Fodor's Expert Review Parknasilla Resort

N70, Sneem, Co. Kerry, Ireland Fodor's Choice

For more than a century Parknasilla, a towering, gray-stone mansion on a stunningly beautiful inlet of the Kenmare estuary, has been synonymous with old-style resort luxury, attracting guests like George Bernard Shaw, Princess Grace, and Charles de Gaulle. You can still sip sherry beside an open fire in the Doolittle Bar and dine in the stately Pygmalion Restaurant, but you can also enjoy one of two outdoor Jacuzzis, or the sea view from the indoor infinity pool. Well-appointed villas and apartment suites now stud the sylvan 500-acre grounds, and guests here have access to all of the hotel's amenities. Public rooms display an endearingly homey mix-and-match style, while spacious bedrooms (suites are ballroom-size) are beautifully coordinated with fabulous inlaid antique furniture; all enjoy peaceful vistas.

PROS

  • excellent sports amenities and spa
  • sheltered coastal location
  • great family destination

CONS

  • grounds and hotel big enough to get lost in
  • busy in July and August
  • weather can be fickle (rainy) on this coast

QUICK FACTS

Resort
ViewsFamily
Casual
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 064-667–5600

HOTEL DETAILS

83 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–early Mar.

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