Following last week’s UK Top Hotel Awards announcements, it’s now time to reveal the winners of the Ireland Top Hotel Awards! Using our online user ratings, we have recognized the best hotels in Ireland, both nationally and regionally. The hotels were ranked using the trivago Rating Index (tRI), which combines over 190 million online ratings from over 30 different websites worldwide. Here’s a glimpse of the top 10 rated hotels in Ireland.
1. Harvey’s Point
Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
Located amid the Bluestack Mountains on the shores of Lough Eske in Donegal, Harvey’s Point appeals to city escapees, couples, hikers and golfers alike. Inside, guests are surrounded by all-cream marble interiors, gentle lighting and lavish chandeliers, lending a timeless aura to the hotel.
Harvey’s Point has some of the largest and most luxurious suites in the whole of Ireland and the decadent Penthouse Suites offer panoramic views across the mystical Donegal landscape, as well as indulgent bathrooms with double Jacuzzi baths, a private bar and a lounge. On top of all this grandeur, Harvey’s Point houses a restaurant with two AA Rosettes that provides relaxed, stylish dining.
2. The Killarney Park Hotel
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Old-world elegance meets modern day luxury in the family-owned Killarney Park Hotel. Framed by the breathtaking surroundings of the 25,000-acre Killarney National Park, this five-star hotel boasts an indoor pool and spa, an award-winning restaurant and spacious, air-conditioned rooms with city or countryside views.
Decorated in a soothing palette of tranquil tones and richly-textured fabrics, the luxurious Junior Suites feature bespoke furnishings and built-in gas fireplaces. Guests dining in the Park Restaurant can expect to be served fine Irish and international cuisine, while the cosy Garden Bar serves a bistro-style menu.
3. Heaton’s Guesthouse
Dingle, Co. Kerry
Family-run Heaton’s Guesthouse enjoys a superb location on the shore of the idyllic Dingle Bay, with magnificent views of the harbour and just a five minute walk from the heart of Dingle town. Heaton’s offers first-class accommodation with Luxury, Junior Suites and Deluxe Rooms all available.
Guests can be treated to a gourmet cuisine dining experience, with food prepared and served at the Shore View restaurant. Local amenities include golf, sailing, fishing, surfing and cycling.
4. Pinetrees Bed & Breakfast
Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
Nestled in private tranquil gardens a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the small charming town of Ballymoney, Pinetrees Bed & Breakfast is a luxurious modern accommodation ideally located for visitors to enjoy the stunning Causeway Coast. Each room is well furnished and includes a flat-screen television, a DVD player and free Wi-Fi.
Guests can look forward to a generous fully-cooked breakfast which features free-range, organic produce and vegetarian options. Pinetrees B&B is dog-friendly and perfectly located for coastal walks and visits to nearby attractions including Dunluce Castle.
5. Avlon House Bed & Breakfast
Carlow, Co. Carlow
Awarded a Highly Commended status by the AA, Avlon House B&B is an ideal accommodation for both business and pleasure. Just 500 metres north of Carlow Town, Avlon House is also an optimum base for touring South East Ireland. Each room boasts a private bathroom with a power-shower and a wide range of free toiletries and bathroom amenities.
Guests can unwind and play board games in the log cabin as well as the two warm and cosy guest lounges with open fires and a 300-book library. Fully cooked breakfasts are served between 7am and 10am each morning with seasonal menus and vegetarian options.
6. Ballybunion Guesthouse
Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
Surrounded by dramatic high cliffs, Ballybunion beach occupies one of the most romantic settings in Ireland. Ballybunion Guesthouse is owned by David and Doreen Walsh. David, a keen golfer, is twice champion of the local Ballybunion Golf Club and offers visitors guaranteed tee-time at the course. The entrance to the house boasts a photograph of Bill Clinton with David, which was taken when the 42nd President of the United States played a round of golf in Ballybunion in 2001.
Ballybunion Guesthouse is a luxury bed and breakfast with well-appointed rooms and a choice of four hot dishes to choose from each morning. In addition to golf, Ballybunion Guesthouse serves as a great base location for coastal walks, fishing, sightseeing and trips to the impressive golden sand beaches.
7. Emlagh House
Dingle, Co. Kerry
Emlagh House is located on the Dingle Peninsula and surrounded by glorious views looking out on the Atlantic Ocean. Each luxurious room is individually designed with a flat-screen TV, a king or queen-size bed and a seating area with views over Dingle.
Each day guests can enjoy breakfast with full waiter service as well as enjoy the wide range of restaurants nearby. Emlagh House is conveniently located along the Wild Atlantic Way route and visitors to the area can enjoy scenic drives along Slea Head and witness spectacular views of the Blasket Islands. Boat trips to the islands can also be arranged and other outdoor activities in the area include horse riding, sea fishing and hill walking.
8. Oranhill Lodge
Oranmore, Co. Galway
Oranhill Lodge is a beautiful redbrick house set in a well-manicured garden in the village of Oranmore and a 10-minute drive away from Galway City. This charming guesthouse is also located on the Wild Atlantic Way with room-sizes and styles to suit everyone.
Each room is individually decorated and distinctive in its own right, from cashmere throws to tiled floors and fireplaces. Each morning guests can indulge in a self-service breakfast buffet with breads, pastries, fresh fruit and cereal in addition to a substantial cooked menu.
9. The Ross,
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Cool, chic and quirky, The Ross is a family-owned four-star boutique hotel set in the heart of Killarney town centre. The Ross is home to 29 deluxe rooms and stylish suites, each featuring king and queen-sized beds with crisp linen and warm, inviting throw overs. Junior Suites include Nespresso machines, plasma TVs a small fridge and a writing desk.
With the Cellar One Restaurant and Lane Café Bar, The Ross has food and drink to suit all palates. Cellar One is the main dining area, with modern interiors and various themed dishes on offer from an a la carte menu. The Lane Café serves great bar food, including tapas boards, classic salads and big burgers – as well as a selection of fine cocktails for guests who like to get down and party.
10. Algret House
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Algret House is the third entry from Killarney in the top ten. Situated in a quiet residential area, this cosy B&B is also within walking distance of the beautiful Killarney National Park. With special pine wood features and polished wooden floors, each room has a country house-style décor.
Breakfast is served in a bright dining room, and includes a traditional Full Irish as well as continental and home baked items. Visitors can enjoy a number of activities in the region, with the opportunity to play on tennis courts, partake in forest walks and visit a number of historical sites including St Mary’s Cathedral.
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