The great and good of the country’s hospitality industry were out in force last night at the AA Hospitality Awards. Twenty four award winners were celebrating after being presented with their coveted titles at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane. Among the winners were the team at The Bushmills Inn Hotel as it was named AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland.
Introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. From the small family-run hotel to the most ambitious commercial ventures, hotels of every size and style are potential winners.
Dating back to the early 1600s when the Coaching Inn was a favourite stop off for saddle sore visitors en route to the Giants Causeway, The Bushmills Inn Hotel has had an interesting and varied history. Today the fully renovated 41 roomed hotel epitomises the true spirit of Ulster hospitality, with friendly local staff and a myriad of thick walls, oak beams, real turf fires, a gas lit bar and lots of little nooks and crannies.
Alan Dunlop, Managing Director of The Bushmills Inn Hotel said, ‘The AA Hospitality Awards are amongst the most prestigious national awards and we are greatly humbled and honoured to have won the AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland this year. Even to have been nominated is an incredible honour, but to have won against such strong competition is amazing. I feel very proud to be recognised by industry professionals for the contribution the The Bushmills Inn has made to promoting tourism on the Causeway Coast. I would like to pay tribute to the enormous contribution made by the whole team at the hotel, without which none of this would have been possible.’
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