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Park Place Apartments
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“Fabulous Accommodation!”
Reviewed September 3, 2009

We are a family of 6 -- three teenagers and a 10 year-old -- and we absolutely loved our stay at Park Place apartments, and we'll definitely stay here again on future visits to Killarney.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by name by Anne, who promptly showed my husband how to get into the underground parking lot (great security!).

We had a 2BR 2 bath apartment on the first floor up (second floor American) overlooking the side street, which was much quieter than being on the main street. There are other apartments overlooking a courtyard, and they appeared to be pretty quiet as well. From our living room and both bedrooms, we had a view over rooftops, and we could also see a couple church spires. I imagine that apartments on the two higher floors would have even nicer views. Our apartment had a "balcony," but this really just means that in the living room, you can open up the French doors rather than just a window. It's not a balcony that you can actually step out onto.

The apartment was very spacious for all six of us and very beautifully decorated. There were two twin beds in the en-suite bedroom, and there was a (small) double bed (not a queen) in the second bedroom. The staff had kindly set up a single fold-out bed in each bedroom to accommodate all 6 of us. However, we ended up moving the fold-out beds to the living room because there was more room there. The living room had a door that could close, so the kids sleeping in there had their privacy.

I have to say that while the regular beds were very comfortable, the fold-out beds were not. I would only recommend them for children. The mattresses are only about 3 inches thick, and the bed frame is made of slats, which you can feel through the mattress. After a night or two, we just put the fold-out matresses on the living room floor instead of sleeping on the bed frame.

The floors throughout the apartment are beautiful marble (travertine) and the travertine continues through to the bathrooms. The showers have great water pressure and lots of hot water. The kitchen had everything we needed for simple meals and snacks, though there were only plates and utensils for four. There was a microwave, a coffee press (not a coffee maker - this also seems to be standard throughout Ireland), refrigerator, oven and stovetop.

Probably the biggest problem we had was with the washer/dryer machine. While there was an instruction folder for all the kitchen appliances, the instructions for the washer/dryer were not complete, and we had such a hard time figuring it out. We didn't know which drawer to put the detergent into, how to start the machine, how to stop it, and most important, how to get the clothes to dry. The wash cycle was about 2 hours long, and sometimes if we pushed the right buttons, we got the clothes to dry, but that took another two or more hours. So one load of clothes takes at least 4 hours to wash and dry, and since it's all in one machine, you can only wash one load at a time. When we were lucky enough to get the clothes to dry, they ended up VERY wrinkled, and one top of mine got some minor damage, so avoid washing anything slightly delicate. Most of the time, we ended up hanging the clothes up to air dry, but that took time, too.

(For what it's worth, we've used these similar small washer/dryer combination machines in Europe before with the same results. Maybe if we had more experience with them we'd know better how to avoid the wrinkles. I can't help but imagine poor Irish housewives spending all their time ironing every single item of clothing, including clothing that normally doesn't wrinkle.)

The location of these apartments is perfect. It's at the top of the High Street, so you can easily walk to shops and restaurants and even to one of the entrances to Killarney National Park. We could let the older kids go wander the town on their own and know that they could easily return to the apartment whenever they wanted.
Downstairs and around the corner is a little market where you can buy the food and supplies you need. We had to buy our own dish soap (this seems to be normal in Irish rentals - I still don't understand why they don't provide dish soap). We also bought our own laundry detergent and bath soap here (the master bathroom had a small bar of soap, but the other bathroom did not).

It was also a plus to be able to stay as many or as few nights as we liked. We've stayed in four other self-catering houses/apartments in Ireland, including one in Killarney on another visit, and It seems that most Irish rentals want you to stay for a full week, from Saturday to Saturday. For us, that doesn't fit into our travel style, so at Park Place, we loved being able to stay for only four nights and to arrive and leave on days that fit into our itinerary. At about 127 Euros a night, this was by far the least expensive stay of our 18-night trip through Ireland. For six people, this is a wonderful bargain!

Additionally, the staff was extremely helpful. I had an accident and required medical attention, and Michelle immediately got me an appointment with a nearby doctor and gave us clear directions how to get there. The doctor visit, which included an injection, was only 50 euro ($75) and the two prescriptions were a total of 11 euro ($16), far less than my insurance copay at home, and there was no endless paperwork and no wait time at all for the doctor or the prescriptions.

We had some noisy neighbors on the Friday and Saturday nights of our stay with "hen parties" (bachelorette parties) coming in at 3:00 both mornings of the weekend. They were very loud, but Michelle gave us her cell phone number and told us to call her if it happened again - even if we called her at 3:00am. (We decided not to bother her as it only happened on the two weekend nights.)

