The best hotels in Ireland have been revealed 3 years ago

The best hotels in Ireland have been revealed

Congratulations to all the winners. Visited any of these?

Limerick’s Adare Manor was named Supreme Winner and Ireland’s best five-star hotel at the 2018 Gold Medal Awards, in association with Hotel & Catering Review.


The Gold Medal Awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry. They recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the hotel and catering sector throughout the country over the past 12 months.

Showing that Ireland’s reputation for famous hospitality stretches across the country, there was a strong regional spread amongst the winners.

Ballynahinch Castle in Co. Galway was named Ireland’s best four star hotel, while the honour of Ireland’s favourite Country House and Guest House Experience was taken home by Ard na Sidhe Country House, Co. Kerry.

Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa in Co. Roscommon took home the coveted award for Ireland’s most beloved wedding hotel.


After over 7,000 votes were counted, Castle Leslie Estate was crowned Ireland’s favourite place to stay.

Commenting on the winners, Katherine O’Riordan, Event Director, said: “Ireland is world famous as a haven for hospitality and a budding foodie nation so the calibre of winners is no surprise.

"The judges had a tough job narrowing down the entries to these 31 outstanding properties and it’s particularly great to see the standards of the hospitality industry are equally high across the country. I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the finalists and winners – Ireland’s reputation is in good hands.”

Congratulations to all the award winners; you can see the list in full below.


Here are the 2018 Gold Medal Awards Winners

Supreme Winner - Adare Manor

Judges’ Choice Award - Castlewood House Dingle

Outstanding Service Award - John Moriarty, Park Hotel Kenmare


Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay (public vote) – Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan

Ireland's Five Star Hotel - Adare Manor, Co. Limerick

Ireland's Four Star Hotel - Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Co. Galway

Ireland's Four Star Resort - Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co. Antrim

Ireland's Three Star Hotel - Celtic Ross Hotel, Co. Cork


Ireland's Country House & Guest House Experience - Ard na Sidhe Country House, Co. Kerry

Ireland's Five Star Hotel Spa Experience - ESPA At The Europe, The Europe Hotel & Resort, Co. Kerry

Ireland's Four Star Hotel Spa Experience - Angsana Spa, The Brehon, Co. Kerry

Ireland's Hotel Breakfast - Great Southern Hotel, Co. Kerry

Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel - Newpark Hotel with Escape Health Club & Aveda Spa, Co. Kilkenny

Ireland's City Hotel - North Star Hotel, Dublin

Ireland's Business Hotel - Limerick Strand Hotel, Co. Limerick

Ireland's Wedding Hotel - Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa, Co. Roscommon

Ireland's Best Hotel Website - The Ice House Hotel, Co. Mayo

Ireland’s Innovative Supplier – Hugh Jordan & Co, Dublin

Ireland's Event Caterer - Masterchefs Hospitality - Seafest, Galway 2018

Ireland's Site Contract Caterer - Brook Food Services, Eatsmart @ Regeneron, Co. Limerick

Ireland's Healthcare Caterer - St Patrick's University Hospital Catering Department, Dublin

Ireland's Fine Dining Restaurant - La Côte Seafood Restaurant, Co. Wexford

Ireland's Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant - The George V Dining Room, Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

Ireland's Casual Dining Restaurant - JP Clarke's, Co. Clare

Ireland's Hotel Casual Dining Experience - The Duck Restaurant, Marlfield House Hotel, Co. Wexford

Ireland's Newcomer Restaurant - Glovers Alley, Dublin

Ireland's Wine Experience - Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

Ireland's Guest Experience - Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co. Clare

Ireland's Front of House Team/Team Member - The Q Cafe Company, Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin

Ireland's Chef of the Year - Chad Byrne, The Brehon, Co. Kerry

Ireland's Menu Provenance Award - Aldridge Lodge Restaurant and Guest Accommodation, Co. Wexford