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“Excellent eating in Tralee”

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Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Tralee
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin
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26 reviews
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“Excellent eating in Tralee”
Reviewed 23 June 2012

Located a couple of miles outside town, Brook's restaurant in the Ballygarry Hotel is excellent. Staff are welcoming and professional. Food was superb, a traditional menu but many innovative and imaginative twists. If you are staying in town, you will need to get a cab there and back, but it is well worth the effort. Prices are a little above average, but food and service is top notch.

Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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, General Manager at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 29 June 2012
Dear Joseph Dublin,

Thank you for posting your review of your recent meal at Brooks Restaurant. Your kind comments are much appreciated and I have passed them to all of out team.

I hope you will have the opportunity to revisit Ballygarry House again soon.

Kindest regards,
Padraig McGillicuddy
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Western Ireland, Ireland
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132 reviews
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Reviewed 21 June 2012

We made a stop at the bar in Ballygarry House Hotel for Chowder and Fish Cakes yesterday. I had the the Chowder which comes in at under €6 served with the usual brown bread and my husband had the Fish Cakes, which were served with Fries and Salad and were under €11. Both were delicious. The bar is very cosy, seems to have a lot of locals mixed with passing trade. Highly Recommend. It's not my first time eating in Ballygarry and I must say I have never been dissapointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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, General Manager at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 29 June 2012
Dear Globezila,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of your meal in our Bar. I have passed this on to Brid our Bar Manager, and our restaurant team who were delighted with your kind words.

Best wishes,
Padraig McGillicuddy
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

This is a fantastic place to stay in the Tralee area. Rooms are spotlessly clean and a good, generous size. Food in both the bar and the restaurant is excellent, not fussy and with the emphasis on quality.
The Spa is a great place to spend an hour or two relaxing and the staff throughout the hotel are excellent ambassadors for the hotel. Nothing is too much trouble for them.
The gardens are clean and picturesque....it would be nice to be able to take breakfast in the gardens on a fine summers day.
It's a shame that the hotel doesn't have a gym but the positive aspects more than make up for that....take a long relaxing walk around the area and a suana in the spa instead!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Co. Kerry Ireland
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

My daughter booked me a treatment with a meal and overnight B&B. Our room was in the eves of the building with a fabulous view though my bed was 2 singles pushed together & I found myself slipping through the middle. However. It was a lovely comfortable room. The 3 course meal was second to none with excellent table service. The treatment was extremely relaxing and we made use if the Canadian hot tub & sauna & steamroom. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it was fabulous value for money.

  • Stayed April 2012
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Dublin
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

I recently stayed here while attending a wedding and i found it a fantastic place to stay. It is situated a few minutes drive from the town of Tralee so you have the feel of a country house hotel. We where greeted with an extremely warm and friendly welcome when we checked in and the decor of the hotel is very good. Its clean and modern and the rooms where extremely cosy and comfortable. The Thermal Suite in the Spa was one of the high points and again the staff to greet us in the Spa where friendly and chatty with all guests. The Termal Suite was very clean and had a very high standard, one of the highlights being the outdoor hotub. The bar in the hotel downstairs had an intimate cosy athmosphere and the breakfast on both mornings was first class and i could not find fault with it. We attended a wedding in the hotel and the venue was pefect, beautiful surroundings and an ideal setting for the special occasion. If you are planning a wedding it would be worth checking this place out as it was voted number one venue for weddings recently and i can see why after our stay. Overall if you are staying in Tralee then you must stay at this hotel, its warm friendly athmosphere plus reasonable rates gives this 4 star hotel a 5 star feel. Its also close by to Killarney so it is very easy to commute. Also If you are looking for somewhere to eat in Tralee then i would recommend you try Bella Bia.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Walshey1977
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, General Manager at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 29 June 2012
Dear Walshey1977,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I am delighted that you enjoyed the wedding which you attended, and your stay in general. I have passed on your review to our staff who will be delighted with your feedback.

Kindest Regards,
Padraig McGillicuddy
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

My husband and I stayed here for two nights, May 17 & 18. The hotel is stunning. The receptionist who greeted us upon checkin was so friendly and helpful; she even looked up the local cineman to find us a movie to see that night. [I wish I could remember her name to thank her for her help.] The room was spacious, well laid out, and comfortable. The bathroom was amazing with a separate shower & tub. Our only disappointment was at dinner in the bar our second night there. While the food was good, the service was not very attentive. After receiving our food, we never saw the waiter again. No one checked on us, offered drink refills or even brought us our bill! We waited 15 minutes after our plates were cleared and finally had to flag down a passing staff member to request our bill.

Over all, a great stay and we would definitely stay there again. Would probably not return to the bar for dinner though.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank SoccerDogz
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, General Manager at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 29 June 2012
Dear SoccerDogz,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review of your recent stay with us. I am glad that you had an overall great experience, and I have noted your comment to our Bar Manager.

I hope to see you back at Ballygarry House again in the future.

Best wishes,
Padraig McGillicuddy
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We spent three days here playing golf at local courses. The room was excellent, the staff great and the food first class. We went on to Bushmill's in the north and found Ballygarry much superior. I would recommend this hotel to anyone traveling in the area.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Dear etandmt,

Thank you for posing your review of your stay with us. I am delighted that you enjoyed your golfing trip with us and I have passed your kind words on to all our staff.

Best wishes,
Padraig McGillicuddy
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Additional Information about Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa

Property: Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
Address: Leebrook, Tralee V92 W279, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Tralee
#1 Romantic Hotel in Tralee
#1 Family Hotel in Tralee
#2 Business Hotel in Tralee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Named in the top 10 of hotels in Ireland on TripAdvisor, the 4 star Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee Co. Kerry has been in the same family for over 50 years & owner Padraig McGillicuddy knows how to make you feel at home. The hotel's warm interior offers plenty of corners to hide away with a good book to indulge in afternoon tea, and Brooks restaurant serves modern Irish cuisine using the best of local Kerry produce. The Brasserie at Ballygarry House offers casual dining daily from 12.30. This Kerry Hotel provides visitors with the perfect base to explore Kerry and The Wild Atlantic Way with plenty of attractions and activities nearby. No visit to Ballygarry Hotel Tralee is complete without a visit to Nadur Spa which offers traditional Irish Seaweed Soaks as well as hot tub, thermal suite & rejuvenating mud wraps. ... more   less 
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