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Ballyseede Castle
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is a beautiful castle/private estate that has been converted into a small hotel on well-kept grounds. It is elegantly furnished, with several "parlours" where you can sit with friends and feel like you're sitting in someone's home and not a hotel. A small dog lays by the turf fire in the entry hall, and an Irish wolfhound "puppy" follows guests around and sits beside them eyeing their food longingly. He needn't have bothered. The food on my Sunday afternoon visit was dismal and overpriced. We had been told that the hotel served good food, but that was not the case. Perhaps the regular chef was ill? I had the seafood chowder, which I have sampled all over Ireland, and which was the worst (and most expensive at 8.50 euros) on this trip. It was yellow, lukewarm, and full of artificial crab legs and some off-tasting mussels. The "old" taste of the mussels was the dominant flavor in this chowder, which was obviously not freshly made. Three of us had the chowder, and all of us were disappointed. The goat cheese salad was overdressed with a heavy and tasteless mayonaise-based dressing. It had some walnuts and grapes in it and was topped with a piece of deep-fried goat cheese (7.50 euros). This might be a nice place to stay, but it is not a nice place to eat.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Made for an interesting stay as part of my trip to Ireland. There was a heat wave and the castle, no surprise, is not airconditioned. Try to avoid the "basement" lower level. Tim, the bartender, porter, waiter, guide, was wonderful and very hard working. Ate in restaurant, food is OK.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was a really nice place, and of course the atmosphere was very interesting! The decor of the castle has been, as much as possible, retained to resemble the way the castle looked before modern times. The service was varying - front desk and reception weren't as responsive as we'd have expected, however the bartenders were absolutely wonderful! We spent our engagement night here, and the bartenders took time to explain how the Ballyseede does weddings. They, along with the locals, were really amiable.

Our room was fairly spacious, good plumbing (which is always a plus for North American travelers), however mind the step from the tub! Breakfast was provided as buffet-menu combination that was good. The grounds were stunning!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

What a great castle experience. We stayed one night in a standard room on the lower level. The room was spacious and clean and the bed very comfy. The castle is styled in a traditional manner and the grounds look immaculate. There's even some miniature horses and donkeys in the adjoining paddock out the front. We ate at the Castle ordering dinner from the bar area and eating in one of the sitting rooms overlooking the rear of the grounds. The food was lovely and the atmosphere great. The breakfast is plentiful and the service is terrific to say the least. We had a really enjoyable stay and would go back again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Ballyseede Castle Hotel for one night after seeing Dingle, before heading on to Galway. Signage directing you to the hotel from the highway was very good. The castle itself is very nice.

We had the Keane Room on the 3rd floor. Being a castle, they did not have an elevator, but a porter took a luggage up to our room and the stairs were not a problem for us at all.

Wifi was free in the lobby. And while they said that wifi was only available in the lobby and common areas, we were able to catch it fine in our room -- we had a better connection there than in some hotels that charged for wifi. Of course, your mileage may vary.

Breakfast in the Stone Room was excellent, and the grounds were well kept up. We enjoyed exploring them.

You are also only a few minutes' drive away from a shopping center in Tralee that has a supermarket, in the event that you need to pick up food, drink, or other supplies.

We would definitely stay here again if we were to return to County Kerry.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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