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Historical Traveler Reviews Gleneagle Hotel Killarney
Perfect for a family
We actually stayed in the apartment complex and not in the main hotel. We had full use of the hotel facilities. Having stayed in (one room) hotel rooms before it's just too cramped for our family of three boys. This was fantastic. The 2 bedroomed apartments are in groups of six (two storeys high with a lift). Very modern indeed, with all mod cons including under floor heating, satellite TV, en-suite to main bedroom, and full kitchen with settings for 6 people.
Kids club at the hotel took good care of our boys with swimming and a soft play area, and there is a good choice of restaurants & bars within the complex. The town centre is a nice ten minute walk and the lakes and Torc waterfall is only a few mins by car.
I stay away a lot through my job, and I know good service & value for money when I get it, if you want it - it's waiting for you at the Gleneagles. A few weeks after we returned home we got a €100 voucher from the Gleneagles to use should we choose to stay there again. Better than any loyalty scheme I've ever signed up for.
Just back from a great weekend in killarney. We went to see Pat Short, the well known irish comedian from d'unbelievables. The show was on in the INEC, part of the gleneagle complex so we decided to stay in the same hotel as they were offering a deal including accomodation and ticket. It was mighty, the show was great but the entertainment continued late into the night.We ended up in the "Green Room" (residents bar) both nights and badly in need of a rest after our return. Lovely room, friendly staff, didnt indulge in the leisure centre but it looks good. I would definitely recommend staying at the gleneagles and taking in a show.
Lots to do in this busy hotel complex
The reviews of this hotel had been a mixed bag so I was not quite sure what to expect. When I arrived the lobby was mobbed as I had arrived right in the middle of check-in for a wedding reception and an international 'Bridge' weekend.
I can tell you now if you are looking for a quiet, sedate break in a small venue, this is not necessarily for you. The hotel is large and the facilities are fantastic. Included within the hotel are 2 restaurants, 2 bars, a bistro, an international concert venue, banqueting suites and a business centre. The hotel has a fantastic fitness club with all facilities free to hotel guests. The gym is well equipped and there are also squash courts and a great big swimming pool, so pack your trunks. The hotel also has a beauty salon but as my girlfriend found out to her detriment it is advisable to book early. Outside you also have access to a pitch and putt 18 hole golf course which we had fun on. There is a small charge for hotel guests. There are also tennis courts.
Location wise, the hotel is merely a mile away from the beautiful Killarney National Park and about a mile and a half from the town centre. The hotel runs a shuttle service to and from the town centre for a few euros but it is a short and pleasant walk.
As far as the rooms are concerned, the decor is basic but functional. Size wise the room is larger then average and we had a great view of the national park from our window. The room and bathroom were very clean.
The only thing stopping this hotel getting a five out of five unfortunately was the level of service. The reception staff were more then helpful but when it came to the restaurants and bars we encountered difficulties. I found some of the staff quite brash and I got the wrong food order twice. The food itself was of a pretty good standard and there was a varied choice as well as being reasonably priced.
Despite this minor problem, I would not hesitate in recommending this hotel to anyone and if I was to go back to Killarney and got the same price on the rooms I certainly would stay here again. I have not stayed at too many other hotels with so many varied facilities
The Gleneagle our No.1
We had stayed in Killarney before and had a great time. We decided to try the Gleneagle this time round because friends of ours had really enjoyed their stay there last November. Our room was spacious and spotlessly clean. the bed was one of the most comfortable I had ever slept in. The staff couldnt have been better to us & we were always greeted with a smile in all areas of the hotel. The facilities for our two young children were fantastic there was even a kids play area within the leisure center ! We will definitly return in the Summer for our family holiday especially since there will be kids clubs in July and August.
Fab for golf
About 8 of us go to Killarney every year to play golf and we always stay in the Gleneagle. It has everything you need, and are very helpful. Short walk to town.
The Best Hotel in Ireland
I have stayed in the Gleneagle Hotel 5 times in the past year, and can honestly say that it would be impossible to find a better hotel in Ireland. The staff are friendly, courteous and helpful, and the rooms are spotless, well appointed and comfortable.
I have no hesitation in reccommending this hotel to anyone - either for a short stay or a longer holiday!
Great hotel, super friendly staff!!
My wife, three kids and I stayed here for five nights in April of this year and found it very pleasant. The hotel room was a suite and included two bedrooms, a sitting room and separate bathroom. We got this at the time for a similar price of a single bedroom-on suite. The accomodation was super. The meals were also very good in the hotel dining room and the staff, though mostly foreign, were very friendly and helpful.
My children found the hotel pool brilliant and they were also brought by bus to the cinema in Killarney town on one occasion.There are two hotel bars and also a separate restaurant which serves good meals at mid-day.
All in all I would certainly return here again and would recommend it to anybody.
A very pleasant visit
Visited Gleneagle 7-11 June 2004. The bedroom was clean, well decorated and the bathroom facilties good. Daily housekeeping was also efficient. The dinner and breakfast meals were excellent and of British four star hotel standard. We were served promptly and efficiently and have no criticism about the presentation, quantity or temperature of the food. All staff were pleasant and efficient and there is a dedicated guest relations manager always available in the reception area to deal with complaints and problems. The hotel lounges are spacious and well furnished and there is plenty of entertainment for all tastes.
Downside. We were in room 126 which is located near the garden patio area of the bar and can be subject to very late night noise. Tea/coffee making facilities in the bedroom would have been appreciated.
I had heard so much positive about the hotel, and was delighted at the prospects to try it. However, it was a disaster from beginning to end; dirty rooms, no kettles, asked for iron 5 times without getting it, dinner very bad, small and cold breakfast, pool area grubby...I could go on and on. It was a huge dissapointment, and I would never go back again.
Brill place to stay
The Gleneagle is an excellent place to stay. It is set in a relaxed environment and everything is perfect for all ages. The swimming pool and other facilities are kept spotless. The restaurant staff are all very pleasant are pleased to help. So overall it is an excellent place to stay.
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