If you are looking for somewhere glamorous to stay on a trip to Ireland then look no further than the beautiful Ashford Castle in Co Mayo.
It is packed with luxury features. It has won several awards and accolades including number one hotel in the world in 2015. It’s planning more improvements and intends to get even better over the coming two years.
It beat several prestigious establishments including The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India, Finca Cortesin Hotel, Golf & Spa, Andalucía, Spain, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, Germany and One&Only Palmilla, San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico when it won the best hotel award.
Ashford Castle stands in a 350-acre resort in Cong, Co Mayo, and boasts not only a magnificently grand exterior and numerous luxurious rooms – and even a 32 seat cinema – but also striking views of the surrounding area including Lough Corrib.
Virtuoso travel advisor Julie Smothers said: “Ashford represents a time stamp of the eras. Its staff members are like warm and inviting walking history books.”
The 13th century castle underwent a €47m refurbishment in 2015 before re-opening its doors to the public.
Throughout the years the castle has hosted some of the most famous people of the modern age including U.S. President Ronald Reagan, John Lennon, John Wayne, Brad Pitt and Pierce Brosnan.
A stay in the castle hotel doesn’t come cheap. The price of a room for one night is around €495 per night.
The hotel has such a long history it has a way of evoking stories from the past. Smothers said: “When the bagpiper greets you at the grounds’ old stone archway, you feel like you’ve entered a fairy tale.”
Take a look at the video below from independent.ie.
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