Kenmare House is run by the O'Sullivan family who welcome guests to their family home. It is situated on the Ring of Kerry road (N70) within walking distance of the centre of Kenmare town. Each of the six bedrooms is spacious and comfortably furnished to accommodate families, and two of them are on the ground floor. The relaxing guest sitting room has books, maps and information on the area and Danny is happy to offer suggestions on tours and activities in the region. There is an extensive breakfast menu on offer, featuring Fionnuala's home baking.
This hotel is set in it's own spacious landscaped grounds with fine views of the lush green mountains and woods. It is just a short walk to the centre of Kenmare and local attractions include the lakes of Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula.
The bedrooms are in excellent condition and are clean and attractive with floral bedspreads in pastel shades. The furniture is modern and the rooms are reasonably sized and comfortable.
The hotel restaurant is modern and well presented with attractive table displays and a wide variety of menus. It is a very elegant yet informal room to dine in.
This is a modern hotel with large windows at the front of the building, supplying terrific views of the surrounding countryside.
The lobby is large in size with a pine reception desk and a small seating area. The restaurant is next to the lobby and stairs lead to the bedrooms.
The hotel has a modern bar which is decorated in wood panelling with ornaments associated with the local culture. This is a well-run hotel with beautiful surroundings in the picturesque town of Kenmare, which was voted Ireland's best kept small town in 2000. (03.08rt)
Note: We update hotel photos, maps and descriptions on a regular basis – it is the responsibility of the hotel to ensure that these are accurate !
Full marks across the board. Very nice room - designated as ''Superior' - which is was. The breakfast offerings were very well prepared and presented with a very wide choice to suit all tastes. The staff were friendly and attentive but not intrusively so. The Bar was nicely set out and again provided excellent meals at reasonable prices. Parking space was plentiful and well away from the main road. The hotel also offered the use of a swimming pool and there was also some form of gym facilities. A nice touch within the hotel was a separate drying room for hikers. Another nice touch was the provision of a children's area in the dining room and also a play room elsewhere within the hotel. In short, a very pleasant experience which I would be happy to recommend to anyone of any age - all were well catered for.
5 out of 5
Our two night stay was for a birthday celebration and ...
Our two night stay was for a birthday celebration and Friday night was our arrival night. This was our first time in the Kenmare Bay. Our arrival was very rushed and lacked the warmth I expected from the front desk, very transactional. This set the tone for our visit.
We had dinner on the first night and the menu we got that night was very generic with no recognisable flow. It had the all day menu , 5-10 menu, room service, wine , dessert , fish, starters on one side and the kids menu on the back. It was confusing but you could order anything with exception of supplement on steak ( which didn't make sense as the fish dishes cost the same or more). The food was grand but the menu didn't feel very unique and special, it may not have been a fair reflection of the food on offer.
A suggestion would be a simple evening menu with specials printed separately on a blank sheet of paper it would make the evening menu appear more unique. The hotel standard was fine but not worth the price we paid.
The Saturday night had a wedding who took over the place and the priority of the hotel was supporting the wedding and little interest in other guests. Wedding guests raced each other in the corridors in the middle of the night. Another guest complained to them at 330 am and they simply laughed. The hotel should have had non wedding guests on another floor separate from the wedding.
I tried in the bar to organise a surprise bottle of Prosecco for the room and the bar person advised me that this wouldn't be possible as they were understaffed. The mark up and margin hotels make on these special extras add to profit but also to customer experience. Very surprised it wasn't available.
A family member had rang to pay for a bottle of Prosecco for us on our arrival and it sat in our room warm and in a buckle with no ice.A suggestion would have been to arrive to the room after our arrival with the Prosecco on ice. I know this all seems very small things but it is the mislay things that matter and make the difference between me feeling that the money we paid was worth it and if we would ever stay again.
3 out of 5
Very comfortable hotel. Had dinner in bar on arrival & ...