Trip Advisor is one of the most widely used travel resources online, and their reader's choices reflect that volume of traffic and trust that people have in the site.
This year, in their Travellers' Choice awards, Irish hotels and B&Bs proved popular with the readers as they ranked highly in their respective categories. Two locations in Donegal and Sligo were singled out for praise, according to the rankings, which looked at the top 25 places to stay in a number of categories.
When it came to B&Bs, Down Yonder Bed and Breakfast in Sligo was ranked 10th in the world, with its breathtaking views, incredible hopsitality and exquisite interiors coming for high praise indeed. One user described it as "a piece of heaven on earth", and few seemed to disagree as out of the 122 reviews that they have, not one has rated it below five star.
Meanwhile, in hotels, Harvey's Point in Donegal came in at number 18 in the ranking, located in a similarly picturesque setting that impressed many of the guests who stayed there. The service was given particular praise, with one user saying it was to the level of a five-star resort, while another added that they had visited three times and "it never fails to deliver".
Other places listed across the categories were Castlewood House in Kerry (Small Hotels) and Shola House of Portrush in Antrim (B&Bs and Inns), which proved popular with guests from around the globe.
Overall, the results were fairly positive for Ireland, and it looks as though 2015 is shaping up to be even better than 2014 for the tourism industry.
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