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Lough Eske Castle - Ulster Wedding Venue Of The Year

Lough Eske Castle is thrilled to announce that they have been awarded the Ulster Venue of the Year award at the prestigious Wedding Journal Reader Awards 2018.  
The Wedding Journal Awards, hosted the glamorous black tie gala dinner and ceremony event, which was held on Sunday, 24th June in Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin hosted by UTV Ireland Pamela Ballantine. The much-anticipated event recognises Ireland’s hard-working, dedicated and very best professionals in the Irish Wedding Industry. Wedding Journal has been helping brides-to-be plan their perfect wedding since it was successfully launched back in 1996, firmly positioned as Ireland’s best- selling wedding magazine with a readership of over 80,000.
Simon Pekta, Wedding Coordinator expressed his delight at winning the award, "We are absolutely delighted to have won the Ulster Venue of the Year award at the Wedding Journal Reader Awards. We pride ourselves in offering the best service for our couples, and to see the support from wedding parties on one of the most popular wedding publications in Ireland is the ultimate tribute." 
Lisa Marshall, Director of Sales & Marketing went on to say, “We are very proud of what we have achieved in the last 10 years and this would not have been possible without the loyal support from our guests and the continued hard work and level of service from our team.  We are delighted to have received the recognition and give a huge thank you to all the wedding couples and guests for your continued support.”

LOUGH ESKE CASTLE WINNER OF THREE PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS AT IHI AWARDS

Lough Eske Castle is thrilled to announce that they have been awarded three prestigious awards at the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) Founders Banquet & Hospitality Management Awards 2017 to include Denise McDonagh (Spa Manager) won "Young Hospitality Manager of the Year 2017", Catherine Monaghan (Director of Human Resources) won "Hospitality Human Resources & Training Manager of the Year 2017" and last but not least; Geraldine Carty (Front of House Supervisor) won "IHI Hospitality Employee of the Year Award 2017." Additionally, Lough Eske Castle was shortlisted for four awards out of eleven in total, with Karen Dowey (Revenue Manager) also being nominated as Revenue Manager of the Year 2017. Lough Eske Castle is managed by Solís Hotels & Resorts and 2017 marks 10 years since opening their doors in Lough Eske, Co. Donegal. It has been an exhilarating year for the hotel with having been named No.3 in the top hotels in Ireland by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award earlier this year.  

The IHI Awards 2017, hosted the glamorous black tie gala dinner and ceremony event, which was held on Thursday, 23rd November at the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, co-hosted by Matthias Muller, President of the IHI.  The Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI) is the professional body for Managers & aspiring Managers within the Hospitality and Tourism Industry in Ireland. Established in 1966 to promote professional development within the Irish Hospitality Industry, the IHI’s reputation as a membership organisation promoting quality standards, education and networking opportunities is now in its 50th Year. 

Managing Director of Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, Mr Seán Carney commented:  “It is a great honour in this our tenth year of operating Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa to have all four team members shortlisted and judged by senior industry figures.  Winning three awards at such prestigious hospitality awards is a testament to the daily hard work and dedication of all three ladies and a true representation of all of our exceptional employees who continue to consistently deliver reliable, genuinely caring and timely service for our guests.”

Donegal's only five star hotel named among the top ten hotels in Ireland by Condé Nast

Lough Eske Castle “No. 3 in the Top Hotels in Ireland category” 
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER’S 2017 READERS’ CHOICE AWARD THE WORLD’S BEST HOTELS, RESORTS, CITIES, ISLANDS, AIRLINES, AIRPORTS AND CRUISE LINES 

October 17, 2017 – Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa recognized as the No. 3 in the Top Hotels in Ireland category.

Managing Director of Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, Mr Seán Carney commented:  “It is a great honour in this our tenth year of operating for Solís Lough Eske Castle to be recognised with such a prestigious industry leading award as this. It is a true testament to the daily hard work and dedication by our team of exceptional employees delivering reliable, genuinely caring and timely service superior to our competition. There has been incredible resilience and fortitude over the years by such a magnificent cadre of staff to weather the economic times that have passed but we look forward to a great and exciting 2018. This recognition just goes to reinforce our beliefs and service excellence model - to be truly a Global Leader in the service business.”

Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.  The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

Lough Eske Castle a Solis Hotel and Spa, is Donegal’s only 5 star hotel, owned by Harcourt Developments based in Dublin, and property managed by Capella Hotel Group.  The celebrations are set to continue as the hotel will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this November.  It has been an exciting year for the hotel and is honoured to be accepting this prestigious award just in time for its birthday celebrations. 

Despite opening at the beginning of the financial downturn, Lough Eske Castle has seen revenues double, operating at €9.5m today and has recently benefited from a €500k investment into the property.  

Since 2007 occupancy has grown by 38% and the average room rate by 43%, with international guest stays increasing by 15%. Opened 365, the castle is one of the largest employers in county Donegal and over 70% of staff are from Donegal.