That view, that expanse, and now a gold medal. The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens has won Ireland’s Best Designed Hotels design award in 2019 following extensive interior and exterior renovations. In the process, the hotel has managed to retain its 1960s identity and elevate it to the contemporary standard of a 5-star hotel. The building’s distinctive towers were retained. The impressive giant trees in The Dunloe Castle Heritage Park were better showcased with a new driveway. The restaurant opens to the Gap of Dunloe, Ireland’s most famous gorge, with an impressive picture window and new terrace.
The restaurant – centerpiece with a view
The restaurant at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens opens up spectacularly to the Gap of Dunloe with a panoramic window and a ceiling height of six meters. Plenty of natural light is brought into the restaurant from outside. Velvet table settings in the center and a bit more rustic and wood-paneled on the sides for families with children.
The open kitchen stretches almost across the entire width of the room, colored in turquoise and contrasting warmly with the four plant columns in the dining room. The ceiling and the glass light fixtures are also worth admiring. Especially when the Gap of Dunloe is in darkness in the evening hours, guests are left with enough beauty inside to contemplate.
Bar, lobby and lounge
In contrast to the light-filled restaurant, the lobby, library tower and bar were designed in dark, warm tones and with fine materials such as velvet and leather. The Swiss architectural firm Monoplan was commissioned with the conversion of the hotel’s public spaces.
Click here for a detailed report on the hotel, gardens and the cuisine of chef Jupp Osterloh and on the extensive family-friendly program, the friendly relaxed atmosphere promoted by a young international service team and the creative cuisine with the best products from the region.
More information on the website: Dunloe Hotel & Gardens.
The cost of half board was not charged by the hotel