Mayo's Ashford Castle claimed yet another award after yesterday it was named AA Hotel Of The Year for 2017.
The five-star hotel was presented with the award by Minister of State for Tourism Patrick O’Donovan at the annual AA Hospitality Awards.
Ashford Castle enjoyed an exceptional year in 2016 with an occupancy rate into 'the mid to high 90s' between mid-May to the end of September. In 2015, Ashford Castle was voted as the world's number one hotel by luxury travel network Virtuoso.
"Ashford Castle is one of Irish tourism’s finest assets," said AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan about the win, as reported by newstalk.com.
"It takes a lot to impress an AA Inspectors; they judge by the most exacting standards in the industry. Ashford Castle’s beauty is breath-taking and the investments made by its owners are evident throughout the Castle and grounds.
"What is more important though, is the standards of friendliness, professionalism and warmth shown by the entire team. Ashford Castle is a wonderful representation of everything that Irish tourism does so well."
Elsewhere at the AA Hospitality Awards, Rolf’s Country House in Baltimore, Co. Cork won 'AA Guest Accommodation of the Year', while the The Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan, Dublin, picked up the 'AA Courtesy & Care Award' for excellence in customer care.