Travel Blogs from Killarney
Went on a jaunting car ride this morning, unfortunately it was raining so we couldn't see as well with the cart sides down... But it as a beautiful view of Killarney national park... Our horse Ginger. Seemed to enjoy taking selfies with us... Then we posed for a tour group pic at St. Mary's Cathedral and off we went to the see the Ring Of Kerry. …
... streams, mountain passes, lakes, castle ruins, tunnels, and woodlands. As you come over the mountains and turn the corner, you get an amazing view down into the valley that is Killarney National Park. It is simply stunning, and we’re at a loss at how to describe it (just have a look at some of the pictures below). Going into the trip, we expected the Western coast to be our favorite, but the Southwest coast easily won ...
... insane!" Our original plan was to take the tour of Ross Castle and then walk back to town, but everyone was happy to get a ride back to the hotel. The guys went off to the pub for a pint, and I got into a bathtub full of the hottest water possible! Tonight was "date night." We all split up to have dinner on our own. Dennis and I went to a little place in one of the alleyways here called Stonechat. My dinner was really good - I had a hummus salad and then, what else?...salmon, of ...
... us down to the Abbey. It is an amazing structure. As soon as I stepped in to the Abbey the energy from hundreds of years ago flowed over me. It was quite an experience. In the center of the Abbey is a giant yew tree that is one of the oldest trees in Ireland, guesstimated to be 500+ years old. I think that has quite a bit to do with the energy as it is known to have many magickal properties. The Abbey was simply incredible. As we ...
... do that section twice so get a fair idea where you are in relation to others. The finish is uphill, the distance thoroughly approved of by my garmin which gave it 4.99. And the organiser is a one woman dynamo; I was chatting to a runner who is coming back to it after years off, and having to tell himself that 10,9,8 m/mile is okay-until Achilles' tendon tears put him out, he was a 14min 5ker about to go to Oregon on a scholarship. The lady who runs the leisure centre and parkrun had ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Brehon Killarney
A wonderful Discovery
We stayed in The Brehon three weeks ago and it was amazing - it cetainly is a great addition to Killarney. We only discovered it on a previous trip to Killarey in October. The bedrooms are spacious and modern but with a bit of luxury.
The Restaurant is excellent. I had Crab Wontons to start and my Husband had the Lamb Fillet Salas. They were delicious. We both had Pan Seared Scallops & Turbot for Main couse - it was so good.
The Spa is like heaven. The best massage I ever had. But what really made my stay was the friendly staff. Truely a great additon to Killarney. I can't wait to return.
Love this hotel
As stated in an earlier post, I think this hotel is a great addition to Killarney. The previous poster would obviously disagree, but having stayed here three times already this year , I can honestly say I cant wait to go back again early next year. There is merit in saying that it probably isnt a family friendly hotel, but then I am not sure many of the more expensive hotels in Ireland are.
We have dined in the restaurant on a couple of occasions and honesty I would have to say that its one of the best ones I have tried so far, easily in the top three at least. Also the spa facilities I thought were heavenly too, that being said, surely the hotel ought to have informed the other poster that everything was booked up two months in advance. After all when booking a place like this at the cost, you expect to be able to take advantage of all it has to offer.
Personally though I would highly recommend this hotel, but like all these things it really depends on one's own experiences.
Spent 3 nights here recently for an anniversary celebration.From the out side it looks very impressive , and even the reception hall and check in area were plesent enough.The room we were given was nice , but near a lift , and although we asked to be moved due to the noise of people coming and going at all hours, we were refused.The explanation being that they were fully booked.I found out later this was far from true.
The staff we very unhelpful throughout the hotel.The restaurant was over crowded.We ate in the formal restaurant the first night.AWFUL food.And paid through the nose for it.The second night we attempted to eat in the bar.It was full due to the fact there was a concert in the hotel next door .We waited 1 hr to get a seat.Asked repeatedly for help in finding seating , and were ignored.And eventually squeezed in beside a family who kindly made space for us.And were given the worst food ive ever been insulted with , and yet again charged through the nose for it.
