Fodor's Expert Review Park Hotel Kenmare
Shelburne Rd., Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland Fodor's Choice
One of Ireland's premier country-house hotels, this 1897 stone château has spectacular views of the Caha Mountains and its 11-acre parkland, where every tree seems manicured. It also features magnificent terraced lawns sweeping down to the bay. A welcoming fire is always burning in the lobby, and the lounge crammed with genuine antiques still manages to be charmingly family-friendly. Nonguests can sample the ambience by taking Victorian afternoon tea—a great idea for a rainy day. Rooms are tastefully furnished with Victorian antiques, and suites have four-poster beds. You can watch classic movies nightly in the 12-seat theater, enjoy dinner—perhaps sample the tasting menu—in the elegant dining room, and indulge in meditation walks and other goodies—including a 25-meter (82-foot) lap pool—offered by the deluxe spa. Less formal dining can be had in the Terrace Bistro.
- great amenities including spa and movie theater
- immaculate decor
- one of Kenmare's best restaurants
- a bit like living in a museum
- basic room rates are quite steep
- extra charge for Jacuzzi and thermal suite
Rate Includes: Closed late Oct.–mid-Dec. and mid-Jan.–early Mar.