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... came over and offered their hammer thing. And some help.
They were from Holland! Which, who knew...was the same thing as the Netherlands! Ok everyone apart from me knew that!
I ended up having dinner with them, and this was an interesting story!
Let me start my saying I had red wine before this, I was tired and I have to laugh looking back.
We had potato and salad for dinner.
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... in a gorgeous house right on a stream. Our house butted up against the shops in the town centre. We walked to many of the cafe and shops every day. We found a great little restaurant that does fish n' chips to go. We frequented a little bakery to get sandwiches, scones and my new favorite brown bread! Many of the pubs had live Irish music at night. Overall, it was a great city and we throughly enjoyed our stay there. See all my pictures for some of the sights in ...
... to relax and enjoy it. It was a great day for taking photos of the the scenery whilst driving because it was so beautiful the whole drive, and so many sheep, cows and bulls everywhere. We also stopped by an old church called Gallarus Oratory that looks like a beehive and is from the 8th century made from rocks stacked on top of each other with nothing to secure them yet the shape has stayed ...
... they were all finished we couldn’t believe our great choice of McCarthy’s. We picked it because I have read a book called McCarthy’s Bar and Erin has it with her to read while we are here. The author is a guy named McCarthy who tried to visit as many McCarthy’s bars as he could while he was on vacation. It is full of funny stories and info about Irish culture. A good read.
When we left McCarthy’s we went to ...
... hard to leave once the stage was over. We had a 10 km ride to our hostel, the Peacock Farm. It was up on the side of a hill, overlooking Lough Guitane. That mean we had some climbing to do. It didn't help that the road up quickly turned into little more that a jeep track. But, we made it without too much trouble. The hostel left lots to be desired. While the view could be lovely, looking out over a lake, two sheds and a tree blocked most of the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBrook Lane Hotel Kenmare
Wonderful people and luxurious rooms.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Brook Lane Hotel Kenmare
Really liked this hotel
we have stayed in many hotels around the country and felt that this was definitely one of our better experiences. We stayed in the Brooklane for 3 nights in May 06. The decor is lovely, the rooms are really big with lovely crisp duvets and nice furnishings. The staff (and owners) couldn't have been nicer and did everything they could to make our stay great. The food is very good in both bistro and restaurant and it is within walking distance of Kenmare. This hotel is very reasonable too and I would definitely recommend it.
THE BEST HOTEL YOU'LL EVER STAY IN!!!!!!
I can't rave enough about this hotel!!!!!!!! My husband and I got married in Ireland this past May. Our wedding reception was held at the Brook Lane Hotel. Being from Los Angeles, and both world travelers, I couldn't imagine having my wedding reception anywhere else in the world!!! From the amazing owners - -whom truly go above and beyond to not only put a nervous bride at ease but are also accommodating to guests, to a truly wonderful staff and beautiful and unique hotel, the Brook Lane is truly one of the most amazing and unique hotels in the world!!!!!
If you're looking for a hotel with pretention where one spends an exorbinant amount of money to be treated like another guest, this is not the hotel for you. But, if you are looking for a place to stay that is as amazing, wonderful and as full of character as Ireland itself, then look no further!!!!
Thank you Brook Lane Hotel!!!!
-From Antoinette & John
Modern, nice --why can't more places be like this?
Brook Lane is not your typical tiny irish B and B, with small rooms and shared showers, but a very modern hotel, with big rooms, good location, and cool extra touches. It is located at a crossroads just on outskirts of Kenmare, a 3 minute walk into town along a little country lane. It was the best of the places that we stayed while in the Kerry area and would recommend highly. That night we ate at Packie's, a restaurant that many guidebooks recommend. It was decent food at insanely pretentious prices, all the while crammed into tiny, hot room with many other tourists. Our least enjoayable dinner during our entire stay in Ireland. Don't bother and instead enjoy one of the many other places in town.
Hospitality with Style
We recently stayed at the Brook Lane Hotel for a long weekend and can say we had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Una, the owner, and all her staff made us feel very welcome, and with typical Irish hospitality, created an extremely laid back and relaxing atmosphere. The breakfasts were very good and we ate in the bar which also had a lively warm feel that served excellent quality food. The rooms were also to a very high standard with a very comfortable bed. The web site is also a very accurate point of reference to give you a good feel for the hotel. One other worthy point to mention is that the hotel is only a 4 minute stroll into the town of Kenmare where you are really spoilt for choice with numerous bars & restaurants. Surrounded by wonderful views of the Kerry mountains, this really is a great place for a short break to experience the 'Real Ireland'.
What a Find
My family and I stayed at The Brook Lane Hotel for a week in May and I have to say, I don't think I have stayed at a Hotel where the staff has been as welcoming and accommodating.
