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Ireland’s best hotels and guest experiences for 2018 have been named

Co Limerick’s Adare Mansion has been named as Ireland’s number one five-star hotel at the hospitality industry’s 2018 Gold Medal Awards.

The awards recognise excellence in a variety of different areas of hospitality from five-star luxury to family friendly service.

It also awards hotels on the quality of the experience they provide for their guests such as the best wine experience or the best fine dining.

Adare Mansion, Co Limerick

The awards are in association with the Hotel & Catering Review.

The winners of the various awards are spread across the country, showing that the whole of Ireland (not just the popular tourist destinations) lives up to its reputation as being a land of a thousand welcomes.

Other stand out winners include Castlewood House in Dingle, which scooped the judges’ choice award and Co. Monaghan’s Castle Leslie Estate which won the public vote for Ireland’s favourite place to stay.

Meanwhile, Co Wexford was the place to go for food with La Côte Seafood Restaurant, winning the best fine dining experience, The Duck Restaurant, Marlfield House Hotel picking up the best casual dining experience award and Aldridge Lodge Restaurant and Guest Accommodation winning the Menu Provenance Award

Event Director Katherine O’Riordan said: “Ireland is world famous as a haven for hospitality and a budding foodie nation so the calibre of winners is no surprise.

“The judges had a tough job narrowing down the entries to these 31 outstanding properties and it’s particularly great to see the standards of the hospitality industry are equally high across the country.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the finalists and winners – Ireland’s reputation is in good hands.”

The 2018 Gold Medal Awards Winners

Supreme Winner – Adare Manor

Judges’ Choice Award – Castlewood House Dingle

Outstanding Service Award – John Moriarty, Park Hotel Kenmare

Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay (public vote) – Castle Leslie Estate, Co. Monaghan

Ireland’s Five Star Hotel – Adare Manor, Co. Limerick

Ireland’s Four Star Hotel – Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Co. Galway

Ireland’s Four Star Resort – Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co. Antrim

Ireland’s Three Star Hotel – Celtic Ross Hotel, Co. Cork

Ireland’s Country House & Guest House Experience – Ard na Sidhe Country House, Co. Kerry

Ireland’s Five Star Hotel Spa Experience – ESPA At The Europe, The Europe Hotel & Resort, Co. Kerry

Ireland’s Four Star Hotel Spa Experience – Angsana Spa, The Brehon, Co. Kerry

Ireland’s Hotel Breakfast – Great Southern Hotel, Co. Kerry

Ireland’s Family Friendly Hotel – Newpark Hotel with Escape Health Club & Aveda Spa, Co. Kilkenny

Ireland’s City Hotel – North Star Hotel, Dublin

Ireland’s Business Hotel – Limerick Strand Hotel, Co. Limerick

Ireland’s Wedding Hotel – Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa, Co. Roscommon

Ireland’s Best Hotel Website – The Ice House Hotel, Co. Mayo

Ireland’s Innovative Supplier – Hugh Jordan & Co, Dublin

Ireland’s Event Caterer – Masterchefs Hospitality – Seafest, Galway 2018

Ireland’s Site Contract Caterer – Brook Food Services, Eatsmart @ Regeneron, Co. Limerick

Ireland’s Healthcare Caterer – St Patrick’s University Hospital Catering Department, Dublin

Ireland’s Fine Dining Restaurant – La Côte Seafood Restaurant, Co. Wexford

Ireland’s Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant – The George V Dining Room, Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

Ireland’s Casual Dining Restaurant – JP Clarke’s, Co. Clare

Ireland’s Hotel Casual Dining Experience – The Duck Restaurant, Marlfield House Hotel, Co. Wexford

Ireland’s Newcomer Restaurant – Glovers Alley, Dublin

Ireland’s Wine Experience – Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo

Ireland’s Guest Experience – Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co. Clare

Ireland’s Front of House Team/Team Member – The Q Cafe Company, Sports Surgery Clinic, Dublin

Ireland’s Chef of the Year – Chad Byrne, The Brehon, Co. Kerry

Ireland’s Menu Provenance Award – Aldridge Lodge Restaurant and Guest Accommodation, Co. Wexford

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