Sunday 15 September 2019

Small Wonders: TripAdvisor's Top 10 Small Hotels in Ireland revealed

Travellers' Choice Awards

Castlewood House, Dingle
Castlewood House, Dingle
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

TripAdvisor has named Castlewood House in Dingle as Ireland's top Small Hotel in its 2016 awards.

The 2016 Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels, announced this week, also see the Dingle hotel named Ireland's No.1 in the Best Service and Bargain categories.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Small Irish hotels are:

  1. Castlewood House, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  2. Lough Lein Country House, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  3. Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth
  4. Heaton's Guesthouse, Dingle, Co. Kerry
  5. Ballyfin Demesne, Co. Laois
  6. MacNean House & Restaurant, Co. Cavan
  7. The Ross, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  8. Brook Lane Hotel, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
  9. Rosleague Manor, Letterfrack, Co. Galway
  10. Strandhill Lodge & Suites, Co. Sligo

"It is very, very humbling to win and a huge testament to our team's commitment to guest service," said Castlewood's Helen Heaton.

The 12-bedroom hotel, which Helen owns and runs together with her husband, Brian, has won several TripAdvisor awards in the past.

"This will be hugely significant to the level of enquiries and bookings that we receive," she added, describing Trip Advisor as the "No.1, go-to site" for people planning a trip.

Kerry was the big winner in this year's Small Hotels category, picking up five of the Top 10 placings, while the Killarney Royal, Brook Lodge Hotel, The Fairview and Earls Court House also featured in the Top 25.

Overall, Killarney was Ireland’s best performing town in the 2016 Travellers' Choice awards, with 12 winning properties across the categories.

Now in their 14th year, TripAdvisor says its awards honour "the world’s most outstanding properties" across several categories, with results based on millions of reviews and opinions collected from users over the past 12 months.

Harvey's Point was TripAdvisor's No.1 Hotel in the overall awards, while India's Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur took the title of world’s top hotel for 2016.

See the complete list of winners here.

NB. Book the best deals for these hotels on Independent Hotels.

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