The Great Southern Hotel,...
The Great Southern Hotel, Killarney Ireland The hotel is an old manor house originally built for Queen Victoria's visit to Killarney. The property has been well kept, renovated and everything a grand hotel should be.
They have also added a pool and leisure center
Shopping Stop near the Gap
Apparently a Gap in Ireland is what we would call a Pass. The Gap of Dunloe (Irish: Bearna an Choimín) is a very famous one - it is a narrow pass between Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountains near Killarney, Ireland - a distance of approximately 7 miles. The road is narrow and difficult for motorized traffic, so we didn't do it in the bus. We just looked at it from the shopping stop. The most popular form of transport for tourists is the horse-drawn Trap but sometimes people hike it or ride bikes.
Wonderful Irish Experience
We were two couples on a 10 day golfing trip to southern Ireland in late May 2006, booked on our own. We lucked out with great golf venues, nice weather, and very good accomodation. But a hi-lite of the trip was our stay with Geraldine and Michael Rosney at their small hotel, Killeen House Hotel, on the edge of Killarney.
Superb hardly describes the way we were treated by the hosts and their staff who genuinely love working here. The accomodation varies from smaller rooms, to save a bit, to gorgeous suites in the new section, all extremely clean and well appointed. A cozy bar [ on the honour system when we visited !] was a fun place to meet other visitors and locals, and to tolerate Michael's antics and endless jokes (we think he is 'certifiable'!). But it was no joke when Michael, the most connected fellow in SW Ireland, made a few calls to get us on golf corses such as Doaks and Ballybunion. The latter needs advance booking notice with him but he saved us each 100euros on advertised green fees. We are already planning a future golf trip but will organize it all through Killeen House !!
Geraldine ,a golfer herself, is probably the hardest worker [sorry Michael] and oversees the restaurant which, with it's gourmet cooking, has a reputation in the entire region as a place to go....eating is believing. Even breakfast was an experience. Staff appeared early to feed us so we could make an early tee time...and even gave us tea&scones upon return, without us asking - it was wonderful.
So, all 4 of us give Killeen house Hotel the 5 star rating, a place we lucked in to when researching the trip with tripadvisor and a place, even though a bit more expensive than other local hotels, that we would return to. We got all, and more, that we paid for !
A Diamond among gems!!!
This place is a diamond among gems. Have never come across such a welcoming and wonderfully run hotel. Started with a big welcome from Charlie who actually remembered us from our last visit and it continued to impress from there on. John and Geraldine run a great ship and long may it continue. The food at Killeen House has to be the best in Killarney, every morsel was savoured. Worth a visit for the restuarant alone. A great hotel if you want a taste of Ireland and love your golf. Cannot recommend highly enough. A must for any visitor to Killarney.
Even Better than Described
We decided to stay at the Killeen House as a last minute decsion minutes before leaving for Ireland. Geraldine, one of the owners, worked tirelessly to get us in. We stayed based on the reviews found here.
You will not be disappointed. It was an amazing hotel with all the warmth and tradition you could hope for with all the modern amenities you crave. I am sitting at breakfast as I type. Frankly, I was just too excited to wait. Lasting impressions often fade slightly and I didn't want that to happen here.
The food was beyond compare, reasonably priced and concientiously served. Whether Michael (another owner) is enchanting you with stories about your home golf courses in the states (he seems to know so much about golf it is scary) or simply showing you the finest hospitality in Ireland, he provides a warmth seldom experienced. Besides that, he also acts to pour one of the best pints in town.
The rooms were cozy and spacious. I am a big guy and most European rooms tend to make me a bit clostrophobic. Not here. Well appointed, decorated and beyond clean.
I could not say enough about the hotel. If you are travelling to Killarney, don't miss it. Finally, something I missed in other reviews, it is out of the town center by four or five miles. To me, as the revelers let out of the bars, I could not be more grateful that I was getting a taxi out to the hotel. Cost: About 11 euros for the ride.
Indeed A Special Place
My wife and I spent 3 nights at the Killeen House in May for our 10 year anniversary. It was a great mix of feeling at home, yet in a very nice hotel. The owners, Michael & Geraldine as well as their staff (namely Charlie) go out of their way to make your stay in Killarney and at their hotel a unique experience. The second we arrived, well before check-in, they immediately greeted us and proceeded to rush to get our room ready because the previous guests just checked out. Within 10 minutes we were showed to our room. This might not sound like a big deal, but it really was after an over-nite flight and us needing some sleep! We took a 2 hour nap (Michael's recommendation), then were able to enjoy the rest of the day and evening in Killarney. We stayed in their "Champions Room" and we thought it was worth the extra $$. The room was clean, spacious, and the bed was very comfortable, even for U.S. standards. The bathroom was huge, well appointed, with jacuzzi bath and separate shower. Another huge plus for us was the computer with high speed internet available to the guests 24 hours a day in the sitting area.
