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17th Feb 2021

Ashford Castle only Irish hotel to achieve 5-star ranking on Forbes Travel Guide again this year

Sarah Finnan

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is the only Irish hotel to be included on the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ranking list, for the second consecutive year.

Announcing its Star Rating winners for this year, only one Irish hotel achieved a Five-Star ranking in the annual Forbes Travel Guide this year, with the prestigious accolade going to Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Galway.

The highest possible rating a hotel can achieve and the ultimate gold standard in hospitality, the hotel joins an elite group of luxury hotels around the world that have also earned the coveted rating.

Commenting on the exciting news, Niall Rochford, general manager at Ashford Castle:

“After a tremendously difficult year for the hospitality industry, the team at Ashford Castle couldn’t have asked for better news at this time.

“This is arguably the most coveted accolade for any hotel and receiving the news that we have retained our Five-Star rating in the 2021 Forbes Travel Guide is hugely rewarding. We truly have the best team and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Commending the Irish hotel on its win, Filip Boyen, CEO of the Forbes Travel Guide, commented that this year’s winners are “a testament to the resiliency of the hospitality industry” – later adding:

“During an unprecedented time, Ashford Castle along with other top properties across the world adapted to numerous adversities, all while maintaining high service levels and ensuring the health security of their guests and staff.”

Header image via Instagram/Ashford Castle

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