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“Dream wedding location” 5 of 5 stars
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The Dunloe
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Beaufort, Beaufort, Killarney, Ireland (Formerly Hotel Dunloe Castle)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Beaufort
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“Dream wedding location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

We were fortunate to have our wedding reception in the Hotel Dunloe Castle in August and cannot say enough about the staff and the hotel.

We viewed a number of hotels in the Killarney area but none could really compare with the Dunloe. The views from the hotel and gardens are amazing and few hotels in Ireland can really compete. The Gap of Dunloe, Tomies & Purple mountains to the south with the majestic MacGillycuddy's Reeks off to the southwest, the river Laune to the north, and the lakes of Killarney to the East - the most amazing scenary any way you look!

The drinks reception lounge is beautiful with loads of space and seating for guests. We were so lucky to have a beautiful summers day so many of our guests took the opportunity to sit outside on the verdanda and take a bit of sun along with the views - the photos look like we were abroad!

The main reception room is beautiful. Big round tables with nice chairs not requiring chair covers, large windows. It was important to us, given that we were getting married in August, that our guests didn't feel that they were in a dark room for most of the day but in the Dunloe they enjoyed the beautiful sunny day & evening eventhough they were indoors.
There's a nice outdoor seating area just outside the main reception room where guests can take a breather or a smoke!

All our guests commented on the quality of the food. Several said it did not taste or look like the normal wedding fayre. It was top restaurant quality. The lamb was to die for! Good portions sizes with second helpings for whoever wanted it. The restaurant manager Duncan was a great help to us when choosing the wine.

It's hotel policy for amplified music to end at 1.30am however we arranged for a few local lads to play non amplified music after that which our guests really enjoyed. It kept the party going long into the night! There was also a wedding the night after ours in the hotel but you couldn't hear the music from the bedrooms.

The bridal suite was out of this world - bigger than most 2 bed apartments in Dublin! We had booked in for 2 nights after the wedding and were given the bridal suite for the extra 2 night also rather than having to "downgrade"! - it was hard to check out! Many of our guests too got complimentary upgrades and they were all delighted with the rooms - especially those with children as the rooms are quiet large.

We had a lot of young nieces & nephews at the weddng and they really enjoyed their stay at the 5 star hotel. It was important for us that they would have room to run around to let off steam before the dinner and as the playground is located close to the reception room it was easy for parents to bring the kids down there before & after the dinner. There's loads of entertainment for kids & adults - they all enjoyed the pony riding, kids club, fishing etc. Our 8 year old niece from Galway said that when she gets married she'll have her reception in the Hotel Dunloe castle and she doesn't care what the groom says!

Finally the hotel manager Jason was so professional. He really made that part of the wedding arrangements so easy for us. He always made himself available to us when we visited the hotel leading up to the wedding and worked with our budget to ensure that we got an excellent package both for the wedding reception & for our guests. In the end our bill came in less that what we budgeted for which was great given so many guests said that the bubbly didn't stop flowing!

So if you are thinking of getting married in Kerry/ Cork we can definitely recommend the Hotel Dunloe Castle.

Siobhan & Tomas

Room Tip: all rooms have great views though the views to the south are probably better
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  • Stayed August 2011, 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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HDCManager_11, Manager at The Dunloe, responded to this review, December 7, 2011
Dear Siobhan & Thomas

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review here. It was a pleasure to help you both plan your wedding and to welcome your family and friends to celebrate with you on the day. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to the whole team here and in particular to the kitchen and restaurant team who strive to offer something extraordinary when it comes to the wedding banquet. It is great to hear that your guests enjoyed not just the setting but also their meal and experience at the hotel.

I’m very glad to hear that our policy of not offering amplified music late into the night worked well for you. Also, as you mention, this policy combined with the location of the banqueting hall away from the bedrooms ensures that guests of the hotel are not disturbed by wedding celebrations.

I am delighted to hear that your nieces and nephews approved of the ‘family friendly’ facilities and we will look forward to welcoming your 8 year old niece when her big day comes around!
Thank you so much for your recommendation.

We were delighted that you chose to celebrate such a momentous occasion with us and hope that we may welcome you back for many years to come.

