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15th Apr 2017

18 Irish venues feature in the “best hotels in the world”

How many of these have you stayed in?

18 hotels in Ireland have been ranked amongst the 2,500 best hotels in the world, according to reviews by users of, one of the biggest online accommodation booking websites in the world.

2,500 hotels across 87 countries were recognised as truly outstanding in the Loved by Guests Gold Awards, all of which were required to achieve an average guest review rating of 4.7 out of 5 or higher.

Travel experts analysed millions of guest reviews to compile the substantial list; has over 25 million trusted, genuine guest reviews on its website and says that it is seeing a shift in reviews becoming a more powerful influence than official star ratings, especially as these can be read instantly on travellers’ smartphones on the go.

In total, 18 hotels in Ireland were recognised, including 14 winners of the Gold Awards and four that were identified in particular categories, specifically spa, boutique and luxury hotels (see list in full below).

The United States had by far the greatest representation of hotels on the list with 969 in total, followed by the United Kingdom (171), Italy (153), Canada (86) and Spain (70).

Loved By Guests Gold Awards – Ireland


The Merrion Hotel (4.8/5)

The Marker Hotel (4.8/5)

The Westbury Hotel (4.7/5)

Clontarf Castle Hotel (4.7/5)


Hayfield Manor (4.8/5)

The River Lee Hotel (4.7/5)

The Cork International Hotel (4.7/5)

Castlemartyr Resort (4.7/5)


The Europe Hotel and Resort (4.8/5)

The Brehon Hotel (4.7/5)


Glenlo Abbey Hotel (4.7/5)


No.1 Pery Square Hotel and Spa (4.7/5)


Druid’s Glen Hotel & Golf Resort (4.7/5)


Killiane Castle County House and Farm (4.7/5)

Top hotels by category


The Kingsley, Cork (4.6/5)


The Dylan Hotel, Dublin (4.6/5)


The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin (4.6/5)

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin (4.6/5)