In the Killarney Forum on Trip Advisor we took a recommendation to eat at The Lake Hotel in the bar/pub area overlooking the lake. It was such a positive experience we went back again two nights later.
Just to give you an idea of the Killeen House. One night we had a nice dinner at the restaurant in the hotel and the owner Michael gets everybody's attention to tell us one of the guests in the hotel hit a hole in one that day at Bally Bunion golf course. Michael proceeded to announce that this golfer's food and drink and his hotel room for the night were free of charge. It's people like this that should be running some of the big hotel chains. We wouldn't look elsewhere for a hotel the next time we visit the Killarney area.
Had a great time at Killeen House!
My husband & I spent 3 nights at the Killeen House on a trip to Ireland last week. Michael & Geraldine we excellent hosts and the staff were all wonderful. Michael gave us some traveling tips for the Ring of Kerry road trip we took and we got to explore areas that tourists don't usually stop at.
The location is very convenient, only a short drive into town and to the roads leading to the Ring of Kerry & Dingle Penninsula.
The food at the restaurant was great both for breakfast and dinner as were sandwhiches at the pub when we didn't feel like formal dining after a long day of sightseeing.
The hotel has a small pub covered in golf memorabilia, a nice sitting room w/ a fireplace, TV and a computer set up for guests to use with internet access and a nice dining room. The grounds are small but very pretty with lots of flowers.
We would definitely recommend the Killeen House as a place to stay in Killarney.
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"GLEANN FIA B&B COUNTRY HOUSE"
Gleann Fia offered a tastefully decorrated room with en-suite, furnished with antiques and a pleasant views of the surrounding countryside. In room have direct telephone, colour TV, hairdryer and clock radio.
Breakfast room is great. We have a choiceof sitting, offering with main courses, verying from full breakfast of fruit and yogurt dish or cheese platter. there is a company with freshly squeezed orange juice, choice of cereals, freshly coffee, health bread and home-made preserves.
Personally! We are very pleased to stay with Gleann Fia House & highly recommend.
"GLEANN FIA B&B IN KILLARNEY"
We have a wonderful time at Gleann Fia House.
I would like to travel to Killarney, Ireland and am interested in knowing when is the best time of year to go. Also, anytime I travel somewhere knew I like to visit local hangouts. Does anyone recommend anywhere in particular that would be a traditional Killarney experience?
Thank you for your feedback.
Re: Killarney, Ireland
We went to Ireland, Killarney included the first week in July of last year. Going there in the summer doesn't mean you will not get rained on. It rained on and off during the whole time that we were there. The locals say that is pretty normal weather for Ireland. The rain did not put a damper on our trip. It's all about attitude. Plus there were only two days that it continually rained. The rest of the time, it rained or sprinkled for an hour or a couple of hours then stopped sometime during the day. It wasn't bad.
We went to tour the Muckross House and also went up the path leading to the waterfalls close to the Muckross House. We parked by the waterfalls' entrance, crossed the road and took a carriage to the Muckross House. However, there is a parking lot closer to the entrance of the property.
We also drove down to Kenmare, which is along the coast. It was a pleasant drive, hairy in some parts, but the scenery was awesome.
The center of town comes alive at night. There was no shortage of restaurants and bars.
I'm sorry I can't be more specific.
Good lauck. I hope this helps.
Re: Killarney, Ireland
Killarney is so touristy that it would be hard to find anything that isn't arranged specifically for visitors. It's expensive so prepare to be fleeced but having said that it is a nice town and very lively at night. Loads of the pubs have trad music sessions and if you just walk along the central area at night you can follow your ears. The trip to the lakes and the Gap of Dunloe is worth every peny and the scenery will blow your mind away. If you want to take a jaunting car on this trip and then combine it with a nboat trip on one of the lakes, you will pay a hefty amount but it's worth it.
My recommnedation would be that you stay somehwere else, like Dingle or Kenmare, or Castlegregory. In the small villages surrounding these towns you would get a much more authentic Kerry experience.
Re: Killarney, Ireland
Killarney is my fav fav fav place!!!! Every time we go, I make sure it is wed-sat we stop in a pub, and for the life of me I can't remember the name, it is on Church St.? right off the main road and next to the internet cafe, hehehe i know i suck at directions...anyway 2 guys play there and their name is Bog Ash, we love them! If you are there during that time of the week, check them out! The gap of dunloe, is also a must, and you can neg. the fee for the pony carts, don't just say ok to the price they say.