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NI hotel ranked UK's No 2 in top travel poll

By Jonathan Bell

Two Northern Ireland hotels have been named as among the best to visit in the UK - with one of them narrowly missing out on the top spot.

The 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice awards for hotels revealed the top rated hotels based on guest reviews.

Bishop's Gate Hotel in Derry came in at number two, just behind London's Hotel 41, which was also named among the world's best places to lay your head for a night.

"Fantastic overnight luxury stop," said one guest of their time in the hotel, "well worth a visit."

Opened in March 2016 by charity the Inner City Trust, the grade B1 listed Bishop's Gate describes itself as 'a Derry Landmark reborn' with 30 bedrooms, The Wig & Gown Champagne Bar & Restaurant and the Northern Counties Ballroom.

The former Northern Counties Building was previously a private members club and base for the city's business and civic leaders, which once hosted the likes of Ulster Unionist leader Lord Carson, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Nobel-winning poet, WB Yeats. It is also where Martin McGuinness recently announced his retirement from front line politics.

While London dominates the top 25, Northern Ireland makes a second appearance with the Bushmills Inn at number 23.

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