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Ballyseede Castle
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Tralee
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Rochester, Michigan
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Real deal castle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stayed in the Crosby room. This is the real deal castle. The rooms are huge. The bath have been re-done maybe 20 years ago. Its time for a re work but they are functional. The expansive red carpet in the room needed to be re stretched (big wrinkle- trip hazard)
It does give you the feel of living in a castle/mansion. They have several public rooms to sit in,. read, use Wifi.
The staff was super kind. I could not get my plane boarding pass before we left and they let me use the front desk computer to print it.

The breakfast (free) was served in what I think might have been a man's room.
Think stone, medieval. You order off a menu. Good selection. Buffet for fruit and cereal too.

You can eat dinner but we took a cab to the city (ride was E13.00 from city to castle)

Expensive but worth a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed July 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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Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We stayed overnight in this beautiful old castle. The exterior of the castle shows its age but the interior is quite stunning. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms modern. Our room overlooked the gardens. There is a lovely garden area and it borders on a national park. There is a common lounge room but if there is a wedding on, it's difficult to enjoy any quiet time. Irish people certainly know how to party - in our case until 6 am, so we didn't get much sleep. The service is great and the restaurant is really something special for dinner. Our waiter, Eddie was fantastic keeping us amused with tales of ghosts. The breakfast was scrumptious and there was good variety. Our waiter, Joe was great and looked after us well. We enjoyed our stay but wouldn't do it again on a night of wedding celebrations.

Room Tip: If you have difficulty climbing stairs, then ask for a room on the lower floors as there is no lift.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Royken, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

From the first emails until our arrival, Ballyseede was kind, prompt and accommodating! Our room was absolutely lovely with its four poster bed, the splendid claw foot tub and wonderful bathroom. We couldn't have been happier. The pub was wonderful with a terrific staff with excellent food and beautiful grounds. Definitely on our list to return to again!!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Many of the castle hotels in Ireland are large resorts and more expensive, so I was wondering if this reasonably priced castle hotel would be the 'real deal'. Rest assured, you will feel like a lord or lady staying here! It was everything we had hoped for in a castle. From the start, we were late arriving and when I called ahead to notify them, I was told that if we arrived after dinner service they would gladly make up some sandwiches for us. Nice touch! Castle was a little hard to find; we had to stop and ask a local. Luckily we arrived while the pub was still serving food and, since it was a lovely warm evening, we ate out in the garden. Quite a treat after a long days drive to be served dinner in a gorgeous castle garden setting! Tea and cookies in the parlor was another nice touch. Our room was in the 'paddy' section of rooms, which threw us off a bit at first, because the rooms were downstairs. But our room turned out to be a large, lovely family room. The windows are quite large and pretty, so you don't feel 'underground'. We were at the far end of the castle; it was quiet and peaceful (thick stone walls!), yet the wifi was still good. The tub is high, so anyone with mobility issues might consider how easy it is to get in and out. All the rooms are different, so your mileage may vary. The next morning we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast in the stone room and Ester took good care of us and gave us pointers for our trip. Love that Irish wit! All in all the staff was gracious and we truly felt pampered. The castle has lovely decor and a beautiful country manor setting. Truly a unique experience.

Room Tip: There is also a lodge, at the entrance to the drive going to the castle. If you want the full castle...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Friendly... One of a kind experience I will never forget. Went for a wedding and it was perfect. Food, atmosphere and staff were wonderful and helpful. Worth the drive and money to stay here, it was incredible. Also, the breakfast was amazing.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Rochester NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

If you want to stay in a real castle, this could be your place. Good size rooms, beautiful grounds, excellent service. Definitely cater to groups. Being a couple, we ate in the bar area due to large group in the dining room; although the staff said if we let them know we wanted dining room, they would have accommodated us. Overall it was a nice one night stay in a real castle. It appears that the Irish wolfhound passed on in 2011, from the marker coming up the drive.

Room Tip: Wifi was available on main level, not in the lower level room that we had. We were using a voucher...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Mountain Top, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We stayed here on our first night in Ireland. Close enough to Shannon to do a little sight seeing before we arrived at the castle.
A little hard to find (Not on GPS as an attaction)
Staff is perfect. Loved having a Guinness with my 19 year old son in the beautiful bar. Dinner for 4 was better than we could imagine. Out of this world menu. We all ordered something we had never tried before. No One was disappointed. WE loved the sitting room and enjoyed another guest playing the piano. Highly recommend!

Room Tip: No elevator but there was planty of help to carry our bags.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Ballyseede Castle
Address: Ballyseede, Tralee, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Tralee
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tralee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Ballyseede Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxury 4* Castle hotel located just outside of Tralee town on its own thirty acres of woodland. A very grand Hotel with two AA rosettes and shortlisted for Country House of the Year. ... more   less 
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