If you're willing to afford it, this is an absolutely fantastic hotel, and one I can't wait to get back to.
Stayed for 3 nights in a master deluxe room (with jacuzzi in room and lake views). Had planned 2 nights at 200e per night, but was offered 100e for the final night and took advantage of the offer. I wouldn't suggest the woodland view rooms to anyone, as although they may be perfectly nice, you can only be missing out without the lake views.
Despite having read the fantastic reviews on tripadvisor I was a little worried about the decor. It looked terrible to me in the photos - I like very modern rooms (ie no flowery wallpaper/carpet). However, the reviews were so good, I took the chance. Was not disappointed - the photos (especially on the actual hotel website) simply do not do justice to the rooms. The room was incredibly spacious, with a beautifully placed hottub in the main bedroom and a balcony to admire the INCREDIBLE views. I can't even begin to imagine how big the suites must be. We were on the 4th floor.
I had seen other users' photos of deer - thought this might be a rare occurence, but sure enough saw them constantly during our stay. We were somehow blessed with nice weather but this would be a fantastic place to enjoy in torrential rain also.
The breakfast lounge/restaurant is a fantastic setting to enjoy your meals. Unfortunately the manager was incredibly rude on one evening but did apologise and give free drinks after complaining - I certainly wouldn't let this put me off the hotel. (and I'd generally never set foot in a restaurant again after a bad experience).
As for location, it is superb, just outside Killarney town, a short taxi ride away or what I would guess to be a 20minute walk.
Seemed quiet when we were there but nonetheless didn't hear a single noise from outside the room/corridors. (bar the stag)
Overall I can't recommend this hotel highly enough based on quality of room, views and romantic setting. Might not be the best value, but that's probably not what you're looking for at the Lake Hotel. If you want a romantic setting, relaxed surroundings, spacious, well decorated room with superb views - book it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lake Hotel is a friendly Family run hotel, Free Parking, safe secure, environmentally sound hotel on the lake shore in Killarney. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends at the Lake Hotel. We will give you a traditional Irish welcome from the Huggard Family and Staff. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Hotel Killarney