Although my heart sank when I realised there are no views worth talking about from any room, it soon cheered up again when I encountered the staff. The genuinely warm Irish hospitality they show is what really makes this hotel a winner.
The lobby and public spaces are decorated in a style I think may by trying to copy The G Hotel (in Galway city), yet are comfortable - though I could get the smell of food in the upstairs seating area, which was a bit off-putting. We were a little disappointed in our original room (the basic type, on the ground floor), but were "upgraded" to a smarter one upstairs without any fuss. Unbelievably, the hotel has a lift (elevator) - surely unnecessary when there is just a ground floor and a first floor?! When we stayed, we appeared to be the only guests under 55 yrs of age. If WIFI was available in the bedrooms I could not get it, perhaps it was available in the lobby or bar.
The other thing we really liked was the breakfast - absolutely the best I've had in any other hotel in Ireland, in terms of choice, quality (selection of local cheeses), plenty of good coffee and broad selection of hot breakfasts cooked to order. I had wonderful porridge and pancakes - certainly settting me up for the day ahead. A few small negatives - they seemed a little short-staffed at reception several times; the walk in to the town is a little longer than 10 mins (unless you walk very briskly) and a section of it is quite dark and surrounded by trees. Finally, they don't provide cover from the rain for any smokers at the tables outside, but coffee and biscuits were provided to us (free of charge) on several occasions!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brook Lane Hotel is Kenmare's only four star luxury Boutique Hotel. Family run and managed with all local Irish staff. In Casey's Bar and Award winning Restaurant we source all our produce locally using the freshest ingredients to make the tastiest of dishes. There is ample free car parking and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Live music weekly with Casey's Inhouse Band keeps locals and guests alike entertained with traditional Irish music. There is also a fantastic Irish Dancing show every Wednesday from 8pm! Phone direct for seasonal offers!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Brook Lane Kenmare
- Hotel Brook Lane