The best hotel and restaurant in Ireland have been revealed today, as TripAdvisor announces the winners of its Travellers' Choice Awards.
And for the seventh time in eight years, Harvey's Point in Co. Donegal has been named as the best hotel in the country. The luxurious four-star spot held the top spot from 2013-2017, and won again last year.
Killarney Park Hotel in Co. Kerry came in at second place, while the opulent Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo rounded out the top three.
With overseas travel off the cards for many of us, staycations have become our new fixations, as people across the country finally get to appreciate the beauty we're surrounded by at home.
That said, staycations aren't always the cheaper option, and factoring in extra expenses like driving time, petrol and snacks on the way there can add a lot to your holiday bills.
The staycation subsidy will make holidaying at home even more attractive, so now's the time to do a bit of research and find the best option for you.
TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish hotels 2020
- Harvey's Point, Lough Eske, Co Donegal
- Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry
- Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo
- Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co Clare
- Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry
- The Lake Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry
- Adare Manor, Adare, Co Limerick
- Hayfield Manor, Cork City
- The Brehon, Killarney, Co Kerry
- The River Lee Hotel, Cork City
As well as this, Heaton's Guesthouse in Dingle was named best-rated small hotel in Ireland, while Castlewood House won TripAdvisor's award for best service in Ireland. When it comes to smaller spots, Daly's House in Doolin, Co Clare, was named Ireland's top B&B.
As for restaurants, Dublin's Chapter One was named as the best restaurant in Ireland in the awards. The fine dining institution has enchanted foodies for years, with its focus on seasonal food and modern updates on classics.
While no Dublin hotel was listed in the top ten, the city's restaurants fill the top ten list, with no less than five restaurants included. An Port Mór in Westport, Co Mayo came in second, while Mulberry Garden in Dublin came in third.
TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish restaurants 2020
- Chapter One, Dublin
- An Port Mór, Westport, Co Mayo
- Mulberry Garden, Dublin
- Pearl Brasserie, Dublin
- Rossers Restaurant, Aghadoe, Co Kerry
- Mulcahy's, Kenmare, Co Kerry
- Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
- L'Ecrivain, Dublin
- The Seafood Bar @ Kirwan's, Galway
- Finn's Table, Kinsale, Co Cork
The Travellers' Choice Awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings, the company says, and this year's winners are based on reviews from 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
In the global categories, Viroth's Hotel in Cambodia – a lush street-side hotel fringed with tropical foliage and celebrated for its sleek, modern and relaxing design – was named the world's top hotel.
Auberge Du Vieux Puits in Fontjoncouse, France was named as the world's top restaurant, a charmingly rustic spot in the South of France that has long impressed with its fresh and inventive food.