Where to Stay in Killarney, Ireland


The small town of Killarney offers all accommodation types, from top-notch 5-star hotels to Irish B&Bs; and the local hotels are famous for their hospitality. When choosing where to stay, note that the Killarney National Park is within walking distance of the Killarney town center. Organized by star rating, our ‘where to stay’ options begin with 5-star hotels and finish with our featured budget hotel.

5-Star Hotels in Killarney

The Europe Hotel & Resort
Killarney certainly isn’t hurting in the natural beauty department, consequently, the views from this hotel are sublimely picturesque.

This hotel is located beside Lough Lein lake, and its grounds border the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. Featuring timeless décor with a modern touch, the rooms come in three types: suites, golf-side rooms, and lake-view rooms, which come with direct lake views. Amenities include the ESPA at the The Europe spa, the fine-dining Panorama Restaurant, The Brasserie Restaurant, several bars, several ballrooms, and more.

Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Located just outside of town, the hotel stands out for its hospitable staff and great views. It offers lake-side rooms, junior suites, garden-side suites, and lake-side studio suites. It also has two luxury suites: the Aghadoe suite and the 3,000-square-foot Penthouse Suite.

The Terrace Bar lets guests take in the surrounding countryside, while the Lake Room restaurant features fine dining inspired by locally procured ingredients. Other amenities include the Heights Lounge, a spa, pool, and gym.

4-Star Hotels in Killarney

The Ross Hotel Killarney
This boutique hotel features refined décor highlighted by brightly colored fabrics. It is positioned beside a church and across the street from the Killarney National Park in the town center.

Rooms come with complimentary internet access, U.S. electrical outlet adapters, and air conditioning. Amenities include a spa, fitness facility, heated pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, the Lane Café Bar, and the Cellar One Restaurant. Guests looking for the most quiet night’s sleep should request a room away from the onsite bar.

Loch Lein Country House
About a 10-minute drive from the center of town, this hotel offers large rooms inside a renovated country house with views of Lower Lake.

The staff is exceptionally accommodating and friendly, and the on-site dining is excellent. The lounge features complimentary WiFi, and room rates include a full Irish breakfast. The complimentary WiFi extends to some rooms.

Arbutus Hotel
A historic, family-run hotel located in the center of town, the hotel offers suites and superior and deluxe rooms.

Though some parts of the hotel could use a make over, the rooms are charming and exude an Irish atmosphere. The hotel is also home to Buckleys Bar, which has offered live music and pints since 1926. Complimentary WiFi is offered in all public areas.


Brook Lodge Hotel
Owned by the Counihan family, which has been involved in local tourism since 1894, this hotel is centrally located and provides a large parking lot. Its 24 rooms each come with tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning, and ironing boards.

The room price includes a large Irish breakfast, and some rooms come with WiFi at no additional cost. The hotel offers light meals in the evenings, and complimentary WiFi is offered in the lounge and bar.

3-Star Hotels in Killarney

International Hotel Killarney
With well maintained, classically decorated rooms and professional staff, this hotel feels like a 4-star hotel minus a spa and pool. The hotel features plenty of ornate woodwork, and its 90 guest rooms are individually designed.

Each comes with a de-mister mirror, satellite TV, ironing station, and hair dyer. Some rooms have free WiFi. Amenities include a fitness facility, the Hannigans Restaurant and Bar, and a library.

19Th Green Killarney
Surrounded by three golf courses, this B&B-style hotel is ideal for golf lovers. It has 13 guest rooms, and each comes with tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV (with the golf channel), and en-suite bathrooms with hair dryers.

Reception can help you schedule tee times, club rentals, golf cart rentals, lessons, and more. Amenities include a wine bar and lounge. Breakfast is served daily.

Woodlawn Guesthouse and B&B
A ten-minute walk from the town center, this guesthouse features traditional Irish décor in the lobby, though the guest rooms are furnished in modern style.

Each of the 14 rooms has tea and coffee making facilitates and a hair dryer. Rooms come with complimentary WiFi, but it can be spotty.

Amenities and services include bike rental service, free parking, and the Tranquility Suite, where professional therapists provide hot stone massages and more. Breakfast is served daily with a selection of cold and made-to-order items.

Featured Budget Hotel in Killarney

 Travel Inn Killarney
A five-minute drive from Killarney, this hotel provides clean, functional rooms, a friendly staff, and many of the amenities of pricier hotels, including free WiFi, on-site breakfast, free parking, and an on-site bar and restaurant. Larger rooms designed for families or groups are equipped with kitchenettes.

This hotel is especially ideal for those looking to drive to the Ring of Kerry or to stay within walking distance of the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.


Written by Mattie Bamman for EuropeUpClose.com


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  1. says

    Ireland’s got to be the most, if not the most, then one of the top 5 most beautiful countries I’ve visited.  Haven’t been to Killarney, though I was fortunate enough to visit the Great Blasket Islands for a few days.  Hopefully on the next visit though I could find some, well, kinda cheap hotel for us to stay.  🙂

  2. says

    Being in a Hotel is somewhat we looking for when we were in our vacation, after all the activities, were looking for a place to relax for the night. The most unforgettable experience i had is when I’m in Five Star London, very convenient and relaxing. ^^

  3. Libbie says

    I hope you author will take time to visit the Lake Hotel near Killarney. It is truly the “hotel with the most beautiful view in the world.

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