Condé Nast Traveller have revealed their favorite hotels in the world for 2018 and three Irish establishments have made the cut. 

This year's Gold List was pulled together by the travel site's editors who chose their top hotels across six continents and fifty four countries.

So which Irish hotels made the cut? 

1. Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate, Co. Clare
It is easy to see why Dromoland made the list; the hotel is essentially a fairytale castle complete with an enchanting lake and acres of beautiful land. 

Earlier this year, the ancestral home won the 'Chef of the Year 2018' at the Georgina Campbell Guides Awards thanks to the hard work of their Executive Head Chef, David McCann.

2. Ballyfin, Co. Laois
Joining the list of fairytale locations is Ballyfin, a 5 star luxury hotel that sits on a 614 acre estate. It is enclosed by stone walls and comes with a medieval-style tower, walled garden, kitchen gardens, and Edwardian rock garden. With only twenty rooms, this hotel is an absolute dream. 

3. The Merrion, Dublin
The Merrion Hotel in Dublin has become a home away from home for many a celebrity. The 142-bedroom and suite hotel is comprised of four beautifully restored Georgian townhouses in the city centre.

The hotel is all about luxury and comfort with it's incredible spa, 2-star Michelin Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, and more. If you want to dine with the rich and famous, this would be the place to do it.

Top Hotels in Europe for 2018


  • Hotel Post Bezau and Susanne Kaufmann Spa, Bregenzerwald
  • Bio-Hotel Stanglwirt, Going am Wilden Kaiser


  • Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen


  • Château de Courcelles, Aisne
  • L'Hôtel Particulier, Arles
  • La Grande Maison, Bordeaux
  • Les Sources de Caudalie, Bordeaux
  • Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Chantilly
  • Les Prés d'Eugénie, Eugénie-les-Bains
  • Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
  • Hôtel de Crillon (Rosewood), Paris
  • Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
  • Hôtel Récamier, Paris
  • La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
  • Le Bristol Paris
  • Le Pavillon de la Reine, Paris
  • Relais Christine, Paris
  • Ritz Paris
  • Baumanière Les Baux de Provence, Provence
  • Villa La Coste, Provence
  • Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat


  • Brenners Park - Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden
  • Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin


  • Hotel Grand Bretagne (Luxury Collection), Athens


  • Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi
  • Four Seasons Hotel Firenze, Florence
  • Portrait Firenze, Florence
  • St. Regis Florence
  • Il San Pietro di Positano
  • Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
  • Il Sereno, Lake Como
  • Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda
  • La Posta Vecchia, Lazio
  • Sextantio, Matera
  • Mandarin Oriental, Milan
  • Grand Hotel Vesuvio, Naples
  • Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino
  • Le Sirenuse, Positano
  • Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
  • Masseria Potenti, Puglia
  • Masseria San Domenico, Puglia
  • Hassler Roma, Rome
  • Hotel de Russie (Rocco Forte Hotels), Rome
  • J.K. Place Roma, Rome
  • Portrait Roma, Rome
  • Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome
  • Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily
  • Borgo San Felice, Tuscany
  • Hotel Il Pellicano, Tuscany
  • Relais Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany
  • Aman Venice
  • Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice
  • JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
  • Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel, Venice


  • Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam
  • Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam


  • The Thief, Oslo


  • Six Senses Douro Valley
  • Palácio Belmonte, Lisbon
  • São Lourenço do Barrocal, Monsaraz


  • Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona
  • Soho House Barcelona


  • Ett Hem, Stockholm


  • Gstaad Palace, Gstaad
  • Badrutt's Palace Hotel, St. Moritz
  • Kulm Hotel, St. Moritz
  • Suvretta House, St. Moritz
  • Baur au Lac, Zurich
  • The Dolder Grand, Zurich


  • Maçakizi, Bodrum
  • Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
  • Soho House Istanbul

United Kingdom 

  • Barnsley House, Gloucestershire
  • Lime Wood, Hampshire
  • Palé Hall, Llandderfel, Wales
  • The Beaumont, London
  • Claridge's, London
  • The Connaught, London
  • Rosewood London
  • The Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, London
  • Babington House, Somerset
  • Gravetye Manor, Sussex

Click here for the full list of hotels.