We’ve reviewed the data and tallied the scores to present the best of Irish hospitality. After last year’s inaugural announcement, it’s time to again reveal the top-rated hotels in Ireland – the winners of the trivago Awards 2018.

The trivago Awards give hoteliers the chance to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication to providing exemplary guest experiences, and to highlight and publicise this achievement to a world of travellers.

In discussing the Awards, Johannes Thomas, Managing Director at trivago N.V., said: “As an independent source of hotel information with data on over 175 million guest reviews, we are well-positioned to identify the top-rated hotels that excel at delivering exceptional guest experiences. The trivago Awards give us the chance to recognise and honour the hard-working hoteliers behind these exemplary hotels, and we are thrilled to do so again this year.”

All winning hotels receive exclusive award-indicators (certificates to put on display, widgets for their websites and social media pages, and more) that can increase their visibility and guest appeal online and offline. And the single top hotel in each category also gets to take home a coveted trivago Awards trophy along with a winner’s badge for their hotel profile.

We applaud all the above hotels for offering top-notch, top-rated guest experiences.

Read on and check out who the national winners in Ireland are.

Ireland’s top-rated hotels with the best value for money

This year, the hotel with the best value for money in Ireland is Malinbeg Hostel in Glencolmcille.

Image of Malinbeg Hostel showcasing its seaside view

Facing the Atlantic Ocean and Rathlin O’Byrne Island, Malinberg Hostel doesn’t offer only the best value for money but also spectacular views of the rugged Donegal landscape. At Malinbeg, guests find luxury accommodation at hostel prices.

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best Value for Money in Ireland:

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Ireland’s top-rated 3-star hotels

Just like last year, the number one 3-star hotel in Ireland is Killeen House & Rozzers in Killarney.

The exterior and manicured gardens of Killeen House

Boasting about culinary prowess, unparalleled scenery, and proximity to championship golf, this charming little hotel offers a harmonic guest experience.

Upon receiving the trivago Award 2018, owners Michael and Geraldine Rosney said: “All of us here in the Killeen House Hotel & Rozzers Restaurant are fiercely proud to have won yet another annual Award from trivago. These Awards are especially relevant and welcome, because they are decided upon exclusively by the comments of the people who mean the most to us – our guests. We look upon this Awards scheme as a validation of the hard work we do and the total commitment we have to welcoming and serving guests from all parts of the world. We thank trivago for placing their faith in us by referring their clients to us, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with them in the years ahead. As we have done over the last twenty-five years, we will continue to provide all of our many guests with great personal service, great Irish food – and superb water pressure in our showers!”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best 3-Star Hotels in Ireland:

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Ireland’s top-rated 4-star hotels

The number one 4-star hotel in Ireland is Harvey’s Point in Donegal Town.

An image showing a quite at Harvey's Point in Donegal Town

Known for incredibly spacious and luxurious bedrooms with the captivating views guests can’t say enough positive things about their stay at Harvey’s Point.

Deirdre McGlone, Hotelier & Director had this to say: “We love welcoming guests to Harvey’s Point. It is always our goal to ensure that we deliver the highest possible standards of hotel-keeping, food and hospitality. It is richly rewarding to receive recognition for our efforts. This Award belongs to our dedicated team, each of whom plays their part in the Harvey’s Point success story. Our heartfelt thanks to our many guests who wrote so favourably of their experiences at Harvey’s Point.”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best 4-Star Hotels in Ireland:

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Ireland’s top-rated 5-star hotels                                              

This year, the number one 5-star hotel in Ireland is The Merrion in Dublin.

Image of the grand entrance to The Merrion in Dublin

The Merrion took out the top spot for 5-star hotels in our national awards last year, and they continue to receive fantastic reviews from guests for a marriage of exquisite comfort, delicious culinary offerings and advanced guest facilities.

General Manager, Peter MacCann stated: “The Merrion are delighted to be a finalist in the National Trivago Awards 2018. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our guests for confirming our commitment to service at Dublin’s finest 5 star hotel.” 

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best 5-Star Hotels in Ireland:

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Ireland’s top-rated alternative accommodation

This year, for the second year in a row, the number one best alternative accommodation in Ireland is The Tides Guest House in Ballybunion.

The breakfast area of The Tides Guest House in Ballybunion

Set in a prime location nearby the Ballybunion Golf Club, this family run boutique accommodation offers well-appointed rooms and wide range of activities and events. Upon winning the trivago Award 2018 for best alternative accommodation, owners David and Doreen Walsh had this to say:

“We take pride in the manner in which we pay personal individual attention to each and every one of our guests. They arrive at our door as strangers and leave as friends in this way we are blessed with a large section of repeat business. A trivago Award 2018 is received by my wife Doreen and myself with great pride and honour as we know this is recognition of our business.”

Here are the top-10 recipients of the trivago Awards 2018 in the category of Best Alternative Accommodation in Ireland:

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Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s trivago Awards!

It was a year of hard work and dedication, of attending to the little details, delivering on the promises, and going above and beyond whenever possible. But it paid off in the end. You provided exceptional experiences, and your guests took notice.

How does trivago determine the winning hotels?

Just as we aggregate hotel prices from across the web, we also aggregate guest reviews and ratings for a wide variety of amenities and services for all hotels that display prices on trivago. The reviews are then assigned an overall score by amenity or service category using an internally developed algorithm. The overall score is displayed on trivago, making it easy for travellers to compare amenities and services offered as they search for their ideal hotel. For the trivago Awards 2018, the hotel with the highest score in each awarded category is deemed the category winner. To ensure accuracy, a minimum of 20 reviews were required for award eligibility.

The result: A comprehensive list of the cream of the crop in hospitality, and prestige and recognition for the hardworking hoteliers behind the winning hotels.

Check out the winning hotels in the UK here, and if you’re a traveller who wants to find more inspiring stories and details about these hotels, visit Room5.

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Lenka Trckova

Lenka is a member of trivago’s Industry Management team for English-speaking markets. She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and studied marketing communication and business management in the Czech Republic. She joined trivago to pursue her passion for the hospitality industry and is focused on supporting hoteliers to reach their online potential through marketing and technology.

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