What an achievement by this historic hotel
Cork’s Grande Dame the Imperial Hotel has been honoured with the Irish hospitality industry’s highest accolade at the 33rd annual Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Awards.
The historic hotel located on Cork’s South Mall was announced as the overall ‘Supreme Winner’ at a gala event which is considered to be the ‘Oscars’ of the is the Irish hospitality world. This year’s Gold Medal Awards was hotly contested with judges receiving over 460 entries from across the country. The judging process involves benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a mystery guest visit to each property to determine the shortlisted finalists in a variety of categories. The ‘Supreme’ award is then chosen following a review of all the winning entries, crowning one hotel as the best of the best.
Accepting the award along with his colleagues General Manager at the Imperial Hotel Bastien Peyraud said, “It is a great feeling to be recognised by industry experts and to be given a chance to showcase what makes Cork so great! We were honoured to be in such esteemed company with so many impressive winning industry peers from around the country. I want to give thanks and credit to our Imperial Family, all the people we work with, our local suppliers, and the Flynn Hotel Collection without whom our success would not be possible”.
The Imperial also won a silver medal for ‘Ireland’s Guest Experience’; a silver award for ‘Ireland’s Hotel Breakfast’ for its gorgeous birdcage breakfasts; and the Flynn Hotel Collection scooped the gold medal award for ‘Ireland’s Hotel Group’. The Flynn Hotel Collection is made up of 4 unique family heritage properties including the Imperial Hotel Cork, Old Ground Hotel Ennis, Newpark Hotel Kilkenny and Park Hotel Dungarvan.
Other big winners from the ceremony included InterContinental Dublin, which scooped Best Five Star Hotel, Limerick’s Adare Manor which won Best Five Star Resort and Castle Leslie Monaghan which was crowned Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay. For all the winners from the night, click here.