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Great Start to the Year as Donegal hotels rank highly in Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards

Two Donegal Hotels have won major awards in the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards and several other Donegal hotels have also been awarded accolades.

Harvey's Point Hotel has again ranked as the No 1 hotel in Ireland and the Villa Rose Hotel has made it in to the Top 10 Hotels in the Top 25 Irish Best Hotels category, at No 10. Harvey's Point also claimed the accolade of becoming recognised as the 10th Best Hotel in Europe!

Harvey's Point Hotel, Donegal

"We are tremendously proud of our TripAdvisor Award," said Leona McGee, Marketing Manager for the Villa Rose Hotel, situated in the centre of Ballybofey. "Donegal has so much to offer in terms of tourism and there are many fine Hotels, B&Bs, Restaurants & Attractions in the County so this is a particularly high honour for us."

While this popular family run Hotel puts a particular emphasis on customer satisfaction and on working hard to maintain their high standards, the award still came as a pleasant surprise. 

The Villa Rose Hotel, Ballybofey

Tommy & Bridget Gallen, owners of the Villa Rose, said that they were "thrilled" to be listed as one of the Top 25 Hotels in Ireland. The Villa Rose Hotel was also awarded No 16 in the Most Romantic Hotels in Ireland category. Tommy put it down to their hard working staff, and showed his appreciation by adding, "Family-run hotels in the County have so much to offer in terms of friendliness, service, quality and value. We would like to thank both our guests and our hard working team of staff who have earned this award on behalf of the Villa Rose Hotel".

Harvey’s Point Hotel, nestled under the Bluestack mountains just outside Donegal Town, has had a very exciting year and these new TripAdvisor awards "are the icing on the cake" as one member of staff aptly put it!

Winning the No 1hotel in Ireland and No 10 in Europe are not the only accolades that the well-loved family-run Harvey's Point picked up in this year’s TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards. 

The luxury 4-star lakeside hotel, run by Deirdre and Marc Gysling was also awarded No 1 in Ireland for Customer Service and No 2 for Most Romantic Hotel in Ireland!

Deirdre, Marc and the team were over the moon with the results when they were recently announced. "Words can hardly express the excitement that we feel, having won No. 1 Hotel in Ireland on TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row" said a delighted Deirdre Gysling. Deirdre was nominated Donegal Person of the Year in 2016 for her continued and dedicated promotion of County Donegal as a tourism destination.

"This award belongs to our dedicated team, each of whom plays their part in the Harvey’s Point success story. Our heartfelt thanks to our many guests who wrote so favourably of their experiences at Harvey’s Point" she beamed. "We are immensely proud of this great achievement which encourages us to raise the bar even higher in delivering the highest possible standards of hotel-keeping and hospitality".

TripAdvisor relies on the experiences and real opinions of guests who have stayed in the hotels listed to determine the celebrated awards and people planning a trip for 2017 can find inspiration in the awards won by these excellent Donegal establishments.
In this, the 15th year of the Traveller's Choice Awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travellers around the globe. The hallmarks of Travellers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value and quality.

Donegal Winners were identified in the nine categories of Top Hotels, Luxury, Good Value/Bargain, Small, Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance and Family Hotels. County Donegal had a generous listing in the 2017 TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards with other county winners including:
Solis Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal Town (No 19) in the Luxury Hotels category;
Shandon Hotel & Spa, Portnablath (No 13) in the Best Customer Service category;
Caisleain Óir Hotel, Annagry (No 2), The Harbour Inn, Buncrana (No 6) and Donegal Manor, Donegal Town (No21) in the Good Value Hotels category;

Maghera Beach and  Caves was also a winner coming in at No 7 in the Best Beaches category.

That’s a great start for Donegal, so early in the year and it looks like there could be lots more on the way for the “Coolest Place on the Planet” to visit in 2017!