Irish castle named number one resort hotel in Ireland and the UK


The five-star hotel in Co Mayo was given the top award at the annual Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards

The team at Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle was voted the number one resort hotel in the UK and Ireland by readers of the iconic Travel & Leisure magazine, one of the most acclaimed travel publications in the world with almost five million readers. The five-star hotel in Cong, Co Mayo, which has recently reopened its door to guests, was given the top nod at the annual Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards.

The luxury castle which was once home to the Guinness family, was deemed number one ahead of many of the UK and Ireland’s most elite resort hotels, and was rated by readers on its facilities, location, service, food, and overall value.

Speaking on the award, Niall Rochford, general manager at Ashford Castle said: “I’m extremely proud of our dedicated and long-serving team for consistently delivering such impeccable service and warm hospitality and this award is really a testament to them. We are particularly grateful to be presented with this accolade after the recent challenging months and it’s marvellous to be able to reopen our doors with some fantastic celebratory news.” 

With an award-winning spa, exceptional grounds on the shores of Lough Corrib, and fine dining at the George V restaurant, Ashford Castle offers the best of luxury and remarkable history. They have a host of special offers for the summer and autumn seasons, read more here. And for more Irish holiday ideas pick up the latest issue of Irish Country Magazine.

The spa at Ashford Castle