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Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Kenmare
Certificate of Excellence
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16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“definately going back!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

just spent 1 night there recently everything about this hotel was excellent excellent and excellent.well done kenmare bay hotel hope to see you soon ;-) the breakfast was amazing and plenty of everything

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank TinaD2
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Andrew R, General Manager at Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your recent review of your stay with us.

I am very happy to see that you enjoyed your stay here. We try our utmost to ensure all of our guests have a pleasant and relaxing time while here with us. With our breakfast options we always aim to cater from all types of guests from a single occupant to a group booking, I hope the rest of your group had an enjoyable a stay as you did.

We very much look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Regards,

Andrew Rees
General Manager
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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County Cork, Ireland
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126 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2014

With almost 650 reviews of this hotel I wonder why I should add my 'penny ha'p'orth' of opinion. Reviewers on TA are generally very complementary about this hotel and I too would concur.

What prompts me to write this review was that it was the first time I saw a Hotel Reception display its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now I knew they existed but it was my first encounter even though I am a long time contributor to these pages.

This hotel at first impression seems to be a distance from the town centre but in fact there is a walkway that brings you right to the centre of town in minutes. Second impression is that the owners extract the most from this building. By that I mean it is a modern build of another era yet it retains the freshness of an elegant lady of a certain age.

We visited on the back of a promotion that was too good to pass up. Mind you there were rumblings among other accommodation providers of the town who perceived the promotion as too generous. If they do another off season promotion this year we will go back again.

Rooms were clean and comfortable. Reception is spacious and bright with a cheery receptionist with a Kerry accent. Pretty Polish receptionists elsewhere just lack this je ne sais quoi. Restaurant staff were helpful, food was good,and even the manager was carrying his share of the load with the late rush for breakfast.

I include a few images to add to the several provided by fellow travellers. One in particular I thought appropriate of my classic Bentley (aka The mistress) parked by reception looking quite complimentary to the hotel of a not dissimilar vintage and both cutting an elegant pose.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank SirNorman
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Andrew R, General Manager at Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, March 2, 2014
Dear Guest,

Firstly may I say how refreshing and enjoyable it was to read such a well composed and though out review. Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to put it together.

With regard to the trip advisor certificate that you noticed in our reception area, we feel that the trip advisor is a valuable tool if not indeed a necessity for the modern traveller. It gives honest and unbiased reviews and opinions from a variable demographic which gives everyone an opportunity to carefully select their accommodation choices based on actual experiences.

I am pleased that you enjoyed our range of dining options that we have to offer here in The Kenmare Bay. We all roll up our sleeves and help out when the need arises during busy periods and all the staff are very dedicated and are willing to go that extra mile for all of our guests.

With regards to our location, we are situated only a 2 minute drive from the picturesque town of Kenmare or as you pointed out the pathway is an short ambling saunter into the main square in town.

We often run promotions here that offer any potential guests a great opportunity to visit a fantastic part of Kerry for a great value experience.

On behalf of all my staff and I we would very much like the opportunity to welcome you back to us in the future.

Regards,

Andrew Rees
General Manager
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Cork, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014

We celebrated our wedding here on 14th February and even though the phones and Internet were down and power was out in some places due to the storm the service we got was faultless from the day before the wedding to the day after we could not but praise the hotel and staff.
We stayed in the lodges the night before, when we arrived the fire was lit and made it very cosy and welcoming. It is decorated to a very high standard. It was absolutly beautiful and we got great pictures there. We are staying there again for a wedding in 2 weeks. Can't wait!!
Tom and all the staff were so helpful and nothing was a problem for them. The food was fantastic and our guests are still talking about it. We could not but highly recommend The Kenmare Bay Hotel as a wedding venue, couples break away or a family break. Our kids can't wait to revisit the leisure centre they really enjoyed the pool and they said the girl working there
was very nice to them. We are very glad we chose this hotel as our wedding venue. It will be an experience we ll remember forever.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SharonNoonan
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Andrew R, General Manager at Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Firstly I would again like to congratulate you and your new spouse on your marriage. All of us here at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort wish you all the best for the future.

We always do our best to go above and beyond for all of our Brides and Grooms to make not just their day but their whole experience as enjoyable and as smooth as possible. I am pleased that your children were so enthused with our Leisure Centre, we are a family friendly resort and love to see the children having a good time.

