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“Great stay at Woodlawn House” 5 of 5 stars
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Woodlawn House Killarney
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Woodlawn Road, Killarney, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #40 of 141 Killarney B&B and Inns
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
“Great stay at Woodlawn House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We (3 adults) stayed at Woodlawn House for two nights at the beginning of July. Wayne was accommodating, friendly and really helpful. The house is about a 10-minute walk from the city centre so perfectly located and in a quiet area. Only minutes to Ross Castle, Killarney National Park (Torc Waterfall, Muckross House), and the Ring of Kerry. Wayne even arranged for us to go on a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry (not to be missed). Breakfasts were great, and the staff was extremely friendly. Our room was a triple (one double, one twin) and it was spacious, clean and comfortable. Out stay at Woodlawn House was a highlight of our trip and we wouldn't hesitate to go back.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Coral Gables, FL
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42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Very conveniently located. Within walking distance of the town center but not so close that the nightlife will keep you awake all night. The B&B is under new management and the management lacks. Starting with the fact that we were in a room for three people and towels were only provided for two, as a previous reviewer mentions, there are only tiny bottles of a combined body wash/shampoo. We were allotted just three, so if we wanted to shower twice, as in before breakfast then after hiking, we'd have to ask for more. Hand-soap was also in a non-descript plastic dispenser, no real fragrance or any nicety. The beds were a bit uncomfortable but it wasn't the worst we've had and the simple room was clean. It had some nice touches like a standing mirror and a wardrobe.

Breakfast was simple, but the service really needs sorting out. With an open two hour window, diners can come at any time but are often challenged with incomplete place settings, tables that haven't yet been picked up. The diner initially helps himself to fruit, fruit juice, cereal, yogurt and can slice some fresh baked bread. You have to wait to ask for coffee and then wait to order a hot breakfast. In removing bowls for fruit, forks were also often removed and not replaced when the hot breakfast arrived, leaving the diner to scrounge from other place settings, lending insight into incomplete place settings upon your arrival. As a gluten free diner, it was obvious that the well-intended management had done little research into celiac disease, even though it was mentioned on the reservation made months ago. They had minimal insight into contamination issues and thought naively that they could serve gluten free bread on the same cutting board as gluten-containing bread. Still not clear whether they observed good gluten-free precautions in hot food preparation because I did feel ill during my stay in Killarney and had to pass on several outings the rest of the family took, and I skipped several meals. For diners with a regular diet, the place is just fine food-wise. The service just needs polish, better attention to detail, and better training. Given the size of this B&B, everyone would be better served by scheduling set breakfasts, say at 8 am, 9 am and so on, as many other successful B&Bs do in order to allow adequate time to prepare for their guests.

All of the foregoing is just due to lack of experience, and likely the high startup costs of mounting a new bed and breakfast. The new managers are very young and really tried to be engaging, informative and accommodating.

The building itself also seems to be having some issues, as our upper level room had a strong septic line odor that forced us to keep the bathroom closed as much as possible. We didn't hear anyone else mention problems so it may have been just a bad line in our bathroom.

The wifi in the hotel is rather sketchy, especially upstairs, WL1. It was frequently unavailable. The access was better downstairs. Common rooms were nice and comfortable, so working from them to gain better Internet access wasn't a big issue.

Room Tip: Based on our experience, I'd say avoid the triple room, until they've sourced the septic odo...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Marielle K
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Cobram, Australia
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My wife and I stayed and this charming B & B for two nights and could not fault the experience.From the moment we got inside we felt comfortable and welcome.Woodlawn house is a lovely old building and it's in a perfect location.You can comfortably walk into the town which is ideal and Wayne is only to happy to help you plan your days in the beautiful Killarney region.His advice led us to a sensational restaurant in the middle of town.The breakfasts are a treat and will set you up nicely for the busy day ahead.Our room was generous in size and looked out the front of the house.It offered a lovely view to the mountains.
Overall my wife and I can not find any fault with this B & B.Wayne is a charming host and his home baked bread is a taste sensation.do yourself a favor and come stay at Woodlawn House !!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Phil S
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22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Our experience at the Woodlawn House B&B was fantastic. The owner Wayne and his brother Allen made our stay very enjoyable, despite the fact that Wayne and his wife had a new baby just one day before our stay there, so I know they were busy! The food was great in the morning, and the service was excellent. The rooms were spacious, with plenty of space to hang clothes, etc. The walk to town is quick, maybe 5-6 minutes. We will definitely stay there again on a future trip!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank JBSurfs
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Long Eaton, England, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Wayne, the owner, greeted us and gave recommendations about restaurants and places to visit. He could not have been more helpful. The hotel is large and spacious and 30 seconds from the road that is the Ring of Kerry and less than 10 minutes walk into the centre of town. Our room was at the front facing towards the mountains. There was traffic noise during the day but we were not disturbed at night despite the fact that all the windows were open as it was 27 degrees on the day we arrived. The room is very smart and clean, the shower very powerful and towels plus flannels were provided. The breakfast service is slick and professional with Wayne, and the others serving, doing so efficiently and cheerfully. Breakfast can be as big and filling as you want and there is even homemade soda bread fresh out of the oven. This is a wonderful place to stay

Room Tip: I think rooms at the front because, although there is some traffic noise, the view to the mountains...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Ella B
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This hotel made our trip much more relaxing, cozy and memorable! The first thing in the hotel Wayne greeted us and told us an array of places to go, things to see and recommended several restaurants, a big big help for first timers! We went to most the places he recommended and were very happy with them! This is the perfect trip for a family. We went for a family of 4 and it made our trip very pleasant to be led toward the best parts of Killarney. Very nicely decorated and terrific full Irish breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Maggie O
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Port Ewen, New York
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190 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Right in town, literally an easy 10 minute walk into town. Very plain, like it was built for a guest house vs a typical B & B. It was functional and owner Wayne very friendly. It just wasn't as homey a place as others we've stayed at this trip.

Rooms do not hold any noise, you can hear people in the hall from room 106. Bed very soft, as are pillows. One of the worst night's sleep I've had. Slept on floor for a while to try getting some sleep. While there is plenty of room, it's not laid out very well, and there weren't many places to put luggage without unpacking and using the closet, which for 1 night was a waste of time.

In place of bars of soap, they have small 3 ounce containers that they refill and you squeeze for bath gel or hand soap. I don't mind saving the environment, but these small bottles made it appear cheap. Even those pump containers would make a better impression.

Breakfast started at 8:00 and was an excellent assortment of cold cereal, yogurt, juices, etc. A hot entree of whatever you wanted, was served as you ordered. All the food was delicious.

How do you rate this overall? It's surely not a 5 with the terrible bed, but does a horrible night's sleep make it a 1? I opted for an overall of 3 since the breakfast was good, the room was spacious and Wayne was helpful. I doubt I would stay here again traveling through the area with the whole street being made of up B & B.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank donutking1
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Address: Woodlawn Road, Killarney, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Killarney
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Ranked #40 of 141 B&Bs / Inns in Killarney
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Woodlawn House Killarney 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
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