The Irish newspapers are full of doom and gloom about the tourism industry today.
The number of visitors to Ireland fell in 2008 for the first time in 7 years, with three quarters of hotels reporting that business was down.The trend was the same in B&Bs and in hostels. 2009 is expected to be even worse.
Well, that may be bad news for them, but it’s good news for anyone planning a trip to Ireland. Go search for those bargains, they should not be hard to find.
Here are just a couple that caught my eye.
Getting a room in a good, well located hotel in Dublin for €50 per night – and yes, that is per room, not per person – has to be a deal.
You can have it if you will be in Dublin before the end of June and book by Jan 18th – so hurry!
The deal is available on several Bewley’s hotels, but the one in Ballsbridge is the one you should go for.
It is on an excellent bus route, with buses every few minutes that will have you in the city centre in about 10 minutes, the rooms are decent, the facilities good (for example internet access is free, which is not the case in all hotels), and the deal even extends to family rooms.
Book on the Bewley’s website – you won’t get this offer anywhere else.
Good deals are if anything easiest to find at the luxury end of the market.
For example Ashford Castle are currently advertising a B&B rate of €112 per night midweek. It would cost almost four times as much in high season.
But I’ve been keeping an eye on their website, if you leave it till late to book you’ll get that price at the weekend too and find that prices dip as low as €98 per night midweek.
Similar prices are available at Dromoland Castle. That’s makes a special treat of staying one of the most luxurious castle hotels in the country a very affordable treat.
I’m betting that these sort of deals will last well beyond January.