Killarney hotel wins two awards in two weeks including Best Overall Hotel in Ireland

The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney has come up trumps at the 2016 National Hospitality Awards, winning Best Overall Hotel.
This is the second award the hotel has picked up lately, winning Hotel Spa of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards in London last week.


General Manager Michael Brennan has said they were thrilled with the wins: ““There are many fantastic hotels in Ireland, so we’re delighted to have won this award. It is a testament to the amazing team that we have working at The Europe, whose dedication to our customers is second to none.”
Commenting on the award for Hotel Spa of the Year, Spa Manager Victoria Ceesay said, “Winning Hotel Spa of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards is a huge achievement for us.”
The Europe Hotel & Resort is located on the shores of Lough Lein and beside the McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range.

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Ireland’s hotel of the year named at Georgina Campbell Awards

Harvey's Point - TripAdvisor's top hotel in Ireland for four years running.

Harvey’s Point has been announced as Ireland’s Hotel of the Year at the 2017 Georgina Campbell Awards.

The Donegal four-star – also Ireland’s No.1 on TripAdvisor – was cited for its stunning location, luxurious accommodation and waterside fine dining restaurant.

“But the real USPs are its people,” Campbell said.

The 2017 awards, held today at Bord Bia in Dublin, also saw Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner in Skibbereen, Co. Cork, named Restaurant of the Year.

A special award for services to Irish food and hospitality was given to Peter & Mary Ward of Country Choice in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Full list of award winners:

  • Hotel of the Year: Harvey’s Point, Co. Donegal
  • Restaurant of the Year: Good Things @ Dillon’s Corner, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
  • Chef of the Year: Sebastien Masi, Pearl Brasserie, Dublin
  • Outstanding Guest Experience: Ballyvolane House, Fermoy, Co. Cork
  • Host of the Year: Kathleen O’Sullivan, Seaview House Hotel, Ballylickey, Co. Cork
  • Business hotel of the Year: The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin & Belfast
  • Newcomer of the Year: Nook Café and Restaurant, Collooney, Co. Sligo
  • Country House of the Year: Viewmount House, Longford
  • Guesthouse of the Year: Number 31, Dublin
  • B&B of the Year: Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge, Durrus, Co. Cork
  • Farmhouse of the Year: Killiane Castle, Drinagh, Co. Wexford
  • Bord Bia ‘Just Ask’ Restaurant of the Year: 1826 Adare, Co. Limerick
  • Taste of the Waterways Award: Two Cooks Restaurant & Wine Bar, Sallins, Co. Kildare
  • Seafood Restaurant of the Year: Jack’s Coastguard Restaurant, Cromane, Co. Kerry
  • Wine Award of the Year: ely, Ely Place & IFSC, Dublin
  • Pub of the Year: O’Dowd’s of Roundstone, Roundstone, Co. Galway
  • Family Friendly Destination: Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill, Co. Galway
  • Pet-friendly Hotel of the Year: The Salty Dog, Bangor, Co. Down
  • Hideaway of the Year: Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry
  • Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year: The Duck Terrace Restaurant, Marlfield House, Gorey, Co. Wexford
  • Ethnic Restaurant of the Year: Pickle, Dublin 2
  • Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year: 4 Vicars, Armagh, Co. Armagh
  • Cafe of the Year: An Fear Gorta/The Tea & Garden Rooms, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
  • Natural Food Award: Burren Glamping, Burren Free Range Pork Farm, Kilfenora, Co. Clare

Campbell’s annual food and hospitality awards, the longest running in Ireland, are independently assessed and notable for their unexpected choices and surprises, providing a September snapshot of the best in Irish hospitality.

In compiling this year’s awards, Campbell and her team kept “a sharp eye out for those exceptional establishments which are right on top of their game and going the extra mile for customers,” she said in Dublin.

“What we seek is not perfection but real food and hospitality with real heart, and we’re finding it in clusters of excellence all over the country.”

Campbell also noted Ireland’s growing sense of momentum as a food tourism destination, an “explosion” of casual dining and an investment in long overdue refurbishment “following years of stagnation”., in 2016.
However, this year also brought its disappointments.

“Our least satisfactory experiences have again tended to be in four and five-star hotels,” she said. “Higher prices mean higher expectations, of course, but the high level of dissatisfaction is often down to simple things that could easily be fixed at any level, plus a lack of hospitality (which often means lack of a host) and poor staff training.”
“One thing is certain, there are many more people – Irish residents and visitors from all over the globe – now wanting to have the full on experience of real Irish food and hospitality. So, however they find it, let’s make sure it’s real.”

 

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Ireland’s Blue Book reveals four new members for 2015

Ireland’s Blue Book is adding four new properties to its elite collection of country houses, hotels and restaurants for 2015.

Joining the collection are Ghan House in Carlingford, Co. Louth; Campagne restaurant in Kilkenny and Restaurant Forty One in Dublin.

Sea View House, a four-bedroom hideaway set against the background of Ben Bulben in Co. Sligo, is also joining Ireland’s Blue Book as a private rental.

