Full disclosure: I didn't book this hotel, I booked a nearby one that decided it didn't have enough guests to stay open and transferred my lady and I to the Riverside. So we went in a little jaded: it wasn't where we wanted to be.
First impressions: amazing lobby - spacious, light, comfortable and warm, and polite front desk staff.
Room: comfortable enough. Two small towels not really sufficient though. No facecloths either.
Bar: welcoming and very friendly service.
Dinner (we'd booked for a dinner at our original hotel - known for its food - and that was also transferred to our Riverside reservation): awful beyond words. Actually the service was lovely and friendly, but the food was staggeringly bad. Even the bread was a failure, served with a musty, ancient-tasting butter and some form of "pesto" sauce that was luminous green and tasted like mineral oil. We advised the staff and the butter was replaced with one that was edible, and the chef allegedly made us a fresh pesto sauce that was, if anything, slightly worse. I had the seafood chowder, which was almost entirely butter, and then a lamb shank which was dry and apparently drizzled with molasses. My companion very bravely had the fisherman's platter, which was full of mussels with smashed shells. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Breakfast: nowhere near as bad, fortunately. The full Irish was perfectly decent (but the portion sizes were oddly variable - the first morning I had a very satisfactory, generous breakfast; the second morning saw parsimonious servings). The pancakes were, somehow, burned, though. Decent semi-buffet with mini-croissants and cheese and cereals.
So - for B&B, there's not much wrong with this hotel at all. Do not even think about the dinner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adjacent to the Flesk River, the Killarney Riverside Hotel is a Four star Boutique style hotel located on the Muckross Road (near the INEC), a 10 minute walk from Killarney town centre. Our Bedroom Accommodation is of a 4 star standard with phone, TV, hairdryer, tea/coffee tray, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access and a 24 hour room service menu. The hotel is also a perfect base for golf, fishing, horse riding, touring County Kerry's many scenic attractions and a host of other outdoor activities in Kerry. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Killarney Riverside Hotel