Killeavy Castle Estate honoured at annual awards ceremony

Killeavy Castle Estate Team.Killeavy Castle Estate Team.
Killeavy Castle Estate Team.
The Northern Ireland Hotels Federation (NIHF) celebrated the Housekeeping Team of the Year competition at a gala awards evening in the La Mon Hotel and Country Club last week.

Hosted by Cool FM's Rebecca McKinney, the event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2010, a testament to the important role of housekeeping in the hotel industry.

This year’s record entry evidences the recognition of the role housekeeping plays in the delivery of an excellent guest experience with hoteliers keen to reward and recognise their contribution to a successful hotel performance.

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The teams went through a very rigorous judging process to reach this stage. They completed three housekeeping tasks at an assessment day in Belfast’s Room2 Hometel and had a surprise inspection of bedrooms, bathrooms and public areas by a professional hotel inspector. Winners and runners-up in each category are as follows:

Hotels with Under 50 Rooms:

Winner: The Harrison

Runner-up: Killeavy Castle Estate

Third Place: Gregory by the Warren Collection

Hotels with 50-99 Rooms:

Winner: Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel

Runner-up: Belmore Court & Motel

Hotels with 100-149 Rooms:

Winner: Ten Square Hotel

Runner-up: Hilton Templepatrick

Third Place: Titanic Hotel Belfast

Hotels with 150 Rooms and Over:

Winner: Slieve Donard

Runner-Up: AC Hotel Belfast

Third Place: Galgorm

Eddie McKeever, President of Northern Ireland Hotels Federation, said: "The housekeeping competition was launched over a decade ago and is always one of our most popular events. Tonight marks the 13th year of this competition which started during my father’s presidency in 2010. Housekeeping has often been overlooked but the department underpins the running of a successful hotel and is an integral part of the bedroom revenue stream. I would like to congratulate everyone who took part."

Mr McKeever emphasised the collaboration that makes this event successful and thanked sponsors for their invaluable support. Linencare, Bath Fitter, and Bunzl Rafferty Guest Amenities were acknowledged for their category support, Tourism Northern Ireland for supporting the overall competition, and King Koil as the associate sponsor.

"This is another example of excellent collaboration, and I would like to thank our sponsors for supporting the competition. Industry partners not only assist with the staging of the competition but help raise awareness of the importance of housekeeping," added Eddie McKeever.

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The Housekeeping Team of the Year competition continues to be a cornerstone in recognising and celebrating the vital role played by housekeeping teams in ensuring the success of the hotel industry. For further information please visit