There were triple celebrations in Ballynahinch Castle Hotel last month as the luxury destination picked up a slew of prestigious travel awards. The trio of awards were chosen by peers within the hospitality sector and by readers of two internationally-renowned travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. 

Carol Hinch, director of sales and marketing at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, said: ‘I’m so pleased for all our team who work exceptionally hard and we are glad that is reflected in our guest experiences.’ 

The hotel was awarded Best Overall Destination Hotel – along with a notable mention for Best Dining Experience – at the National Hospitality Awards 2019. It was also named on the list of ‘Ireland’s Top 10 Hotels’ in the Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 by Condé Nast Traveler. The awards are decided by millions of ratings and thousands of comments from nearly 660,000 readers – with Ballynahinch Castle ranking at number 4 with a rating score of 97.7. 

The hotel also scooped No.6 in the Top 10 Resort Hotels in Britain and Ireland 2019 by Travel + Leisure readers. An approval rating of 91.88 moved the hotel up two places from last year. 

Meanwhile, Clifden’s Quay House was celebrating after being awarded Best Guesthouse in the British Isles by the Good Hotel Guide. The award is based on merit, with customer recommendations playing a part and also ‘a couple of spies’ being sent out by the guide during the year. The award comes on foot of a ‘highly commended’ for Outstanding Guest Experience in the Georgina Campbell 2020 awards. 

Run by husband and wife team Paddy and Julia Foyle for the past 27 years, The Quay House is based in one of Clifden’s oldest buildings, dating from around 1820. 

Owner Paddy Foyle said: ‘It was really nice news and we were proud to be the only Irish representative among the winners this year.’