A group of us stayed in the International recently and I was surprised by how good it was. I grew up fairly locally but have been gone for a long time now. The hotel was arranged by another member of the group and at first I wasn't so sure of the choice as my memories of the hotel would have been that it may be a bit dated. It certainly isn't.
The interior is very nicely decorated with the billiards room and library giving it a touch of opulence. The rooms themselves are pretty decent, we stayed in twin and had a great couple of nights sleep.
The buffet and Irish breakfast in the morning was very very good although the bacon was a tad too salty, nevertheless everything else was spot on.
We made good use of Hannigans bar which is adjoined to the hotel and it's a great place to meet up and start your evening off.
I have to give a mention on how friendly the general staff were, from the waitresses, room service and especially the porters, all top notch people. The only exception being that the receptionist (possibly manager?) could do with pretending she likes her job and smile now and again, a few of us did remark on her coldness and curtness when we arrived for check in, especially when I was waxing lyrical to my colleagues about the land of 'cead mile failte'!.
Regardless, overall I would definitely recommend a stay at The International and I would like to visit again sometime.
However, If I had to make one complaint about the hotel is that they could do with revamping the showers as the water pressure is very low, but that's just a minor fault in an overall thoroughly enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A firm favourite with visitors to Killarney, the luxurious 4* International is one of Killarney's longest established and best loved hotels, bringing our guests the warmest of welcomes and our promise of excellence. Located in the heart of Killarney Town, just a stroll from Killarney National Park & Killarney House, boasting 94 exquisite guestrooms (Classic, Superior & Executive) each with a perfect blend of classical elegance and modern design to ensure our guests a restful nights sleep Facilities include Hannigans Award winning traditional Bar & Restaurant, live music nightly in season. All areas have complimentary Wi-Fi. Further facilities include our modern, air-conditioned gym, Snooker room, library and a Residents Lounge with complimentary newspapers. Voted as one of Tripadvisors Top 25 Hotels in Ireland 2015, 2016, 2017 We look forward to welcoming you to the International Hotel ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Killarney
- Killarney Best Western