Trivago has announced their list of Ireland’s top hotels and, surprisingly, there are very few hotels in the top 20. Bed & Breakfasts are the top choice it seems.
Country houses and guesthouses, from Kerry to Antrim, and even some self-catering homes were chosen as the public’s favorite places to stay in Ireland. Many hotels, such Ashford Castle, recently named as the best hotel in the world by Virtuoso, and Wicklow's Powerscourt Hotel, named AA Ireland's Hotel of the Year for 2016, didn’t make the list.
Kerry dominated Trivago's top ten with four inclusions from Killarney and two from Dingle, while just one Dublin hotel makes its top 20.
Here are the top spots:
Harvey’s Point, County Donegal
The Killarney Park Hotel, County Kerry
Heaton’s Guesthouse, Dingle, County Kerry
Pinetrees B&B, Ballymoney, County Antrim
Avlon House, Carlow
Ballybunion Guesthouse, County Kerry
Emlagh House, Dingle, County Kerry
Oranhill Lodge, Oranmore, County Galway
The Ross, Killarney, County Kerry
Algret House, Killarney, County Kerry
Waterfront House, Enniscrone, County Sligo
Jameson Court, Galway
Adare Country House, Adare, County Limerick
The Gregory, Belfast
Woodside Lodge, Westport, County Mayo
Evergreen, Swords, County Dublin
Rose Park House, Derry
Augusta Lodge, Westport, County Mayo
The Marker, Dublin
Keef Halla, Crumlin, County Antrim
Trivago’s list of the top 20 hotels is based on 190 million online ratings. All in all Trivago's list of Ireland's Top 50 hotels includes a total of 22 B&Bs. The United Kingdom-based site is the world’s largest online hotel search site, comparing rates from more than 700,000 hotels on over 200 booking sites worldwide. Its ratings are aggregated using an algorithm that provides "a dependable and impartial score, whether a hotel has 400 reviews or 4,000."
David Lintott of Trivago's UK & Ireland Public Relations Office told the Irish Independent, “The trivago Top Hotel Awards aim to judge all accommodation fairly, whether they are a guest house in Dingle, a B&B in Ballybunion or a luxury hotel in Dublin.”
Stephen McNally, President of the Irish Hotels Federation, which represents almost 1,000 hotels and guesthouses, didn’t agree.
He said, “The survey is based on a narrow sample of B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels and is clearly not representative of the wide range of superb hotel accommodation available throughout the country.”
Lintott added, "It is fascinating that B&Bs are rated as highly as four and five-star hotels.
“It appears that holidaymakers in Ireland are attracted to the family-run nature and personalized service of B&Bs."