Donegal hotel tops Times UK’s best hotels in Ireland list

The stunning Lough Eske Castle is Donegal’s only five-star hotel, and it has recently been named the ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Ireland’.

Donegal hotel tops Times UK’s best hotels list, making it the ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Ireland’.

The luxury five-star castle hotel is located just outside of Donegal Town. Thus, making it the perfect location to explore the scenic northwestern county.

With stunning rooms and suites, a luxury spa, and numerous fantastic dining options, Lough Eske Castle is a bucket list-worthy choice.

A historic castle hotel – luxury and heritage galore

Donegal hotel tops Times UK's best hotels list.
Credit: Facebook / @LoughEskeCastle

Lough Eske Castle, as it stands today, was built in 1861 on the site of the old Brooke Mansion. Becoming a hotel, the site retains the warm welcome that it has boasted for over 150 years.

Lough Eske Castle has won numerous awards during its time in operation. Adding to their list of accolades, the Donegal hotel has topped Times UK’s best hotels list, to be named the ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Ireland’.

Lough Eske Castle first opened as a hotel in 2007. Since then, it has welcomed guests from all across Ireland and further afield. Whether looking for a luxury place to rest up after a day of exploring or a relaxing weekend break.

Among the best of the best – Donegal hotel tops Times UK’s best hotels list

The spa is the perfect place to relax.
Credit: Facebook / @LoughEskeCastle

Donal Cox, General Manager at Lough Eske Castle, said he was “delighted” about the hotel’s feature on the list.

He said, “We are beyond delighted to be named as the best luxury hotel in Ireland by this esteemed publication, The Times in the United Kingdom, whose views we hold in such high regard.

“To be featured alongside such stunning properties across Ireland is a huge compliment. Thus, giving further proof that Donegal is firmly on the map as a haven for UK visitors.”

With plenty to see and do across the county, Donegal is a popular destination for those visiting Ireland. From the breathtaking Slieve League Cliffs to the beautiful Mount Errigal, you will be spoilt for choice.


Various accolades – a multi-award winning hotel

Donegal hotel tops Times UK's best hotels list.
Credit: Facebook / @LoughEskeCastle

The Donegal hotel’s feature on the Times UK’s best hotels list is not the first time Lough Eske Castle has been recognised for its excellent standards.

Mr Cox said, “We were also recently named one of the top ten hotels by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for the fourth consecutive year.”

He explained that this illustrates the hotel’s “continued efforts to provide the best of Donegal hospitality to our guests.”

Lough Eske Castle was also named Ireland’s Castle Wedding Venue of the Year 2021. Meanwhile Irish Tatler named it Ulster Spa of the Year 2019.

The onsite Cedars Restaurant has also received two AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence. Meanwhile, the World Luxury Spa Awards awarded the castle hotel Luxury Wellness Spa and Luxury Countryside Spa in2018

Other hotels to be mentioned in the Times UK ranking include Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites in County Galway, and Gregans Castle Hotel in County Clare.

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