Iall O’Donoghue, from Old Weir Lodge in Killarney, was “overwhelmed” when he saw TripAdvisor’s list of the top 25 hotels in Ireland this morning.
His family-run hotel with 30 beds was number 1 – up from sixth place last year.
“It’s outrageous when you see the list of super places behind us,” he says. “We wouldn’t dream of being in the same category as some of these places!”
“We try very hard, the staff are fantastic. It’s really down to them.”
The Old Weir isn’t the only Kerry hotel to have reason to celebrate following TripAdvisor’s recent Travellers’ Choice Awards. Stays in Killarney and Tralee occupy four of the top five spots.
TripAdvisor’s top 10 Irish hotels 2021
- Old Weir Lodge, Killarney, County Kerry
- Ballygarry Estate & Spa, Tralee, County Kerry
- The Merrion, Dublin City
- The Killarney Park Hotel, County Kerry
- Cahernane House, Killarney, County Kerry
- The Montenotte, Cork City
- Fernhill House Hotel, Clonakilty, County Cork
- Brooks Hotel, Dublin City
- Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, County Clare
- Staunton’s on the Green, Dublin City
Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards are published annually across a range of categories, from hotels and B&Bs to destinations, beaches and restaurants.
The “community-driven” rankings are determined based on “the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings” that will be published on its website throughout 2021, according to the company – “plus an additional editorial process.”
“Great stay for the money,” says one TripAdvisor user of the Old Weir, a four-star hotel where double rooms range from €150 to €185 a night on a B&B basis.
“It’s great to hear so many foreign accents since we reopened full day in March,” says Mr O’Donoghue. “Even during the week we were busy.”
In other news, Sheedy’s Doolin topped TripAdvisor’s list of ‘Best B&Bs and Inns’ in Ireland, sixth in Europe and 12th in the world.
Frank and Marian Sheedy opened the B&B in 2019 “with the aim of offering their guests a cozy oasis that feels like home,” according to the travel website.
Prices range from €130 to €145 B&B per night for double and twin rooms, family rooms are also available and a junior suite costs €160.
TripAdvisor’s top 10 Irish B&Bs 2021
- Sheedy’s Doolin, Co. Clare
- Sea Breeze Lodge, Galway
- The River House, Dungloe, Co. Kerry
- Oranhill Cottage, Oranmore, Co. Galway
- Wild Atlantic Lodge, Lahinch, County Clare
- Ashley Car Park, Nenagh, Co Tipperary
- Daly’s House, Doolin, Co. Clare
- Bethel Guest House, Rosscarbery, Co Cork
- Petra House B&B, Galway
- Hazelwood Lodge, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
In other categories, Loch Lein Country House in Fossa, Co. Kerry, topped the list of Small Stays (“intimate hotels that make a big impression”). It and two Dingle guest houses, Greenmount House and Heaton’s Guesthouse, also feature in Europe’s top 20.
New global categories this year include Hotels on the Water, which saw Pax Guest House in Dingle rank seventh in the world. The property was named ‘Ireland’s Best B&B’ in the Irish Independent’s Reader Travel Awards earlier this year.
The world’s best hotel was named Tulemar Bungalows & Villas in Costa Rica, while Adiwana Suweta in Bali emerged as the hottest new hotel for 2022.
For the full list of winners, visit tripadvisor.ie/TravelersChoice.
https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/classy-place-for-the-money-tripadvisor-names-its-top-hotels-and-b-and-bs-in-ireland-41633756.html “Classy place for the money” – TripAdvisor names its best hotels and B&Bs in Ireland