This hotel encapsulates everything that Irish hospitality is about. The public rooms and guest rooms ooze old-world style but with 21st Century attention to detail. Breakfast is an experience worth getting up for: terrific choice of cooked options if you haven’t overloaded from the buffet table of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, home-made breads, scones and traditional pastries. Tables have beautiful, Irish linen tablecloths and napkins set off with silver tea pots and jugs. And, if you can, have a chat with Betty. Betty is not so much a person as an institution (a walking, talking, encyclopedic one). She has waited in the dining room, and everywhere else around the hotel, for more years than anyone can remember (including the owners!): we’re talking decades here! She’s just wonderful and, she’s not alone. Some of the hotel employees have been here since Adam was a boy. Really. 10, 20, 30, 40+ years: all part of the Buckley Dynasty.
The adjacent Buckley’s Bar is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. It’s cosy and typically Irish: sounds of happy banter and chit-chat and music and laughter and the clink and dull thud of Guinness pints going endlessly about their business. Wallpaper with musical motifs, well worn wooden benches, softly padded arm chairs, original photographs. Sit by the fire; chat with the locals; sing along with the motley bunch of musicians that come and go before lunch on Sundays. It’s what a good pub should be. Magic! I met the owners, Sean and Carol Buckley, and reminded them - in case they'd forgotten - that most hoteliers would give their right arm to get close to what this establishment has on offer: location, style, tradition, ethos - and staffed by the most warm and wonderful people. It’s right in town with culture, history, shopping, pubs, restaurants and entertainment on the doorstep. It’s also a favourite starting point for visitors doing the famous “Ring of Kerry" tour. And, the wonderfully scenic Irish “Lake District” and Killarney National Park are just minutes away by car – or “Jaunty Car” (touristy horse and trap - complete with driver/guide who never stops talking). However long you’re here for you’ll want to come back. Honest!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Arbutus is one of Killarney's true original hotels. Located in the town centre it is a historic, family run hotel -The Arbutus is best described as a Country House Manor in the heart of Killarney . Whilst small, it has the luxurious accommodation and service expected from a larger hotel, with the advantage of all the personal attention and discretion that a smaller property can offer. Location, service, knowledge and comfort. It is often described by guests as a home away from home. We look forward to the opportunity of making you feel at home ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arbutus Hotel Killarney