On checking in I wasn't expecting much. I just needed somewhere to stay the night. When I went to my room I was pleasantly surprised. It was big enough for two and the bathroom was nice and big.
I ended up having to stay TWO extra nights due to work commitments and this was no problem. I had breakfast in my room 2 out of the 3 mornings. It was lovely but both mornings the milk was missing. I've developed quite a fondness for black tea now.
The reception staff were lovely, the housekeeping staff very nice. The room I have to say was spotlessly clean.
Now to the one HUGE problem. The noise! I can't quite remember what room I was in but I'm pretty sure it was 102. Up the stairs, first on the right. I realised very early on there was a group of lads staying across the corridor. I could hear them talking in THEIR room. There was a huge gap under my door that let the light and noise streaming in. In the morning I could hear every little noise on the corridor from the lads getting up and going out to work.
The Tuesday night was the worst. A disco of some sort was on in the ballroom (I heard this from the lads talking in their room!). The noise was unbearable until 3am. GREAT if you have to be at work at 8am.
I loved the Grand as a hotel but to use it as a base when you have early starts in the morning it may not be the best idea. If you're on a break and can press the snooze button then go for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Tralee, we are the ideal location for exploring the majestic South West of Ireland. Centred between Killarney & The Dingle Peninsula, we are the perfect spot for those who wish to see it all. A renovated Victorian house which honours its rich history with added modern décor & luxuries. The Grand Hotel stands on the site of The Great Castle of Tralee. The Grand hotel occupies the liveliest kitchen in Tralee. Recognised amongst locals and visitors for its superb service & delicious display of culinary art. We offer extensive menus in The Pikeman Bar and Samuel's Restaurant. We serve from the crack of dawn (7.30am) until the faint dusk (9.30pm.): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & everything in between! Our live music weekends are hosted Friday & Saturday with various performers. Our traditional Irish music sessions deem extremely popular. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Tralee
- Tralee Grand Hotel