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The Europe Hotel & Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Fossa
Certificate of Excellence
Tipperary, Ireland
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“Only just fell short of exceptional”
Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Got off to a rocky start as bed had not been made when we checked in. They promptly moved us and left a bottle of bubbly and strawberries to make up for the inconvenience, which was appreciated. The spa is top class and we spent a lot of time there in the outdoor hot tub taking in the breathtaking views of the lakes. The only slight qualm was that there were a lot of kids there which doesn't fit with a truly relaxing spa experience so maybe even the hot tub could be made a child-free zone! Other areas are signed as child-free but it wasn't enforced. We went for a walk around the grounds which are beautiful. The bed was huge and comfy. The breakfast was good quality, delicious and plentiful with more stunning panoramic views at our table. We then spent much of the rest of the day in the spa again. So all in all a lovely treat for us and with a few tweaks it could be exceptional.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

stayed here for a midweek 2 night break. arrived after the recommended time for check in 3.15 but our room wasnt ready. we were given vouchers for a coffee in the bar while we waited. This was served a a grumpy female bartender. had to wait an hour and twenty mins for our room.. not what you want after a long drive. Got to our room and there was a meal tray outside the door from the previous occupants.... it was still there 10 hours later.. not good enough. Room was lovely. very comfy bed. amazin views. staff in the restaurant wer excellent. very good wine list. we ate there both nights.. leisure centre was excellent . Especially the steam room. Best i was ever in.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

Located right next to the golf course and the lake, this is an excellent hotel from check-in to breakfast.
There is direct access even to the lake which not only affords great views, but also remarkable water quality.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

One Saturday night stay but boy, was it memorable. It all started with a welcoming arrival around 11am when we checked in. As guests, since we were too early for our room, we were swiftly introduced to the wonderful spa team who showed us around the truly beautiful world class spa and facilities. We had treatments booked so had a relaxing well thought out experience for a couple of hours. This was followed by time on in the pool and spa salad lunch by the multiple warm and cold indoor and outdoor pools. Didn't try the fully equipped gym but it looked pretty comprehensive. Then it was time to visit our room (accurately described as spacious by others here) with the most amazing view of the lavender beds and gardens with the stunning lake, islands and mountains beyond. The weather was fab so we could sit on the room's balcony and watch the fashion at a wedding reception in progress on the terrace below. After a peaceful afternoon, we walked around the grounds down to the lake jetty and in to dinner which was an experience, although everyone seemed to be of like mind. We had the chateaubriand (to be recommended) and a nice red (from their decent list) which was all superb. The staff were all very helpful and the Austrian lady on staff was good fun, recommending an Irish version of an Austrian fruit dessert. Just when we thought it couldn't get much better, we adjourned to back to the terrace for fabulous cocktails (and I even had a semi-annual cigar). We had a stroll back down to the lake to see the lights of the wedding venue off to one side, well out of usual impact range at hotels. After that once we were back at the terrace, the whole jetty area glittered and boomed for several minutes of excellent fireworks. Coincidental but all the more memorable for it. The next morning, breakfast buffet was in the same dining room and suitably tasty with omelettes cooked to order with buffet and so on. We plan to make it a quarterly event, circumstances permitting. Would stay longer but that would be spoiling ourselves, and harder to schedule around the kids !

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We recently enjoyed a 4 night stay at the hotel on the shores of Loch Lein. The images in the hotel's web site are entirely accurate - amazing views, decor and facilities. The Panorama restaurant is outstanding and offers excellent cuisine and service. If you are lucky with the weather, the views from your table will amaze you. The best tables are typically allocated first, so plan to eat early. After dinner, retire to the bar for an Irish malt - or two!
The bedrooms overlooking the lake are very spacious and well equipped, and, of course, come with a balcony overlooking the lake. Avoid rooms on the lower floors as these can be noisy due to The Brasserie area below as well as uncontrolled children running wild.
The Spa is wonderful and although the prices are not cheap, you should indulge in a treatment or two.
Before leaving, make certain you get a copy of the hotel's recipe for Guiness and walnut bread!
A 5 star resort with a well deserved reputation to match.
We will definitely return!

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Winchester
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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and I just spent a night in the hotel and had a great time. The views were spectacular and the room was brilliant.

The highlight however was our morning canoeing. Although 150 euros for the two of us for 3 hours, it was brilliant. Our guide John was a pleasure and took us all around the Lough and showed us some local gems. The O 'sullivans cascade is a sight to behold and worth the cost of the trip alone!

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed I'm the Europe Hotel for two nights and booked a lake view room on 3rd floor. The room was absolutely stunning , such luxury from the moment you walk in. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains from the moment you open the door to your room. Beautiful deep bath and large shower! Loads of space and light in the room. The bed was very big but could have done with more pillows. The balcony was fab! Perfect to sit and eat dinner from room service and sip wine!

The leisure centre was fab with it's thermal spa facilities. So relaxing... We spent hours just lying around in the thermal suite and on the loungers around the pool. Downside was in the afternoon it was full of kids. This hotel caters really well for families but should try to keep certain areas children free. There was some children in thermal suite on one occasion. Not so relaxing.

The brasserie was great for lunch and dinner really enjoyed food and cocktails. Great selection. Breakfast was fab, the hot & cold buffet had a huge selection and catered for various dietary needs. Pancakes were yummy!

The hotel itself is beautifully kept with luxury everywhere. You can really switch off during stay. Some many areas to sit and relax. Staff were very friendly and helpful and I couldn't fault them.

It really is a 5* destination , with it's luxurious rooms and beautiful surroundings! I can't wait to go back to the Europe Hotel it really is amazing.

Book it you won't be disappointed!!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Europe Hotel & Resort
Address: Fossa, Co. Kerry, Fossa, Killarney, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Killarney > Fossa
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Fossa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Europe Hotel & Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 187
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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