AA Hotel Inspector, Declan Connors, was in studio with Ryan Tubridy yesterday morning chatting all about his day job and how he and his colleagues make sure that only the best quality Hotels, Guesthouses and B&Bs in Ireland receive AA accreditation. Using one of his many false names, Declan, who has worked as an AA Hotel Inspector for over 10 years, starts his inspection when making his reservation and doesn’t stop until he’s run through his extensive check list which leaves no pillow unturned and no speck of dust unnoticed. He’s a fussy man, he’s paid to be.
The properties he inspects have signed up to be assessed. They know he’ll be paying them a visit, they just don’t know when. They invite his feedback even when it’s not what they were hoping to hear. Not only is he fussy, he’s passionate too, passionate about Ireland’s hotel industry. He wants all the properties within the AA Hotel Inspections Scheme from the family run B&B to the 5 star resort to deliver excellent hospitality, quality food and to seize every opportunity to upsell.
Assessing the food on offer is also a big part of Declan’s visit and he know’s exactly what he’s looking for when deciding whether a restaurant merits an AA Rosette Award. To find out more about what Declan looks out for and what life on the road as an AA hotel inspector is like click below for the podcast.
AA Rosettes are awarded annually to hotels producing fine cuisine. The aim of the Rosette scheme is to provide AA Members, its guidebook readers and the general public reliable information about where to eat. Rosettes are awarded on a rising scale of 1 to 5. The AA has been awarding Rosettes since 1955. There are currently 88 AA Rosette awarded restaurants in Ireland.
On www.AAHotels.ie you can select an area or city and you’ll see a list of available places. Hotels that we have personally inspected will appear first, marked with an AA logo, but you will also have access to other establishments.
The booking facility is provided by Roomex.com, the Dublin based booking service that gives you access to 150,000 hotels worldwide.
The AA doesn’t just recommend Hotels, Guesthouses and B&Bs – we inspect every one personally. You cannot just buy a listing or an award from the AA; our team of AA Inspectors have very high standards and an establishment cannot be accredited unless it consistently reaches those standards. When you see an AA logo on a Hotel or other accommodation that is your guarantee of quality.