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St. Patrick’s Day 2015

By Elicia Sacharow

Because everyone’s a little bit Irish in March!

As February winds its way down, it’s time to finalize your travel plans for March! St. Patrick’s Day brings out the joy in us after the long, cold winter. There are loads of parades, activities, and of course travel to be done! We’ll let you figure out what you want to do, but we’ll help you figure out where to stay. :)

The Motherland: Ireland

You can’t discuss St. Patrick’s Day festivities without bringing up Ireland! We’ll grant that while Dublin feels more American than not during the week leading up to March 17th, kick out to the countryside and get to know the place a little better.

In Dublin, The Fitzwilliam Hotel is where you want to be. It blends modern tastes with Irish flair from rooms to restaurant, making sure to show off Irish hospitality at every turn. With a location across on St. Stephen’s Green and within walking distance of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, we dare you to find a better match for a Dublin getaway.

Dublin Boutique Hotel Fitzwilliam Hotel

The Fitzwilliam Hotel overlooks St. Stephen’s Green


Just like the Dropkick Murphys always come back to Boston in time for St. Patty’s Day, so too must we begin with one of the US’s epicenters of American Irish culture. Head down to South Boston for a real Irish celebration that’s tough to beat.

Stay in a Boston landmark at The Lenox Hotel. She’s a true Boston Beaux Arts gem with a reputation that keeps getting better and better–and a stellar Back Bay location.

The Lenox Hotel Boston historic hotel

A cozy living room at The Lenox Hotlel


Nobody does St. Pat’s like Chicago. From dyeing the river green to the famous parade, you’re guaranteed a fantastic American Irish celebration that will extend long into the night.

Pair that one-of-a-kind celebration with a stay at a one-of-a-kind hotel: ACME Hotel Chicago. Made for a new generation of travelers, they’ll drop coffee at your door for free, make sure the Internet never goes out for you, and make your stay all-around memorable on the lower end of prices (but not lower-end comfort!).

ACME Hotel Chicago boutique hotel

Oh yes, and a fantastic location too!

New York City

If there’s ever a place to celebrate cultural diversity, it’s got to be New York. Check out this ridiculously thorough Time Out guide to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other events in NYC here.

If it’s the parade you’re excited to see, we highly recommend staying at Chambers Hotel. It’s just off 5th Avenue (along which the parade runs) and has amazing refreshments in the form of Momofuku Milk Bar (downstairs) and Ma Peche (upstairs) along with free water in your room. Oh, and an art gallery thrown in too for good measure.

Chambers Hotel 5th Avenue

Corner room at the Chambers Hotel


If you’re not from the South, Savannah may be a surprising inclusion on this list. But let us tell you there is absolutely nothing–nothing–like a festival in Savannah. Savannah is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the US.

In a beautiful place like this, you’ve got to stay somewhat traditionally. The Marshall House is the ideal mix between colonial style and modern amenities, including a full-service restaurant (which you certainly won’t get in a B&B!).

Marshall House Savannah

The verandah spans the front of the building

Go get your green on!

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