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“A lovely return visit”
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Lake Hotel
Ranked #8 of 38 Hotels in Killarney
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
465 reviews
162 hotel reviews
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“A lovely return visit”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights in a Lake View Four Poster. It really is worth the extra to stay in these top floor rooms as the views are great and you don't hear a thing from anyone else. The staff were all very pleasant and helpful and we met two generations of Mr Huggards (the owners) working front of house. That says it all really. The whole hotel was spotless and this time we enjoyed the hot tub overlooking the lake. The bar was a bit noisy for our liking but there are plenty of sitting rooms where you can take your drinks and chill out at any time.

We cannot wait for our next visit in 2014.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Friendly_Irish_Hotel, General Manager at Lake Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and for marking us so highly on your report. It sounds like you had a lovely holiday in Killarney and left wanting to come back again in the future. The four poster de-luxe rooms are lovely alright and a real treat. The views from the windows are something that would be hard to beat anywhere in the world. Even this morning on the way into the hotel the light was just so beautiful with the sun shining on the backs of the few deer grazing on the lawn outside the hotel, a light dusting of frost covered the ground and the lake glistened in the background really picture postcard beautiful. Thank you for your kind comments about the cleanliness of the hotel I will pass these on to Anne our accommodation manager and her team in accommodation who do a great job in ensuring that the hotel is kept in tip top condition for our guests. I’m glad to see that you availed of the hot tub during your visit is a great place to take in the beauty of the lake, surrounding mountains and nature all around the hotel. I hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon.
Kind Regards, Niall Huggard – General Manager
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

I stayed here for a few nights in late September and had a fabulous visit. The room was beautiful with gorgeous views and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The evening meal in the hotel was great and the whole visit was totally relaxing. I will be in Killarney in the next few days and fully intend a return visit.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Friendly_Irish_Hotel, General Manager at Lake Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and for marking us so highly on your report. Wow that is a great compliment that you are thinking of a return visit to us already. It is always a pleasure to read that our guests enjoyed their stay with us and would think of returning to us again in the future. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the quality of the accommodation and the food that you received during your recent visit to us. Thank you also for your kind comments regarding our team here at the hotel of whom we are very proud. We really appreciate you recommending the hotel so highly to others on Trip Advisor thank you most sincerely for this. I hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again very soon again.
Kind Regards, Niall Huggard – General Manager
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Taylor, Texas
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Beautiful views, quiet and relaxing. I think I had one of the best, if not the best room in the entire hotel as I was up high and in the middle. Perfect views of castle and lake. What kept me from giving this five stars was lack of internet access (had to be in lobby, pub or restaurant) and you were not within walking distance of any other pubs or shops. Breakfast was good, hotel clean and rooms VERY large. I would recommend this hotel for quiet and relaxation.

Room Tip: I think I had room number 415. Excellent views.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Friendly_Irish_Hotel, General Manager at Lake Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and for choosing the Lake Hotel for your holiday in Killarney. I’m pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay with us and that you felt that the room that you were allocated was one of the best in the building. The views to be enjoyed from the windows are beautiful to be sure and we feel that they can’t easily be beaten. Thank you for your kind comments regarding the quality of the breakfast that you received at the hotel I will pass this on to Colman our head chef and his team in the kitchen. We do have free internet throughout the hotel’s public areas and in many of the bedrooms at the hotel. We are currently working on having free high speed broadband available in all guest rooms by November 2013. We really appreciate you recommending the hotel so highly to others on Trip Advisor thank you most sincerely for this. I hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again on your next visit to Killarney and that we will have the high speed broadband in place for your next visit.
Kind Regards, Niall Huggard – General Manager
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Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hotel on a recommendation from some Irish friends, and on arrival were so impressed with the view,the rooms and the fantastic attitude of the staff that we extended our stay for another day. My partner and I were treated like family by the entire staff from the general manager down. Do yourselves a favour and stay here then visit the Ring of Kerry by coach, Do Not Drive yourself, you will not get to appreciate it.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Friendly_Irish_Hotel, General Manager at Lake Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and for marking us so highly on your report. The hotel takes it as a huge compliment when our guests decide to extend their stay with us during their visit as we know that their holiday is going so well that they don’t want to leave just yet. We are indeed very lucky with the views from the hotel only this morning the light was just so beautiful I had to take my camera out to capture some shots of the grounds with the early morning sun, a light dusting of frost on the ground and the deer grazing down by the lake what a beautiful sight. I will put these on our facebook page later on for our guests to enjoy. Thank you also for your kind comments about feeling welcome like part of the family during your visit. We aim to create a home away from home ambiance for our guests during their visits to us and I’m glad that you feel that this comes across well. We really appreciate you recommending the hotel so highly to others on Trip Advisor thank you most sincerely for this. I hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again on your next visit to Killarney.
Kind Regards, Niall Huggard – General Manager
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Lafayette, Indiana
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Just returned from a 10 day tour of south Ireland, including two nights at the Lake Hotel. It was perhaps the highlight for me. The grounds are lovely and the view of the lake and the background mountains is incredible. Be sure to walk out to the lakeside either after sunrise or before sunset when the light is dramatic. Enjoy hearing the soft swishing of the marsh grasses as you stroll. Sit outdoors on the patio at sunset with a glass of wine or a Guinness and relax in the serenity of it all. Great food, beautiful historic hotel!