The additions bring to 47 the number of boutique hotels, restaurants and country houses in one of Europe’s premier collections – membership of which is notoriously difficult to achieve, and highly-prized as a result.

Campagne, Kilkenny

Garret Byrne and Bríd Hannon’s Kilkenny restaurant is now a firmly established star in the Irish foodie scene, winning a coveted Michelin star in 2013.

Opening in 2008 (Byrne previously worked in Dublin’s Chapter One), the emphasis has been on high quality seasonal produce with French influences. The chic, contemporary rooms are set beneath the old railway arches on Gas House Lane.

 

Ghan House, Carlingford

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Dating from 1727, Ghan House (pictured above) is the standout accommodation in medieval Carlingford – a listed Georgian House set within three acres of walled gardens.

Located “a tree-length” from the characterful Louth resort, the country house hotel comes with 12 bedrooms (four in the main house, and eight garden rooms) and a 2 AA Rosette restaurant. The gourmet getaway is just an hour from Dublin and Belfast.

 

Restaurant Forty One, Dublin

Overlooking St. Stephen’s Green from the plush setting of private members’ club, Residence, Restaurant Forty One is one of the plushest dining destinations in Dublin.

Graham Neville was Food & Wine Magazine’s 2014 Chef of the Year, and he and his team work to create delicate, elegant dishes using the finest ingredients, including herbs and vegetables from their own garden in Kenah Hill, Killiney, Co. Dublin.

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Sea View House, Co. Sligo

The Blue Book doesn’t just do hotels and country houses – it also has three properties available for private rental: Screebe House in Connemara, the Martello Tower in Sutton and, as of now, Sea View House in Rosses Point.

The new addition is a luxury hideaway overlooking Drumcliff and Ben Bulben, nestled in 14 acres of meadow, and with private access to a pebble beach.

It comes with four double bedrooms, and a two-bed apartment.

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Four Irish hotels named among Europe’s Top 10 resorts

Last Week the country featured on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 to visit in 2015.

Now comes the news that readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine have named four Irish hotels among their Top 10 European Resorts.

Sheen Falls Lodge tops the list at No.1, with Ashford Castle ranked second, the K Club fourth and Adare Manor rounding off the Irish showing in tenth place.

The Top 10 Resorts in Europe is as follows:

Sheen Falls Lodge, Co. Kerry
Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
Blue Palace Resort, Crete
Kildare Hotel at the K Club, Co. Kildare
The Gleneagles hotel, Scotland
Badrutt’s Palace, Switzerland
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Switzerland
Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy
Old Course Hotel, Scotland
Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards are published annually, and this year featured over one million votes from almost 77,000 readers. Several lists of best cities, islands, hotels, resorts and cruise lines are drawn up from the results.

Sheen Falls Lodge, which overlooks the picturesque Sheen Waterfalls, also ranks 82nd on the global list of Top 100 Hotels & Resorts.

“We are extremely honoured to be named the number one resort in Europe and to be one of four hotels from the UK and Ireland in the Top 100 hotels and resorts in the world,” said Patrick Hanley, General Manager, Sheen Falls Lodge.

“A special thank you must be extended to the team here who dedicate themselves and make an exceptional effort to ensure all guests have a pleasant and memorable stay.”

The Kenmare five-star is commended by readers for its “first-class service” and “very pretty views”, according to the magazine. Its “very high-quality design” also merits a mention.

The Cong, Co. Mayo five-star has “beautiful grounds, fantastic recreational activities” and “outstanding service”, according to readers.

Formerly the Guinness family home, the hotel’s guest rooms come with high ceilings and four-poster beds, the magazine points out, “though they can be tired looking.”

The five-star is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment programme.

Connemara’s Ballynahinch Castle also features, ranking 23rd of 25 Top Hotels in Europe.

“The setting is something out of a fairy-tale book – lush greenery, lake, silence,” readers report. “It’s just gorgeous, like a rich uncle’s country estate.”

The Condé Nast citations cap an extraordinary run of international recognition for Irish destinations and hotels overseas. In addition to Lonely Planet’s Top 10, Enniskillen’s Lough Erne resort recently topped the Huffington Post’s “Best Hotels for Winter 2014/15” round-up.

The full list of Readers’ Choice Awards winners can be accessed here.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dublin – Burlington Road

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What was previously known as the Burlington Hotel, the DT Hotel is now the “Double Tree by Hilton Burlington Road”.

Centrally located in the heart of Georgian Dublin and established in 1972, the hotel has become a long standing favourite both nationally and internationally. The combination of local Dubliners and guests from abroad gives this iconic hotel its lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Located close to the Grand Canal, a 10-minute stroll to the city centre, it is also an ideal base for events in the Aviva stadium and the RDS. Comprising of 500 luxurious bedrooms, 2 restaurants and a traditional bar, the hotel boasts excellent facilities for its guests’ pleasure. The hotel has a dedicated conference facility featuring six conference suites (max. 1,500 delegates) 16 dedicated meeting rooms (max. 70 delegates)

You can view it here: http://www.abbeytoursireland.com/hotel/15294