Discover Laois

Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is the perfect base for you to explore the Midlands and with all Laois has to offer you won’t be stuck for places to explore. See our hotel information booklet for more information.

Birr Castle

Birr Castle offers something for everyone and especially interesting and educational for families. The Castle is home to the 7th Earl of Rosse and as such the residential areas are not accessible to the public. The grounds and gardens are publicly accessible. The main feature on the grounds is the “Great Telescope” it was completed in 1845 and was used for decades.

The grounds of the castle contain the oldest wrought iron bridge in Ireland dating from 1820. The walled gardens in the grounds feature box hedges that are over 300 years old. According to the Guinness Book of Records, they are the tallest hedges in the world.

Rock of Dunmaise

Just 7 miles from Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, the Rock of Dunamaise is one of the greatest monuments and fortresses in Ireland towers over the Portlaoise/Stradbally Road, offering breath-taking views of the county. There is evidence from early excavations in the 90’s that this site was first settled in the 9th century. The ruins today are those of a castle begun in the latter half of the 12th century but it is not clear who built it. Some people attribute the building to Strongbow who was heir to Diarmuid Mcmorrow who ruled in Leinster at that time.

The Rock of Dunamaise is a sight not to be missed by visitors in Laois. Standing 46m tall, it provides breathtaking views across the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Access is free, open all year round and the climb to the summit is not that hard. Stunning views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamaise a strategic place to build a fortress.

O'Moore Park

O‘Moore Park is the home of the Laois GAA teams in both football and hurling. The stadium has been used as a GAA ground since 1888 and was purchased by Maryborough GAA in 1908 and in 1917 it was purchased as the county grounds, making it one of the first grounds to be purchased only 6 years after Croke Park was bought as the home of GAA. It hosts club and county teams throughout the year. The ground has a capacity of approximately 25,000 and is considered one of Ireland’s best under weather football pitches.

GAA supporters receive 10% off food in our new Grain & Grill restaurant with flyer.

Emo Court & Gradens

Emo Court and Gardens is a short 10-minute drive from Maldron Hotel Portlaoise and is situated in the picturesque village of Emo just off the M7. This house is best described as a neoclassical mansion, symmetrical in design with superbly designed rooms. It was designed by architect James Ganon in 1790 for John Dawson the Earl of Portarlington.

In 1914 the Earls of Portarlington left for England and the house was closed up for many years before being sold to the Irish Land Commission. It is now run by the Office of Public Works who continues to preserve the house to ensure that Emo Court is an enjoyable experience for its visitors. The gardens extend to 35 hectares of landscaped grounds with Oak, Beech, rare specimen trees and a 20-acre lake.

In 2013 the walk around the lake was completed so you can now walk around the full lake. It is also advisable to bring a picnic basket in the summer. Access to the house is by guided tours only. We have negotiated reduced rates in the hotel, please ask at reception for details. We also offer family packages to include a tour to Emo Court.

Lea Castle Portarlington

Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is 15 minutes’ drive from Lea Castle in Portarlington. The remains of the 13th century Lea Castle lie just 3km outside Portarlington. Originally built by William De Vesey in 1260, the ivy-covered ruins include a section of the unique “towered” keep, a nearly complete corner tower, a walled courtyard, wards and a double towered gate building. The castle was burned down by the O Dempsey family in 1284 and rebuilt by De Vesey. It was raised again along with the nearby town by a Scottish army in 1315 and later burned again by the O’Moores in the 14th century. This site is fascinating for anyone with an interest in History and archaeology.

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Common Questions

  • Location & Parking

    Is there parking near the Hotel?

    Yes, we offer secure complimentary car parking at the hotel with space for approximately 300 cars.

    How much do I pay for parking?

    Car parking is complimentary at the hotel.

    How Far is Kildare Village Shopping Outlet from the hotel?

    The hotel is located 35km from Kildare Village, just off exit 13 on the M7 Motorway. We offer guests a discount voucher which entitles you to 10% off most stores in the Village.

    How far is the Hotel from Portlaoise train station?

    The hotel is located 3.5km from Portlaoise train station. A taxi from the train station will cost approximately €6 – €8.

    Does the hotel offer a Shuttle Bus or Taxi Service to Electric Picnic?

    We can arrange a taxi to Electric Picnic for you. Please get in touch with our reception team.

    How far is the Hotel from the Curragh Racecourse?

    The hotel is located 41km from the Curragh Racecourse. Take exit 12 off the M7 Motorway.

    How far is Kildare Village Shopping Outlet from the hotel?

    The hotel is located 35km from Kildare Village, just off exit 13 on the M7 Motorway. We offer guests a discount voucher which entitles you to 10% off most stores in the Village.

    How far is the Hotel from Portlaoise train station?

    The hotel is located 3.5km from Portlaoise train station. A taxi from the train station will cost approximately €6 – €8.

    How far is the hotel from Portlaoise town centre?

    Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is 2km from the town centre away.

    How far is the hotel from Laois Shopping Centre?

    The hotel is located just 2km from Laois Shopping Centre.

    Which exit off the M7 motorway is the hotel located?

    Exit 17 off the M7 Motorway.

    What are the public transport links to Portlaoise town centre?

    There are taxis available to hire from the hotel.

    How do I get to your hotel when travelling by Ferry?

    From Dublin Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 23 minutes and 106.68 km

    From Rosslare Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 57 minutes and 130.65 km

    From Belfast Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 3 hours 20 minutes and 262.59km

    From Cork Port to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 45 minutes and 166.69km

    For information on route look at AA Ireland.

