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The Ebrington Hotel awarded 4 Star Grading & 2 AA Rosette for Dining

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The Ebrington Hotel

15th Feb 2024

The Ebrington Hotel in Derry~Londonderry is celebrating after being awarded 4-star accommodation grading by both Tourism NI & AA in the same week. In both reports, the Ebrington was found to offer “excellent & exceptional” standards throughout the property and was also awarded the coveted AA 2 rosette award for culinary excellence in its Oakroom Restaurant.

Cecil Doherty, MD of the Ebrington Hotel said “This is a prestigious 4-star rating that will help us to create a better hotel experience for all our guests. There was a tremendous amount of work to do, especially working with such a landmark building but the location and stunning design sets this hotel apart from anything else in the area. Receiving 2 AA Rosettes for our Oakroom Restaurant is testimony to the skill and dedication of our accomplished chefs led by Head Chef Leigh Thurston & Executive Chef Noel Mc Meel and our exciting & varied new menus which launch today showcase that talent to the max.”

John Mc Grillen Chief Executive Officer at Tourism NI said, “I commend The Ebrington Hotel on their achievement of a four-star award from Tourism NI. The hotel and the entire Ebrington site are an outward sign of the modern-day transformation of this part of the city and Tourism NI looks forward to supporting the business with their growth plans. I am positive about the many opportunities ahead for the hotel, and more generally, for tourism businesses in Derry and the Northwest, particularly as we look forward to the return of The Open next year. The Ebrington Hotel will undoubtedly appeal to a wide range of golf and leisure visitors seeking an excellent standard of fine dining and accommodation”.

The 4 Star Ebrington Hotel, which opened in July 2023 is the latest addition to Derry~Londonderry’s luxury accommodation offering and is the perfect excuse for booking a short stay in one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe and the perfect base for both local and international visitors to explore. The hotels’ accommodation of 89 bedrooms includes four signature suites with stunning views of the river Foyle & entire cityscape. Guests have complimentary use of spa and leisure facilities which include a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and gym.

Mr Doherty added “The property is an excellent addition to the tourism offering in the city. Achieving our desired 4-star grading from Tourism NI & the AA in the same week after, only being open less than 6 months is something that I am delighted about. As a team we have worked incredibly hard and have invested a lot of time to achieve this accreditation and I am immensely proud of all our staff for their hard work and dedication that helped us accomplish this result together & I am extremely grateful to them.”


The hotel is a culmination of new construction together with refurbishment of listed buildings on the Ebrington Barracks site which overlooks the river Foyle and the iconic Peace Bridge in the heart of the city.

The Tourism NI Quality Grading Scheme is a mark of distinction and gives visitors a clear idea of the standards of accommodation, service and cleanliness that they can expect during their stay. The scheme is open to hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, self-catering, hostels, and guest accommodation with businesses capable of achieving a grading of between one to five stars.