On-line boost for Kilkenny hotels

A Kilkenny hotel has won an award from the well-known, on-line travel advice site TripAdvisor. Kilkenny’s Newpark Hotel was ranked number one in Ireland for satisfaction with regard to family stays. This is the thirteenth year that TripAdvisor has held the Travellers’ Choice Awards, which give recognition to the most outstanding establishments across various categories including luxury, romance, small and family-oriented hotels.

James Kay from TripAdvisor said that the winners of the awards are “based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. These awards recognise the finest hotels across the globe, according to those that really matter – the guests themselves.”

The four-star Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny is part of the Flynn Hotels group. The hotel has 129 bedrooms categorised into Classic, Superior, Executive and Family rooms and the Ballinamore penthouse suite. The family-friendly hotel has 29 spacious Classic and Superior family rooms which are suitable for two adults and two children. Twenty rooms are interconnecting and are suitable for families of three children and more.

According to another hotel reservation site Hotels.com, the rumoured up-coming visit of Hollywood star George Clooney to Ireland has caused a rise in searches for accommodation in Kilkenny and Dublin. It was recently announced that Clooney would be coming to Ireland to trace his Irish roots and would be accompanied by his lawyer wife, Amal Ramzi Clooney.

Lizann Peppard from Hotels.com said: “The current figures on our site indicate that this visit has already piqued the interest of travellers from different countries with searches up from the US and UK, two very important markets for Ireland.”

According to figures supplied by the reservation site, searches for stays in Kilkenny from the UK have risen 62%. In the US searches for accommodation in the city are up 73% when compared to the same period last year, whilst searches for hotels in Kilkenny from within Ireland are up 18%.