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“Stunning Castle on beautiful grounds” 5 of 5 stars
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Ballyseede Castle
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Tralee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Newbury, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Stunning Castle on beautiful grounds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed at Ballyseede Castle for 1 night after a wedding. We stayed in the castle double room, it had the wow factor. The bed may have been the most comfortable I have slept in. My friends stayed in the lodge which is small walk from the castle and she also loved the room. The food was so tasty and the staff were really friendly. Absolutely a place I would recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your email. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and The Lodge is proving very popular. It's great to get a good night sleep and this always adds to the relaxation. You got the three good experiences, food, accommodation and great staff. Many thanks, Rory & Marnie
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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
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  • Cleanliness
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Frisco, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a very nice old castle hotel. The rooms are very large, very clean and the common areas excellent. First the rooms were large with good beds and a great bathroom. There is a library, a bar and a sitting room in addition to the restaurant. We had no luck getting a seat in the bar 2 nights in a row. That was diappointing, but they serve the overflow very nicely in the sitting room. The food is rather expensive for what it was, but the drink was fine. Parking was plentiful with a main lot and an overflow, both of which were right out front. The only negative is they charge about 5% extra if you charge your bill in USD$ and do not tell you, which I found deceptive. I highly recommend this place! It was the best sleep experience we found in Ireland.

Room Tip: We stayed in the main building which was perfect. I cannot speak to the rooms in the extended addit...
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Pappy's Bar is very popular and fills quickly in the evening but as you mention the other lounges are also very comfortable for food or drinks in the evening. We are glad you slept well and we are very happy that you would recommend us to others. All of the bedrooms are in the main castle apart from the newly built Lodge and this is clearly marked on the website. I will raise the credit card issue with the reception staff as this is an option rather than compulsory on your transaction that the cardholder chooses. Thank you again for your comments. Rory & Marnie
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Brisbane, Australia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
73 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This stay was a highlight on our trip. Although there are areas that could use some maintenance (bathroom & carpet in room) staying Ballyseede was real treat.
All staff were friendly and efficient.
You are free to roam around and use all the rooms at your leisure. With tea, coffee & biscuits available all day.
We had the 5 course menu in-house and weren't disappointed at all.
Breakfast was also plentiful and delicious.

PROS; Truly feel that the opulent setting is yours (if only for your stay)
Thoroughly recommend the evening meal in restaurant. Great value for money.

CONS; Bathroom could certainly use some modernization
Upon check in, would have guidance to more information on property (ie. History) and
perhaps a map of the grounds to explore

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and delighted you enjoyed your room and dining experience during your stay. We are constantly improving and updating and doing what we can to improve our guests experience. A history of the castle is in each room and Tim one of our staff take guests on a tour of the Castle each evening on request. We constantly look for ideas to improve the guest information and thank you for your feedback. Rory & Marnie
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Cork, Ireland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I attended a family wedding in the hotel. As someone who is recently engaged, I would strongly advise any 'brides to be' against booking Ballyseede for your wedding if anyone in attendance has mobility issues or is in a wheelchair.

My father and two other guests were in wheelchairs. The toilets in the function room were completely inaccessible to wheelchairs (despite being assured in advance that they were accessible). When approached about this issue, the manager Rory was quite defensive and unsympathetic to the situation. Ramps are provided which a far too steep and unsafe. My father was forced to leave the wedding after a short time due to a lack of toilet facilities and the removal of ramps from the common areas. Despite raising this issue with management, no attempt at a reduced room rate or any gesture was provided to my parents on check out. My father has since written to Ballyseede but again, no attempt was made to empathise or reimburse.