The only good points are the decent size of the room we got , even though it was next to the lift !!And the spa resort , which is spotless , and never overcrowded as they never let too many in at a time.
We wanted to book treatments , but were informed you must book at least 2 months in advance.In Oct they were fully booked until Jan.I felt we should have been told this in advance , or that residents should have options to get treatments, as we were paying enough to stay there.We did recieve 1 hr in the pool / sauna area as part of the booking.But once again had to book this hr in advance.
I think the staff are geared to accomodating foreign (american) customers more so than the old Irish.And older customers or ones that appeared to be , lets say , more lavish tippers , than us young uns !!And that was noticed by more than ourselves.The kind family that had made space for us in the bar also commented that they dont think its a family friendly hotel.
Would i return ? Sure , if someone else was paying.
A haven of luxury
The Brehon is a haven of luxury- staff were the best i have ever experienced. The Spa was amaxing with fablous Thai Therapists. Dinner was excellent - Over all a very relaxing experience- would highly recommend
went to the brehon for one night over the bank hol weekend with my boyfriend . had a frantastic time , we stayed on the first floor which gives u a private balcony, rooms are gorgous, seperate shower, cornor style bath, fluffy robes. food and service were great. we got breakfast served to our room the next morning and arrived perfectly on time and hot!def going back!!
The worst service ever!
Not sure about the hotel, but if the service in the Bar restaurant is any thing to go on forget it. Dead slooooow, asleep even.
15 minutes to get a waiter,
15 minutes more to get a drink.
30 minutes more to get a meal.
Oh, and by the way the veg was incinerated.
When I asked for the manager, the waiter did not know what to do.
Eventually a man claiming to be the manager came down, I told him I was very disappointed, he was not one bit understanding and just mumbled.
I would not send my worst enemy here for food!
This is a wonderful hotel
This is a very welcome new addition to the hotel scene in Killarney and, in my view, it has not got the recognition it deserves. We were upgraded to a suite on arrival and it was beautiful. The staff were so genuinely friendlly - nothing was too much trouble and they always wore a smile! The Angsanga spa in the hotel is also very special. I will definitely return there and would recommend it highly.
This is a first class hotel.
Large rooms with views, wonderfully furnished. Large washroom with tub and a shower stall. Iron & ironing board. Mini-bar, 20 inch TV. Controllable fan ventilation system. In-room Internet.
European air-conditioning (open windows). Very comfortable beds. Kettle with tea/coffee. Good lighting. Good selection of quality foods in restaurant.
Our Insight Tour Director told us they used a centrally located hotel in Killarney the previous year but it was too noisy, therefore they chose the Brehon this year despite its isolated location (twenty minute walk to Killarney). Across the street from the Brehon is a large convention center - Kris Kristofferson was performing the evening we were there, thousands of persons attended. I can't imagine it was any quieter than a good hotel centrally located in Killarney.
If you are with a tour group, you will have a buffet breakfast. You must come down at the specified time for your breakfast, not earlier or you will be sent away.
The best massage I've ever had
I'd seen some of the publicity about the Brehon so my husband and I decided to try it out recently for a weekend stay. It was unbelievable. The lobby is fabulous, the interior designer deserves an award. The rooms were very spacious, the staff were the most welcoming and competent, I could go on but I have to mention the spa. My husband and I are frequent travelers and as we work hard we usually like to spoil ourselves with massages, treatments etc. However nothing I have experienced in the past would compare to the massage I recieved from a Thai therapist (Da) at the spa in the Brehon.
The Brehon my Killarney No.1
Live in Dublin and recently spent the most woderful couple of days in The Brehon in Killarney celebrating Valentine's. Their brochure tag line is " in line with tradition in tune with today" & the hotel lives up to this in every way. We really did get five star treatment with the best spa in the country at 4 star prices. I was searching Trip Advisor for recommendation in Rome and was quiet surprised to find that The Brehon did not feature in the Top 10 hotels for Killarney . In the past I have visited other hotels in Killarney but The Brehon is definitly my number 1.