Monday 21 October 2019

Getting away? TripAdvisor reveals its Top 10 small hotels in Ireland

Travellers' Choice Awards 2018

Ballyfin, Gold Drawing Room. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile
Ballyfin, Gold Drawing Room. Photo: Pól Ó Conghaile
Castlewood House, Dingle
Ballyfin, Co. Laois
Breakfash muffin, with bacon, tomato, poached egg and a wholegrain mustard hollandaise prepared by Brian Heaton of Castlewood House, Dingle. Photo: Don MacMonagle.
Rooms in Ballyfin are decorated in the original style of the house.
Castlewood House, Dingle
The Killarney Park Hotel
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Less is more when it comes to TripAdvisor's latest awards - a ranking of the Top 10 small hotels in Ireland for 2018.

Topping the tiny list is Ballyfin Demesne in Co. Laois - no stranger to accolades, having recently been named the world's No.1 hotel by Condé Nast Traveler.

The five-star Regency mansion, which reopens February 9th after a winter shutdown, offers B&B from €640 per room midweek or €780 at weekends.

Prices are a little more manageable in the rest of the rankings, however, which are dominated by Kerry (and Dingle in particular) - with no less than six inclusions.

Castlewood House, Dingle
Castlewood House, Dingle

Second spot goes to last year's winner, Castlewood House (above), where B&B rates range from €96 to €148 per room in a classic double, depending on the season.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Small Irish hotels 2018

  1. Ballyfin Demesne, Co. Laois
  2. Castlewood House, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  3. Greenmount house, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  4. Lough Lein Country House, Fossa, Co. Kerry
  5. Heaton's Guesthouse, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  6. Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth
  7. Ballyliffin TownHouse, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal
  8. Currarevagh House, Oughterard, Co. Galway
  9. Brook Lane Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
  10. The Ross, Killarney, Co. Kerry

The Travellers' Choice Awards, now in their 16th year, are determined based on "millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide," the online travel giant says.

The Killarney Park topped the list of Ireland's best hotels, whilst the seven-bedroom Hotel Mume in Kyoto, Japan, was named the world's best small hotel.

The overall winner of this year's awards is Viroth's Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, while the Killarney Park also ranks fifth on TripAdvisor's list of Europe's top hotels.

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