Just finished a three day stay at the Parknasilla Hotel.
The positives : First, its location - it is quite simply located in one of the most beautuful places in Ireland - lovely gardens and right beside the sea.
Second, the staff - we found them to be exceptionally considerate and very professional in their roles.
Third, the spa - an amazing facility which takes full advantage of the spectacular Kenmare Bay views.
Fourth, value for money - we felt the B&B charge at €120 per room per night represented reasonably good value for money.
The negatives :
First, the bedrooms - notwithstanding the €120 room and breakfast charge per night, we felt the bedrooms and some of the common areas are in need of a serious upgrading. Our room had peeling ceiling paint and some shoddy fixtures and fittings (for example : no bedside reading lights and outdated cabinets !). There was also no safe in the room which we found quite odd.
Second, the food - the dinner menu didn't vary during our stay and the food itself was pricey and of quite mediocre quality (e.g. overcooked chicken and tired vegatables). A typical three course dinner without wine is €40-€45 per person which I felt justified a much higher quality food preparation and presentation. Breakfasts were predominantly buffet (which is fine) but again the quality of some of the offerings (e.g. the scrambled eggs) left much to be desired.
Overall though, I would give the hotel an enthusiastic thumbs up ! It's now under new ownership and I wish it every success. It has the makings of a wonderful hotel.
We will, I hope, be back soon.
- 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