Fodor's Expert Review Cliff House

Cliff Rd., Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland Fodor's Choice

Tucked into the cliffs overlooking the fishing village of Ardmore, ageless nature confronts Modernist design at Cliff House—and this luxury hotel and spa remains one of the most innovative additions to Irish accommodations in the last two decades. You'll find massive plate-glass windows, winding public terraces that trickle down to the water, and an atrium filled with the bright blues of sea and sky. The guest rooms aren't huge, but they are neatly designed with original art and sharp, modern furniture. If you are lucky enough to land one of the 15 suites, you'll have a private veranda jutting over the ocean below. In the glassed-in dining room, Irish and international influences are deftly combined.

PROS

  • the sea is everywhere
  • great spa and pool
  • up the road from the wonderful Ardmore Pottery shop

CONS

  • pricey for the region
  • sometimes has two-day minimum in summer
  • younger staff still learning the trade

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
RomanticViews
Sophisticated
Near the beach
Design
$$$$

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HOTEL DETAILS

39 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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