I’ve been staying in B&Bs since my very first trip to Ireland. I’ve watched the days of shared bathrooms disappear, the rise and fall and rise again of a boutique breakfast menu, and sadly, the number of B&Bs in Ireland drop from 4,500 in 2000 to under 1,900 today.
It may come as a surprise, but even with fewer B&Bs, there are still plenty of rooms available. According to a recent article by Pól Ó Conghaile, 80% of Irish B&B guests come from outside Ireland… the Irish seem to have abandoned B&Bs in favor of hotels with leisure centres and restaurants. Adapting to the trend, Irish B&Bs are changing how they do business and relying on their greatest asset — personal service!
My advice… before you book your accommodation, make sure you’ve lined up at least a few nights in an Irish B&B. They will likely rank among your most memorable stays on the Emerald Isle. My other advice:
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