Kenmare Bay Hotel
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Cycled 30 miles from Eyries to Kenmare. A very pleasant cycle along the northern coast of Beara, along rolling hills. Stopped for a little hike up to a stone circle, somehow missed the larger stone circle along this route. Arrived in Kenmare early enough to wash some laundry. Probably the highlight of the day ...
... is nothing like American football and nor is it soccer… it’s a million times more confusing.
Sunday: Woke up bright and early once more for the final leg of our journey. We explored the Killarney national park were we got to view the Torc waterfalls and have a lovely stroll through the Muckross House and Gardens. We also got to visit Daniel O’Connell’s (aka the liberator) house. We traveled all along the breathtaking ...
... eat it.
We hoped to get to Killarney National Park in under half an hour but that was not to be. It was my turn to drive today but Erin drove because I felt so tired. Today was a day of changing plans, some good choices, some not so good. The first bad choice we made was to follow the sign that said to Killarney without looking at the road number. So we headed east on the 569 instead of north on 71. By the time we realized our mistake ...
... manual. I did better than I thought I would! My other cousin Ciara got a go-kart for her birthday so we took that for a spin as well (it was a cycle one though, hard work going up the hill!
Wednesday Sheila and I went into town to look at the stalls set up selling fish and cheese and jewlary and other things. Nothing too exciting, but nice to walk ...
... they already seem to be filled with tourists. We were also glad we are on our own and not restricted to following tour guides in large groups. We go where we like, see what we want and on our own time schedule. Of course today we stuck close to our lodging because of the rain. It's a good thing we will be spending two days here so tomorrow we can see some of the sites beyond the city and surrounding area.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kenmare Bay Hotel
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.