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31st Aug 2023

New Irish hotel named one of the best in the entire world

Simon Kelly

One to stick on the staycation list.

An Irish hotel has made it into an esteemed list of the best new hotels in the world.

The list, coordinated by Condé Nast Traveler is now in its 27th year and the publication certainly knows a thing or two about the best places to stay.

Sprawling through the entirety of the world – even a hotel in Antarctica features – the curators spent the entire year scouring for the best new hotels and Ireland’s own Cashel Palace in Tipperary has made this year’s list.

Constructed in 1730, the Georgian-style palace was originally the residence of various Church of Ireland archbishops, as well as being the original home of the Bolton Library (now situated at the University of Limerick). It’s also, as the name would suggest, in viewing distance of the iconic Rock of Cashel.

The building then became a hotel which ceased trading in 2015, before reopening in 2022 after much planning and delays from Covid.

Condé Nast Traveler names Irish hotel Cashel Palace among best new hotels in the world

Take a look below at what the publication had to say about the new Irish hotel Cashel Palace.

“This palace was one of the grandest examples of Palladian architecture when it was designed by Edward Lovett Pearce, surveyor general of Ireland, as a home for the archbishop in 1728. During the recent painstaking revamp of the Grade I-listed structure, even the faintest whir of a builder’s drill was scrutinized by planning regulators.

“Nevertheless, some happy-making surprises turned up: The roof was replaced with the original blue Bangor slate from Wales; old pitch timbers that hadn’t seen the light of day for decades now shine in top-floor bedrooms in the main house; the chimneys, which had been knocked to two-thirds of their height in the 1950s when they were deemed unsafe, are back to the proportions first conceived by Pearce.

“Such extensive restoration was made possible by the deep pockets of Cashel Palace’s owners, the Magnier family, who built their fortune breeding thoroughbreds at the nearby Coolmore Stud.

“It’s an important revival of a significant building in Ireland’s architectural canon, but also a clever move to redirect the compass for luxury travel in this part of the world—drawing the golfing crowds of Adare Manor, the genteel country set of Ballyfin, and making Tipperary a destination in its own right rather than a county whizzed through en route from Dublin to the coast.”

You can also check out the full list of hotels spanning every corner of the Earth on their website.

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