#Ireland castle chosen as this year’s best luxury hotel

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An opulent, carefully restored, 18th-century castle in Ireland has been named the hotel of the year by experts at luxury travel network Virtuoso.

At the group’s 2018 best of the best awards held recently in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States, Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland took the night’s top honor of hotel of the year, a title which recognizes “an iconic hotel that epitomizes excellence in luxury hospitality and acts as a positive change in the community”.

The win comes just a year after Adare Manor’s reopening, following a painstaking 21-month restoration process that involved 670 construction workers, craftspeople and artisans who were tasked with adding a new 42-room wing to the castle. The manor now features 104 rooms in total.

Other new additions include a ballroom with a capacity of 350 guests for weddings, meetings and events, a remodelled on-site golf course, and the opening of The Carriage House Restaurant, Terrace and Bar which debuted this spring.

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The Spa at Adare Manor is also the first and only La Mer Spa in Ireland and Britain, affirming its standing as one of the most extravagant properties in the region. La Mer sits on the highest rungs of the beauty world with triple-digit price points.

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Meanwhile, beyond the castle’s impressive facade of parapets, turrets, arches and columns lies a hidden significance – 365 leaded windows, 52 chimneys, seven stone pillars and four towers mark the annual number of days, weeks and seasons in a year.

Other architectural features include gargoyles, wood carvings and displays of heraldry.

Inside, rooms are elegantly decorated with statement pieces like wall tapestries, plush tufted sofas and heavy damask tasseled curtains, in a muted beige and off-white palette.

The winners are determined by Virtuoso’s 1,000 travel agency members, composed of 17,500 travel advisors from 50 countries, and editors of Virtuoso Life, the group’s travel magazine. 

Here are the winners:

Best Achievement in Design: The Silo Hotel, Cape Town in South Africa

Best Dining Experience: Meadowood Napa Valley – The Restaurant, St Helena in California

Best Bar: Brown’s Hotel, A Rocco Forte Hotel – The Donovan Bar, London

Sustainable Tourism Leadership: Six Senses Douro Valley – Lamego in Portugal

Best Family Programme: The Ranch at Rock Creek – Philipsburg in Montana, the US

Best Wellness Programme: BodyHoliday Saint Lucia – Castries in St Lucia

Best Virtuoso Newcomer: Hotel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel – Paris

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast, Ireland

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In Belfast’s vibrant Gasworks district, the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast features a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar. The spacious rooms offer free Wi-Fi and air conditioning.

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The elegant Nordic-style rooms are decorated in cool tones, and each features a TV with on-demand movies. All rooms have a minibar, work desk and a private modern bathroom with a hairdryer.

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Overlooking the Gasworks water feature, The Gasworks Restaurant serves an authentic Belfast menu and deli breakfast menu. Guests can enjoy a selection of snacks, fine wines and draught beers at The Gasworks Bar.

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Just a 10-minute walk from Belfast city centre, Radisson Blu Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Belfast Castle. Private on-site parking is available, and the Odyssey Arena is just over a kilometer away.

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Parking is free of charge for stays between Friday and Sunday.

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Dublin is a city steeped in history. Not surprising when you consider that the city was founded more than a thousand years ago, at the time when Dyflin was built.
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Founded in the year 1175, and inhabited for more than 800 years by members of the Talbot family. Good place for more information about Dublin in the Middle Ages.

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Original Dublin Castle was a defensive fort in the early years of the thirteenth century. After a fire in the 17th century it was transformed into a palace and later a government building.

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The place Dalkey was a Viking settlement and was an important port during in Middle Ages. The castle was used mainly for storage.

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Founded in 1190 and named after the saint Audoen (Ouen). Before the entrance is a Celtic tombstone. Superstitious dealers and sellers rubbed on the stone for good luck, hence the nickname Lucky Stone.

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The largest church in Ireland is the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Exceptional is that zeter of the archbishop is not in this cathedral, but in the Christ Church Cathedral.

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Founded in 1030 is Christ Church Cathedral the spiritual center of the city and also one of the oldest buildings.

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