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Best Family Hotel in Ireland

2 Jul 2013
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Friday night last, 28th June, saw the 4 Star Hillgrove Hotel, Leisure & Spa in Monaghan awarded as the Number One Family Hotel in Ireland at the Families First Awards in Dublin's prestigious Mansion House! The Awards, presented by Lucy Kennedy of RTE and TV3 Fame, was a night of glitz and glamour attended by a group of Hillgrove Hotel's Management and Staff. Families First Awards recognise the companies, products and people who put Irish families first and make life a little easier for them. This award is a massive achievement and honour for the Monaghan based Hotel and all its staff.

"We are totally thrilled to have been honoured with this fantastic Award", says Audri Herron, who owns the Hillgrove Hotel with her husband Colm. "A few years back, we saw the potential and need in the market place for an excellent Family Hotel that "treats kids like VIP's". We understand what families are looking for, being guided by our eight-year-old daughter Scarlett. So we set about creating a family-friendly environment with lots of activities for children to enjoy, whilst their parent's enjoyed our other facilities, such as our Spa & Wellness Centre, Hair Salon, Leisure Club or Bistro Bar. We recently built an outside playground, and now have three games rooms on-site, these are a great attraction to our local customers as well as our visitors". "We would like to thank our customers for nominating us and voting for us to win this amazing Award" Audri concludes, "We appreciate your loyalty and custom so much."

In addition to the Playground and Games Rooms, the Hotel offers seven, yes seven hours of free Kids Club daily during all school holidays. They even provide Free entertainment for kids every weekend throughout the year. They also provide large family and interconnecting bedrooms, family changing rooms in their Leisure Club which has a Kids Pool, Swim Suit Dryers, Popcorn and Goodie Vending Machines, Kids Ride-ons, Kids Splash Times, Fit Kidz and Teen Zone Classes. The Hotel also has a bouncy castle on-site, can things get any more exciting than that?! In addition to all this, the Hillgrove Hotel provides delicious children's menus, which include many healthy options too. They also cater for children's birthday parties and can organise babysitting and the following local activities, (charges apply): Horse-riding, Animal Farm, Pitch & Putt, Cinema, Bowling, Park Walks, Water Slides, Quad Biking, Planetarium and much more.

This is not the first Award the Hillgrove Hotel has achieved. This year they were awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Tripadvisor, only the top-performing 10% of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award. This year they also won a Top Score Award by third party booking site Out of a possible score of 10, the Hillgrove Hotel continuously achieved an average of 8.7 throughout 2012, ranking them amongst highest achievers. Last year they were Awarded 7th Best Family Hotel in Ireland by TripAdvisor, who also awarded them as 23rd Trendiest Hotel in Ireland.

The Hotel has never been afraid to 'step outside the box', having recently installed a 12 foot outside purple chair at the front of the Hotel, which was designed and built by a local artist, Marc Kelly. The Chair caused a massive stir and is 'enormously' (excuse the pun) popular with locals and visitors, young and old, as a photo location and has become Monaghan Town's, most famous and popular landmark. Its popularity has escalated to such an extent, that the Hotel is currently installing a camera system that automatically photographs people on the chair so their customers can access their photos online.

The Hillgrove Hotel, Leisure & Spa is ideally located one hour from Belfast and one hour from Dublin. With a wide variety of activities such as Murder Mysteries, Theatre Evenings, Golf, Fishing, Archery, Rally Driving, Paint-balling, Water Sports, Museums, Theatre and Shopping.

You will be astounded at the Value they offer families:

B&B for 2 Adults & 2 Children Under 12 years (sharing parent's room)

1 night B&B: m/ w = €109 w/e = €175
2 night B&B: m/ w = €175 w/e = €230
3 night B&B: m/ w = €250 w/e = €299

€20 per extra child per night. These offers are valid through the Summer!

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Kate Hyde
Kate Hyde
Kate, originally from Cork, founded in 2008 in her spare bedroom in Waterford. Since then, the company has grown to 6 websites in our group across 4 countries. Kate is an expert on hen party and stag party planning and organisation and is even the author of a book on the topic - “How to Hen Party - the Essential Guide” (Currach Press).
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