Ashford Castle Ranks for Third Time in Forbes’ Travel Guide

For the third consecutive year, Ashford Castle has been announced as the only hotel in Ireland to achieve a Five-Star ranking by Forbes’ Travel Guide. The annual list affirms Ashford Castle’s position among an elite group of only 499 luxury hotels around the world that have earned this coveted Five-Star Forbes Travel Guide (FTG) ranking. Five-Star is the top rating possible and the ultimate gold standard in hospitality.  

 Ashford Castle Ranks for Third Time in Forbes’ Travel Guide

Niall Rochford, general manager at Ashford Castle said: “I believe it is the passion and commitment of our team that has helped us to achieve this Five-Star ranking from Forbes.  Having a wonderful property and exceptional guest amenities certainly play a role, but it is our friendly and professional staff that I need to commend for this honour.  To achieve this accolade three years running is quite something and everyone on the estate is overjoyed – it’s another wonderful moment for the team and owners, the Tollmans.” 

When Forbes Travel Guide’s expert inspectors visit a property, they anonymously test it against up to 900 rigorous standards. Only the best of the best achieves the coveted Five-Star for a range of standards. They include supreme service, luxurious beds, distinctive drinks, memorable meals, exceeding guest expectations, genuine interest in its guests and helpful housekeeping.  For more information from Forbes on what makes a Five-Star see here.

Hundreds of Criteria to Be Met

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.

The Forbes Travel Guide team anonymously visits every property it Star Rates as a paying guest. Every Star Rating is earned through an objective, independent process and no one can buy or solicit a rating under any circumstance. 

Forbes Travel Guide started in 1958 as Mobil Travel Guide, a guidebook for US motorists. Creating the original Five-Star rating system, it is the only independent, global rating agency for luxury hospitality.  Providing reviews and ratings for more than 60 years, Forbes Travel Guide is the oldest travel guide in the United States and its inspection process is regarded as the gold standard in hospitality.  

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.   

Joan Scales
Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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