Kenmare Bay Hotel
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... and Jen had a burger and we washed our food down with some Irish cider ale.
Tomorrow is another long day of driving and seeing sights on the Ring of Kerry. It should be pretty spectacular, and then we'll head back to Limerick for the conference. So far, Ireland is what I have pictured. Very green, very friendly, very hilly. I look forward to what's to come!
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... but nothing like we had just lived through.Took a side trip to Glenbeigh, the Kerry Bog Village, to find out more about how our ancestors lived. Can’t imagine what they would have thought about the size of our homes in Canada and the amenities we have.Then it was on to Dingle where our family roots are. Of course anyone that knows my sister will understand that we just had to find a quilt shop along the way. The one we found was somewhere ...
... a society meant to help preserve Irish language and culture. The Oireachtas is responsible for helping out the Gaeltacht regions, among other things. And for the football games. The Oireachtas na Samnha, which I attended last weekend, is giant televised song and dance competition, all in Irish. An Irish speaking friend told me, "Remember when I told you that 70,000 people in Ireland speak Irish fluently? Well, all 70,000 will be there." He kids, of ...
... was hilarious.
ˇ Castletownbere (castle-town-bear): this was a very colorfully painted Irish town with some pretty bars. We stopped at the tourist information to find directions to the nearby Derrintaggart stone circle. I normally rely on Rick Steves’ guidebooks to tell me everything I need to know. But the guide was very sparse on the Beara. We also tried to find some tea and scones for lunch, but the place we went was out. So settled for some ...
... car, a very small silver Hyundai but with surprising trunk space. Next we went to the ATM to get cash. Erin got 300 Euros but when I put my card in, it couldn't read it. We will try it in another machine later. When we went out to find the car, the wind about blew us away. It was strong all day with sometimes rain. I bought an atlas at the gift shop but took it back because we didn’t think it had enough detail. I drove today so Erin ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.