I travel a lot as regular readers of this blog will be aware and I stay in more than a few hotels over the course of a year. Few hotel rooms make me laugh out loud as I did at a recent hotel stay at the Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney Ireland.
I am in Ireland speaking at the TBEX Europe event and they put me up for this trip at the Muckross Park Hotel just outside of Killarney. I always appreciate a nice hotel room but don’t expect to open the door and find a living room larger than I have at home, complete with a bar, two couches, and a flat screen TV. I was staying in the Tower Room Suite which also boasted a balcony and a bathtub large enough to invite guests.
The original hunting lodge on the site of the Muckross Park Hotel became a hotel at the beginning of the 1800s. It was the first hotel in the area with 4-6 rooms and a thatched roof. It likely had no flat screen TVs and very slow internet. The hotel has seen major renovation since that time… for obvious reasons.
The current hotel has a spa as well but I did not get a chance to try out the spa.
The Tower suite is not the fanciest suite in the hotel as that honor goes to the Presidential suite (where friend of the show Gary Arndt stayed) or the George Bernard Shaw suite named after the famous playwright who frequented the establishment.
The hotel has a bar and a high-end restaurant, the Yew Tree, on site. I had dinner in the Yew Tree.
I can highly recommend the Beef Cheek at the Yew Tree which was so tender that no sharp knife was needed. The restaurant would be an ideal location for a celebratory dinner. There is also a pub next door if that is more your cup of tea… or pint of Guinness.
The Muckross Park Hotel is across the street from Killarney National Park and located near the Muckross House, the 19th-century mansion from which it derives its name.
The hotel has 4 different event spaces and is popular with wedding parties. There are certainly more mundane rooms than the Tower Suite if you are not looking for luxury in the manor to which you would like to become accustomed. But I can highly recommend the hotel and the service at the hotel if you are up for a spluge.