Ashford Castle named Ireland's only five-star rated hotel ·

Ashford Castle named Ireland’s only five-star rated hotel

Ashford Castle, the 800-year-old luxury hotel in western Ireland, has been awarded the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”) Five-Star rating in the annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards for 2020. In addition to being the only Irish hotel awarded with the five-star rating this year, Ashford Castle is the only hotel in Ireland to ever earn such a rating from FTG.

Forbes’ team of inspectors travels the world 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.

The top award from Forbes is given only to properties that meet 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.

Niall Rochford, General Manager of Ashford Castle, remarked, “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 recognized 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. Beatrice Tollman. We couldn’t be more delighted.”

The Forbes Travel Guide team visits every property that it rates, anonymously as a paying guest. Every Star Rating is earned through an objective, independent process and no one can buy or solicit a rating under any circumstance.

“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,” said Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide.

“It is difficult to earn a Forbes Travel Guide rating, and all our Star-Rated winners have shown how incredibly deserving they are of their accolades by demonstrating sheer dedication in their passion for service.”

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Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. It features 83 guestrooms, suites and a Lakeside Cottage, and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian centre, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland’s first school of falconry. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service are among the amenities. It is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. For more information please visit

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is a collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. From Ireland’s recently restored Ashford Castle to South Africa’s iconic Oyster Box, each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition that offers a unique character and unsurpassed service. Boasting a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings, Red Carnation Hotels are proud to deliver warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service to every guest, every time. For more information about these award-winning hotels and the rest of the Red Carnation Collection, please to go to


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