Words: Shamim de Brún
Images via Sidecar
This marks the fifth time this swanky five-star joint off Grafton Street has parked itself at the peak of the Irish hospitality mountain.
The award was bestowed by Condé Nast, widely regarded as one of the most influential global media companies. They own Vogue, The New Yorker, GQ, Vanity Fair, Wired, Architectural Digest (AD) and Condé Nast Traveler. A whopping half a million wanderlust-stricken souls from across the globe chimed in for Condé Nast Traveller’s annual survey.
So, what’s all the fuss about? The magazine gushes, “The moment you step foot into The Westbury and lay eyes on that grand, split staircase, you’re basically in ‘impress-me-now’ mode. You can’t swing a leprechaun in here without hitting a helpful staff member,” and they wrap it up by declaring, “Dubliners adore The Westbury for good reason – it’s pure Irish extravagance at its finest, with service that’s always top-notch.”
Ireland is clearly having its moment, with the readers ranking it as the fourth-best country worldwide to visit; just behind Japan, Italy, and Greece. Take that, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Norway, and Switzerland!
The Westbury left its rivals, like the Merrion Hotel and Cashel Palace Hotel in its dust. Ballyfin Demesne in Laois grabbed fourth place, Carton House in Kildare nabbed fifth, and The Morrison on Dublin’s north quays strutted in at sixth. Then there’s the Killarney Park Hotel, Kilkea Castle in Kildare, Galway’s Glenlo Abbey, and Lough Eske Castle in Donegal, all grabbing their moment.
That said, no Irish hotel made the cut for the top 50 hotels on the planet. Sorry, folks, but we’re still chasing the likes of The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs. Who knows, maybe one of the million hotels they’re building instead of social housing will get us there eventually.
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