Tuesday 24 April 2018

Revealed: Ireland's Top 10 hotels named by Condé Nast Traveler

And the winners are...

Ballyfin, Co. Laois
Ballyfin, Co. Laois
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Over 300,000 travellers took part in Condé Nast Traveler's 2017 Readers' Choice Awards, submitting millions of ratings between them.

The results amount to one of the world's most influential travel splashes, naming everything from the world's best hotel (La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa) to its top airline (Air New Zealand) and No.1 city (Tokyo, followed by Vienna and Kyoto).

Last year, Ireland's Ballyfin (above) was voted best hotel in the world, and this year the Co. Laois five-star ranks 13th, with Ashford Castle named among Europe's Top 10 resorts. Here are the travel bible's reader favourites in Ireland.

Condé Nast's Top Hotels in Ireland 2017

  1. Ballyfin, Co. Laois
  2. The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo
  3. Lough Eske Castle, Donegal
  4. The Shelbourne, Dublin
  5. Waterford Castle, Co. Waterford
  6. The Killarney Park Hotel, Co. Kerry
  7. The Merrion, Dublin
  8. Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin
  9. The Westbury, Dublin
  10. The InterContinental, Dublin

"If you’ve ever dreamed of summering at a country house, you couldn’t do much better than this stately, 20-room Georgian home," it says of Ballyfin.

B&B rates at the hotel start from €590 per room, midweek, with full-board rates rising to €1,650 per night in its top suite at weekends.

The Lodge at Ashford Castle
The Lodge at Ashford Castle

In other categories, Dublin squeezed into the Best Cities in the World list at 39th place. The capital is "renowned for its medieval buildings, live music, stately churches, and of course, Guinness," Condé Nast says, but "underneath it all hums a modern heart."

"Get a sense of what’s new in the capital by seeking out its edgiest artists at Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, trying the fish of the day at Catch-22 or sampling the wares of Teeling, the first whiskey distillery to open in Dublin in 125 years."

Last weekend, Ireland retained its crown as 'Best International Destination' at the 2017 Group Leisure & Travel Awards in the UK.

See the full Condé Nast Traveler Awards here.

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