Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
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A wet and blustery day as we depart Dublin for Killarney. By far the coldest day on tour so far. Max temp 12, most of the day it was 8-9.
First stop the Irish National horse stud in Kildare. Melbourne Cup winners, Vintage Crop (1993) and more recently Media Puzzle both came from this stud. An interesting guided tour through the stud from …
... Museum. Dennis and Pat were doing all of the planning for the Purus sales meeting happening next week and I was paying bills for the folks. We got a text from Jessica that they reached Kenmare at about 1:30pm! That is about a 24 mile ride up 2 very very steep mountain passes! I think it would have taken me about 2 days.
I got a little worried at that point because I knew we both had work to do still and we had a 1 hour and 45 minute drive back to the cottage to pick up the ...
... my left foot was a helpful cushion, the blister on my right toe only hurts with my sandals, and the broken blister (on top of a broken blister) on both heels only hurts with my hiking boots. So it's fine. (I apologize if you're squeamish. It somehow made Michelle's knees hurt to look at it.) It was potentially not worth the 50-million mile hike. Note 1: The length of the description does not accurately reflect the length of each "stroll". Note 2: The ...
... where to go, round a lap of the GAA field (later covered in tiny tiny people leading the rules, cute factor 10) and on down the hill to the lake. Here I found myself taking the lead without much effort, so now I was in the hands of the marshals. And a smily, happy and resolutely unpointing lot they were too, but I was running easily enough that I could talk to them for directions. The run goes past the water, up a short sharp hill and along, then round a cone and back on itself, ...
... for another full Irish breakfast... Left the pudding this time. We were then on our way to the small fishing village of Dingle. It was a pretty amazing drive, with stunning cliff faces and breaking waves the entire way. What was even more exciting was all the sheep on the cliff side. Imagine green cliff faces, dropping onto the roaring ocean and then the green being covered in sheep!! They had the best view in the place, and we even saw some on the road. Two ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
The Amazing Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Ireland
This amazing hotel, overlooking the lakes of Killarney, has without a doubt the nicest, warmest, most helpful staff I have ever come across, and we have travelled to many countries as well as at home in the USA.
The hotel is beautiful, the food for breakfast and dinner is outstanding -- you can lounge on a couch mid afternoon and sip tea while looking out at the most incredible scenery. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with beautiful baths, and the pool and spa are gorgeous and also overlook the lakes.
You're a five minute drive into Killarney, which has great shops, pubs, restaurants and wonderful scenery. The outside of the hotel is rather modern and, I think, a bit severe looking, but don't be put off.
The only thing warmer and more welcoming and beautiful than the interior appearance is the staff itself. I can't say enough nice things about them.
They truly want you to have a wonderful time.
When we arrived there two weeks ago, our three teens had a wonderful lakeside room, and the room for my husband and myself was in the back.
I must have looked a bit disappointed, and, being the hotel was not fully booked, they immediately gave us a complimentary upgrade to a lakeside room. Not only that, but because it took a few minutes to get the new room ready, they served us complimentary coffee as we waited to make up for the inconvenience!
This was our third visit and we will continue to go there whenever we visit Ireland. I would say they treat you like family, but you'd be very lucky indeed to have a family this nice!
A welcome return
I stayed at Aghadoe Heights back in 1998 and 1999, and returned for the first time this summer. It was a great hotel back then, but now it is a wonderful hotel. The new extended rooms are delightful, especially the bathrroms with the claw foot tubs and great showers. The food is as good as ever and the staff are always friendly and helpful.
Can't wait to return again - it's like going home.
Brilliant Aghadoe Heights
A big thank you to the staff of Aghadoe Heights. We spent a long weekend there and from the moment we arrived we felt very welcome indeed. The staff are so friendly we wondered if they were being fed 'happy pills' - they really do make you feel welcome in a genuine way.
The rooms are lovely, breakfast is superb and the meals are magnificent. Afternoon tea is a real treat.
It seemed we had the pool, jacuzzi and gym virtually to ourselves, despite the hotel being busy.
Definitely stay here if you want a relaxing time complimented by graceful and unobtrusive service.
We just loved..
We just loved everything, but especially the pool with the waterfall overlooking the lake & mountains.
During our stay (May 26/28) we had incredible sunshine and lounged on the terrace with drinks during the day (Sunburn in Killarney in may??).
Fredrick's restaurant was incredible and enchanted us both by introducing us to Chateau Briand with Bearnaise sauce WOW. The piano player in the Terrace bar after dark is incredible. What a voice. Met some colourful local characters here also. I've got to brush up on my football for my next visit.
