The Lake Hotel receives five prestigious Irish Hotel awards

As the hotel prepared to reopen on Thursday 9th July, The Lake Hotel, Killarney were thrilled to receive an outstanding five Irish Hotel awards. The awards ceremony was due to take place in March, following a rigorous inspection earlier in the year. With the ceremony postponed, the awards came as a lovely surprise and an uplifting boost just as the team prepared to restart the business.

The Irish Hotel awards celebrate the amazing commitment and dedication of the hospitality industry in Ireland to providing simply outstanding guest experiences. The Lake Hotel received a total of five awards, including four provincial “Best in Munster” accolades: Fine Dining Hotel of the year, Great Irish Breakfast, Country House Hotel of the year and Anthony Barber was awarded Munster’s Restaurant Manager of the year. The Lake Hotel also received a Great Place to Stay Quality Award, in recognition of the overall quality of the product and service provided.

Sales and Marketimg Manager, Sheila O’Callaghan commented, “We are extremely proud of our team. To be recognised for excellence across so many categories is a fantastic achievement. These awards are a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding team.”

To receive the title of Munster’s Fine Dining Hotel is a phenomenal accomplishment. The Lake Hotel’s Castlelough Restaurant is a multi award winning entity, previously awarded Best Hotel Restaurant, retaining a 2AA Rosette for 5 consecutive years and now recognised as Best Fine Dining venue in Munster. The success of The Lake Hotel’s dining space is due to the experience and commitment of Restaurant Manager, Anthony Barber, Executive Chef Noel Enright and both their teams. Award winning Chef Noel Enright is highly committed to delivering culinary excellence with delectable seasonally attuned menus, using the best of locally sourced produce.

Anthony Barber, winner of Munster’s Restaurant Manager of the year, has led the food departments at The Lake Hotel for 7 years. He is passionate about providing an exemplary customer service experience and takes great pride in his work. Anthony is also an accomplished wine connoisseur, pairing wines beautifully with varied dishes.

The Lake Hotel also received Munster’s Great Irish Breakfast award; this is owed to the faultless work ethic of the superbly talented breakfast chef Asta Penggai. Asta has been serving up breakfast at The Lake Hotel for 5 years and is a true asset to the team.

The Great Place to Stay Quality Award recognises all areas of the guest experience from check in to departure and all services provided in between, an accolade which commends the efforts of every department within the hotel. Also awarded Munster’s Country House Hotel of the year, The Lake Hotel's interior oozes old world country charm with elegant & plush interiors, open fires, serene surrounds and an Irish family welcome. Located on its own grounds, the sophisticated hotel is laced in history and full of character, everything you would expect of an award winning Country House Hotel.

The Lake Hotel reopened on Thursday 9th July 2020 and has recently launched its Lake Care Policy, a safety pledge to guests, outlining advanced protocols to ensure a safe stay for you and your loved ones. The Lake Hotel offers an exquisite lakeside location and a unique experience for all its visitors. Nestled on the shores of Lough Lein, the largest of Killarney’s famous lakes, the four star, family owned property has been in the Huggard family name for over 100 years, a long tradition of warm Irish hospitality awaits. Surrounded by nature and yet, only 2kms from Killarney town centre, the hotel is perfectly located to explore all that the wonderful Killarney area has to offer.

The Lake Hotel boasts 131 beautifully decorated bedrooms and all dining options are enveloped with views of Lough Lein and with a magnificent backdrop of mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarty Mór castle ruins.

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