Room Tip: Try to get a room away from the lounge end where nightly music, though very enjoyable, might go late...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Friendly_Irish_Hotel, General Manager at Lake Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and for marking us so highly on your report. Reading your review I can really picture the lake, the soft swishing of the marsh grasses, sitting on our outdoor patio enjoying a nice glass of wine or cold pint of Guinness it sounds like you had an enjoyable stay to be sure. We were very lucky this September and now October also with the great weather allowing us to make full use of our outdoor areas throughout the hotel. We appreciate your kind comments regarding the quality of food and accommodation that you received during your visit and saying that the stay with us was the highlight of your 10 day trip to Ireland is a really kind compliment to make to the hotel. We really appreciate you recommending the hotel so highly to others on Trip Advisor thank you most sincerely for this. I hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again on your next visit to Ireland.
Kind Regards, Niall Huggard – General Manager
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

My mom sister and I spent 4 wonderful days in this hotel. It was our first stop of 4 and our absolute favorite! The staff was wonderful and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. Our room was fantastic with an amazing view. Food was great! Thank you so much for a wonderful time!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Friendly_Irish_Hotel, General Manager at Lake Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and for marking us so highly on your report. I’m pleased to read that your mom, yourself and your sister had an enjoyable stay with us during your visit to Killarney. It is a lovely compliment to say that the lake was your favourite stop during your 4 stop tour thank you for this. Thank you also for your kind comments regarding the quality of food and service that you received during your visit and of course about our team here at the hotel of whom we are very proud. We really appreciate you recommending the hotel so highly to others on Trip Advisor thank you most sincerely for this. I hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon.
Kind Regards, Niall Huggard – General Manager
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Essex England
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from our holiday in Ireland which included two nights at the Lake Hotel.
We loved our stay here and both wished we were staying for longer.
We had a nice room in the older part of the hotel with a fantastic view and a balcony.
Food in the bar and the restaurant was excellent, especially the monkfish tempura! Breakfast was a buffet with lots of choice of hot and cold food.
The staff were charming and friendly at all times. Nothing was too much trouble.The receptionist spent ages showing us interesting walks and places to visit.
Killarney is in a beautiful part of Ireland. We needed more than two days to see it all.
The Lake Hotel is in a wonderful position,right on the lake. There cannot be many places where deer stroll past the window as one is eating breakfast!!
We both look forward to returning soon.

Room Tip: It is worth paying extra to get that amazing view!
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Friendly_Irish_Hotel, General Manager at Lake Hotel, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Just a quick note to thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and for marking us so highly on your report. You are right you could spend much longer then two days exploring Killarney and all it has to offer. We are very lucky to be spoilt for choice with outdoor activities, scenic tours and the many local attractions for our guests to visit in Killarney. Our team here in reservations and front desk are more than happy to recommend the very best places for you to visit during your stay with us and they are a wealth of information on the popular tours and attractions as well as some of the lesser known hidden gems that Killarney has to offer.. Thank you also for your kind comments regarding the quality of food that you received in both the Lake Side Bistro and the Castlelough Restaurant during your visit I will pass those on to Colman our Executive Chef and his team in the kitchen. We really appreciate you recommending the hotel so highly to others on Trip Advisor thank you most sincerely for this. I hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again soon.
Kind Regards, Niall Huggard – General Manager
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Property: Lake Hotel
Address: Muckross Road, Killarney, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Killarney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Killarney
#7 Romantic Hotel in Killarney
#16 Family Hotel in Killarney
#16 Business Hotel in Killarney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lake Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lake Hotel is a friendly Family run hotel, Free Parking, safe secure, environmentally sound hotel on the lake shore in Killarney. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends at the Lake Hotel. We will give you a traditional Irish welcome from the Huggard Family and Staff. ... more   less 
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