Over 20 Hostels & Hotels in Killarney: The Best Accommodation to Suit Your Needs
Updated On: September 14, 2023
Killarney is a great spot for a day trip but even better for a weekend stay. We have picked out the top 20 best hostels and hotels in Killarney for you.
Whether you are looking for central or outside the town, upscale or cheaper options, luxury or cheaper options, Killarney will deliver. Killarney has everything, pubs, nature, restaurants, music and good craic (fun) making it the perfect place to spend a few days when in Ireland.
Table of Contents
- Hotels in Killarney
- B&Bs/Apartments/Houses in Killarney
- Hostels in Killarney
- How to Book Accommodation in Killarney
Hotels in Killarney
If up end luxury is what you are looking for then Killarney has just that with a variety of 5-star hotels for you to choose from.
The Killarney Park Hotel – 5 star
The Killarney Park hotel is a family run five star hotel which offers high quality dining and stunning rooms. Choose to dine in the gorgeous Peregrine, the Garden bar or the Terrace and enjoy delicious local cuisine. The Killarney Park hotel also offer bespoke spa treatments of your choice and it is fully equipped with a sauna, steam room, bubble pool, heated indoor pool and a lovely outdoor hot tub. There is also nail care treatments and facials available too. The ultimate relaxation destination.
Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa- 5 star
Aghadoe Heights is located about 10 minutes outside of Killarney town centre. One of the most attractive features of this hotel has to be the different amazing views you get from every room. The Spa at this hotel is nothing short of luxurious and it is certain to meet all your relaxation needs. Aghadoe Heights has access to Killeen and Mahony’s Point, two parkland courses located in Killarney that are perfect for a round of Golf. This hotel also offers fine dining in their stunning Lake Room restaurant but if you are looking for something a bit more relaxed the Heights Lounge & Piano Bar and the View Bar & Terrace might be more to your liking.
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa- 5 star
If you are looking for somewhere utterly luxurious that is steeped in history then look no further, the Muckross Park Hotel is the right spot for you. Stay in Killarney’s first every hotel which has had many famous and royal faces stay under its roof over the last 200 years. Muckross has three prestigious restaurants, the Yew Tree, Monk’s Lounge and Colgan’s Gastro Pub for you to choose from. If an apartments suits your needs better, Muckross also has a number of self-catering apartments that are fully equipped to accommodate up to 5 guests and they are also pet-friendly. Whether you stay at the apartments or in the hotel, you have access to the fabulous Muckross Spa.
The Europe Hotel & Resort- 5 star
If you are looking for a panoramic view of Killarney’s Loch Léin and the impressive MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, you will find exactly that at the Europe Hotel. This award winning hotel offers a cosy and warm abode away from the bustling energy of Killarney. Enjoy both fine and casual dining in the many restaurants located in the Europe Hotel, including the Brasserie, the Panorama restaurant and the Riva. Relax with a drink and music in the ornate bar and lounge. Your stay at the Europe Hotel is guaranteed to be one to remember.
The Great Southern
Located directly across from the train station and within walking distance from Killarney’s centre, the Great Southern is the perfect spot for a weekend in Kerry’s favourite town. The rooms at the Great Southern are luxurious and regal while also having that snug and cosy feeling. You won’t want to leave this hotel during your stay in Killarney and frankly you won’t need to as this hotel has everything you need. The Great Southern offers different dining options including their Garden Room Restaurant, Browne’s Bar and Afternoon Tea. During your stay you can also enjoy access to the health club and beauty rooms, where you can workout and relax.
Cahernane House Hotel
Cahernane is probably a hotel you have not heard of before when people talk about Killarney as it is a 20-minute walk outside the town. Their website itself states that it is “Killarney’s Best Kept Secret” and they are not wrong. This house hotel embodies class and grandeur and the fabulous staff here ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. In recent times the house hotel has been modernised to suit peoples needs and wants, however it has done so while still maintaining its uniqueness. Enjoy the best local produce at the Herbert’s Restaurant or quench your thirst in the Cellar bar, which is located in the wine cellar of the original Cahernane house.
