The Ardilaun Hotel retains “Best Hotel Garden” for twelfth year in a row

The Ardilaun Hotel is delighted to win “Best Hotel Garden” once again in the Public and Commercial buildings category of the Galway City and Tidy Towns and Garden Competition for 2015, just announced this week.

The Ardilaun Hotel comes out tops once again and for the past twelve years consecutively – every year since 2003 and for good reason. The hotel’s passionate gardener of twenty six years Leo O’ Brien has led the team to their success with his green fingered touch. The carefully tended gardens at The Ardilaun portray a woodland feel from the front gate, and down the avenue right through to the lovely walkways, terrace area, and winding paths to the rear of the hotel – along with a wide variety of perennials and flowering plants on display throughout the grounds.

New for this year also is the newly developed walled garden, where you can walk through this sun-trapped area and admire the work of the fourth class students of their neighbours in Scoil Rois, Taylors Hill. A new kitchen garden has been planted up featuring globe artichokes, radishes, courgettes, rocket and various types of lettuce including a large array of herbs and summer fruit like strawberries, raspberries, pears and rhubarb which are only some of the vegetables and fruit planted which play a popular role in the new Summer menu currently available at The Ardilaun Bistro.

Managing Director John Ryan said, ‘we are delighted to have won this prestigious award again this year and this achievement is testament to Leo’s hard work and dedication throughout the year in making our gardens and grounds look so well, and he takes immense  pride and interest in them. We are proud of our gardens, especially when in full bloom, and they make a beautiful backdrop for many family occasions held at The Ardilaun including weddings and barbeques, and many guests have very happy memories of these events for years to come”.

For more information phone 091 521433 to book your next party or gathering.

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Ardilaun scoops Gold at National Accommodation Hospitality Awards

The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway are delighted to scoop the Gold Medal Award for the first time at the Irish Accommodation Services Institute Awards (IASI) ceremony held in Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan recently in the four star hotel category, especially having achieved the silver award almost every year since 1990, when The Ardilaun first became accredited with it.

IASI is a national body representing the professional interest of the Accommodation industry in Ireland and was founded in 1985. Its members include Accommodation Managers, Supervisors and all personnel working in the accommodation field. It is a very active in promoting best practice standards across accommodation, it provides a forum to meet and network with other professionals in our field of work. A record 100 businesses entered the IASI Awards this year with nominees from hotels, hospitals, nursing  homes, colleges and schools throughout Ireland.

Accommodation Manager Anne Kelly, one of the longest serving members of staff at The Ardilaun Hotel said “the awards scheme is a very useful benchmark for accommodation providers throughout the country. We are delighted and honoured to have secured this prestigious awards programme, considering the significant number of other high profile hotels that have also competed for the Awards”.

The Ardilaun Hotel received this worthy accolade on the merit for achieving excellence in accommodation service standards for quality, hygiene and cleanliness of its bedrooms and public areas, and upon receiving this with Gold status the property has to get 95% plus in their inspection, which the hotel and their accommodation team achieved.

John Ryan Managing Director of The Ardilaun Hotel noted: “As a family owned and managed hotel, The Ardilaun celebrates its 53rd year on St. Patrick’s Day and are very proud and thrilled to have been awarded with Gold Status this year by IASI. This award reflects the true values of The Ardilaun Hotel and each staff member of the Accommodation team. We continuously strive to serve all of our guests to the highest standards with great care and attention and this award is testament to our aim.  All the credit goes to the team who, each day, make all our guests feel so welcomed. It is proven the cleanliness and condition of the bedrooms are the most important factors in customer satisfaction ratings”.

Many of our guests are now familiar faces at The Ardilaun as they return to stay with us year after year.”

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The Ardilaun Hotel is announced as a Finalist for the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 2014

The finalists for the 26th Hotel & Catering ReviewAnnual Gold Medal Awards have been announced. Judged by industry experts, the awards recognise and reward excellence in hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, spas, clubs and catering operations across theisland of Ireland. The awards are the leading independent awards for the Irish hospitality industry and the winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Dublin (formerly the Burlington Hotel) on Monday 22nd September from 6.30pm.

2014 marks the second year that the award-winning events team at Ashville Media Group has managed these awards. During this period, the event has grown considerably since 2012. This year’s awards are made up of 25 categories with over 85 premises across Ireland making the shortlist.  Nominations were strong across all categories and The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway is delighted to be nominated as one of six finalists for the Wine Experience Category nationally.

