Dingle hideaway named best bargain

A 12-room boutique hotel in Dingle has been named the best bargain hotel in the world.

Castlewood House received the award from influential website Trip-Advisor, which grants the awards every year based on the opinions of millions of travellers who use the site.

As well as being named the best bargain hotel in the world, the €45-a-night hotel also ranked seventh in the world and second in Europe in the category of small hotels. Last year, it was named best hotel in Ireland by the TripAdvisor community.

Owned by Helen and Brian Heaton, who said the business was a “love affair of hard work”, the hotel has been running since 2005.

In the Ireland awards, Harvey’s Point in Donegal was named the country’s top hotel. The Killarney Park Hotel was crowned number one luxury hotel, while Kelly’s Resort Hotel and Spa in Rosslare topped the family hotel category. Bay View House Bed and Breakfast in Clonakilty was named Ireland’s best B&B.

Ireland’s best performing town was Killarney, home to 16 winning properties in this year’s awards — more than Sydney, Bangkok, and New York.

Fáilte Ireland CEO Shaun Quinn said it was great to see Ireland receive such international recognition for the value it can offer.

“The message that Ireland is providing good value for visitors once more has finally started to resonate globally,” said Mr Quinn.

“Ireland’s value-for-money rating as a destination continued to trend upwards last year, with half of all overseas holidaymakers rating value in Ireland as good value and an additional two out of five rating it as fair.

“Indeed, in the past four years, the number of overseas visitors who rate Ireland as good value has soared significantly.”

TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said it was a “fantastic” achievement for an Irish hotel to beat such stiff competition from all around the world.

“For the twelfth year running, these awards recognise the finest hotels across the globe, according to those that really matters — the travellers themselves,” said Mr Kay. “With more than 700,000 hotels in the running this year, what a fantastic achievement for an Irish hotel to be named the best in the world for a bargain.”

Elsewhere, the residents of Pontresina in Switzerland have much cause for celebration this year as the city’s Grand Hotel Kronenhof takes the big win and claims the coveted title of world’s top hotel for 2014 in this year’s awards.

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