Again, we will definitely stay here again on future visits. The staff, location, size of accommodation, and price can't be beat!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 1, 2009

We stayed at the Park Place apartments at the end of August. Two adults and two children.The apartment was very clean, very spacious and had a fantastic view. We had two large bedrooms, en suite, bathroon with a jacuzzi, huge living area and kitchen with all mod cons. Shops and restaurants, everywhere you need to go in the town is only a walk away. Security is fantastic, including the security in the underground car park...we were really impressed by this. And the welcome was very friendly. Michelle and Anne work hard and deserve great credit.
We'll be back!!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Atlanta, GA
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Reviewed August 4, 2009

Very well maintained facility (inside and out), with helpful and friendly employees. Great location that also provides safe, enclosed parking. Next to nice little Irish store that provides a some quick, hot food. Right at the end of main street - for evening strolling in & out of the pubs along with window-shopping. You can't go wrong with Killarney, or this wonderful, new self-catering facility!

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
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Louisville KY
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Reviewed June 17, 2009

We stayed for three nights at Park Place and it was terrific. The Apartments were immaculate with very comfortable beds and furniture. I saw both the one bedroom and the two bedroom and the one bedroom living area is a little smaller but would be fine for two people. Our two bedroom was very spacious for family of three. The staff was very helpful and the location was excellent.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

We stayed at Park Place Apts for 4 nights in May 2009. We will stay there again on our next trip. Michelle was fantastic, she answered all of our questions (which we had tons of) about the area and how to operate the kitchen equipment without hesitation.
The apartments are in a great location, easy walking to town, Dunnes store 5 minutes walk and easy access to main roads to tour local area.

The apartment was two bedrooms, two baths with a full kitchen and nice living room area. The apartment was clean except for a few issues. The kitchen was stocked with some basic pots & pans, we did have to ask for a baking tray (which was provided with no problem), & 4-piece setting of plates & silverware. The only thing missing was a dishwasher. There was not any dishwashing liquid so we had to buy this at Dunnes. We walked to Dunnes and bought food to cook in the evenings and enjoyed not having to wonder around trying to find somewhere to eat. When you walk to Dunnes be aware if you go close to closing time they close and lock the gate in the alleyway which makes for a long walk back.
The washer/dryer combo was nice. A word of warning to anyone not use to this, it does take a long time to wash & dry and I would recommend that you remove anything you do not want to iron because our pants all came out very wrinkled. I assumed it was because the clothes do not tumble freely like a full size dryer. Not a big issue because just having the washer/dryer saved us on luggage space!
Parking was in a parking garage underground which was great. The apartments were quiet for the most part and the free Wi-Fi was nice, hopefully they will eventually get this in the apartments and not just in the lobby areas.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2009

I cannot say enough good things about Park Place Apartments. They are beautifully decorated with marble tile floors and full kitchens. They are reasonably priced and have a washer/dryer combo in the units, free parking (quite a money saver) and free wifi in their business center and lobbies. They are located in the center of Killarney within easy walking distance of grocers, pubs and shopping yet quiet enough for restful sleep. Michelle Corcoran the manager makes sure your stay is pleasant and your needs are met. Apartments and lobbies are impeccably clean.
The washer/dryer is a combination unfamiliar to most Americans. An entire wash/dry cycle will last 4 hours. Put the clothes in and go to bed or out for the day. Can't wait to come back and visit this place.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed May 30, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for a week in May 2009. Slightly difficult to find initially, but it is in a great location. Everything in Killarney is within walking distance, and it is easy to access the major roads out of town to go further a field.
We had sent in a "wish list" of king bed, top floor, quiet room, balcony, views of the hills and power shower, expecting to maybe get 2 or 3 of them. When we arrived, they had up graded us to a 2 bedroom suite, with everything we had asked for. It was like a penthouse, with all modern amenities.
Parking was very secure below the building.
There is a handy convenience store next door open late.
If we were in the area again, we would certainly stay at these apartments.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Park Place Apartments
Address: Park Place Apartments High Street, Killarney, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Killarney
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 47 Specialty Lodging in Killarney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Park Place Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4* Failte Ireland approved self catering accommodation. Located in the heart of Killarney town. Complex comprised of one and two bedroom apartments and townhouses.Free underground car park, complimentary WiFi thoughout the apartments and luxury furnishing throughout. Your home from home in Killarney town. ... more   less 
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