Park Hotel Kenmare Accomodation Guide
Set in the lovely lake-district of Killarney, the original building was constructed by the Great Southern & Western Railway Company in 1897. In those days, the train would stop at Kenmare and the gentry would stay here before travelling onwards.
Ownership continued in the hands of G.S. & W. until 1977, when the hotel was sold. In 1980, refurbishment began and the hotel opened late that year under its new name "The Park Hotel Kenmare". Since then, it has become renowned for its fine collection of antiques and interior furnishings.
The hotel, which stands high on a hillside, has an impressive entrance - reached by a flight of steps beneath an awning. Added to beautiful terraced gardens and walkways leading down to fields, woods and the estuary of the Kenmare River, The Park Hotel is the ideal venue to forget the pressures of modern living.
The hotel features many items of antique furniture. There is a handsome cistern decorated with mythological figures and supported by gilded seahorses and dolphins in the hall, while the bedrooms feature magnificent carved beds.
The public rooms contain comfortable sofas, open fires in cooler weather and beautiful paintings. There is a hexagonal-shaped bar and in the sitting room, a pianist plays each evening. In the hotels elegant restaurant, where all the meals are served by seamlessly efficient staff, the seafood is superlative and must be tasted to believe.
ROOMS: 50 bedrooms, including 6 four-posters and 9 suites. To ensure superior guest comfort, a recent refurbishment programme was undertaken in order to double the size of the bedrooms. This has firmly established the hotel, as one of Ireland's most luxurious.
LOCATION: Southwest Ireland, on the Ring of Kerry
FACILITIES: Croquet Tennis Gardens Gymnasium 18 Hole Golf Course adjoins hotel Fishing (available nearby) Horse Riding (available nearby)
NEARBY GOLF COURSES: South Western Ireland is an area richly endowed with quality championship golf courses, links and parkland. The 2 courses at Killarney, Killeen & Mahony's are 45 minutes from Kenmare, while the other great courses in the region, including Tralee, Waterville, Ballybunion and The Old Head of Kinsale are within two hours drive. Lahinch Golf Course is 3½ hours from Kenmare, Adare Golf Club 2½ hours.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: For the shopper, Cork City is a veritable haven and is 60 miles (1½ hours) from Kenmare. Killarney, 45 miles away, is also an excellent shopping town. There is no shortage of sights to take in: The Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry and Lakes of Killarney provide some of the thrills, while those who wish to obtain "the gift of the gab" may make the 1½ hour trip to Blarney to kiss the famous 'Blarney Stone'.