Parknasilla Resort & Spa
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... is a gem.
Right across the street from the Cathedral, at the entrance to Killarney National Park, we lunched at Deenagh Lodge, a wee thatched cottage staffed in part by Down's Syndrome adults who did a fine job of serving us sandwiches, soup, apple pie and ice cream.
Muckross Traditional Farm was a real treat; one of the best recreations G has ever visited. The ...
Caitlin, one of my best friends from college, got into town on Friday night. I was taking a nap after class when I heard her yell up from the bottom of the stairs "Helloo!," She said.
Just like I had guessed, she had no problem finding the cottages. After settling in, we headed down to Dingle Pub where most of our group already was. It was fun introducing her to my professors. I have been using Caitlin as an example of an open-minded pro-lifer who supports wider access ...
... into the park so with the weather we would not have seen too much without the buggy ride. The park is home to the most extensive area of natural oak woodland remaining in Ireland. 35euro for a fantastic ride into and through and around the national park. First stop was the Muckross Abbey which has only just recently been partly restored. There is also a very old cemetery surrounding it. This National Park is free for everyone to enter which ...
... and sit outside to enjoy the sun we’d seldom seen the last few days. Annette had fancied a sweater for herself as well as admired some of the unique and well-made men’s sweaters in one of the shops. She hoped to wait for J to take him back to the shop for some potential purchases.
In the meantime, Kathryn had noticed a sign for “live traditional music” (and also – “followed by Disco and ...
... Nicki went to the opening of an exhibit at the Crawford Art Gallery. We stayed on at the gallery for the 7:30 presentation of the Free Choice Consumer Group that had been suggested to us. Many of the attendees are also members of one of the three Slow Food chapters in Cork. The topic for the evening was a report made by the staff of the Harvard ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parknasilla Resort & Spa Sneem
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.