Eight Irish hotels make Forbes world’s-best list

Ashford Castle wins five Forbes stars; K Club, Merrion and Marker hotels receive four each

Forbes Travel Guide 2020 Star Awards: Ashford Castle, in Co Mayo, is the first Irish hotel to receive the top rating

Forbes Travel Guide 2020 Star Awards: Ashford Castle, in Co Mayo, is the first Irish hotel to receive the top rating

 

Eight Irish hotels have won places on Forbes Travel Guide’s ranking of the world’s best hotels, restaurants and spas.

Ashford Castle, in Cong, Co Mayo, is the only one of the eight to be awarded five stars in Forbes’ 2020 Star Awards; it is also the first Irish hotel to receive the guide’s top rating.

The hotel, where rooms for a midweek break in March begin at €325 for bed and breakfast, posted on Twitter that is honoured by the recognition. “Every day, our team go above and beyond to make every stay special – this award is a reflection of their hard work and passion.”

The K Club, in Co Kildare, and the Merrion and Marker hotels, in central Dublin, were each awarded four stars. The Westbury, the Shelbourne, the Fitzwilliam and the InterContinental Dublin appeared on the list as recommended hotels.

The guide, which lists 1,898 star-rated properties in 73 countries, says earning a Forbes rating is “the hospitality industry’s most prestigious achievement, as hotels, restaurants and spas are inspected anonymously and the star ratings can’t be bought”.