Killarney Royal Hotel
If your looking for hotels in Killarney that give you that prestigious feel and make you feel like royalty, this hotel may do just that for you. The interiors of this fabulous hotel are gold and cream tones which create a very grand and elegant atmosphere. Choose to stay in the Royal Room, Superior King Room, Deluxe Room or the Royal Suite. The Candle Room and the Royal Bar & Bistro offer delicious dining options. Residents at the Killarney Royal Hotel have full access to its sister hotel The Great Southern’s full facilities at the Health club.
Randles Hotel Killarney
The Randles Hotel Killarney is a 4-star hotel which is located only a 5-minute walk outside of the town’s centre. What I love about this hotel is how every single room is uniquely designed with junior suites, signature king suites and deluxe rooms to choose from. For food, Randles has the Checkers and the Court Restaurants which serve fresh delicious food with seafood specialities. Guests at Randles have complete access to the Leisure club which has a pool, sauna and jacuzzi. If you want to even further enhance the relaxation of your trip you can opt for a professional spa treatment of your choice.
The Killarney Lake Hotel
When looking for hotels in Killarney, this family owned and run hotel should definitely be top of your list if your are looking for a luxurious and relaxed stay. Not only will its stunning view of the lake take your breath away but the interiors will also have you in awe. Guests have a variety of different dining options to enjoy during their stay, choosing between the Lough Lein Room, the Lakeside Bistro, the Devil’s Punch Bowl Bar and the Castlelough Restaurant to enjoy a drink and delicious food. The Lake Hotel also has a wellness centre where you can take full advantage of body treatments, massages and facial treatments during your stay.
Arbutus Hotel Killarney
The Arbutus Hotel is one of those hotels in Killarney that is full of character and history. This family run hotel prides itself in giving its guests the warmest welcome on their trip to Killarney. Located in the heart of Killarney this hotel gives you easy access to many pubs, restaurants, shop and other amenities around Killarney town. The hotel’s pub “Buckley’s Bar” is located right next door and is a must for a pint when you stay.
The Brehon Hotel & Angsana Spa
The Brehon Hotel is a very elegant and classy hotel in Killarney located a short distance from the centre. Divine dining options at the Danú and at the Brehon Bar will have your taste buds watering. The Angsana spa offers a variety of different and unique spa treatments compared to other spas in Killarney. The Brehon tries its very best to cater for all of its guests and they even have interconnecting family rooms for people who need to avail of this offer.
The International Hotel Killarney
This 4-star hotel is located close by to the train station and is also very central to Killarney town. This hotel is just fabulous, comfortable and spacious rooms, delicious breakfast, excellent staff and a lovely atmosphere. The International Hotel is very cosy and it is home to an array of different dining options, such as Hannigan’s bar & restaurant, the Brasserie, the Shelbourne suite and the Christy O’Connor suite. The Library is also a beautiful room where you can relax.
Killarney Plaza Hotel And Spa
The Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa stands tall near the centre of Killarney town and is adjacent to the entrance of the stunning National Park. The rooms at the Plaza overlook the National Park and Killarney town and all are nicely decorated. The Plaza hotel has dining options at the Café Du Parc and at The Tan Yard, where you can have food, drink and good conversation.
The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments
The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments are an ideal location in Killarney. What sets the Gleneagle apart from other hotels in Killarney? Well this hotel has the INEC Arena, which hosts big musicians, comedians and shows throughout the year. This arena is very impressive with two balconies. For anyone who is going to see a show or act at the INEC the Gleneagle is the most convenient accommodation as you can access the arena from inside the hotel. This 4-star hotel has spacious and cost rooms and a fantastic leisure centre, including a 25 metre pool, pitch and putt course, tennis court and much more.
The Failte Hotel
“Failte” the Irish word for “welcome” and that is exactly the vibe that the Failte Hotel and bar provide. The Failte hotel, bar and restaurant has been ran by the O’Callaghan family for years and you certainly get that homely feel when you enter. Located in the centre of Killarney town and only a short walk from the train station. Located upstairs from the bar is the restaurant where you an get breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is also served downstairs in the bar during the day. The bar is your typically traditional Irish pub with history decorated all over the walls and wooden high stools lined up alongside the bar counter.
