- Killarney Park wins best hotel, Harvey’s Point second
- Killarney Park 5th and Harvey’s Point 22nd in Europe
- Castlewood third in world’s best bargains
- Ballyfin seventh best small hotel in world
The 67-bed five-star is owned by Killarney’s Treacy family. Harvey’s Point in Donegal, which had won best in Ireland for the last four years, finished second in Ireland and 22nd in Europe and Ashford Castle third.
Castlewood House in Dingle finished third on the TripAdvisor list of the world’s best bargain hotels, Ballyfin, Co Laois, finished seventh best small hotel in the world..
TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Irish hotels 2018
- Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry
- Harvey’s Point, Lough Eske, Co Donegal
- Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo
- Hayfield Manor, Cork
- Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry
- The Merrion, Dublin
- Castle Durrow, Durrow, C. Laois
- Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare
- Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey, Co Donegal
- Absolute Hotel, Limerick
Tripadvisor users deemed Viroth’s Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia the best in the world, rooms average €105 a night and can be found for €88 a night. The Hotel Belvedere, in Riccione was best in Europe.
Killarney Park Hotel is located in the town centre and offers guests a real log fire on arrival, a spa, the cosy Garden bar , an outdoor terrace, a drawing room, with marble fireplace and signature restaurant.
GM Niamh O’Shea said “the award is testimony to the fantastic effort from our amazing team who have provided exceptional service, impeccable standards and ‘Warmth Beyond the Smile’ for the past 25 years to all of our guests.
Hayley Coleman, TripAdvisor spokesperson said these awards are revered and eagerly awaited each year by the hospitality industry owing to the fact that unlike other hospitality awards, these are based on millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers from actual guests over the past year.
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Located in the vibrant Wat Bo area, the hotel’s mid-century design is complemented Khmer antiques inside and large green areas and vertical gardens outside. When not relaxing in one of the stylish guestrooms, guests can relax on a daybed by the 20-metre pool, in the spa or the open air poolside restaurant. The owners have 95 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the vintage Mercedes limousines used for the airport transfer, the stylish design and the great breakfast. Rooms can be found for an average nightly rate of €105.
Tulemar Bungalows & Villas offers guests everything from one-bed bungalows to private villas, each with sea views. Guests have access to the 33 acres of Tulemar Gardens, with panoramic views of the beautiful Manuel Antonio coastline, and the hotel’s private beach. The owners have 92 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the private chef who cooks in bungalows on request, the free warm brownies every afternoon and the monkeys that surrounded the property. Rooms can be found for an average nightly rate of €339.
Built between 1928 and 1943, Umaid Bhawan Palace is home to the Jodhpur royal family and currently the world’s sixth-largest private residence, but also used as a five-star hotel. Perched on Chittar Hill, the highest point in Jodhpur, the 64-suite palace hotel has sits in 26 acres of gardens, with dancing peacocks and a subterranean Zodiac Pool. The owners have 93 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the royal red carpet welcome, the picnic baskets poolside and the Jiva spa. Rooms can be found for an average nightly rate of €699.
The Hanoi La Siesta Hotel and Spa is located centrally on old Ma May Street in the Old Quarter, but it has 50 spacious bedrooms, including suites. Other facilities include a spa, gym and a movie room. The owners have 93 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the downstairs Vietnamese restaurant and the welcome drinks at reception. Rooms can be found for an average nightly rate of €109.
The Maldives has scores of amazing hotels, but this resort fares best with guests. Perks include sunset cocktail parties, a sleep under the stars experience and a Couple’s Jet Lag Massage on arrival. The owners have 94 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the no shoes policy, the overwater bar and the dolphin cruise.
Hotel Belvedere is a bike and beach hotel in Italy on the beach in Riccione for all the family. It has everything from a kids club to a wellness spa and top notch Italian cuisine. Guests are pampered from the start of the day, when breakfast is served to the room a la carte. The owners have 93 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the weekly barbecue and pool party, the laundering of bike clothes every night and the Italian lessons.
The Nantucket was originally built in 1891 and completely renovated in 2012, offering hotel rooms, 1-4 bedroom suites and cottages with ocean views. Perks include a complimentary children’s program, overnight trips to their sister resort on Martha’s Vineyard and a restaurant with live music. The owners have 93 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the kids club, the on-site restaurant and the pick-up service by modern van, a retro 1930’s school bus or old fire engine.
La Réserve Hotel and Spa is a 5 star spa hotel in Paris that overlooks the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower and the Pantheon, a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées. The 19th century Parisian chic property has a library reserved for guests, a smoking lounge, a 16-metre indoor pool and wine cellars in the suites. The owners have 94 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the butler service, the free mini bars and the walk-in closets. Rooms can be found for an average nightly rate of €932.
Nayara Springs’s Adults-Only boutique resort features secluded luxury villas among Costa Rican rainforest. The resort is located in the Arenal Volcano National Park, with private plunge pools fed by natural mineral hot springs in every room. The owners have 97 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the plunge pools, the free international calls and the outdoor showers. Rooms can be found for an average nightly rate of €619.
The Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy is just to the west of the old town. With 70 guestrooms over 11 storeys, the hotel is contemporary in design, with plenty of metal, glass and wood with greys and blues. The owners have 93 per cent “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, with guests raving about the breakfast spread and the impeccable service. Rooms can be found for an average nightly rate of €83.