Monday 22 October 2018

Three Irish hotels make Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2018

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Luxury: Dromoland Castle. Photo: Liam Burke Press 22
Luxury: Dromoland Castle. Photo: Liam Burke Press 22
An upgraded deluxe bedroom at Dromoland Castle
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Three Irish five-stars have made Condé Nast Traveler's highly influential list of "the best hotels in the world" for 2018.

Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare, Dublin's Merrion Hotel and Ballyfin in Co. Laois all feature on the travel bible's 2018 Gold List.

"This is our list of the best hotels in the world, the ones we keep coming back to time and again," the US publication says.

"It's our love letter to the hotels that make us feel sexier, smarter, flirtier...that make us walk with a little more swagger and remind us who we want to be and how we want to live."

Ballyfin, Co. Laois
Ballyfin, Co. Laois

Dromoland Castle, recently upgraded after a €20 million investment, is "honoured to be recognised" said its manager, Mark Nolan.

Guests "feel like royalty" at this "outrageously beautiful" sixteenth-century fortified castle on a 410-acre estate with gardens and a lake, Condé Nast says.

Read Pól Ó Conghaile's Dromoland Castle review here.

Ballyfin, which in 2016 was named the world's No.1 hotel by the magazine, also features on the Gold List of over 200 global hotels.

Art Tea at The Merrion Hotel
Art Tea at The Merrion Hotel

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

Here's what it's like to spend a night of luxury at Ballyfin.

Meanwhile, the Merrion Hotel is described as retaining "the refinement of its past while maintaining a sleekly stylish edge" in Dublin City.

"From the grand marble lobby to the manicured garden, the hotel is a calming, peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city," Condé Nast says.

Ballyfin and Dromoland also make its list of the Top 10 Estate & Castle Hotels for 2018. The full Gold List is online here.

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