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Tracey Carney, Event Director says: “The calibre of entries this year was incredible and we’re delighted to see such a strong offering in our hospitality industry – it bodes extremely well for the tourism sector and for our economy as a whole. The judges have a tough task ahead of them, but their expertise will help identify the cream of the crop in Irish hospitality, and those whose efforts deserved to be recognised and awarded in this way. I wish all the finalists the very best of luck and we’re looking forward to a great night of celebration at the awards’.  For a full list of all categories and finalists please visit the Awards website at www.hotelandcateringreview.ie/awards.

 

 

Ardilaun Countdown to Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh Gaeilge Award is on!

Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, the annual bilingual business award organised by Gaillimh le Gaeilge, to ‘recognise’, ‘honour’ and ‘celebrate’ all the great bilingual work done in Galway, will be announced this Thursday (18th of April), by Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, T.D. at 6.30pm at a special ceremony in Salthill. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news!

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The Ardilaun Hotel is among eleven businesses and organisations that have been shortlisted for this prestigious award from a variety of sectors in Galway. In the Tourism & Hospitality category, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the finalists are: The Ardilaun Hotel, The Galleon, Vina Mara Restaurant and Woodhaven Lodge.

At the Award ceremony, all of the eleven finalists will showcase their bilingual endeavours and innovations in promoting Galway as a Bilingual city. The category winners will receive a business package to the value of €2,000. The four category winners will also receive a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

The Moltóirí have completed their visits to each of the finalists and were very impressed with what each of the businesses had to show. Of the eleven finalists, five businesses/organisations have entered the Gradam this year for the first time, a true testament to the high standard of bilingualism in Galway City. All of the Finalists clearly demonstrated their long-term commitment to developing the use of the Irish Language in their business. During their visit to each of the finalists, the Moltóirí got the clear impression that the effort to incorporate Irish in the businesses is not a ‘once off’ event for the Gradam but is an ongoing normal part of the businesses’ transactions.

The overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh will be selected from the four category winners and will receive an Advertising Package to the value of €2,500 from the Galway Advertiser. They will also receive a bespoke National Publicity Campaign as well as a PR & Marketing Consultation workshop to the value of €4,000 from D’Arcy Marketing & PR, a series of 4 Web Strategy workshops sponsored by Aró Internet Business Development and one year’s membership of Galway Chamber. The overall winner will also receive the much sought-after sculpture by renowned artist Pádraic Reaney, depicting the fourteen tribes of Galway resting over the River Corrib, with one extra tribe outstanding, who symbolises the winner of Gradam Sheosamh Uí Ógartaigh, and future winners to come. The category winners will each receive a miniature version of Gradam sculpture sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Ba mhaith Gaillimh le Gaeilge buíochas a ghabháil leis na hainmnithe ar fad a ghlac páirt i nGradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh i mbliana agus gach rath ar an nGearrliosta! Míle buíochas chomh maith leis na hurraí ar fad a thug tacaíocht don Ghradam thar na blianta.

If anyone would like to come along on the night and support The Ardilaun Hotel, please contact Maria Kelly at the hotel on: 091 519795 or email:mkelly@theardilaunhotel.ie. Check out our facebook page for updates.

 

Ardilaun Win Silver at Accommodation National Awards Ceremony

The Ardilaun Hotel Galway recently won a Silver Award at the Irish Accommodation Services Institute Awards (IASI) for achieving excellence in accommodation service standards for quality, hygiene and Cleanliness of its bedrooms and public areas of the hotel. This accommodation awards are the only ones in the country for the Accommodation Department and to be awarded with Silver status the property has to get more than 87% in their inspection.

IASI is a national body representing the professional interest of the Accommodation industry in Ireland. Its members include Accommodation Managers, Supervisors and all personnel working in the accommodation field. It is a very active in promoting best practice standards across accommodation, it provides a forum to meet and network with other professionals in our field of work.

John Ryan Managing Director of The Ardilaun Hotel noted: “As a family owned and managed hotel, The Ardilaun continues to celebrate its 50th year this year and are very proud and delighted to have been awarded with Silver Status by ISAI. This award reflects the true values of The Ardilaun Hotel and each staff member. We continuously strive to serve all of our guests to the highest standards with great care and attention and this award is testament to our aim. All the credit goes to the team who, each day, make all our guests feel so welcomed. Many of our guests are now familiar faces at The Ardilaun as they return to stay with us year after year.”