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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1 City 5 ways

from Delta Airlines Sky Magazine

There’s more than one way to discover Dublin.

BLOOMSDAYTRIPPER
Where to Stay // The Brooks Hotel
The Ormond Hotel from James Joyce’s Ulysses is no more, but you’ll find this friendly little boutique hotel in central Dublin to be the perfect base for any Leopoldian dawdling.

Morning // Reading Room at the National Library
Stephen Dedalus is Joyce’s Telemachus to Bloom’s Odysseus; he has an epic conversation about Shakespeare in The National Library’s as-impressive-in-real-life Reading Room.

Afternoon // James Joyce Tower & Museum
Take the DART train to Sandycove to the Martello Tower, site of the opening scene in Ulysses and now a charming museum dedicated to the writer.

Dinner // Davy Byrnes
In Ulysses, Joyce’s masterpiece about Ireland’s daddy issues, Leopold Bloom stops in here for a glass of burgundy and gorgonzola sandwich.

LANDED GENTRY
Where to Stay // Ballyfin
After a painstaking eight-year restoration, Ballyfin is a reminder of Ireland of the 1820s, when Jane Austen/Downton Abbey-style gentlefolk lived just outside of sooty Dublin.

Morning // Golf at Portmarnock
The website talks of “those dimpled fairways threading their way through that classic fescue.” We wish we had a decent brogue to do it justice —not to mention swing.

Midmorning // Kevin & Howlin
Since 1936, the Kevin family has been providing the finest Donegal tweeds for Irish sportsmen and women. For some new duds, head here.

Afternoon // The Curragh
Whether draught or sport, a true Irish gentleman knows his breeds in The Land of the Horse. The Curragh in Kildare remains Ireland’s most important Thoroughbred racetrack.

RIVERDANCER
Where to Stay // Four Seasons
This lovely hotel is located in the Ballsbridge neighborhood, possibly the best habitat in the city for the beautiful Georgian-style “Dublin doors.”

Morning // Book of Kells at Trinity College
The Kells is a magnificent 1,200-year-old illuminated Bible. Honor the monks who labored over it by taking a few notes in its dimly lit room.

Lunch // Fade Street Social
Dylan McGrath’s gastropub on Fade Street celebrates the character of Irish food through an innovative small-plates menu.

Afternoon // Tibradden Wood Zip Line
Zip around and commune with the bird life above Tibradeen, the highest point in Dublin’s old pine forest 15 minutes from Dundrum Town Centre.

FENIAN
Where to Stay // The Dylan Hotel
In south City Centre, The Dylan is a smart little hotel tucked near the first British army barracks to surrender to Michael Collins in 1922.

Morning // GAA Museum
In Ireland, hurling isn’t just a game; it’s a creed and a movement. This museum in Croke Park is a shrine to the Gaelic Athletic Association’s contributions to the culture and its goals.

Afternoon // Glasnevin Cemetery
This is one of the first cemeteries to allow the burial of both Catholics and Protestants, including many Irish rebels and statesmen such as O’Connell, Parnell, Collins and De Valera.

Evening // Abbey Theatre
Opened in 1904, Ireland’s national theater led the cultural revival of Yeats and Synge. It remains relevant, producing new work by Elaine Murphy, Pat Kinevane and more.

U2 GROUPIE
Where to Stay // The Clarence Hotel
Bono and the Edge bought the Clarence back in their Zooropa days and transformed it into one of Dublin’s premier boutique hotels.

Evening // Olympia Theatre
Tom Waits recorded “The Piano Has Been Drinking” in this beautifully restored theater. And whether it’s Die Antwoord or Tame Impala, it still books the best gigs.

Dinner // 777
Right in the center of Dublin’s “Hipster Triangle,” 777 is a tequila bar that caters to the new variety of fully sleeved punter. Try the oysters with chili sauce.

Late Night // Whelan’s
Whelan’s is a Dublin music-scene institution. And it stays open late—you know, late enough for “one more.”

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Mespil Hotel opens a Gym

The Mespil Hotel are delighted to announce the opening of the new residents GYM facility at the Mespil Hotel.

  • The Mespil Gym is located in a duplex suite on the lower ground floor
  • It consists of two fitness rooms offering a variety of cardio and resistance equipment plus a balance and stretching room.
  • The gym is fully air conditioned and boasts lots of natural light in all rooms
  • Opening hours are from 06.30hrs – 21.00 hrs daily and is open to residents only (over 18s).
  • The equipment includes treadmills, cross trainers, exercise bikes, rowing machine, Multi press, leg ex/curl, multi ab bench.
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You can view the Mespil hotel page via: http://www.abbeytoursireland.com/hotel/7981