I will pass on your kind comments to Tom and all of the staff here and we all look forward to seeing you back here with us in the coming weeks.

Regards,

Andrew Rees
General Manager
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

I should say at the start that the staff are pleasant but the bedroom was very basic and not what you would expect when checking into a "resort" and not when you are paying top dollar to have a weekend away in February
The bar is way too small and no entertainment either night , too many kids running around unsupervised without staff intervening to control them while parents drinking ,probably my own fault booking during a midterm. If someone could open a grown ups only hotel I would be very grateful .

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rachael Q
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Andrew R, General Manager at Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for both taking the time to review your recent stay with us here during the mid-term break and for your kind comments regarding the staff.

We have recently extended our Courtyard bar to make it more spacious for all our guests to try and ensure that their stay is as comfortable as possible. We have a variety of musicians who play for here on selected nights throughout the season to entertain our guests when possible.
We are a family friendly establishment and we aim to cater from everyone from a single business traveler to a group, couple or to a family with children. However we always hope that parents would supervise their children in a responsible manner at all times, especially when in the bar.

Our accommodation choice ranges from our standard rooms up to our superior rooms, holiday homes or Luxury lodges. We would very much like the opportunity to welcome you back in the future to perhaps try one of our alternative accommodation choices for your stay.

Regards,

Andrew Rees
General Manager
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

We came during midterm and stayed in one if the lodges on the grounds of the hotel ..
Couldn't fault it. 3 bedroom, with all mod cons. Very bright and spacious and lovely views. The staff in the hotel were very accommodating.
There was so much to do despite the rain. We sat in sitting room and played chess and cards.
The swimming pool provided endless fun. We will definitely be back and soon.

Stayed February 2014
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Thank Simone K
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Andrew R, General Manager at Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review on your recent stay with us in our 3 bedroom holiday home. I am delighted that you found the property to be so satisfactory despite the poor weather. All of us here at the Kenmare Bay feel that the accommodation, swimming pool and leisure facilities provide fun for adults and kids alike, especially on those cold rainy days.

On behalf of the staff and I, we very much look forward to welcoming you back in the near future!

Regards,

Andrew Rees
General Manager
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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

Just home after a 2 day stay. 5 mothers and 15 children.A roaring success thanks to the General Manager who upgraded us so we were all, extremely comfortable. Kids had a ball. The swimming pool was fantastic and well monitored. It was amazing value for money. We will definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Pamela C
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Andrew R, General Manager at Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, February 22, 2014
Dear Guest,

Firstly I would like to thank you for your recent review. It gives us all here a great sense of pleasure to see our guests have a pleasant all round experience, we always endeavor to provide the best service we can. I am delighted that you were happy with our Leisure facilities and that all the children had a good time. On behalf of all the staff and I we very much look forward to welcoming you all back in the future.

Regards,

Andrew Rees
General Manager
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Cork, Ireland
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

We stayed here in August last. Had a great time and the kids loved the pool etc. Whilst the hotel is just out of the main town it is very close to everything around. The hotel caters well for small children. Can be a bit hectic in the bars etc but I suppose it was high season. Nice staff.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Sean H
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Andrew R, General Manager at Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, February 19, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us from last August. I am delighted to see that your young children enjoyed our pool and amenities on their break away. Thank you for your remarks regarding the staff and for pointing out our great location here. We feel that our location here is ideal for a walk in along the pathway to explore the picturesque town of Kenmare, especially with young children to avoid having to take them walking on the main road.

Regards,

Andrew Rees
General Manager
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Property: Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort
Address: Sneem Road, Kenmare, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Kerry > Kenmare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Kenmare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort. Tucked into one of the most picturesque corners of the Wild Atlantic Way, the multi-award winning Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort is the ideal retreat for exploring the gems of the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, hosting your perfect wedding, or relaxing with friends & family. Situated on the Sneem road, just a few minutes' walk from the charming shops, pubs and gourmet delights of Kenmare Town, the Kenmare Bay Hotel is great place to unwind, with a state-of-the-art leisure centre equipped with pool, gym, jacuzzi and sauna. Whether you stay in the hotel itself in our standard or superior rooms or in one of our self-catering Luxury Lodges or Holiday Homes, you are assured of exceptional comfort, friendly service from our staff, and a thoroughly enjoyable stay. The Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort is the one that visitors return to again and again. Once you've stayed here, you'll discover why ... more   less 
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