Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa has been named the AA Hotel of the Year, t. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD presented the award to General Manager David Webster in a ceremony held in Dublin.
The team at Powerscourt have been praised by the AA’s Inspectorate for consistently applying superb standards throughout the Co. Wicklow property.
“It is an old hotel and a new one,” said AA Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “Old in that the location has been globally renowned for many years, and new in that custody passed to a fantastic new team not even two years ago. In that time they have made huge strides.”
Accepting the award, General Manager David Webster said: “This is a great day for everyone involved with Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa and a very proud moment. It’s a huge accolade for the whole team who have worked so hard and constantly deliver 5 star service to anyone who comes in the door.”
Other award winners at the AA ceremony were:
AA Guest Accommodation of the Year: The Red Door Country House in Fahan, Co Donegal
Located on the banks of Lough Swilly and run by husband and wife duo, Adelle and Shay MacCallion and managed by Dominic Barr, the Country House employs a team of 30 staff.
AA Courtesy & Care Award: The Lodge at Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan
The Courtesy & Care award is a testament to excellence in customer care executed by hospitality staff and is not granted lightly. It is a reflection of the staff at an establishment rather than the buildings and grounds.
AA Foodie of the Year: Niamh O’Shaughnessy
A new addition to this year’s AA Hospitality Awards, the AA Foodie of the Year award is presented in recognition of a food enthusiast’s influence in the Irish foodie community. Whether it’s via writing, blogging or celebrating fine Irish cuisine on social media, the award signifies an individual who has consistently promoted Irish culinary excellence.
AA Dish of the Year: Faithlegg House Hotel & Chef Jenny Flynn
Another new addition to the awards this year, the AA Delicious Dish of the Year represents a dish voted for by the public. Winning recipe ‘Scallops & Black Pudding, apple and locally brewed cider’ was created by Faithlegg’s Head Chef Jenny Flynn and received over 8,000 votes cast on AAHAs.ie.