A number of Irish hotels were celebrated at this year's World Travel Awards, picking up gongs for Ireland's leading hotel and boutique hotel among others.

The World Travel Awards are one of the most prestigious and competitive hospitality awards in the world, having been established in 1993 to "acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries".

The awards highlight the best hotels and experiences across the world through its Gala Tours, multiple ceremonies held in each continent. The ceremonies are attended by industry experts and insiders, and the awards are voted for by qualified executives working within travel and tourism and tourists.

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It was a big night for Irish hotels, as no fewer than three spots listed among the winners.

Adare Manor was named as Ireland's Leading Hotel, for the fourth consecutive year, cementing its status as one of the most popular and coveted staycation and vacation spot.

The opulent hotel, which is nestled into an 840-acre in Co. Limerick, is one of the country's most iconic 5-star castle hotels and boasts everything from 104 guest rooms and a ballroom, to Ireland's only concept spa by renowned skincare brand 111SKIN, which only launched recently.

A renovation, which was completed in 2017, highlighted its status as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece, while also making it one of the most luxurious and contemporary holiday destinations in the world.

General Manager of Adare Manor, Brendan O'Connor said: "After an immensely challenging year for the tourism and hospitality sectors it is a wonderful honour to have been voted 'Ireland's Leading Hotel' by a popular vote of industry professionals and the all important public vote.

"Though this is our fourth successve win at the prestigious World Travel Awards, it feels extra special this year to receive recognition for exceptional guest experiences given the constraints of COVID."

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Another majestic castle property was named as Ireland's Leading Boutique Hotel, as Dromoland Castle in Co. Clare picked up that award. Also a 5-star resort, this grand hotel has been hosting visitors since the 16th century as ancestral home of the O'Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage dates back 1,000 years to Brian Boru.

Equipped with an indulgent spa, award winning modern Irish cuisine and plenty of outdoor activities to make the most of the scenery, it's no wonder it's a hugely popular hotel.

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The award for Ireland's Leading Luxury Hotel went to the Conrad Hotel in Dublin, which also picked up the award for Leading Hotel Suite for its Presidential Suite.

Located right beside the National Concert Hall, this city-centre destination is dripping with modern elegance, and with a Presidential Suite that overlooks the bustling city, we can see why it won the prize for best suite.

Read the full list of European winners here.