I think the management of Ballyseede should take great care in assuring guests are aware of the abysmal wheelchair accessibility. I was entirely unimpressed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you again for raising this issue. We have discussed this at length before during and after the wedding mentioned. We the hotel were the first to raise the difficulties associated with moving around a listed building and offered every assistance on the day once the man's needs were mentioned. We invited a member of the family to come and look at the castle before hand to be sure it would be suitable but this didn't happen. As an owner and a son of a mother in a wheelchair for many years I am very aware of the difficulties associated with access and here at Ballyseede Castle due to the historic nature of the building and limited works that can be carried out. we have limited access but it can be overcome with assistance. Portable ramps are used as all floors are accessed by steps. The gentleman was offered a fully disabled designed room in our newly built Lodge as we felt this would be more comfortable for him, this was declined and we facilitated him with the most suitable room in the castle. They enjoyed a nights stay with us and we discussed the matter at length on departure. We have take your comments on board and are in the process of improving our access to the restrooms on that level. Thank you again for your helpful comments. Rory & Marnie
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Miami, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

An absolutely awesome experience all around. We stayed at the Balleseede during our honeymoon and everyone made us feel like royalty. From the entrance we were impressed with the furnishings in the hotel, and then the food took it to another level. We actually ate at the castte all 3 meals and we absolutely were pleased. At Dinner a Pork Belly appetizer will be in my memory for a long time as one of the best things I have ever eaten ,absolutely decadent! We loved our room, so large and spacious. Tub and shower also luxurious and just all was pleasant. The grounds are beautiful, and I love the connection with nature at this hotel, their dogs are oh so cute and the mini horses too!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you had such a good experience. You managed to say in a few sentences what Ballyseede Castle is all about. A unique experience with good food, accommodation and friendly staff. We love the connection with nature and as a family who have small children the dogs, donkeys and horses add a different dimension to a stay at Ballyseede Castle. Rory & Marnie
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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stayed in the Oriental Room. It was gaudy, noisy, hot and extremely tight to maneuver around the bed. Bed, itself, was very uncomfortable and creaky. The shower was smaller than many onboard cruise ships! Believe I got a touch of food poisoning the next morning from the eggs benedict, which ruined our travels for the next 24 hours. Skip this stay.

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We were very disappointed to read your experience. You mention the smallness of the room and on checking your booking this is the room type you booked. As mentioned on our website the Cosy Castle Double Rooms are smaller square footage than our standard Castle Double rooms and this is always reflected in a better rate offered. The room you were in is call the Japanese Room and is actually very historic in that the art on the walls are genuine Japanese art. While to room is small it is sold as such, had you needed a larger room we would have been happy to change your room type if the request had been made. As you can see from other reviews our food is very good and prepared to order. I would think that the eggs Benedict was somewhat rich for you and a little heave for someone making a days journey. Thank you again for your feedback. Rory & Marnie
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Fort Myers, FL
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Ballyseede Castle was a FANTASTIC stay on our Honeymoon in Ireland! Beautiful castle and gorgeous grounds as well! We wished we could have stayed longer than one night! The staff was friendly and efficient. Our room was ready when we checked-in and we got a VERY large room as we had requested a Superior Castle Double Room. We even had a four-poster bed! The room was definitely romantic for our Honeymoon stay and we felt like royalty! We enjoyed a relaxing dinner with many Guinness in the bar room that evening and met some other guests on vacation and we all swapped travel stories! Even got to meet one of the castle dogs that evening in the bar, his name was Einstein! What a hoot, such a great dog! We got a GREAT night's sleep and each had the Full Irish breakfast delivered the next morning by room service! It was a joy to relax and have breakfast in the room! We would definitely stay at Ballyseede Castle again if we make it back to Ireland and highly recommend it to travelers. Thank you to Ballyseede Castle for adding the castle experience to our Honeymoon in Ireland!

Room Tip: Superior Castle Double Room was GREAT!!!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MCTralee, Owner at Ballyseede Castle, responded to this review, October 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your comments and we are delighted that Ballyseede Castle has added to your wedding experience and your honeymoon. I will pass on your kind comments to our staff and we are delighted that we are part of your happy memories. Rory & Marnie
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Address: Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tralee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballyseede Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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