The Stella Maris Hotel in Kilkee, County Clare is a privately-owned hotel which has been run by Ann Haugh and her family since 1997, although it was originally built and has been a hotel since 1880. Open all-year-round, this elegant hotel is situated in a magnificent setting, over-looking one of the finest beaches in Clare. Here, a long stretch of smooth golden sand gently slopes towards the sea which offers the safest paddling and bathing.
The hotel prides itself on the use of fresh local Irish produce, high standards and traditional values. Guests enjoy the ultimate in comfort and the assistance of friendly and helpful staff. Many of the rooms have stunning views across the bay and through the town. There is a comfortable reception area, a restaurant, bar, pool room, basement bar and a sunny verandah which over-looks a beautiful sunken patio garden. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel. The hotel also specialises in bespoke private parties and functions.
The Loop Head Peninsula that is home to the hotel, was recently voted ‘Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’ by the Irish Times. Loop Head was also designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty when it won the EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) Award in 2010. Guests are able to explore the incredible coastal paths of Clare and the breath-taking cliff scenery just minutes from the hotel – or simply relax and enjoy fabulous local food on the verandah overlooking Kilkee Bay. Whether you are looking for a peaceful romantic weekend break in the west of Ireland, a perfect base for a geology trip or a family holiday in Ireland with energetic children keen on fun outdoor and indoor activities – Stella Maris Hotel is the ideal location.