Kenmare Bay Hotel
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... and proceeded to Limerick for lunch via Banratty Castle. Our destination being Kenmare - another gorgeous little village, and it was nearly 6pm before we arrived. The scenery changed from rock walls to walls made of shrubs and bushes. But a fascinating drive nonetheless. Tim, being unwell, was irritated by our GPS choosing to take us on the scenic route as opposed to the freeway ...
... ve decided that in some way we must be related to the owner. Besides he was a famous athlete back “In the day, dontcha know?” All the more reason to claim his as our kin.After miles of rocky, sheep covered hillsides….with a few tunnels thrown in… we arrived in Kenmare. This was the start of the Ring of Kerry or the end, depending on how you look at it. After booking in to a B&B Sane insisted on driving on (see how good weather ...
... us perspective on what it must have been like to travel in this mode. Our Irish driver, Dennis Doona, missing one front tooth, was just about as interesting and fun as they come. He was full of information, including the fact that there is a strong connection between the Muckross House--which was our destination in the park--and Filoli Gardens in Woodside and the Empire Mine in Grass ...
... far before we turned back. On the way up we had seen a Ring Fort called Tir no hOlohleann in Irish and Teernahillane in English, so we stopped there on the way down. It was just out in the middle of a field. A round earthen plateau with a small tree and grass and bushes growing on top. There were many wildflowers including heather that was flowering. We found Derrenataggart Stone Circle further down the mountain. It was not as big as the one in ...
... and met James Thatcher. They decided to get married, but there was a problem. Mary was Catholic and James was Protestant. And in the 1800’s it was illegal to get married in the Catholic Church. So they got married twice. Once legally, and once in secret, in the Catholic Church. And this is how the Thatcher family became Catholic.
By the time we got back to Kenmare, we were both energized and excited to start our first real day in Ireland. ...
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The Bay's the Way
As you'd expect, the accomodation was comfortable, clean and very reasonably priced, the location in the heart of Kerry was excellent but the real asset for the Kenmare Bay are the staff. All the staff I encountered, starting with the manager and going right across the board, were genuinely interested, friendly and helpful (something that I've found is pretty rare in the hotel trade). This creates a relaxed, unfussy atmosphere about the place that makes it easy to feel at home the moment you arrive. A credit to the management and staff. I look forward to returning.
Kenmare is an absolute gem of a place to visit. It offers beautiful scenery, super restaurants, lively nightlife and loads to do. We stayed in the Kenmare Bay hotel and I recommend it highly. The hotel and the rooms were excellent. The staff were extremely polite and professional. I will definitely return soon.
Exactly what we needed ...
The Kenmare Bay Hotel completed all the requirements for a perfect getaway. Service was excellent - the management could not do enough for us to make our stay better. The rooms were clean, the food was great and all this at great value.
Perfect base to check out this beautiful part of Kerry.
Feel good factor 5 stars!
I stayed in the Kenmare Bay Hotel for a weekend with some members of my family and really enjoyed it. It's an extremely friendly place with smiling and helpful staff, who make the stay a pleasure. The hotel is only about a few minutes stroll from the colourful streets of Kenmare town and makes for an easy return to the nice rooms and a comfortable bed after a night out sampling the local cuisine and famous atmosphere of the Irish pub life.
It is also a good place to be based for taking day excursions and drives around the spectacular Kerry countryside.
I'd recommend this hotel to anyone. For some reason there are no signposts to direct you there, but ask someone when you're in town, as we did and it's very close by.
Great Touring Base
A nice hotel, with an excellent staff. We arrived late our first evening after a fustrating 24 hours of airports, missing luggage, and rerouted flights. Our room was ready and the very nice staff member at the desk reopened the kitchen and managed to get us several sandwichs and salads without a second thought.
Excellent location to tour County Kerry and the Ring of Kerry. The hotel is a short and pleasant three minute walk to several nice pubs and restaruants in Kenmare. Leave the car at the hotel and enjoy your visit rather than mess with the narrow streets and driving on the left. Or just have a pint at the snug bar on the premise.
If you need Killarney, its just up the road, but staying in Kenmare allows you to avoid the congestion of the city and enjoy the Ireland you came to see.
Pleasure to stay in
I recently had a cousin over from the UK to visit and brought her to stay at the Kenmare Bay Hotel for a couple of nights. The rooms were comfortable and the staff excellent. We both were impressed by the service and hospitality we received there. I would definitely recommend the hotel and hope to stay there again on my next visit.
Great value for money
I stayed in the Kenmare Bay Hotel last weekend and we found it to be a welcoming and a very friendly an relaxing hotel. We had phoned numourous places and the value for money that this hotel offered was exceptional. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants to visit Kenmare or any part of kerry.
I wrote a note to the management of the Kenmare Bay Hotel in Kenmare, County Kerry to compliment their staff on their most welcoming of service that I've experienced in Irish hospitality for a good while. I felt I had to share my sentiment with other travellers too...
We arrived fairly late, without having booked a room, and check-in and
check-out was flawless. Not even organising us a sandwich tray later that
evening was too much to ask.
Good service nowadays seems to have become the exception to the rule, which shouldn't be the case in a country so dependent on tourism. But when I come across service that leaves a champagne aftertaste in my soul, I have to give a 'pat on the back'.
I can recomment this hotel to each and all.
A lovely spot
Having read the review "depressing and costly" about Kenmare Bay Hotel, I was dreading my weekend away in the Hotel. It did look a bit dated from the outside but the interior is nicely decorated. The room was lovely and the bathroom was very clean with a modern shower in the bath.It was the first hotel in Ireland I have stayed in that had a very informative coloured booklet which went through everything you`d need to know from babysitting service to obtaining ice for you room. It also had a list of things to do in the area on a nice day and a rainy day! Free maps where also at reception.At breakfast there was a lovely spread a whole pot of tea/coffee and hot toast was promptly delivered to you table. The staff could not have been nicer very cheery and helpful, insuring you had everthing you wanted. The dinner experience was excatly the same, being a vegan I always have problems in resturants....the waitress asked me what I would like and I got excatly what I asked for. I truely enjoyed my weekend in Kenmare and would have no problem recommending The Kenmare Bay Hotel
Depressing and costly
I stayed in the Kenmare Bay Hotel last weekend, I was really disappointed by the entire experience. The rooms are small and dingy with horrible décor. The staff were cold and unhelpful. The hotel had just reopened for the summer so that might explain the musty smell in the room.