We spent two nights here with a group of friends. From the moment we arrived the welcoming atmosphere was tangible: Smiling local receptionists, blazing fires in all the sitting rooms, obliging, chatty staff. The many public rooms are like something from a bygone era: very large with comfortable chairs and couches, fine plastered ceilings, antique furnishings. Seats are spaced so that one does not intrude on one's neighbours. Having said that, most guests greet one another and stop to chat. We had dinner on both nights; very good food and choice with friendly but professional service. We were a group of 15 and I noticed that we were seated so that we were well separated from other diners, which I thought was considerate; after all, we could have been rowdy! The diningroom itself was in keeping with the other rooms - very large beautifully furnished with proper silver service.
The bedroom was fine and spacious with wonderful views but needs major investment to bring it up to modern 5 star standards e.g. the built in wardrobe was made of cheap materials with doors that banged loudly when closing; cables were tacked onto skirting boards in a none too skillful manner, bathroom fittings need updating; no shower cubicle, just a curtain; no mixer taps in the sink. The bathroom is all that stops me from giving Parknasilla an excellent rating.
However, and this is the major point about the resort, the setting is nothing short of magnificent on the shores of Kenmare Bay, totally private (I didn't realize there are holiday homes on the estate until i saw the signs on the roadside) with stunning views. All the public rooms, and most bedrooms look out onto the bay through large picture windows. The golf course is well situated with wonderful sea views - it's only 12 holes but worth seeing just for the views. There are also a number of walks around the hotel's extensive grounds and the receptionist or porter will give you information on these.
We viewed the spa & swimming pool area but only used the outdoor hot-tub - that was wonderful - sitting out on a cool March afternoon in the bubbly hot water admiring the sea & scenery! The hotel provides dressing gowns & slippers for your trips to pool, hot-tub and spa.
And for those of you interested there is a full size snooker table upstairs in the lovely library.
Breakfast was excellent - the buffet items were constantly being replenished and there were some items you could order from the kitchen.
We certainly look forward to another visit to Parknasilla.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Parknasilla Resort & Spa, at the edge of the Kenmare Bay along the Ring of Kerry & the Wild Atlantic Way. Parknasilla incorporates a luxurious and historic hotel - an indulgent Ocean Side Spa - a courtyard of charming two bedroom lodges - a community of spacious & elegant three bedroom houses - a 12 hole golf course - two tennis courts and a small beach -all within it's own 500 acres estate which is mapped into walks & trails for guests to explore. The Spa at Parknasilla is inspired by the nature that surrounds it and when combined with enriching Elemis therapies, your wellness is guaranteed. The classical styled Hotel Manor Rooms enjoy glorious sea views. Dining in the Pygmalion Restaurant is central to your enjoyment of Parknasilla: - inspired cooking, traditional style service against the backdrop of spectacular sunsets ensures you of a memorable experience. In summertime kayaking, archery and guided walks are offered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Parknasilla Hotel Sneem