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Laois hotel named as second best hotel in Ireland

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Ballyfin House

One Laois hotel has been named the second best hotel in Ireland, according to the Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Ballyfin Demense was named second in the top ten hotels in Ireland, according to the illustrious awards.

Some 429,000 travellers took part in the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, submitting millions of ratings between them.

The Westbury in Dublin topped the charts, while The Lodge at Ashford Castle in Mayo came in third place.

Ireland’s Top 10 Hotels (Readers’ Choice Awards 2018)

The Westbury, Dublin
Ballyfin, Co. Laois
The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo
Park Hotel Kenmare, Co Kerry
Waterford Castle, Co Waterford
Intercontinenal, Dublin
The Shelbourne, Dublin
Lough Eske Castle, Co Donegal
The Merrion, Dublin
Clontarf Castle, Dublin

Two Irish hotels also feature in its list of Europe’s Top 10 resorts – the newly refurbished Adare Manor in fourth place – and Trump International Golf links and Hotel Doonbeg, in tenth place.

Resorts differ from hotels in Condé Nast Traveler’s awards categories – as hotels judged as individual buildings, but resorts are seen as properties spread over larger areas with a wider selection of activities, often in natural surroundings.

The Readers’ Choice Awards are largely voted on by US-based readers, and winners tend to reflect the ways they travel and the places they visit.

The awards also saw Dublin named among the world’s Top 20 cities, taking 20th place in a list topped by Tokyo, Kyoto and Melbourne.

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