Stayed for 3 nights in this nice hotel. First off, I did not have time to avail myself of the spa or pool or gym or horseback riding, so I cannot comment on those.
For me, the best part was the view from the dining room. Stunning views past verdant green pastures of Dunloe Gap. The food was good, not great, & a bit repetitive. The Bar does not share the same spectacular view as the restaurant, is very small, but still nice.
From approaching the hotel, I was underwhelmed. It reminded me a bit of a typical motel. But once inside, it is quite lovely. It is popular for weddings & they had a wedding reception every day I was there -- which also meant that the outside deck was closed.
The rooms have varied views, from stunning to not-so-great. No A/C & we were there during a hot spell, so our room was pretty uncomfortable. They did provide us with a fan, which helped. The room was nice & of good size, the bed comfortable, the linens nice. We had a persistent problem with the toilet not flushing & even though they came & checked it, it remained very temperamental.
Paying my bill was a hassle. I had "signed" for drinks in the bar, even though the bartenders never gave me an actual slip to sign. They had simply asked for my room number. Not a good system. The charges were not right & it took some work to get it straightened out.
One last thing -- this hotel is not IN Killarney, nor is it walkable to Killarney. It is more what I would call a "destination" hotel. If you have a car, it is a great place to escape the tourism in Killarney & still be close to all the wonderful things the area has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Dunloe is a beautiful 5* hotel, overlooking the famous Gap of Dunloe, set on its own 64 acre estate leading to the ruins of the 12th century castle and River Laune. The dog-friendly The Dunloe is one of the finest luxury hotels Ireland has, boasting magnificent 5 star hotel accommodation in Kerry, only 5 miles from Killarney town. Enjoy a range of complimentary onsite leisure activities including swimming, sauna, steam room, fitness room, fishing, horse riding, and indoor tennis. A kids club and movie night programme runs for children throughout the summer months. Golf, tours, walks can also be arranged locally ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunloe Castle Hotel
- Hotel Dunloe Castle
- Dunloe Castle Killarney