    How do I get to your hotel when travelling by plane?

    From Dublin Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise: 1 hour 15 Minutes and 101.85km

    From Shannon Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 34 Minutes and 139.34km

    From Knock International Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 2 hours 34 minutes and 179.08km

    From Cork Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 1 hour 53 Minutes and 175.86km

    From Kerry Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 2 Hours 28 minutes and 202.89km

    From Derry Airport to Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, Co Laois: 4 Hours 32 Minutes and 336.12km

  • Hotel Services

    What time is check-in?

    Check-in time is at 3.00 pm.

    What time is check-out?

    Check-out time is at 12 noon. Late departures are available until 4.00 pm upon request for an additional charge.

    How late can I check into the Hotel?

    Guest must check-in before 11.00pm. Please phone ahead if you will arrive at the hotel later than 11.00pm.

    Are there babysitting services available?

    Yes, we offer babysitting services. Please ask when making your reservation.

    Can I get a cot for my child?

    Yes, cots are available. As there is limited availability, please note this at the time of your reservation.

    Is there somewhere I can leave my bag if I arrive early or need to collect it after I check-out?

    Yes, you can leave your luggage with our receptionists.

    Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, complimentary high-speed WiFi is available throughout the hotel and bedrooms.

    Are there smoking rooms in the hotel?

    No, the hotel operates a strict non-smoking policy.

    Is there a laundry service available?

    Yes, you can leave your laundry with us and we’ll take care of it. Please note that charges do apply.

  • Rooms

    Do you have larger family rooms for families with more than 2 kids?

    Yes, we offer larger family rooms which include 2 doubles and 1 single bed. These rooms are offered at a supplement. Please call the hotel directly on +353 (0)57 869 5900 to discuss.

    Do you accommodate rooms for 2 adults and 3 children?

    Yes, we offer family rooms in the hotel which have 1 double and 2 single beds. We are happy to negotiate a rate for interconnecting rooms. Please contact us directly to discuss +353 (0)57 8695900.

    Are there hairdryers in the bedrooms?

    Yes, hairdryers are available in all bedrooms for complimentary guest use.

    Are pets allowed at the hotel?

    No, only guide dogs are allowed.

    Do you supply travel adapters?

    No, we do not supply travel adapters but they are available to purchase in shops nearby.

  • Dining

    What time is breakfast?

    Monday to Friday from 7.00am – 10.00am

    Weekends & Bank Holidays from 8.00am – 11.00am

    I booked room only. How much is it for breakfast?

    The full Vitality Breakfast is €11 per person. The Kids Breakfast (under 12) is €6 per child.

    I am staying on a Sunday. Do you serve food on Sundays?

    The hotel offers breakfast from 8.00am to 11.00am, Lunch from 12.30pm to 3.00pm and an Early Bird / A La Carte menu from 5.30pm to 8.00 pm on Sundays.

  • Booking

    Can I cancel my booking?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Portlaoise offers free cancellation up to 2.00pm on the day of arrival. Some special offers and key dates outlined in the terms and conditions may specify a special cancellation policy applicable to that offer or date. These terms will be outlined in the terms & conditions.

    Do I need a credit card to make a booking?

    Yes, to make a booking, a valid credit card is required to guarantee your reservation. Please note credit/debit cards may be pre-authorised prior to arrival.

    You will be required to authorise your credit card upon check-in but this is for security purposes only and you can choose your preferred payment option on departure. Please note pre-authorisation cannot be completed on debit cards and payment will be required on check-in if a credit card is not available.

    Will my credit/debit card be charged on booking?

    Bookings require a credit card for a guarantee unless in cases where this is otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at time of booking but these terms will be outlined in the special offer terms & conditions.

    Can I claim back on the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme?

    Our hotel is registered for the Stay and Spend Tax Credit Scheme. If you stay with us between 1st October 2020 and 30th April 2021 you can claim up to €125 under this scheme, please see for details.

  • Facilities

    Does the hotel offer family facilities?

    Yes. We have a kids’ pool and family bedrooms. Also, our Family activities are available during school holidays.

    Do you offer family activities?

    Yes, our Family activities are available during school holidays from 6.30pm to 8.00pm each evening.

    What are the opening hours of the leisure facilities?

    Monday to Friday: 7.00am – 10.00pm

    Weekend & Bank Holidays: 8.00am – 8.00pm

    Children are allowed until 6.45pm. Please note that all kids must be supervised under the age of 14 at all time by a parent in the pool.

    Do I need to pay for using the Club Vitae Leisure Centre?

    The use of the leisure facilities is complimentary to all guests staying in the hotel. The leisure centre offers a pool, sauna, steam rooms, Jacuzzi and fully equipped gym.

    How deep is the Pool in Club Vitae Leisure Centre?

    The pool depth is 1.2 meters.

    Is there a spa in the hotel?

    Yes, the ALken Beauty Clinic is located on the first floor of the hotel. They offer a variety of complementary holistic treatments and also a range of beauty treatments tailored to suit your needs.

    What are the opening times from the spa area?

    The opening times are Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00am – 6.00pm. Should you require a Sunday appointment, advance booking is required with a minimum of four people. You can contact the spa team directly on +353 (0)57 869 5933.

    Is the hotel accessible?

    Yes, we are proud to be verified as offering superb levels of accessibility throughout our hotel. Please click the button below for full details or contact us if you would like any additional information.

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Maldron Hotel Portlaoise is currently open to essential travel only in accordance with government guidelines. During this time our leisure centre is closed.


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