The Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges was named Hotel of the Year (up to 75 rooms) at the event, which took place at The Europa Hotel in Belfast on June 7.

Around 450 guests from Northern Ireland’s hospitality and leisure sectors saw 19 awards distributed during the event, which was co-hosted by broadcasters Sarah Travers and Joe Lindsay.

The LCN Awards, first held in 2009, are designed to acknowledge and reward exceptional venues and personalities across the local hospitality trades. Entries are sought from hotels, restaurants, fast-food outlets, pubs, tourist attractions and others and judging is carried out independently by mystery shopping specialists from Spotcheck NI.

Speaking after the event, the hotel’s general manager, David Morrison, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded Hotel Of The Year 2019 at the prestigious LCN Awards It is a fantastic recognition for all our award winning team and is testament to our ongoing commitment to continuously improve our product offering. As part of our growth plans, we are dedicated to providing all our guests with an unrivalled experience in a fantastic lakeside location”.

Other awards distributed on the night included the coveted LCN Lifetime Achievement Award which, this year, went to hotel veteran, Patsy O’Kane from Derry-Londonderry, former owner and developer of the city’s iconic Beech Hill Hotel.