CLARE, Ireland - The Good Hotel Guide, which is a leading independent guide has labelled Gregans Castle, set in the Burren near Ballyvaughan, Co Clare as the best hotel in Ireland for 2019.
The Good Hotel Guide, which lists 860 editorially-selected properties throughout the U.K. and Ireland, announces 10 César award winners each year, that its editors believe demonstrate a particular "excellence in their field."
The award is named after the legendary Swiss hotelier César Ritz.
Explaining about Gregans Castle, a country house run by Simon Haden and Freddie McMurray, the editors said, "The elegant, antique-filled interior gleams with modern art and fresh flowers."
The editors also pointed out the hotel's captivating Burren views, head chef Robbie McCauley’s Atlantic and Burren-inspired menus, and nods to its pet-friendly nature, describing how "a friendly cat may be curled up on one of the armchairs."
Gregans boasts of hosting several celebrity guests including Steven Spielberg, Sharon Stone and Ewan McGregor.
Commenting on the awards this year, Good Hotel Guide co-editors Adam Raphael and Ian Belcher said, "This year’s 2019 César winners have demonstrated excellence at every turn, providing guests with delicious food and warm hospitality. They have also succeeded in getting the all-important basics right, from a comfortable mattress or very good ambient lighting to that vital but often overlooked welcoming atmosphere and smooth service."
The Good Hotel Guide César Awards 2019 including Pentonbridge Inn in Penton, Cumbria winning the award for Newcomer of the year; Kinloch Lodge in Sleat, Isle of Skye winning Luxury hotel of the year; The Nare in Veryan-in-Roseland, Cornwall winning Seaside hotel of the year; Tudor Farmhouse in Clearwell, Gloucestershire winning Country hotel of the year; Stoberry House in Wells, Somerset winning B&B of the year; The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent winning Romantic hotel of the year; The Star Inn in Harome, North Yorkshire winning Inn of the year.
Gregans Castle Hotel in Ballyvaughan was crowned as the Irish hotel of the year, while Knockendarroch Hotel in Pitlochry, Scotland was titled as the Scottish hotel of the year, and Restaurant James Sommerin in Penarth, Wales being titled the Welsh restaurant-with-rooms of the year.