This Irish Castle Is the World's Best Hotel for Sleep

The castle was named a winner of Tripadvisor's annual Travelers' Choice hotel awards.

Going on vacation to visit new countries, landmarks, and learn about different cultures is surely at the top of most people's bucket lists, but we must admit there's another reason why we love taking some time off to travel—resting.

And some places around the world, according to Tripadvisor, are just better than others when it comes to getting a solid night's sleep. The travel platform recently announced the winners of its 2023 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Hotel Awards, where it analyzed traveler data and ratings from January 1 to December 31, 2022 that covered more than 1.5 million hotels.

Among the many categories that the awards recognize, there's a new one this year that can come in handy for sleepy travelers in need of a battery recharge. Dubbed the "Best Hotels for Sleep" category, the section highlights the top 10 hotels and accommodations in the world where travelers rated the sleeping conditions as excellent.

According to the list, those looking to sleep like a baby should head over to Dromoland Castle Hotel, which is located in Ireland. The castle is the absolute winner when it comes to sleep ratings, thanks in no small part to its secluded setting and relaxed atmosphere. Guests may find its ancient, regal vibe soothing—dating back to the 16th century, Dromoland Castle flaunts imposing façades and refined interiors, and the indulging bedrooms make guests feel like actual members of the royal family. 

It isn't a coincidence that you'd feel like a royal while vacationing there. The castle is, in fact, the old home of the O’Briens of Dromoland, whose lineage goes back to one of the last High Kings of Ireland, Brian Boru, who lived and reigned almost 1,000 years ago. 

In such a relaxation-focused castle, it's hard to not sleep well after a full day of wellness. The property boasts a 450-acre estate where guests can go for healthy strolls, and it is even equipped with a world-class golf course as well as a gorgeous spa. If you're more into an indoor relaxation-station, Dromoland Castle has got you covered, too. Guests can enjoy a cup of tea by the fire in the afternoon, and comfy nooks and armchairs are ready to cradle you into a cozy relax session. 

Plus, you can decide to spend your holidays there in a complete castle-like fashion. Dromoland Castle organizes packages around the main holidays, offering experiences like Christmas at the Castle or Thanksgiving at the Castle. On those occasions, guests can enjoy festive dining events as well as themed games and entertainment to fully embrace the holiday spirit in total relax. 

If you're not looking to fly far away to get some good ZZZs, there is a good and much closer solution for you. The silver medal in the "Best Hotels for Sleep" category went to Abigail's Hotel, located in Victoria, Canada, while the US brought home third place thanks to California's Harbor House Inn in Santa Barbara.

Take a look at the full top 10 list of “Best Hotels for Sleep” below:

1. Dromoland Castle Hotel - Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland
2. Abigail's Hotel - Victoria, Canada
3. Harbor House Inn - Santa Barbara, California, US
4. Hotel de Biencourt - Azay-le-Rideau, France
5. Boutique Hotel Diana - Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy
6. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
7. Guana Island - Guana Island, British Virgin Islands
8. Kapama Buffalo Camp - Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa
9. Graduate Tucson - Tucson, Arizona, US
10. Baltazar Budapest - Boutique Hotel - Budapest, Hungary

For a complete overview of the 2023 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Hotel Awards categories and their winners, you can visit this website.

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