The best boutique in town: review of the Brehon Hotel, Killarney

Compared to the arrival from my previous trip to Dublin, the sun was beaming when I landed in Killarney. Brightening the trees, green land and the stretch of road ahead, I let the sun gently press against my face in the back seat of my taxi.

If it’s also your first time visiting Killarney, here’s the geography bit. Killarney is in the southwest of the country in County Kerry. The closest airport is Kerry International Airport, but you can also fly into Cork.

It’s literally a breath of fresh air once you step outside. The crisp Irish air and the breeze from the Atlantic is a welcome from the pollution and smog of my home city.

The cosiest choice in town: the Brehon Hotel, Killarney

The passing scenery and sights taking my full attention, I’d no idea we’d arrived at the hotel. I beamed as bright as the sun when the taxi stopped outside. Like meeting an attractive person for the first time, the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, certainly left a good first impression on me.

A grand building with floor-to-ceiling windows and plenty of surrounding land, the sun shining down only made for a better photo.

Inside the Brehon Hotel, Killarney

With it being autumn, the one thing I adore most is knowing I’ve a cosy hotel to come back to. And the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, emphasises this perfectly. Roaring fireplaces with large stretch sofas create the feeling of a home away from home. Couple this with classic colours of marbled creams and browns, and elegant yet subtle furnishings. All in all, I was happy this would be my home for the next few nights.

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“Roaring fireplaces with large stretch sofas create the feeling of a home away from home”

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Luxury experience in Vienna - Vienna State Opera

“Sleeping is a dream in the king-sized bed, with plenty of cushions in case you need them”

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The location

The Brehon Hotel, Killarney is located on Muckross Road — one of the main streets in town. It’s around 20 minutes to walk to the centre, but you’ll see so much green scenery along the way. That, plus you’re bound to see some of the traditional jaunting cars en route.

Local sights include Killarney House and Gardens, Killarney National Park and St Mary’s Cathedral. Muckross House, a 19th century mansion set among mountains and woodlands, is also worth visiting, but you’ll need transportation to get there.

The room

If you read other travellers’ reviews, there’s one recurring theme when singing the hotel’s praises: the size of the rooms.

It’s true, the rooms are big. Mine was probably better for 2 people than just myself. What’s more, with the afternoon sun still shining away, the view from the bedroom further raised my inner happiness meter.

Sleeping is a dream in the king-sized bed, with plenty of cushions in case you need them. Look out for the little personal touches in the room, such as your name on the TV when you insert your room card. As I was there for a conference, I was so happy to return to a tray of sweet treats in the evening.

The bathroom comes with bathtub, shower, plus all the hotel’s own brand goodies to use. Again, the bathroom’s generous in size, and has everything you need.

One thing that gets overlooked in many hotels is ironing facilities, but not at the Brehon Hotel. Here, I was happy to find my own iron and board to go with it. Happy days!

Other notables include the fluffy robe and slippers — perfect if you want to try their spa, and free bottled water. This might sound odd, but not every boutique hotel offers complimentary water, so it’s worth mentioning.  

The food

The food, what can I say about the food…? Well, a lot of good things actually. The Brehon Hotel serves up delicious fare, and reasonably priced too. I ate dinner a few times in the Brehon Bar, simply because of the relaxed and quiet ambience.

If dining with friends or family, I recommend trying the Danu restaurant. I didn’t get to eat there, but heard many excellent things from other hotel guests. The Danu’s also the setting for where they serve breakfast. Look out for the ‘breakfast traffic light’ notice in the elevator, which helpfully lets you know the rush hour times in the morning!

Being in Ireland, you can expect all the good things that come at breakfast. From fried/scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages, to porridge and pancakes, they have it all. If you can wait a bit longer, I suggest you order something from the menu. The smoked salmon and eggs on a bagel will set you up for the day, as will the Irish porridge.  

The service

I can’t sing enough the praises of the staff at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney. From the spa staff to reception, they really go out of their way to ensure you enjoy your time there.

The verdict

If it wasn’t clear from the post, I’d stay again at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney in a heartbeat. From the location to the rooms and facilities, it has everything to treat a first-time flashpacker to Killarney.

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“The smoked salmon and eggs on a bagel will set you up for the day, as will the Irish porridge.”

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“If it wasn’t clear from the post, I’d stay again at the Brehon Hotel, Killarney in a heartbeat”

FOLLOWING THE RIVERA

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