This hotel/hostel is really a strange mix. In the basement is an excellent and pricey restaurant. On the first floor is a charming tea room, with quirky deco and home-baked cakes and excellent coffee and tea. Then one goes up a floor, and the bedrooms are sub-standard. Charmingly awful would describe them best. There is a huge need for investment. However, it is situated across from a beautiful park, and right in the center of Tralee, so there are plus and minus points. On the whole, an experience we would accept for one night, but no more. Very friendly staff made the experience a pleasant one, and the meal we had in the basement restaurant was the best we had in Ireland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Finnegan's Hostel, Restaurant and Mary Anne's Tea Rooms, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Built by the Denny family in 1826 from the stones of the old Tralee Town Castle. It was converted into a cute quaint hostel whilst making the most of its original features. We have a mixture of dorms and rooms with forty beds in total. All the private rooms are en-suite. We also have two big rooms with open fireplaces, perfect for those winter days! Our cellar restaurant serves fresh seafood and steak and offers great value for money. We are just five minutes walk from the train (Irish Rail) and bus (Bus Eireann) station and we are just off the Main Street of Tralee town so its perfect for visiting the sites, or heading out at night! Across the street from us is the amazing Tralee town park. We are only thirty minutes by car from Dingle, the Ring of Kerry and Killarney. The history of the famous Kerry landmark Mary Anne's Tea Rooms: Mary Anne Hickey and her husband Bartholomew came from a farm in Crinne outside Castleisland, Co. Kerry. She had ten children and fifty-four grandchildren of which I am one. She loved baking and entertaining friends & family at her home and these tearooms are dedicated to her memory. Eileen Nolan (Owner) ... more less
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