2022 Award Winners HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2022


HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2022


Cashel Palace Hotel

5-Star Hotel of the Year: Cashel Palace Hotel Cashel Co Tipperary
Eagerly anticipated after pandemic-related delays, there was much excitement when this gracious 18th century bishops’ residence beside the Rock of Cashel finally re-opened in 2022 following major restoration by its new owners, the Magnier family of nearby Coolmore Stud – who have nurtured it immaculately while also developing the amenities befitting a five-
star hotel, including a wonderful spa. A resounding success, the hotel quickly established itself as a must-visit destination, introducing a new cohort of discerning international and domestic travellers to this lovely area. Reception rooms and accommodation are all equally beautiful and Director of Culinary Stephen Hayes creates an exceptionally varied locally-flavoured dining offering, with the vaulted Bishop’s Buttery, an atmospheric Guinness Bar, a Garden Terrace and Mikey Ryan’s Bar and Kitchen (next door) among the beguiling choices. But above all, under the guidance of an exceptional General Manager, Adriaan Bartels, Cashel Palace still exudes that old-fashioned atmosphere and hospitality that modern hotels simply cannot emulate. Another truly great hotel to join Ireland’s top rank.

4-Star Hotel of the Year: Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa Ballyfarnon Co Roscommon
At the heart of a 40-acre estate overlooking Lough Meelagh, Kilronan Castle enjoys beautiful natural surroundings and a romantic old-world atmosphere. The original castle has been restored with style in the public areas and, while most rooms are new, accommodation is spacious and luxurious. Attractions that make it especially appealing for weddings and (good value) short breaks include a Leisure Club and Elemis Spa - but Kilronan Castle has always had a well deserved reputation for good food too, and the beautifully appointed and intimate Douglas Hyde Restaurant makes a fine special occasion dining destination for visitors and local residents alike. All of which adds up to plenty of good reasons to visit an area that deserves to be better known. But best of all is the staff, who are superb; nothing is ever a problem, which makes a stay here just so refreshing - a happy introduction to this fascinating and unspoilt part of the country for many new visitors

3-Star Hotel of the Year: Blue Haven Hotel Kinsale Co Cork
Frequent refurbishment (and reinvention) by hands-on proprietor Ciarán Fitzgerald are the norm at this attractively presented and historic boutique hotel, which means that it is always kept fresh and lively. But events of the last couple of years have seen this dedicated hotelier rise to the challenge with particular verve, not only developing exciting new experiences on site, such as the Moet Garden terrace and Rare (‘Craft Irish Cocktail and Fine Dining Experience’), but also growing the Blue Haven Collection portfolio beyond Kinsale to take in other well-loved Cork properties including Schull Harbour Hotel (now upgraded and open all year) and the long established Midleton favourite, Finin’s Bar & Restaurant. An inspired choice of direction at this time, that will be appreciated locally and by visitors in the coming years.
 


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The Blue Haven Hotel

Kinsale, Co. Cork
Hotel / Restaurant
Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
This famous hotel has an attractive exterior, with its name emblazoned in blue and white stained glass above the entrance and flags fluttering on poles, giving it a cosmopolitan look. Since 2004 this landmark hotel has been in the caring ownership of t ...
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Kilronan Castle

Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon
Hotel / Restaurant
Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Close by the very tidy village of Keadue and at the heart of a 40-acre estate overlooking Lough Meelagh, you will find this 4* sister establishment to Lough Rynn Castle in Co Leitrim (see entry), and the two properties have much in common, notably very ...
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Cashel Palace Hotel

Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Hotel / Hotels & Restaurants / Restaurant
Deluxe Accommodation Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Re-opened March 2022 A property of historical and architectural significance - and one with many treats to discover within, as well as in the surrounding area - Cashel Palace was acquired in 2016, after a long closure, by the Magnier family of the nea ...


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