all service charges)
  • $100 credit applied once to final bill towards room charges (one time for standard rooms, daily for suites)
  • Unlimited free internet access
  • No walk policy in sold out situations- guests will be offered space at a sister property, to be accepted at guest's sole discretion
 

Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection

Quiet day trips out of the city are common for Londoners, and this luxurious countryside property has historically been a perfect getaway. You’ll feel like you’ve entered a secret woodland sanctuary where your most demanding daily itinerary includes a tranquil stroll or horse ride before afternoon tea. We escaped the February snow to enjoy dinner in the Drawing Room, which is appropriately designed for the winter months: crackling fireplaces, hot toddies, and other classic indulgences. The rooms are spacious, light, airy, and fresh to reflect the natural beauty beyond the windowpanes.

Dorchester Diamond Club Perks through Cadence at Coworth Park:

  • Guaranteed upgrade at booking (one category, maximum guaranteed upgrade into a Jr. Suite)
  • Free daily full breakfast for two, restaurant or in-room (excluding alcohol and caviar, including taxes and all service charges)
  • $100 credit applied once to final bill towards room charges (one time for standard rooms, daily for suites)
  • Unlimited free internet access
  • No walk policy in sold out situations- guests will be offered space at a sister property, to be accepted at guest's sole discretion
 

Luxury Hotels in Ireland

The combination of Irish hospitality and historic castles is something we will not soon forget. We traveled from Ireland’s rugged, scenic west coast to its culturally rich east coast to discover three separate properties.

 

Dromoland Castle

Up until 1962, this regal property was the ancestral home of royal descendants of the only High King of Ireland, with rich history dating back to the eleventh century. It is everything you’d expect a castle to be, with glittering antique chandeliers, dramatic staircases, ornate furnishings, and more. In addition to a golf course and spa, the 400-acre estate offers all the classic outdoor countryside activities you need, from clay shooting to falconry to fishing to archery. The property is about 10 minutes from Shannon Airport, making it a perfect home base to discover the west coast of Ireland.

Virtuoso perks through Cadence at Dromoland Castle:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests, served in restaurant
  • Complimentary one way or roundtrip airport transfer to Shannon International Airport
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
 

The K Club

This luxurious, white 19th century Irish country house stands out luminously against the green Irish countryside. Outside are expansive, impeccable grounds overlooking Liffey River. Inside, you’ll find several dining options, from restaurants to lounges to bars available to guests of their 134 rooms. Set only 30 minutes west of Central Dublin (including the Dublin Airport), you’ll enjoy both seclusion and exploration.

Virtuoso perks through Cadence at The K Club:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability, once reserving a Deluxe Room or higher
  • Full Irish Breakfast served via room service
  • Waive €50.00 Resort Fee and the choice of 2 of the following activities per room: 1. Art & History Tour, 2. Wine Cellar Tour, 3. A Drive to the Local Pub in Resort Jaguar and a 'Pour your Own Pint' Experience, 4. Irish Coffee Making Demonstration, 5. Whiskey Tasting
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
 

Ashford Castle

This 13th century 800-year-old castle is widely recognized as Ireland’s top castle destination and was once home to the Guinness family. It is set in 350 acres of ancient woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo. During your stay, it is all about living like kings and queens. You’ll dine like royalty, indulge in state-of-the-art spa treatments, enjoy gourmet Afternoon Tea with a stunning view, and cozy up in absolutely lavish rooms. Also, you’re likely to catch a glimpse of a hawks soaring by, as the property is home to Ireland’s first School of Falconry. The property is 45 minutes north of Galway city.

Virtuoso perks through Cadence at Ashford Castle:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Full Irish breakfast included in rates daily served in restaurant
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi