Definitely 5*, although the wild ponies running for shelter under the trees when the summer rain started & the the rainbows we were treated to from the bay windows, at breakfast time, cannot be rated: they're just priceless. And it is precisely The Dunloe's setting that makes it unique: the night walks to the ruins of the original castle & the bench overlooking the river crossing the hotel's grounds are just out of this world.
But The Dunloe does not only rely on the unique natural beauty of its surroundings nor its tasteful decor: it also offers a 5* star service to the tiniest little detail. Among our favorite: the sandalwood toiletries, the sweet dream chocolate & tomorrow's weather card (highly original!!!) we found on by our pillow every night, the excellent quality cups with the golden crest in the breakfast room -for those who wished to have their lattes or cappuccinos to go...
And if details do matter, so does the big picture. Because The Dunloe boasts a fantastic indoor pool with glass walls that allow you views on the grounds & i's like swimming in the middle of green. The bar is very cozy too, with excellent service by veteran Irish waiters & barmen that happily took our orders & engaged into conversation with a large party of foreign people whose English left a lot to be desired. (extra bonus points for that :- )
Last, but not least, I would like to mention the gourmet food experience at The Dunloe. Seated dinners were the time of the day we were all looking forward to for the linen tableware, the beautifully printed menus, the excellent choice of courses, the presentation, the succulent taste. We loved it all & desserts in particular. The service was v. professional albeit a bit rushed for our taste but we understand that might have to do with the group leader instructions (?). Anyway, the whole experience was so enjoyable, we would have wished to keep our plates in front of us longer, especially those of us who had ordered wine.
All in all, staying at the Dunloe, exceeded by far my expectations & my only regret is not having being able to enjoy the hotel grounds more & not having taken the free riding classes. This in itself is the reason why I would definitely go back, & this time with my 7 yr old daughter. Thumbs up for The Dunloe in Killarney, Ireland!
- Also Known As:
- Dunloe Castle Hotel
- Hotel Dunloe Castle
- Dunloe Castle Killarney
- 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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