The Brehon

Address: Muckross Road, Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located on Muckross Road, Killarney, is near INEC, Angsana Spa at The Brehon, Meeting of the Waters, and Ross Island.
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          TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Brehon Killarney

          Reviewed by lscully

          Marriage of Modern Luxury and Classical Victorian Elegance

          Reviewed May 24, 2015
          by (5 reviews) , United States Flag of United States

          Loving this place. Delicious dinner, large and comfortable room.

          More of the mountains in the mist of sunset
          Cork, Ireland
          The Brehon
          Cork, Ireland
          Sunset view from our window
          Cork, Ireland

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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.

          Mixed feelings


          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

          Great hotel!


          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.

          Very nice


          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.

          TripAdvisor Reviews The Brehon Killarney

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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          A travel blog entry by on Aug 20, 2015

          1 comment, 27 photos

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          Week 8

          A travel blog entry by lizab2004 on Sep 03, 2014

          10 photos

          ... in the form of some Irish youths jumping off the cliff into Black Lake - looked like fun. We had planned to go to Sol y Sombra for dinner but by the time we called for a reservation it was fully booked, so we called Bricin in Killarney instead. Wow - it was great! Good service and fantastic food. Their specialty is boxty which is a huge potato pancake filled with meat in a sauce - yum.

          I can't believe we will only be here for one more week; I don't think I'm ready to go home yet!!!

          Mountains, Valleys & Horses

          A travel blog entry by efrohoff on Aug 06, 2014

          10 photos

          ... at the bushes, checking for berries. They so enjoy the novelty of picking them off the bush and popping them in their mouths. Their hands are stained red and their lips are red like lipstick. The kids play hide and seek in the abbey and look for blackberry bushes in the graveyard. They insist we need to bring a bowl with us wherever we go from now on in order to collect berries for a pie.

          From Muckross Abbey we drive the windy, narrow ...

          Ireland - Day 4

          A travel blog entry by katnuttravel on Oct 15, 2013

          3 photos

          ... countries (the Monterrey pine, for instance). Gentle hike through the woods -- lucky with the weather again because rain would have made it extremely sloppy and slippery. Then on our free time a group caught a taxi out to Muckross House, an Irish "Great House". Amazing how much they spent on those houses. Very well preserved overall -- but 25 bedrooms is a good reason to downsize!! Dinner at the hotel tonight and maybe head to a local pub down the road for some traditional Irish ...

          Traveler Photos The Brehon Killarney

          More of the mountains in the mist of sunset
          Cork, Ireland
          The Brehon
          Cork, Ireland
          Sunset view from our window
          Cork, Ireland
          Happy to be off the coach
          Cork, Ireland