We spent 2 night at the Royal and found it to be an exceptionally well run, pleasantly staffed older property. The bed was extremely comfortable, which ranks high on our list of amenities desired!
However, it is right "downtown" in the center of a Killarney that has grown very urban and touristy compared to my last visit over 20 years ago (though it was then too!). We were traveling by car and probably would have preferred a bit quieter, more suburban setting on the outskirts. Parking in the center of town is readily available in a large "pay & display" lot, and that is what you use when staying at the Royal. They reimburse your daily fee on presentation of the 3 Euro ticket, but the location requires a bit of a walk, and short term parking access for arrival and departure unloading/loading is a bit difficult on the busy street in front of the hotel. The food was good, the room lovely, clean and quite and I really wouldn't complain about anything except that, if traveling by car again, I would prefer a more peripheral location. If you were traveling by public transport, or on a group tour, the location wouldn't be an issue and would probably be desirable for most as being close to the center. As far as Killarney itself, it has all the urban and tourist amenities, but I would view it more as a good central location for exploring the SW of Ireland, and not a destination that was of a lot of interest to me in and of itself. The nearby park, lakes and mountain drive, however, are exceptional and not to be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Killarney Royal Hotel is a 4 star luxury property. It is a family run property with 32 individually designed bedrooms. It is located 2 minutes walk from the town centre, railway and bus station. The Killarney Royal Team are with the Scally family for many years and deliver service with pride and passion. It would be our pleasure to welcome you to your 'home away from home'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Killarney Royal Hotel Killarney
- Royal Hotel Killarney