Forbes Travel Guide today announced its Star Rating winners for 2020 and for the first time ever, an Irish hotel has achieved a Five-Star ranking in the annual honours list - the top rating possible. 

Ashford Castle Hotel in Cong joins an elite group of luxury hotels around the world that have earned a Five-Star Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) ranking.

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

 Niall Rochford, general manager at Ashford Castle told Midwest News that they are “over the moon as Five-Star Forbes travel Guide ranking is the most meticulous and internationally recognised hotel rating system in the world”.

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. 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.” Every Star Rating is earned through an objective, independent process and no one can buy or solicit a rating under any circumstance.


With 83 rooms and suites, together with a hideaway cottage, Ashford Castle is set in a spectacular 350-acre estate in Cong, Co. Mayo and is part of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. 





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