Kind regards

Jason Clifford
Hotel Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Stayed here on the weekend of 28th October 2011 for a wedding. Was looking forward to it as the images on the website and the advice on tripadvisor were very positive. The reception, check in process etc was smooth plain sailing. The road signs leading to the hotel from Fossa were quite poor and we nearly passed the turnoff into the hotel grounds.
The hotel room itself was very disappointing. It's just not 5 star standard. There was no minibar. There was no air-conditioning. There was quite a bit of dust on surfaces. The television was smallish and firmly of the CRT era. The bed itself was comfy and the duvet was of good quality. The throw over the duvet was cheap and resembled something from a mid budget european ski hotel. The bathroom was modern with a powerful shower.
The pool was lovely, the wedding reception area and the room where the meal and dancing took place was also very nice.
All in all it was an enjoyable stay but the money we paid was ridiculous for the quality we got. (EUR352 for two nights - couple) Had the price been halved I would be giving a 5 star rating.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HDCManager_11, Manager at The Dunloe, responded to this review, December 7, 2011
Dear Mr Browne

Many thanks for taking the time to share your valued feedback on your recent stay with us. I am very pleased to hear that your arrival to reception and check in with our team was smooth and welcoming.

I am disappointed that you found the navigation from Fossa difficult. There are signposts at the left turn on the main N72 road and you follow this road until you can see Hotel Dunloe Castle on the right. However, we are always happy to direct guests over the phone should they be having difficulty in finding the hotel and also offer a downloadable map and driving directions on our website.

It is a pity that you did not find your room to your expectations. Whilst we do not offer an in-room mini bar we do offer a 24 hour room service. Also, each room does offer an in room fridge which we are happy to stock the fridge with drinks and snacks on request.

You are correct; our rooms do not offer air conditioning. This is not something which is required to be standard in a five star hotel in Ireland and something which many five star hotels in Ireland do not offer. We have found that due to the spaciousness of our bedrooms, coupled with their private balconies overlooking our extensive gardens that air conditioning is not something which is necessary in our rooms.

I can assure you that our standards of housekeeping are rigorously checked and for which we are regularly complimented by our guests, you will see this noted in many reviews here. I sincerely apologise that you found your room to be dusty and can only assure you that this is certainly not a standard experience of the hotel. We would have happily arranged an alternative bedroom for you had we been made aware of this during your stay.

We appreciate your feedback on our bedrooms, which are designed in a classic style, and while individual tastes differ with decor we consistently receive positive feedback on the size and comfort of our bedrooms. We do however strive to improve the standards of our bedrooms and to this end. We will have all of the televisions updated by the time we re-open in 2012.

I am very glad that you enjoyed our pool and hope that you had an opportunity to avail of our other extensive complimentary facilities during your stay.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your feedback. I hope that we may have the opportunity of welcoming you back to stay in the future.

Kind regards

Jason Clifford
Hotel Manager
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

A weekend in this 5 star hotel was atruly memorable experience .All the staff were extremely helpful and nothing was aproblem the room,food service and leisure facilities are top class and do not miss going for a walk in the grounds which are a hiddden treasure.

Room Tip: look for a room with a view of the mountains
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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HDCManager_11, Manager at The Dunloe, responded to this review, December 7, 2011
Dear Kerry080

Many thanks for sharing your experience of Hotel Dunloe Castle. I am pleased that you enjoyed your recent stay and will look forward to sharing your comments with our team. We have a wonderful team here at Hotel Dunloe Castle and it is our pleasure to make each guests’ stay a pleasant experience.

I am glad that you enjoyed your walk in our grounds. The gardens really are stunning and have lots of hidden pathways which you can discover while exploring – these are loved by our guests and since we have introduced our new kennels we have many guests bringing along their four legged friends to enjoy the 64 acres of gardens on which the hotel is set.

Thank you again for sharing your comments. I hope that we may welcome you again in 2012.

Kind regards

Jason Clifford
Hotel Manager
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Swords, Ireland
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

I have just returned from Kilarney where we spent 2 gorgeous nights in the Hotel Dunloe Castle. From arrival to depature I was completely satisfied with everything from the very high standard of the room to the beautiful meal we had on Friday night to the leisurely swim on saturday morning.
I don't have one complaint and in my partners opinion that's no easy achievement. !!!
The hotel organised a taxi for us to bring us into Kilarney on saturday evening and we had a wonderful night in the local bars.
Breakfast both mornings was top class with everything on offer !!!
I have been telling everyone who'll listen about what a lovely stay we had in Dunloe. The atmosphere was so relaxed and I loved the fire with the television just off reception - it was lovely to see people watching the rugby world cup on saturday morning and then xfactor saturday night. The staff really did anything that was asked of them ... I will most certainly be back !!

