Mention Waterford, and crystal comes to mind. Famous for its medieval and maritime history and stunning cut glass, Waterford is the classic Irish visitor destination. With its relaxed, small Irish town atmosphere and pretty setting on the River Suir, you can certainly get an authentic Irish experience here without jostling with crowds of other tourists. Besides it’s one of the sunnier corners of this famously wet isle.
Hotels in Waterford
For a unique, historic, stay, the top-of-the-range four-star Waterford Castle Hotel is unbeatable, and even has its own golf course. It’s located within easy access of downtown and offers a true Irish experience in a stone-built, stately-home setting.
Waterford’s three-star Riverview Apartments offer self-catering comfort in a stylish, white-painted building set on the river bank close to several of the city’s major attractions.
The two-star Anchorage Guest House, set right on the Quay in the heart of the city is great for budget travelers. Cosy bedrooms and a bright, sunny dining room are highlights, and the museum, Reginald’s Tower and the House of Waterford Crystal are just a stroll away.
Where to stay
Business travelers will find modern amenities including business centers, broadband internet access and meeting and conference rooms in many city hotels. Try the Fitzwilton Hotel just off the Quay in the center of the downtown district.
If you’re on a self-drive family vacation, staying at a beachside hotel outside Waterford gives options for sightseeing as well as beach fun for the kids. One of the best is the Cliff House Hotel at Ardmore, some 20 miles from town.
For a romantic break, a smaller, private, hotel is the best choice, with Waterford’s three-star Beach Haven House overlooking Tramore Beach fitting the bill.