The benefit of staying at Failte Hotel was obvious from the moment my husband and I entered Killarney Town, LOCATION! The first major street we came to when rolling into town was College Street and a couple of blocks down, there was the Failte. It is located right in the heart of the town, within walking distance from everything and side by side to the colorful storefronts we had seen in the towns we travelled through on the way to Killarney.
However, outside of location, the Failte Hotel does not have a lot going for it. To get to the rooms, you must climb up to the third floor up a rather narrow staircase (not the easiest to navigate with luggage.) But, my main complaint was the lack of cleanliness. There was dried toothpaste on the wall above the sink. The carpet was visibly dirty with little pieces of something on it in several places. And, worse yet, the sheets were not clean. There were hairs and other little crumbs on them.
The room was decorated very plainly and somewhat outdated. The room was also very small with a shower so tiny your body nearly touched the walls while you were in it.
Another negative was that you were never really given the chance to interact with the staff as you do in other B&B's. There is not really a registration desk, you must go inside the restaurant to check in and out and it was unclear really who were the owners, etc.
Killarney is wonderful and very worth the visit. Do not miss eating at The Fresk and experiencing the sing-a-long music at The Danny Mann.
For those of you considering Killarney to drive the Ring of Kerry, drive the Ring of Kerry beginning at Killarney travelling through Kenmare and down to about Sneem. Then turn around. The vistas are not nearly as impressive on the other half of the drive and there is so much to see in Killarney your time would be better spent not driving the whole ring.
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