Ireland's top hotels revealed at Gold Medal Awards
Hotel & Catering Review
Looking to refresh your Little Black Book for the winter months? Ireland's latest list of award-winners should keep you going for some time.
Winners of the 2017 Gold Medal Awards, in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine, were announced at an event in Kilkenny's Lyrath Estate.
The awards saw Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Co. Wexford named Gold Medal Supreme Winner, the highest accolade of the evening.
It was also named 'Ireland’s Family Friendly Hotel'.
Ashford Castle, which this April won AA Ireland's Hotel of the Year, was voted Ireland’s top Guest Experience and Five-Star Hotel.
The Malton Killarney took the gong for 'Ireland's Four-star Hotel'.
Other awards saw Jess Murphy of Galway's Kai Restaurant win 'Ireland's Chef of the Year', while the People’s Choice Award for 'Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay', sponsored by The Irish Independent, went to Castle Leslie Estate in Co. Monaghan.
Here's the full list of winners:
- Gold Medal Supreme Winner - Kelly's Resort & Hotel, Co. Wexford
- Ireland's Five Star Hotel - Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
- Ireland's Five Star Boutique Hotel - Ballyfin, Co. Laois
- Ireland's Four Star Hotel - The Malton Killarney, Co. Kerry
- Ireland's Four Star Resort - The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, Dublin
- Ireland's Three Star Hotel - Headfort Arms Hotel, Co. Meath
- Ireland's Country House & Guest House - Marlfield House, Co. Wexford
- Ireland's Five Star Hotel Spa Experience - Aghadoe Heights, Co. Kerry
- Ireland's Four Star Hotel Spa Experience - Oceo Spa, Seafield Hotel, Co. Wexford
- Ireland's Hotel Breakfast - Blue Haven Hotel, Co. Cork
- Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel - Kelly's Resort Hotel, Co. Wexford
- Ireland's City Hotel - The Montenotte Hotel, Co. Cork
- Ireland's Business Hotel - Absolute Hotel, Limerick
- Ireland's Wedding Hotel - Garryvoe Hotel, Co. Cork
- Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay - Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan
- Ireland's Best Hotel Website - Wyatthotel.com, Co. Mayo
Several awards were given for food and service:
- Ireland's Chef of the Year - Jess Murphy, Kai Restaurant, Co. Galway
- Ireland's Executive Chef of the Year - Ken Harker, Mount Juliet Estate, Co. Kilkenny
- Ireland's Rising Star Chef of the Year - Niamh Barry, The Bay Tree Bistro, Co. Waterford
- Ireland's Menu Provenance Award - Limerick Strand Hotel
- Ireland's Fine Dining Restaurant - Pullman Restaurant, Glenlo Abbey Hotel, Co. Galway
- Ireland's Casual Dining Experience - The Draft House, Co. Sligo
- Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Restaurant - The Tavern, Co. Mayo
- Ireland's Newcomer Restaurant - Wild and Native Seafood Restaurant, Co. Wexford
- Ireland's Wine Experience - The Twelve Hotel, Co. Galway
- Ireland's Guest Experience - Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
- Outstanding Service Award - Aidan Moynihan, Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry
- Ireland's Front of House Team Member - Deirdre Ryan, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Co. Cork
Catering companies and suppliers were also recognised:
- Ireland's Event Caterer - John Coughlan Catering, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
- Ireland's Site Contract Caterer - Brook Food Services, Co. Cork
- Ireland's Healthcare Caterer - National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin
- Ireland's Innovative Supplier - Avvio, Headquarters, Co. Limerick
Now in their 29th year, the Gold Medal Awards draw entries from hundreds of hotels, restaurants, guesthouses, spas and catering businesses across the country.
Entrants are visited and evaluated by members of a judging panel.
"The calibre of entries this year was incredible and we are delighted to see such a strong offering in our hospitality industry," said Gold Medal Awards Judge, Sybil Mulcahy.
"It bodes extremely well for the tourism sector and for our economy as a whole.”