The difference between 5* and lesser hotels is that 5* hotels treat you like a guest. Nothing was too much for the staff here, they were very friendly and helpful. The hotel is lovely, in a beautiful location. We had a lake view room which was fantastic, wonderful views, huge room, huge bed, large clean bathroom with walk in shower - like a mini wet room. Balcony with lake views, very relaxing. The grounds are large and well laid out, perfect for walking.
The breakfasts had plenty of choice from full Irish to continental breads and fresh fruit or smoked salmon if you wish. Staff were on hand to cook eggs whichever way you wanted them, also pancakes available. We dined in the Brasserie and Panorama restaurant and had room service- all of which were excellent. Panorama is a bit pricey though. Room service was very prompt and efficient - some hotels make room service a low priority - not the Europe. Food was hot when delivered. In the Brasserie you can have anything from a snack to a 3 course meal, you are a guest you are not forced to pay for something you don't want. Did not try the Spa cafe, will do next time.
This hotel is fairly expensive but the pool and the ponies make it all worthwhile. The infinity pool was fantastic. There are individual changing rooms, if required, something that I cannot remember seeing in a hotel. Not everyone likes communal changing. The pool is large and well heated, fantastic views of the lake. The outdoor pool is heated to 36 degrees. I highly recommend swimming outdoors, in the dark, in the pouring rain, in late October. It is not cold at all, wonderful experience. Likewise, pony riding in the grounds, in the woods. This is complimentary to guests, which helps to compensate for the overall cost. Did not have time for Spa treatment or sauna, again will do this next time. There is plenty to do without leaving the hotel but we did go sightseeing as well. Staff are full of help and advice e.g. shopping is better in Tralee than Killarney - did not have time to find out if this is tru or not. There is also a children's play area for families and a helipad for those who can afford a helicopter!
We will return for the food, ponies and leisure facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the shores of Lough Lein, The 5 Star Europe Hotel and Resort has been welcoming guests for over fifty years and has reopened after a 70m face lift which includes the stunning 4,600 sq.m. spa called ESPA at The Europe. From the moment you cross the threshold of the hotel you step into another world. A magnificent two story atrium with glass doors leads onto a garden terrace with a view of the lake and the mountains beyond which leaves you breathless. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Europe Hotel Killarney
- The Europe Hotel And Resort
- Europe Hotel Killarney