Parknasilla Resort & Spa
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... built I would suggest for the coach market. However, it is €100 for bed and breakfast for us both, so don't think that is too bad. The room is huge, so it's painting nails night!
Would we head around the corner to the town for a pub meal? Na - too lazy. Down to the bar for a drink, and compare the restaurant menu with the bar menu. I found a spot with two delicious leather couches, and there we lazed. Looking at ...
... several times and enjoys it every time. Then on to Ladies' View and several photo stops including St. Michael's Church.
Through Moll's Gap we went, back to Sneem where we ate at O'Shea's pub on the recommendation of several people--"You'll not go away hungry"--and they weren't kidding.
The day was bright and sunny. G got a serious sunburn; second one in Ireland.
... and Dingle Town is when you begin to see the scenery which I think most people picture when they think of Ireland; green pastures filled with sheep and stone walls.
I arrived in Dingle Town about 15:15. It was then I realized it had take me just as long to go by bus from Cork City to Dingle Town, as it had for me to go from Bruges, Belgium to Cork City, Ireland.
I did not have a place to stay booked, but I had been told that wouldn't be a problem ...
... and let them know we were on the way.
At this point, Kathryn had struck up a conversation with some locals enjoying their evening beer or cider. We let her stay while we went and checked in at the B&B. The whole family, led by the young son Alec, ran out to meet us… what a greeting! They were so welcoming and interested in what we were doing that we talked and toured their place for twenty minutes. The rooms where bright ...
... This whole area claims to be over 2,000 years old at some of their structures.
We reached the westernmost part of the ride (and the most westernmost point of Europe) about half-way through and that is where the picture from Slea Head was taken. The end of the ride was pretty much just a straight shot back to Dingle town.
We drove into the little town of Dingle and parked so we could walk around. We had a wonderful lunch ...
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Beautiful, tranquil Parknasilla
We stayed for one night at Parknasilla and had a wonderful time. Am extremely surprised by other reviews.
On arrival the doorman and porter shook hands with us and introduced themselves and then parked our car. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and courteous at all times.
The grounds of the hotel are absolutely superb and of course the glorious weather was a bonus. There are several walks signposted throughout the grounds and boats trips and walks are also organised.
We ate in the restaurant and found the portions and food excellent. There are several lounges to relax in and an outdoor decking area also.
Our room had everything you would need with a beautiful garden and sea view - we will definitely return again.
The fact that we were in a queue to see alternative bedrooms the morning after our first night's stay speaks for itself. People are no longer blinded to bad service and shoddiness, by a long driveway and extensive gardens. Our room was ageing rather that old world with the added bonus of a large kitchen air conditioner outside the window which sounded all night. There was no bar in the room and on requesting one, a fridge arrived and we were asked if we wanted it filled. That was the general idea. The lamp was not working, neither was the wardrobe door. We had requested a large triple room and were assured thet such was available. What was in fact done was a single bed was added to the room, running along the foot end wall of the permanant twin beds, without a headboard and lined, not with a mattress liner but with a bath towel! As the night was warm we decided to remove the heavy grey blankets from the beds. We were spluttering from the dust. Oh, I forgot to mention that a female friend wrapped in a towel having finished her shower was greeted from outside by a smiling window cleaner who was in the process of polishing the bedroom window. I realise that these jobs must be done, but not late in the afternoon. Another of the party returned to the room fuming, having taken a paper from the porter's desk at 5 in the afternoon only for him to inquire after her as to her room number so as to charge it. What a petty policy. The dinner was passable though uninspired and some of the staff poorly trained. Flattering as it may seem, but for a party of women to be greeted in a formal dining room with - "Now girls..."
The Parknasilla has unbelievably extensive grounds, and you could spend a few days just exploring it all. Our room was huge (I highly recommend the rooms in the newer wing) and had a lovely view of the ocean and grounds. The dinner in the main dining room was delicious and served well, there is also complementary after-dinner petite-fours and pianist in the lounge area. They have a lot of activities, from guided walks to archery to tennis, etc. Plus there is a fantastic golf course right next door. I noticed that a couple other reviewers found the service to be lacking, but we found the staff, incl. reservations (whom I corresponded w/ through email), check-in staff, bellhop, valet, and waiters all to be very helpful and friendly. I did notice that this place caters to locals and Europeans, which may be a reason for the negative reviews (I think us Americans must be a bit too used to the 5-star, kiss-your-feet service of the Four Seasons or The Ritz). But unless you are expecting everyone to drop what they are doing to cater just to you, you will love the serenity, history, and quiet elegance of this place.
If I had realised this site was here I would have written alot sooner but my experience of Parknasilla was very poor.
Most relaxing weekend
Parknasilla is a wonderful hotel for a relaxing weekend. We never left it for 3 days. We read,swam, dozed, walked, tried archery and clay pigeon shooting. The food was exceptional,the staff friendly and very helpful. The reception desk is unobtrusive but this just adds to the impression of staying in a large country house as a welcome guest. The scenery is unsurpassing as the hotel is set on the southern edge of the Ring of Kerry overlooking Kenmare Bay and the mountains. I would really recommend a stay there as the perfect way to de-stress.
We visited this wonderful establishment in mid-September for a 4 night break and our only complaint was that we weren't staying longer.
My wife and arrived at 8.00pm on a Sunday evening having booked a sea-view room, non-smoking, for a five nights stay.
have travelled in Ireland extensively and can say this is wonderful ,very magical hotel that retains a sense of history
take the walk over the Kerry way to Caherdaniel w/Kevin
Can not recommend highly enough
will be back next year with my family
A wonderful experience
Try this hotel once and you will come back. The setting is breathtaking. The surrounding area is magic but the friendly atmosphere is the best part. It is like being at a lovely house party but low key. Beautiful food, good sevice, great for all ages. I want to go back.
One of my top three places to stay in all of ireland
i have stayed at this fine hotel three times. it never disappointed me.
the staff is very welcoming and the food is outstanding. jackie is the man in charge there and he is the most accomodating person.
i especially enjoyed the coffey and desert in the lounge after dinner.
there is always very special entertainment capping off fine day.
i like to play golf and waterville is about 30 minutes away. if i didn't have foursome i was able to organise one at the hotel.
the pool, sauna, steamroom and massage facilities are superb.
finally i would urge all who can to take the kerry way walk. strenuous but healthy, educational and just plain fun.
as you can see i am an unabashed fan.