Not only did we receive a very warm welcome, the accommodation itself was contemporary and inviting, with large spacious rooms which were faultlessly clean and tidy. Also, the Hotel had wireless internet which made life very convenient.
Breakfast was excellent - always served with a friendly smile and a joke.
On a couple of evenings we ate in the Bar and Restaurant and again, the food was excellent with a good choice.
I have no doubt we will return to Brook Lane again as this was our second visit and the standards were certainly as high as our first.
Really nice experiance
My girlfriend Toni and I had the pleasure of staying in Brook Lane Hotel recently. We arrived on Friday evening for a romantic weekend and were greeted warmly and escorted to our room by Una Brennan, the owner of the hotel. A nice touch. We were tired after our long journey and just relaxed in the bar that evening and enjoyed a pint of Guinness or two and a chat with the friendly bar staff. Upon returning to our room we found a little candle burning by the bedside and both agreed it was a nice personal touch. Slept deeply that night on Queen size beds and found that the room supplied all necessities including wireless internet access. The rooms are large, warm and very clean and even though I personally took little notice Toni assures me the decor is amazing. After a long day sight seeing we returned to the hotel famished and our appetites and pallets were treated to a wonderful meal. The choice of food was impressive and the staff friendly. We sat by a lovely open coal and timber fire and finished off the night listening to some local musicians playing traditional music.
On Sunday morning we had a huge Irish breakfast in our room and the breakfast menu offered a variety of choices. Overall the weekend was everything we had hoped for and more. The most impressive thing I found about the Brook Lane Hotel was that there was no fuss made. Everything went smoothly and was laid back and the staff had an air of confidance about them. Will return again upon our next visit to Kenmare without doubt. Andrew Sullivan
Ok, not great
We stayed here in April '06. For the price, we expected much more. Although the rooms were new, clean, large and bright and the hotel itself is new, up-to date and beautiful. the service was really substandard. Not enough help and the help they did have were not fully trained. Breakfast was nightmarish with only one waitress for not only the hotel guests (which there were many disgruntled ones, I might add) but she also waited the tables in the separate restaurant. Maybe they were having a bad week ... new hotel, new staff ... who knows, but I do know they need to greatly improve their service. Good Luck to them.
Lovely, Friendly, relaxing stay
As soon as you enter the hotel you are greeted by friendly staff and a nice atmosphere (open fire - lovely decor). We where personally shown down to our room which where a good size and has all you need (iron, hairdryer, shower and bath, ISDN line, DVD & Video player, multichannel etc)
We had our dinner in the Bistro where we had a choice from the bar menu or the restaurant menu. Our meal was delicious and excellent value. We where also able to order room service for our breakfast which had great choices on the menu.
It's at a great spot in Kenmare - you can head of to do the Ring of Kerry etc or just pop over to Killarney for the day. It's takes only a few mins to walk into the centre of the town where you have a choice of shop, restaurants and bars.
I would highly recommend this hotel to all my friends without any hesitation
Disappointing and soulless
This hotel is in a modern, purpose built building. It does not have the atmosphere of a boutique hotel as it claims in its publicity. It has the feel of an upmarket 'travel' type hotel, the kind more suited to business travellers than tourists looking for a romantic hideaway. It is on the corner of two main roads and has little charm. The room was spacious, but there were poor touches - door handles missing from a cupboard. It also looked out onto a main road and car park. It is certainly not 'small, quirky and full of little surprises' as the website claims.
After a long drive to get there, we were bitterly disappointed by the location and soullessness of this place. We had stayed at the marvellous Casey's of Baltimore the night before and decided we couldn't bear to stay at Brooklane on the last night of our break, so drove all the way back to Caseys where we had a fantastic meal and enjoyed a comfortable room with spectacular views.
Read between the lines of Brooklane's publicity and don't be fooled into thinking it is a perfect retreat. If you want to feel like you're on a business trip - fair enough. If you want to experience something special for your money, stay away.
A stunning gem in Kenmare
My wife and I stayed at Brook Lane on Saturday and Sunday 8 & 9 October and were astonished at the quality we experienced. This 20 bed hotel, built just a year ago has been created to an exceptionally high standard - the decor and furnishings is resminiscent of the Mandarin Oriental Landmark in Hong Kong where I dined a few weeks earlier. Superb cuisine in the bistro, a really friendly atmosphere in their bar around an open fire where we enjoyed an excellent local singer, musician and Irish dancer on Sunday night. We met the owner, Una who gave the clear impression of a proprietor who is passionate about standards and totally 'hands on' with her establishment.
Before we left, we booked our next visit to Brook Lane, which is the most remarkable hotel we have visited anywhere in the world - comfort, design, friendliness, atmosphere and food (including a superb Irish breakfast) were beyond compare.
As frequent hotel-stayers all over the world we were made far more welcome here than in many more reputed and expensive establishments elsewhere in the world.