County Armagh hotel named best in NI at AA Hospitality Awards

The AA Hospitality Awards have recognised a beautiful hotel in County Armagh as the best in Northern Ireland.

County Armagh hotel named best in NI at AA Hospitality Awards.

One of the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry, the AA Hospitality Awards recognise excellence in the sector across the United Kingdom.

This year, an incredible County Armagh hotel received the award for Hotel of the Year in the Northern Ireland category, pipping some other incredible establishments to the top spot.

AA Hospitality Awards – a prestigious honour

County Armagh hotel named best in NI at AA Hospitality Awards.
Credit: Facebook/ Killeavy Castle Estate

The general public will immediately recognise the AA for its rating systems for hotels and restaurants. It began this practice in the early 1900s. Since then, the AA logo has become a hallmark of quality in the industry.

The AA Hospitality Awards are among the most prestigious awards in the UK hospitality sector. The ceremony welcomes over 1,000 guests from the industry each year, including renowned chefs, hoteliers, restauranteurs, and media personalities.

The latest ceremony took place earlier this week (25 September) in London’s Grosvenor House and honoured the best hotels and restaurants in the UK across 26 categories, with a County Armagh hotel taking top prize in the Northern Ireland category.

Killeavy Castle Estate – the best hotel in Northern Ireland

Killeavy Castle Estate is in County Armagh.
Credit: Facebook/ Killeavy Castle Estate

Northern Ireland has no shortage of excellent hotels to suit any budget, so competition in this category was surely stiff. In the end, however, the AA Hospitality Awards named Newry’s Killeavy Castle Estate the best hotel in Northern Ireland.

This beautiful spa haven sits among the county’s incredible woodlands. On top of a relaxing and comfortable stay, the hotel and spa offers guests a range of beneficial treatments.

Killeavy Castle Estate finds itself in esteemed company. Previous winners include County Antrim’s Rabbit Hotel, Belfast’s Fitzwilliam Hotel, and Bishop’s Gate Hotel in Derry.

Killeavy Castle Estate was the only Irish winner across the entire 26 categories.

Reaction – “honoured and proud”

They said they were honoured and proud.
Credit: Facebook/ Killeavy Castle Estate

Killeavy Castle Estate took to social media to express their pride at the prestigious award.

The post read, “We are incredibly proud to announce that Killeavy Castle Estate has been named AA Hotel of the Year in Northern Ireland at the AA Hospitality Awards which took place in London.

“The AA Hospitality Awards are a symbol of excellence in the UK’s hospitality industry, recognising outstanding establishments across various categories in the sector, seeking out and celebrating the very best in hospitality.

“We are honoured that Killeavy Castle Estate has been recognised for its exemplary offering”.

AA Media managing director, Simon Numphud, was quick to acknowledge the gargantuan efforts of all in the industry to recover in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The last year has been tough on the hospitality industry as we’ve felt, like many others, the challenges facing businesses. Yet I’m so proud of the resilience, innovation and quality shown by the UK hospitality industry in response.

“We would like to extend a massive congratulations all the winners and shortlisted establishments for their hard work, passion, and dedication”.

To check out Killeavy Castle Estate and other spa hotels in Northern Ireland, see our guide.

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