Brook Lane Hotel
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After a long day in the car driving the same stretch of road between the far tip of Northern Ireland and Dublin, we finally arrived in a small town in County Limerick named Adare. The town was adorable and we happened upon an amazing mansion call The Manor. The Manor is a huge, monastic looking castle situated on countless acres of forests, …
... and drove the Skellig Circle Drive, where we saw amazing cliffs and seascapes along he Atlantic coast. Skellig Michael Island out from these cliffs is an island where the medieval monks built a 12th century monastery for ascetic isolation. We drove a little further around the circle, but had to make a stop at the Valentia Ice Cream Stand near ...
... never be willing to travel with us wimps again. And that makes us zero for two in our efforts to drive the Ring of Kerry, with both attempts being called by rain.
We agreed to press ahead a few more miles until we got to the Blind Piper Pub, a rustic place our host Ken had told us about with old stone walls and lots of atmosphere, and we’d head back after lunch there. We got there, found both the food and the atmosphere ...
... the time that I made this observation, I also realized that we hadn't seen a trail marker in a while. And that we had left for this short walk (1.5 miles) in a manner that breaks every hiking rule (not to mention basic mom rules.) No water. No compass. No map. And not a soul knew where we were. However, we had .... my iPhone. I turned on the google maps and voila! There was the happy blinking blue dot, not far at all from the road, and we continued on. ...
... are the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountains in Ireland.
* The Black Valley was the last place in Ireland to get electricity, in 1978. The first thing they bought at the farm was a refrigerator, then electric shearers
* It is a huge farm, extending from Killarney to Kenmare (about 15 kilometers). They have 1,000 sheep with about 600-700 lambs a year. Foxes are a problem, otherwise they would have more lambs.
* The grasses start ...
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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.
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!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.