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Irish hotel gets five star rating in Forbes Travel List for first time ever

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It’s a great day for the parish! For the first time ever an Irish hotel has received a five star rating in Forbes Travel List.

A hotel in Mayo joins an elite group of luxury hotels around the world that have earned the top accolade in the travel guide.

Ashford Castle is the only hotel in Ireland to be selected by Forbes for inclusion in its 2020 Star Rating Guide.

a bedroom with a bed and a chair in a room: Presidential Suite, Ashford Castle © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Presidential Suite, Ashford Castle

 It’s been a firm favourite with the A-List, with Harry and Meghan reportedly staying there and Mad Men Christina Hendricks enjoying her time there.

Forbes’ team of inspectors travels the world anonymously to assess hotels, restaurants and spas based on 900 objective standards that determine its coveted annual Star Ratings, paying particular attention to the provision of exceptional service.

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The top award is only given to establishment that meets more than 500 service and physical criteria during anonymous inspections, showing ‘an impeccable standard of excellence in hospitality’.

Commending Ashford Castle on its win, FTG referenced how the hotel had achieved global gold standards in hospitality and particularly admired the hotel’s staff for their dedication to every guest experience.

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Niall Rochford, general manager at Ashford Castle said: ‘We’re over the moon at Ashford Castle to be the first and only hotel in Ireland to ever achieve a Five-Star rating in the Forbes Travel Guide annual awards.’

‘It’s probably the most meticulous and internationally recognised hotel rating system in the world, so it’s highly sought after and I’m immensely proud of our loyal and long-serving team for delivering such consistently warm and polished service and generous hospitality.’

‘This accolade is a huge testament to their dedication, hard work and attention to detail, and of course to the passion and values instilled by our President and Founder Mrs Tollman. We couldn’t be more delighted.’

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: Pic: The Lodge at Ashford Castle © Provided by Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Pic: The Lodge at Ashford Castle

While Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide said: ‘We have been committed to championing genuine Five-Star service for more than 60 years, and this year’s winners exemplify the very highest standards in hospitality.’

Forbes Travel Guide started in 1958 as Mobil Travel Guide, a guidebook for US motorists.

a castle on top of a building: Pic: Ashford Castle © Provided by Evoke.ie Pic: Ashford Castle

Creating the original Five-Star rating system, it is the only independent, global rating agency for luxury hospitality

So it’s an incredible honour for Ashford Castle.

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