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Ashford castle has been voted the world’s number one hotel by Virtuoso, an international network of luxury travel agencies.

The announcement was made last night at the “Best of the Best” awards at the annual Virtuoso Travel Week event in Las Vegas.

This was the first time ever that an Irish hotel was nominated. Tourism Ireland’s head of North America Alison Metcalfe said: “Given that there are almost 1,100 five star, luxury properties in the Virtuoso hotel and resorts portfolio, Ashford’s nomination – and subsequent win last night – is a wonderful achievement.

See more of the Asford Castle at Virtuoso