Its just occurred to me, that I remember the names of so many of their staff. Michael, Breeda, Siobhan, Ian, Tina, Brendan,,, all really nice people who treated us like royalty.
Darling, pack the kids, we're going back!!
'Pleasure on a Plate' - Aghadoe Heights Hotel Killarney
On Behalf on my wife and I, can I take this opportunity to thank both the staff and management of the Aghadoe Heights Hotel ---------------------------- for their hospitality. We had the pleasure of staying in the wonderful establishment on Friday the 8th of March, for 2 nights and from the moment we arrived we were treated like 'royalty'. The warmth and friendliness we were treated to, was way and above the call of duty and for that we are truly grateful. It was our first time to stay in the hotel and you can rest assure, we will be back. The highlight of the weekend was the 'feast' we were presented with on Friday night in 'Fredrick's' restaurant and what a meal that was. We could only describe it as 'pleasure on a plate' and please pass on our complements to the Chef, as he is truly a 'master'
Best Views in Ireland!!!
My girlfriend and I recently stayed in the Aghadoe Heights hotel for the weekend. The views from the hotel are incredible and even on the dullest of days you are astounded by the sight from your bedroom window. The staff are very helpful especially the concierge and bar staff. The whole 5* experience can be a little overwhelming at times e.g. service at breakfast can be a bit too formal. The rooms are nice but quite simple by 5* standards. The gym and swimming pool are lovely and very relaxing with the large windows surrounding the pool giving excellent views of the lakes. The food however is what you will remember the hotel for - Fredericks restaurant is excellent, we chose only from the Table d'Hote but the standard was very very good. So I would highly recommend this hotel and be sure to make full use of the facilities. It was so lovely & romantic in fact that I asked my girlfriend to marry me after dinner!!!
More than a great view
We have just returned from a 7 day golf trip in Ireland. What an amazing experience. The golf courses are wonderful, Tralee & Lahinch are awesome. During our trip , we spent three nights at the Agadoe. These guys are tops. From Michael at the front door, Ian in the Terrace bar and Breda at breakfast, everyone that we met was so nice. The view is spectacular and the food was great, I especially enjoyed the Chateaubriand with Bearnaise (WOW). The hotel is a little out of town which turned out to be great. Killarney had a rally going on and was not a good place to be. Lots of loud cars and raucous irishmen after dark. While downtown was good fun and we enjoyed some great Irish music, we were all glad to return to the peace in Agadoe. We are already making plans for a return trip next year and the first stop has been penciled in already...Agadoe.
Those wonderful people at Aghadoe
We visited the Aghadoe on a golf trip to the South West of Ireland. From the moment we arrived, the service was incredible. The views over castles, lakes, woods & mountains is unbelievable. We had the best meal of our trip and one of the best of my life at Fredricks restataunt in the hotel. Beautiful rooms but most of all beautiful irish staff. Michael, breeda, sivan, Jason, I could go on. My only regret is that I can't go back tomorrow.
We stayed in the Aghadoe Heights during our Ireland tour in September.
We had looked trough the itenerary and were looking forward so much to Killarney. Oh disapointment!! The view was breathtaking but the hotel was so drab. The staff were nice and friendly, tried hard to please but we had a bad experience with the door man and the lady at the desk obviously had a bad morning when we were checkion out. Food was OK served by friendly waiters but not good value for money. Rooms were recently decorated but not very interesting. Killarney is a lovely place but avoid Aghadoe Heights if you want to enjoy the beauty of the region.
I stayed at the aghadoe heights resort last week. The view and property is breathtaking and resembles what an American considers to be a 1st class hotel unlike many others recommended by fodors and frommers. I had a room overlooking the lake and was fortunate enough to have crystal clear days to be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the region. I spent 11 days in Ireland and my biggest regret was spending only 3 days in Killarney at the Aghadoe. Take my word for it, this is the best hotel in Ireland. The place is just gorgeous, the concierge is wonderful, the hotel cleaning staff is by far the best in ireland and the design is truly perfection. Whats more, the location is the finest spot in Europe especially if english is your only language. The incredible beauty and wonderful touring sites including the ring, charming towns, and the state owned gardens, estates and castles in the region make it the #1 vacation spot for me. Don't walk run to your travel agent and spend at least 4 days at this hotel. Furthermore, dont spend more then 2 days in Dublin, and if you do be sure to visit the powerscourt estate and gardens 20 miles outside of dublin. It is the finest designed garden I ever seen. Much prettier then any in Paris.
Galway is by far the best of the big towns in Ireland, very cosmopolitan and deserves nearly as much time as Killarney. Dont miss the cliffs of Moher, truly the most incredible view in the world.