Ireland has a new hospitality brand – a collection of 60 independently-owned hotels promising guests “holidays with a story”.
Original Irish Hotels is a new tourism and hospitality brand representing 60 owner-run hotels in the North and South of Ireland. At a press luncheon today in Dublin city centre, the new hotel collection was unveiled to the all-Ireland market and officially launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin T.D.
This exciting new brand will promote and manage reservations from both the domestic and international travel markets and represents the largest collection of privately-owned hotels in the country.
The Original Irish Hotels website will undoubtedly be a source of inspiration and a visitor’s expert guide to the countless ways to discover the island from historic castles, to charming country house hotels, luxury spas and tranquil resorts, to chic urban boutiques.
The hotels are further categorised as Luxury Haven, Spa Retreats, Walking & Hiking, Romantic & Getaway, Family Stays, Golf, Country Activity and Weddings. The collection is divided into 6 different regions of the country: Dublin, the Wild Atlantic Way, Northern Ireland, Ireland’s Ancient East, the Lakelands and Into The West.
All sixty hotels enjoy unique locations, personalities and charm, each well-known for the quality of their offerings and services, and catering to every budget. Previously, many of the hotels were represented by either Manor House Hotels or Irish Country Hotels.
According to Roisin Wallace, the Director of Marketing of OIH: “We believe Original Irish Hotels will serve as a fantastic guide for those who are travelling in Ireland. We Irish have a reputation all over the world for our culture and history, our people and food and the diversity of our landscapes and countryside. Each of our hotels has its own personality and charm, and no two stays will ever feel the same. Original Irish Hotels wants to deliver unforgettable Irish experiences in hotels that are much-loved and minded by their owners and managers”.
Welcome to a world of difference at Original Irish Hotels where the choice is endless:
Luxuriate at Galgorm Resort and Spa on the North Antrim Coast, Ireland’s first thermal village, or head to a surfers’ paradise at the Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal. Looking for mid-term family fun? Practice a cúpla focal at the Carna Bay Hotel in the West Connemara Gaeltacht, ask a friendly face in Garryvoe Hotel to arrange a tour of 19th century Ballycotton Lighthouse or spend a morning whale watching off the coast of West Cork during your stay at Casey’s of Baltimore. From your elegant base at Brooks Hotel in the heart of Dublin, take a stroll through Ireland’s vibrant capital, experience world-class golf from Teach de Broc, situated on the first tee of the famous Ballybunion links or explore the vibrant and picturesque town of Westport or beautiful islands of Clew Bay from Knockranny House Hotel.FOOD TRAIL
Ireland is one of the world’s most talked-about food destinations and food lovers will rejoice as Original Irish Hotels takes enormous pride in offering the very best of Irish cuisine.The Strawberry Tree at BrookLodge and Macreddin Village in picture-perfect Co. Wicklow is Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant and proud member of the collection.
Across all of its kitchens and award-winning restaurants, Original Irish Hotels works with local producers to bring only the best freshly-caught, locally-sourced and home-grown ingredients to its menus.
Connemara’s finest fish at Screebe House, seasonal vegetables grown on-site at Mount Falcon Estate, warm freshly-baked scones and homemade jam at Lough Inagh lodge, to afternoon tea in one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels, Ballynahinch Castle. EXPERIENCES: BEYOND BED AND BOARD
Original Irish Hotels offers a range of unmissable, authentically Irish experiences, from fishing and falconry to fireside warmth, scenic cycle tracks and winding walking trails. Original Irish Hotels takes its guests into the heart of the real Ireland.At Delphi Lodge, Co. Mayo, set in a wild and unspoilt valley amidst total tranquillity, take a private boat trip on the Killary fjord before enjoying a seafood lunch and mussels on the pier. Settle in for a night of live Irish music at Hylands Burren Hotel or sample some Irish whiskey’s uniquely served on a Hurley at Fitzgeralds Woodlands House, Adare, rest by the sea at the magnificent Parknasilla Resort and Spa, a perfect jumping off point for serious walking or cycling around the Ring of Kerry.
WEDDINGS AND OCCASIONS
Original Irish Hotels offers a choice of dream wedding venues across the country including the newly-refurbished and reopened fairy-tale Markree Castle in Co. Sligo, secluded and romantic Lough Rynn Castle in Co. Leitrim and The Dunraven in the heart of the world-renowned village of Adare, Co. Limerick. For special family occasions, there are unique private rentals available where you and your loved ones can enjoy an exclusive experience in Ireland’s finest destinations.
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