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“Perfection” 5 of 5 stars
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Park Hotel Kenmare
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kenmare 555, Ireland   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Kenmare
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Park for two nights in the middle of our two week trip to Ireland. Although I was morbidly jet lagged when we arrived, there is something about this hotel (and of course, it's beautiful grounds) that induces peaceful, happy sleep. Maybe it was the delicious food (which was sort of Irish meets French, but somehow spa-inspired)? Perhaps it was the guided hike down the Kerry Way led by the knowledgeable John? Or the doting service provided by the staff, who will happily excuse all of your non-Irish ways? We couldn't tell which it was but this elegant and welcoming hotel was certainly one of the best we've experienced anywhere.

  • Liked — Tie between the food and the resident pony
  • Disliked — Food service doesnt run very late, but that goes for most places in Ireland
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Kent, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2008

We stayed three days at the Park and greatly enjoyed it. Our room (de-luxe) was very big with a large sitting area and a four poster bed. Beautiful view looking over the hotel gardens down to the Kenmare river. The hotel definitely has a period feel and is full of antiques.

A very warm welcome - and indeed we found all the staff friendly and helpful. Dinners in the restaurant were really superb with excellent service and we enjoyed samplying Irish whiskies in the bar one night under the guidance of the knowledgeable barman.

A special mention for the breakfasts which in addition to the full range of "normal" hotel breakfast menus had a number of "different" dishes on offer - very pleasant.

  • Liked — The restaurant
  • Disliked — Finding the hotel - a small map of Kenmare on the website indicating the one-way system would be helpful!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cork
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2008

Great hotel and a great reputation enjoyed our stay alot. We stayed for the festive period and were very impressed by how familiar the staff became with our habbits made us feel at home despite all of the working alot even christmas day. Kind of felt sorry for them they seemed so rushed but took time to talk to us. Great staff but overworked and trying to smile when they looked wrecked Victoria and the young student lad in the restaurant made every effort they could and really made things very easy like we wanted might be back.

  • Liked — Good staff
  • Disliked — Seem to see the same staff all the time. The overpriced spa
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Chicago, IL
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Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2007

I've stayed in a few hundred hotels in my life, in more than a dozen countries... and this, so far, is my favorite. Overall, nothing I've stayed in beats it. I can't recommend it strongly enough. Details...

GOOD:
--The setting is nothing less than spectacular. From the hotel, the view is idyllic to the point of looking unreal. The view over the grounds to the lake, with the mountains in the background, is straight from a postcard.
--The rooms are large, very elegantly decorated, comfortable and relaxing.
--Bed was particularly comfy
--Bathroom was plenty big and well appointed
--The hotel bar is very nice
--The restaurant is excellent
--The staff and management are more than friendly - they are like tour guides. The hotel manager was constantly helping us out with this and that.
--There are walking trails leading through the gardens that are just wonderful
--They rent bikes and other equipment for activities
--The golf course looks great, though we didn't play it
--The town, Kenmare, is quintessential Ireland
--The spa attached to the hotel is very good, or some my wife tells me

BAD:
--None.

I do not kid when I say this is my favorite hotel. Maybe someday something will beat it, but not so far. If you go to Ireland AT ALL, I recommend making a trip to Kenmare, and staying at this hotel. You will love it.

  • Stayed May 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2007

We stayed at the Park Hotel Kenmare for 4 nights in October 2007. The hotel is the very epitome of what I imagine Ireland accommodations to look like! It’s an older building, but has all the amenities of a modern-day hotel. The hotel is located in a prime location, right on the edge of the town of Kenmare. You simply walk down a winding 50-yard driveway and you are on the outskirts of the town, with its many pubs, shops and historical sites.

We stayed in a suite on the top floor, which was very good sized (but looked totally different than the picture on their website – no canopy bed, which was kind of disappointing.). The best feature was the view; it faced the back of the hotel and overlooked a green pasture (complete with pony), and the Kenmare River, along with hillsides full of fall colors. The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was large. There was a small dining room table in the corner with four chairs, and a comfortable sofa in the other corner. With 5 windows facing three directions, the views were “all around” great.

The staff were very nice and helpful. They were forthcoming with suggestions about things to see and do in Kenmare, the best driving routes for various sightseeing trips, and anything else you needed to know.

One minor annoyance was that the heaters in our room turned themselves off at some temperature, and we had to call down to the front desk to get them reset. We never quite figured out what that was all about, but it was easily fixed. Also, the cleaning service was a bit late in the day – we like our room tidied up when we get back from our morning excursion. Also, there was something in their welcome literature about guests being expected to dine at the hotel, but we never ate there and were never bothered about it.

All in all, an excellent place to stay. We chose this place over Sheen Falls Lodge, and we are so glad we did. While we were there, we drove over to Sheen Falls Lodge, and the buildings are very garishly painted, and the view was not as nice. Also, Sheen Falls is located more than 2 km outside Kenmare, so you would have to drive and find parking any time you wanted to go into town. The Park Hotel Kenmare beats the Sheen Falls Lodge on location hands-down.

  • Liked — Location and views
  • Disliked — Not shown around our room, how to work heaters, etc.
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2007

Just back from the park hotel. I must admit I was very surprised bu the average of the whole.
When we arrived no one at the door to greet you, and we totally surprised the receptionnist who wasn't expecting anyone!!
The setting is lovely, the hotel is nice, the room was quite big. So far so good, but I wasn't expecting less from a 5 stars!!! Now it felt a bit clottered with all those antiques everywhere.

You can't use the health club without paying 60€/p.
Now, the service was slow and not efficient. There was a poor waitress doing the work of 4, so we had to wait 25 mns (solid!) for 2 coffee that we had to go and ask for because no one had spotted us.
For the menu, we had to wait ages for menu card, then an other ages to order!
No newspaper on the morning, no umbrella.

conclusion: WAY TO OVERATED AND OVERPRICED.

  • Liked — the scenery
  • Disliked — the service and the pricing
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cork
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2007

Driving to the Hotel we were filled with the expectation of the joys of staying in a five star hotel (having never stayed in one before).
From the evening we drove into the carpark to the morning we left two days later we were engaged in an experience of happiness and contentment like no other. The staff were so courteous, the food was magnificent, the room was superb and the ambience was to die for. We can't wait to go back.

Stayed October 2007
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Additional Information about Park Hotel Kenmare

Address: Kenmare 555, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Kenmare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Park Hotel Kenmare 5*
Number of rooms: 46
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