Small Belfast B&B takes top accolade at industry awards
Belfast's Tara Lodge has been named the best bed and breakfast in Northern Ireland.
The small, unassuming independent hotel just off Botanic Avenue in the south of the city fought off stiff competition to take the title at the AA's Bed and Breakfast Awards, held at the Landmark London Hotel.
It was presented to general manager Nora Douds and owner Connor O'Donnell.
Mr O'Donnell said he was "delighted and honoured by this prestigious award from the AA, a long-time partner and supporter of our work in Tara Lodge.
"I am vastly proud of the work that Nora Douds and her team have put into the success of Tara Lodge," he said.
"I am pleased that their hard work has been recognised by being awarded the AA Guest Accommodation of the Year for Northern Ireland 2015.
"We are delighted to be setting the standard for excellence among the guest accommodation providers in Belfast and the wider region of Northern Ireland."
Located slap bang in the middle of the bohemian student district, Tara Lodge has already fought off competition from five-star contenders to come top of places to stay in Northern Ireland, according to TripAdvisor.
Despite being located in the unlikely surroundings of an unremarkable side street, its charms have won over its thousands of visitors, ranking number 12 among hotels right across the UK by customers from Australia and the US.