Fodor's Expert Review Butler Arms Hotel

N70, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Charlie Chaplin loved it here—the connection is now commemorated by a mini film festival here in late August—and a whole host of families return year after year to this rambling old-world landmark, with its white-castellated-corner tower. The hotel has been in the same family for four generations and its loyal clientele come to enjoy the excellent fishing and golf nearby and the proximity of long, sandy, windswept beaches. Many regulars like the smallish rooms in the old part of the hotel, which are neither smart nor chic, but more spacious rooms, with streamlined interiors and sensational sea views, can be had in a newer wing. Young or old, everyone enjoys the rambling old lounges with open turf fires.

PROS

  • charmingly old-fashioned
  • the hub of village life
  • new wing rooms have sensational sea views

CONS

  • public rooms very busy on weekends
  • has some shabby corners
  • old wing has small, plain rooms

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Views
Casual
Near the beach
Casual Chic
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 066-947–4144

HOTEL DETAILS

36 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Mar.

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