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Portlaoise General Information

Although most visitors to Ireland stick to Dublin and the coasts, the midlands do unfurl some gems of note. The Slieve Bloom Mountains, for one, offer remarkably picturesque landscapes and hearty recreation for intrepid travellers on the go. Portlaoise, the county town of County Laois, is a superb gateway to the low, verdant mountain range.

Once a relatively sleepy hamlet, Portlaoise has gone through a dramatic growth spurt over the years, with the expansion of Dublin and increase in traffic congestion on the Dublin-Cork corridor. A mere 90 km southwest of the cosmopolitan Irish capital, Portlaoise is now a veritable commuter suburb. Home to some 15,000 people (town and environs), the municipality is not a high-demand tourist destination. That is not to say, however, that Portlaoise or County Laois are devoid of first-rate attractions. Aside from the obvious allure of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, other points of interest to consider include the Rock of Dunamase, Emo Court and Gardens, Stradbally Steam Museum and Poet’s Cottage. Portlaoise is also a bit of a golfer’s paradise, with numerous high-caliber, yet affordable, courses in the vicinity of town. So while Portlaoise may not be close to the coast or flush with flashy landmarks and museums, if you dig a bit, there is abundant bucolic charm on hand.

  • Rock of Dunamase
  • Emo Court and Gardens
  • Stradbally Steam Museum
  • Poet’s Cottage
  • Slieve Bloom Mountains
  • Heywood Gardens
  • Heritage Walks
  • The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort
  • The Heath Golf Club
  • Rathdowney Golf Club
  • The Club House Restaurant
  • Fiacri Country House Restaurant
  • Kellys Foundry Grillhouse
  • Kingfisher Restaurant
  • Spagos Italian Bistro
  • The Gate Bar & Restaurant
  • Molly’s Bar
  • The Charter Bar
  • The Gandon Inn
  • Kavanaghs Pub

Portlaoise has a temperate maritime climate, with moderate to heavy rainfall and temperatures between 3°C and 20°C for the year.

Hotels in Portlaoise

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From US$63

1 The Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Stay 2 nights get 3rd night free

The Killeshin Hotel Portlaoise is a friendly, quiet downtown hotel that welcomes you to enjoy the hospitality as well as facilities that make your stay a pleasant one. GeneralGuests travelling on... More

very pleasant staff
Excellent breakfast. Very clean in all areas even though a wedding was taking place.
21 Jul 2015
From US$56

2 Maldron Hotel Portlaoise

3 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

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A perfect place in the city of Portlaoise, the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise offers excellent services and convenient facilities for a relaxing stay. GeneralConference facilities are available for... More

A lovely hotel in a great location. Food court located close by, ut sad to see Subway had closed.
17 Nov 2013

3 Portlaoise Heritage Hotel

4 stars
3.0 / 5

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Designed to reflect style, planned with meticulous care to deliver service excellence, The Portlaoise Heritage Hotel has earned itself the reputation of being one of the most sought after Laois... More

From US$75

4 Clayton Hotel Leopardstown formerly Bewleys Leopardstown

3 stars
4.3 / 5 7 reviews

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Whether for a business stay or a pleasure getaway, the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown formerly Bewleys Leopardstown offers excellent service and modern accommodation with traditional twist to make your... More

just o.k.
nice bar and restaurant, disappointed with room, not very clean, as well as bathroom,found few hair :-/ in bathtube. disgusted :-( NO KETTLE to make a nice cup of tea even it's BEWLEYS (if you know...
23 May 2014
From US$54

5 The Plaza Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 12 reviews

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The Plaza Hotel Tallaght is a modern-designed property that provides chic accommodations, picturesque views of Dublin and Wicklow mountains and proximity to must-visit attractions in Tallaght.... More

Excellent stay
I had an excellent stay at the hotel! It was clean and the room very comfortable. Facilities worked very well and in very good condition. Great location with all required facilities with close...
15 Jul 2015
From US$102

6 The Croke Park Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 17 reviews

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Beckoning you with its splendid modern design, stylish accommodation, delightful dining experience and impeccable service, The Croke Park Hotel Dublin places you just across the road from Ireland's... More

Last Night in Ireland was Grand
This hotel was excellent and very modern and clean. The staff were very friendly and funny. They call taxis for you when needed and offer bottles of water you ask at the front desk for your day.
15 Jun 2015
From US$19

7 Generator Hostel Dublin

2 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

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Generator Hostel Dublin is a budget-friendly base suitable for backpackers and tourists looking to spend their time visiting the sites and attractions of Dublin. The strategically located hostel... More

working away
The Generator is a fantastic place and is a great location for me since I do a lot of work as an extra on films and t.v. It means that I can get just about anywhere in the city quite quickly. It is...
25 Aug 2015
From US$64

8 Blooms Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 8 reviews

6 Anglesea Street Map

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Blooms Hotel Dublin is excellently situated for exploring the city, being located in the lively Temple Bar area - home to Dublin's renowned nightlife and entertainment. The hotel is also within... More

does what it says on the tin
Hotel is a little tired but I knew that before I booked it. Location is prefect and staff were very good. Would and will stay there again.
6 Dec 2014
From US$87

9 Royal Marine Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 15 reviews

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Be it business or leisure, Royal Marine Hotel Dublin with its fantastic accommodations and unmatched services welcomes guests for a holiday experience of a lifetime. This hotel is situated on the 4... More

Location, location
Great hotel, delightful location looking out on the sea. The Hotel is spotless. I asked for an early check-in which was granted even though the Hotel was full to capacity the night before. If you...
8 Jul 2015
From US$68

10 Grafton Capital Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews

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The friendly and genuine Grafton Hotel Dublin enjoys a premier city centre location near the finest sights in Dublin, such as Temple Bar, Christchurch Cathedral, and City Hall. Graced with a grand... More

praise for enjoyable stay
Recently spent 4 nights at this great hotel. Felt that the bed was too soft so requested a different room with better bed. Quickly given another room and helped by porter to make the move. All...
12 May 2015
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