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Ballyseede Castle
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Tralee
New Delhi, India
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“Feel like king and queen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

We were there for 2 days in july 13 and felt like royal living as if we were queen and king . Amazing room , peddy canty . Nice and helpful staff , but beware of dogs if you are scared ....... Breakfast is little limited..... For vegetarian ..... Overall a great place to be.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Newport News, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a beautiful castle/private estate that has been converted into a small hotel on well-kept grounds. It is elegantly furnished, with several "parlours" where you can sit with friends and feel like you're sitting in someone's home and not a hotel. A small dog lays by the turf fire in the entry hall, and an Irish wolfhound "puppy" follows guests around and sits beside them eyeing their food longingly. He needn't have bothered. The food on my Sunday afternoon visit was dismal and overpriced. We had been told that the hotel served good food, but that was not the case. Perhaps the regular chef was ill? I had the seafood chowder, which I have sampled all over Ireland, and which was the worst (and most expensive at 8.50 euros) on this trip. It was yellow, lukewarm, and full of artificial crab legs and some off-tasting mussels. The "old" taste of the mussels was the dominant flavor in this chowder, which was obviously not freshly made. Three of us had the chowder, and all of us were disappointed. The goat cheese salad was overdressed with a heavy and tasteless mayonaise-based dressing. It had some walnuts and grapes in it and was topped with a piece of deep-fried goat cheese (7.50 euros). This might be a nice place to stay, but it is not a nice place to eat.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Made for an interesting stay as part of my trip to Ireland. There was a heat wave and the castle, no surprise, is not airconditioned. Try to avoid the "basement" lower level. Tim, the bartender, porter, waiter, guide, was wonderful and very hard working. Ate in restaurant, food is OK.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, MD,USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was a really nice place, and of course the atmosphere was very interesting! The decor of the castle has been, as much as possible, retained to resemble the way the castle looked before modern times. The service was varying - front desk and reception weren't as responsive as we'd have expected, however the bartenders were absolutely wonderful! We spent our engagement night here, and the bartenders took time to explain how the Ballyseede does weddings. They, along with the locals, were really amiable.

Our room was fairly spacious, good plumbing (which is always a plus for North American travelers), however mind the step from the tub! Breakfast was provided as buffet-menu combination that was good. The grounds were stunning!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

What a great castle experience. We stayed one night in a standard room on the lower level. The room was spacious and clean and the bed very comfy. The castle is styled in a traditional manner and the grounds look immaculate. There's even some miniature horses and donkeys in the adjoining paddock out the front. We ate at the Castle ordering dinner from the bar area and eating in one of the sitting rooms overlooking the rear of the grounds. The food was lovely and the atmosphere great. The breakfast is plentiful and the service is terrific to say the least. We had a really enjoyable stay and would go back again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Ballyseede Castle Hotel for one night after seeing Dingle, before heading on to Galway. Signage directing you to the hotel from the highway was very good. The castle itself is very nice.

We had the Keane Room on the 3rd floor. Being a castle, they did not have an elevator, but a porter took a luggage up to our room and the stairs were not a problem for us at all.

Wifi was free in the lobby. And while they said that wifi was only available in the lobby and common areas, we were able to catch it fine in our room -- we had a better connection there than in some hotels that charged for wifi. Of course, your mileage may vary.

Breakfast in the Stone Room was excellent, and the grounds were well kept up. We enjoyed exploring them.

You are also only a few minutes' drive away from a shopping center in Tralee that has a supermarket, in the event that you need to pick up food, drink, or other supplies.

We would definitely stay here again if we were to return to County Kerry.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Unfortunately for us the service we booked for our B&B's nightly stays could not get us into a real castle while visiting Ireland. Based on what we saw on the internet, we booked Ballyseede. Located on the east side of Tralee, appears they are most well known for wedding bookings, so we later learned. According to the doorman/bellhop/registration agent; their main claim to fame at this time is their super sized banquet room that can hold 250 wedding guests who like to party all night long and into early am next day (must be an Irish thing). This same courteous gentleman also doubled as a odging tour director, as he took us and the group of hotel stayers on a late night tour through the dining hall, supplied us with 100 yr history of the castle's dismay and change of ownership, plus pointed out the window the Queen of England wanted replaced during her visit so it wouldn't compete with # of glass panes back in her palace (or something to that nature). Not necessary, was the end of the tour scare factor where photo's were passed around, supposedly sharing pictures of ghosts seen inside the hotel and at the pets graveyard you pass by when you enter the driveway. This alone kept me awake most of the night unable to sleep. We couldn't get near or into the bar room, that seems to be a frequently gathering water hole point for hotel guests to sit by the fireplace and drink. Best we could do was sit in one of the two large sitting rooms and order a Irish coffee. Don't get me wrong, the extensive antiques, mirrors, music stands, crystal and silver furnishing, along with two knights in silver armor, are impressive and lend quite nicely to the atmosphere. Breakfast was nicely done, but then again, all over Ireland they do breakfast up right. We were on the 3rd floor overlooking the courtyard, and am so glad I tipped a bellman to bring up our luggage because there's no elevator. There's some small ponies fenced in a lot next door, so you can visit with them. The patio with chair setting and a gazebo for weddings is not as elegant as some places here in the US, but maybe by Irish standards they meet high expectations. A real castle like those elsewhere in Ireland, not so much. Real stone walls - yes;, two lion stanchions guarding the front door- yes; a reading room library - no, a golf course - no; extensive wooded or laked grounds - no. Worth the price for the attempting to get the feel of a real castle estate - close enough, just not the real thing though.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Tralee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ballyseede Castle 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury 4* Castle hotel located just outside of Tralee town on its own thirty acres of woodland. A very grand Hotel with two AA rosettes and shortlisted for Country House of the Year. ... more   less 
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