Park Hotel Kenmare
Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Park Hotel Kenmare is a historic small five-star hotel beautifully set on the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland. Ideally suited to couples and families, the Park Hotel has a sensational spa, excellent cuisine and an air of unfussy elegance and calm.
At a Glance
Superb family-friendly luxury retreat
Excellent position for exploring the Ring of Kerry
Wonderfully pampering spa and excellent dining
Lots of thoughtful touches provided, including complimentary nightcap and shortbread
Great option for golfers with three championship courses nearby
Every Saturday morning, the hotel hosts a guided hike which provides a spectacular and different way of experiencing the Ring of Kerry.Scott Dunn team
Stroll in to the town and enjoy a spot of cashmere and Irish tweed shopping.Milly Walker
To start planning your vacation to Park Hotel Kenmare
Fabulously located on the Ring of Kerry and overlooking Kenmare Bay, the Park Hotel is a small and intimate luxury spa hotel rich in history and set amongst some of Ireland’s most beautiful countryside. Originally dating to the late nineteenth century, the Park Hotel has a warm country house appeal and, despite the liveried staff, is very informal in feel.
It’s a great option for both families and couples who want to make the most of this gorgeous corner of Kerry, enjoying a peaceful setting yet just a couple of minutes’ walk from the restaurants, pubs and shops of Kenmare.
The Park has just 46 rooms that have views either of the water or over the lovely gardens. Each is spacious, light-filled and individually decorated with a restrained timeless elegance punctuated by antiques and original art works, but bang up to date with technology such as memory-foam beds, power showers and free WiFi. Deluxe rooms and suites come with a full sea view or private veranda, and all rooms have generous sitting areas and an air of calm and sophisticated relaxation.
Food at the Park Hotel is exceptional, and local ingredients of the highest quality – seared scallops, fresh-caught halibut and aged Irish beef, for example – are served overlooking the gardens in the Terrace accompanied by an extensive wine list. The bar offers a range of traditional malts and a softly tinkling piano. Thoughtful small touches such as the homemade shortbread delivered daily to your room and a complimentary nightcap make a stay at The Park very agreeable.
The Samas spa is simply spectacular and offers a wonderful range of signature treatments that blend healing and therapeutic traditions from the East and West. A 25-meter lap pool, gym, outdoor hot tub, steam room and daily activities from yoga and Pilates to wilderness walks and guided relaxation classes will soon have you feeling on top of the world.
Children are also very well looked after at The Park Hotel, with an activity room and in-house treasure hunts, board games and nature walks all organized. With the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park right on your doorstep, exploring is straightforward, while keen golfers have three world-class courses to play within easy reach.
Each of the 46 rooms and suites at The Park Hotel Kenmare is unique; luxurious soft furnishings and modern amenities meet pleasing artwork and antique furniture. Think goose down pillows, high count linens, Floris toiletries and fluffy towelling. Each room comes equipped with complimentary WiFi, flat screen TVs and an MP3/iPod connector. Separate seating areas are found in all rooms, along with either king or twin beds. Deluxe Rooms also enjoy views over Kenmare Bay.
Suites are available for those who enjoy their own space and more privacy, and the hotel also owns a delightful Town House which benefits from all the hotel's facilities whilst allowing a self catering stay - perfect for families. Guests at the Town House can enjoy off street parking, a terrace with views of the bay, a library, fully-fitted kitchen and an open plan sitting/dining area, suitable for up to six guests.
Traveling with young ones is made easy at the Park Hotel, with baby sitting available and baby listening equipment in each room. Children's bunk beds and interconnecting rooms can be arranged depending on your requirements, children's dinners are served daily and there are plenty of facilities to keep them entertained.
A children's cabin is great for families to play safely, and for the little ones to make new friends; treasure hunts are organized along with ball games, nature walks and film screenings, popcorn included.
Guests can choose between dining at the revered Restaurant with its tempting creations and attentive service, at The Terrace with its stunning views over the grounds or in the bar where light snacks and meals are served, accompanied by the tinkling piano and a drink from the extensive cellar.
Relaxation is paramount at The Park Hotel, whether you prefer to indulge in a pampering treatment at the Samas spa, opt for a swim in the lap pool or even kick back with the latest Hollywood blockbuster in the 12-seater cinema - a large collection of films is also available to take back to your room should you prefer to relax in privacy.
The activity menu at The Park Hotel Kenmare is extensive, comprising everything from fishing to falconry to golf to croquet and everything in between. You can enjoy deep sea diving, cruises, hill walking, tennis, horse riding, cycling and water sports, and swimming lessons can even be arranged. A daily schedule of classes are also on offer - hone your Tai Chi technique, perfect your golf swing or get in shape with a spot of aqua aerobics.
Location & Directions
Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland
The Park Hotel is situated just outside the town of Kenmare, and in an ideal location for exploring the Ring of Kerry.
When to go
It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.