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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HDCManager_11, Manager at The Dunloe, responded to this review, December 7, 2011
Dear Niamh B

Many thanks for taking the time to share your comments. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit to Killarney and time with us here at Hotel Dunloe Castle. Thank you for your lovely comments on the standard of our bedrooms. I am pleased that you enjoyed your dining experiences with us. I will be sure to pass on your comments to our team.

We are always happy to arrange taxis into Killarney town in the evening and also offer a complimentary shuttle twice daily, as Killarney is so close it is easy to combine the vibrant atmosphere of the town with the peace and quiet of our location.

Thank you again for sharing your review. I hope that we may have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon.

Kind regards

Jason Clifford
Hotel Manager
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Anaheim, California
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2011

Stayed at this gorgeous hotel for three nights with a group. The room was huge and very comfortable. The views were spectacular! What a relaxing, beautiful property! I would love to return for a longer stay.
The staff was amazing...so professional, friendly, and accommodating.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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HDCManager_11, Manager at The Dunloe, responded to this review, December 7, 2011
Dear Spindrift24

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments with us. I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and were impressed with not just our beautiful location but also our dedicated team. I will be sure to share your feedback with the whole team and hope that we may have the opportunity to welcome you back again in the future.

Kind regards

Jason Clifford
Hotel Manager
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Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

One of the very best hotels we have ever stayed in. Our room was a suite with a wonderful view. Bed was very comfortable, large bathroom, all amenities furnished.

In front "yard" they have a small herd of palamino horses. The horses come over to say hello and search for apple or sugar cube, very charming. Nice gardens in back.

Impecable service, friendly and helpful.
Only negative, they are located a couple of miles outside town, so not easy to explore pubs, etc., but they have excellent restaurants on site.

Room Tip: Get a room with view to the south, wonderful view of mountains.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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HDCManager_11, Manager at The Dunloe, responded to this review, October 12, 2011
Dear Gary O

Many thanks for taking the time to share your comments. I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. The views certainly are excellent and we try to make sure the experience at the hotel is on a par with the spectacular scenery that surrounds us. The ponies are very friendly, we have lots of guests who take an apple from breakfast to treat them with, children in particular love how gentle they are!

Thank you for your compliments on our restaurants, the next time you visit we would be delighted to direct you to some of the pubs in our locality, Beaufort village is just a few minutes’ away and has some great local bars. Also, we are always happy to arrange taxis in and out of Killarney own for those who wish to explore the nightlife in Killarney.

I hope that we may look forward to welcoming you back soon

Kind regards

Jason Clifford
Hotel Manager
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

Wow 5 stars really means 5 stars here. The staff were excellent and really friendly, the room was amazing, the view and location the best in the world. My only complaint was that the room had a double bed but on closer inspection it was two single mattresses together on a double base; leaving a gap up the center which wasn't great for a couple. The food was to die for, really top quality.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HDCManager_11, Manager at The Dunloe, responded to this review, October 11, 2011
Dear LukeDaunt

Many thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will be very pleased to share your kind comments with our staff.

I must apologise that on this occasion the bed was not what you had expected. I can assure you that that this is certainly not our standard. Any beds which are comprised of two single mattresses are generally ‘topped’ with a ‘mattress topper’ which in essence gives the effect of a double mattress and removes the central line between two single mattresses. This is generally used so that if a guest requests a twin bedroom then both mattresses and base can be split to create a twin bedroom and allow more flexibility for our guests.

I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the food and location and hope that we can welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Jason Clifford
Hotel Manager
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Address: Beaufort, Beaufort, Killarney, Ireland (Formerly Hotel Dunloe Castle)
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Killarney > Beaufort
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Beaufort
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Dunloe 5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dunloe is a beautiful 5* hotel, overlooking the famous Gap of Dunloe, set on its own 64 acre estate leading to the ruins of the 12th century castle and River Laune. The dog-friendly The Dunloe is one of the finest luxury hotels Ireland has, boasting magnificent 5 star hotel accommodation in Kerry, only 5 miles from Killarney town. Enjoy a range of complimentary onsite leisure activities including swimming, sauna, steam room, fitness room, fishing, horse riding, and indoor tennis. A kids club and movie night programme runs for children throughout the summer months. Golf, tours, walks can also be arranged locally ... more   less 
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