At the Merriman Hotel in Kinvara, guests are treated to a warm friendly welcome during their stay. Built in 1996, the Merriman is Ireland’s Largest Thatched Hotel with 32 bedrooms including several family rooms, so you can be assured of a truly unique stay – after all, how many chances are you going to have to stay in a Thatched Hotel?

The staff at the Merriman Hotel are also fantastic, aiming to please their guests always, through providing the warmest of welcomes and with nothing being too much trouble. There is a real ‘home away from home’ feeling when you step into the Merriman Hotel, making it the perfect place to relax, unwind, explore the beauty of the West Coast and experience the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Merriman Hotel can vouch for its suburb location! The hotel is located in the picturesque fishing village of Kinvara which is famous for Traditional Music and entertainment for all ages. In addition, the village is guarded by one of the most photographed castles in Ireland, Dunguaire Castle, and is a gateway to the unique Burren region, close to many points of interest including; The famous Cliffs of Moher, Corcomroe Abbey, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Aillwee Cave, Caherconnell Fort, Burren perfumery, Burren Nature Sanctuary and of course the Burren National Park to name but a few. 

If you fancy some day trips, the hotel staff can help organise trips to the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and other excursions. There are also bikes available for patrons of the hotel to use freely to meander around our beautiful countryside and a drying room for all your gear when you return, just in case the Irish weather turns its back on you. Be sure to tap into the vast knowledge of the local area from staff in order to uncover the little gems they can direct you to. With the staff being locals they are well versed on all the hidden treasures Kinvara has to offer.

Another boast of the hotel is its wonderful bright restaurant where they serve the best of local produce, created with the Burren surrounds in mind. The Thatched Bar serves up incredible bar food all day every day and with hearty breakfasts being served every day from 8 am. The Merriman Hotel pride themselves in using only the finest local produce in their meals. Later, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a beverage of your choice, get your taste buds flowing in the hotels “Thatch Bar” which includes both a Gin and Whiskey Bar. Here you will also find weekly traditional music sessions and live music every weekend.

Interestingly, throughout the hotel you can find world class art linking to the historic connections the hotel has. The hotel itself is named after the poet Brian Merriman (1747 – 1805), whom, born in County Clare, was an accomplished violinist and teacher of mathematics, famous for his racy poem, “The Midnight Court”, which runs to over 1000 lines. The poem is full of intricate brilliance and musical mastery.

The Merriman Hotel can also provide a service for any family occasion and are only delighted to help organise any party, all you have to do is dream it, and they can turn it into a reality! They have a dedicated team of Party planner’s, along with a fantastic Chef who can tailor a menu to suit any budget, while still keeping his French charm that comes across on all his menus. What’s more there is ample free parking to accommodate you during your stay.

Do we need to say anymore? A stay at the Merriman Hotel is not to be missed!

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