I stayed last summer during Killarney race week in July. I just phoned out of the blue the day previous to arriving and dropped very lucky.
On arrival I was helped upstairs with my bags. The Bed & Breakfast is above a pub (all run by the same people) in a main street in the town centre. With the aid of my disabled badge I parked immediately opposite in the public car park and the car didn't move from Sunday afternoon until Friday morning. I was able to go to the races in a taxi, the rank is a full 25 yards away.
The room was very clean and comfortable and although a little noisy, that was expected as I was staying in the town centre, there was no bar noise from downstairs though. The room was en-suite and there was plenty of room in the shower room and hot water was available all day. The one possible comment is that the showers are fixed nozzle, not a wand, but if that is all you have to complain about, you really do need help yourself.
The real plus point is the hospitality and attitudes of the people that run the place. It is family run, mother, daughter and son and all are very nice people who do there best to look after you. There is plenty of choice for breakfast and I am sure if they don't have it on the menu they would it get for the next morning if you asked and it is all cooked fresh.
The pub downstairs is just an extension of the hospitality in the bed & breakfast. I am a journalist among other things and had some work to do on a couple of mornings, I was able to sit in the bar downstairs and use the wifi and was treated to tea and coffee free because I was a guest upstairs. All followed by a very good lunch (I had to pay for that). At the same time I had a good chat with the locals as they came in and out for what appeared as much a social visit as a drink and I became quite friendly with a number of them.
The pub itself is right in the middle of the entertainment area of Killarney and as it was Race Week there was plenty going around town. Those liking a traditional Irish Music night would be well served, there are disco's going on around town and one pub up the road called "Tatler Jack's" doesn't get going until about 11pm, but it was great fun, with a band on into the early hours.
Dan Linehan's also takes part in that traditional Irish custom of the "Stay Behind" or "Lock-In" so you won't go thirsty. In the day if you like a bet you can watch all the racing channels on the pub television and even nip into the bookies next door without even getting wet on a rainy day. I understand that the pub has won an award from one of the satellite racing channels as a racing pub.
All in all it was a great few days that I will repeat and recommend anybody does. If you like Irish pub culture and enjoy meeting people it's great. Proper hospitality, great value for money and very nice people.
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- All rooms en-suite with power showers, top quality beds, hypoallergenic duvets, flat screen TVs, free wi-fi internet access and an all new breakfast menu. Breakfast is served until 11am. Check out at midday. Dan Linehan's traditional Irish bar in Killarney town centre. ... more less
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