hat is how one reader described Glenlo Abbey, the hotel dubbed Ireland’s number 1 in Reader’s Travel Award Year 2022.
Full results of the awards announced on Saturday Weekend magazine and on Independent.ie, with categories from Ireland’s best beach to it Top B&B, pet-friendly holiday and ‘ Ireland’s sexiest bedroom‘.
For a complete list of the top 10 hotels, scroll to the bottom of this section.
In nominating Glenlo Abbey, readers evoked “a bygone era”, “a tribute to Ireland” and the sweet, seductive feeling of “being transported back in time with all the amenities of a modern hotel”.
And that’s just the beginning.
Glenlo Abbey is like “visit friends with great food,” you say. Readers rave about the luxury of the five-star hotel, its location – atop Connemara, just outside Galway – “atmosphere”, “attention to detail” and the combination of ” breathtaking” amidst the heritage, lakeside setting and “friendly” service.
Oh, and the “best hotel beds I’ve ever slept in”.
“The whole atmosphere from the moment you drive in the gate is one of welcoming, classy and classy,” you tell us.
This is a “beautiful and cozy” hotel without a pool, but our judges noted its surprising experience, from its nine-hole golf course to its private cinema, boutique spa, and Grand Palace. Pullman row, on wagon from the original Orient Express (“jewel in the crown”).
Blue Book Hotel also sees the Covid lockdown as an opportunity to grow, with owners John and Marie Lally investing more than 10 million euros since 2019 in new rooms, interior redesigns, door spas their new Glo restaurant and Palmers Bar & Kitchen, have an al fresco dining terrace. Eleven new self-catering motels will also open in 2023.
Once again, readers cited Glenlo’s “excellent staff” and “excellent service.” The judges commented that it was worth it in gold in times of chronic staff shortages and recruitment problems.
Readers cited the value for money it can offer in the high-end hotel segment: “This property never disappoints and remains reasonably priced compared to some of the other five-star hotels in Ireland. .”
“Excellent service provided with courtesy, manners, kindness, respect and expertise” is the testimony of one guest (“not being overbearing,” added another guest). You mentioned the particular enthusiasm shown to guests celebrating birthdays, graduations and weddings, or delays due to Covid. “So professional and lovely,” you say. “They treat my elderly grandmother like a little queen.”
“We came to cheer my partner on during a time of low family health and it was a positive experience. They have the best staff and can run around any hotel, as they accommodate all your requests without a fuss.”
Glenlo Abbey is a “luxury and timeless” stay, the reader said. “A beautiful and classy hotel.” glenloabbeyhotel.ie
Ireland’s top 10 hotels in 2022
1. Glenlo Monastery, Co Galway
“The most personal service, where they unobtrusively go the extra mile to make your stay a memorable one,” readers told us. Read ours Glenlo . Monastery Review from 2021. glenloabbeyhotel.ie
2. Monart, Co Wexford
“Why don’t more hotels look like this?” readers asked. “Completely refreshed after a break at Monart. We love it.” Monart also came out on top Ireland’s Best Spa this year’s list. monart.ie
3. Wineport Hostel, Co Westmeath
“The view is amazing, especially at sunset,” said the reader. “Top staff and couldn’t do enough for you.” wineport.ie
4. Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa, Co Limerick
“They give everything here… kindness, family, a warm welcome and genuine, hard-working people.” The family-run four-star Adare featured heavily in our accolades this year, winning ‘ Ireland’s best outdoor food court‘and are on our list of Ireland’s top 10 spas. woodlands-hotel.ie
5. Leslie Castle, Co Monaghan
“It has opulence and beautiful surroundings, but it is people who make it,” said our reader. castleleslie.ie
6. Ashford Castle, Co Mayo
“Great service…makes you feel like you’re the copyright holder,” readers told us. “Great food. Love the Irish wolf. “Read more about hotel innovations during lockdown this. ashfordcastle.com
7. Adare Manor, Co Limerick
“On a different level than anywhere else. The service, finishing and standard of the food is out of this world. ” Read Pól O Conghaile’s Adare Manor . Hotel Reviews. adaremanor.com
8. Cliff House, Co Waterford
“Five Stars Without Pride” is how our readers describe Ardmore’s run. They like to “go to sleep listening to the waves below your bedroom window”. wallhousehotel.ie
9. Europe, Co Kerry
“Great food, entertainment, views and staff,” is one of our readers’ highlights. “Attention to detail 100pc.” theeurope.com
10. Harvey’s Point, Co Donegal
“Big rooms, great service and walks!” readers said. Read ours Harvey’s Point hotel reviews. “Irish is lucky to have it,” wrote Pól Ó Conghaile.
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