Situated in the heart of Killarney, Scott’s Hotel is in the perfect location for a weekend in Killarney. This family run , 4-star hotel has various types of suites to suit your needs, all fully equipped with television, wifi, tea/coffee and room service. The rooms are very cosy and spacious and the atmosphere in the hotel is very welcoming. Scott’s bar is a very popular bar in Killarney. Here you can enjoy good food and even better pints. There is also often live music in the courtyard at weekends which is well worth staying around for.
Old Killarney Cottages
Only 2km from the Killarney centre. the Old Killarney cottages are an excellent location for a group of people who are staying for a weekend or week. All cottages have an old Irish feel with their beautifully thatched roofs and open fire places. The cottages are equipped to sleep between 5 to 8 people making it a great place for families. The cottages are also surrounded by fabulous scenic views and each cottage has picnic tables outside so you can enjoy eating al fresco on sunny days. These cottages can often get overlooked but we must consider them a great option for accommodation in Killarney.
Killarney View House B&B
The Killarney View House B&B lives up to its name as it offers tranquil views to all who stay. It’s not often you find a B&B that has a view and an area outside for lounging, making this B&B quite special. Located on the bank of the River Flesk in Killarney you can get a panoramic view of the lake while relaxing on the B&B’s balcony. Ran by Mary Guerin, the Killarney View House is located within walking distance of Killarney town centre. Breakfast is included in your stay with a choice between eggs, full Irish’s, pancakes or porridge.
Wild Atlantic Apartments Killarney
Self-catering apartments are a great substitution to hotels in Killarney. They are ideal for families who are looking to stay all together for a week or for friends who are staying a weekend. The Wild Atlantic Apartments are located over 2 kilometres form the town centre and they are fully equipped with everything you need to make your stay as easy as possible, kitchen, bathroom and living space. The apartments vary in size with some sleeping 4 guests and others sleeping up to 7. The apartments that sleep more people are furnished with bunkbeds. The apartments are clean, spacious and accessible 24/7.
Park Place Apartments
The Park Place Apartments are closer to the town located a short walk from the bustling town centre. These self-service apartments are fully furnished and even provide complimentary tea/coffee which we think is a lovely touch for a self-service apartment. Some apartments are even pet friendly, however this has to be requested before booking. Park Place offer 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments, 2 bedroom townhouses and penthouse apartments which sleep four people. The location and interiors of these apartments make them a great place to stay when in Killarney.
Castlerosse Holiday Homes
Castlerosse Park Resort is a breath-taking park and such a lovely spot for families to spend a week of the Summer. Personally, I felt like I was in the resort similar to the resort Baby and her family stay at in “Dirty Dancing”. I don’t know how to explain it but the vibes felt the same. Maybe it was the busy golf course on the resort, or the beautiful woodland walk that brings you into the National Park where the deer roam. You can stay in the fabulous hotel, the spacious holiday homes which overlook the picturesque park or the stunning two story golf lodges that have balcony’s perfect for relaxing.
Abbey Lodge B&B
The Abbey Lodge B&B is a delightful B&B located close to the centre of Killarney town. The rooms are very tidy and spacious and all guestrooms are equipped with an en-suite. Guests can choose between double rooms or triple rooms which have a single and double bed. Service here is top class with staff being very attentive and welcoming. Abbey Lodge is a great spot if you want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the busy town centre at night but have a quite and peaceful room to come back to at night.
Hostels can often get a bad rep and yes we must admit that usually you get what you pay for and hostels can be standard enough. However, for a short weekend trip with a group, hostels can be a great alternative to expensive hotel accommodation, particularly if you know you won’t be spending much time in the accommodation itself.
The Black Sheep Hostel
If eco-friendly hostels are important to you when traveling around Ireland, then the Black Sheep Hostel is the perfect match for you. This hostel is located a short walk from the Killarney town centre. What sets the Black Sheep Hostel apart from other hostels in Killarney. Well, the fabulous staff at the Black Sheep hostel will help you organise your trips around Kerry at request such as bus tours, walking routes and nature sites. The communal area of this hostel is such a cosy spot with an open fire and their is also a fully equipped kitchen. There are even two resident dogs, named Bob and Lou, I mean it doesn’t get much better than that.
Paddy’s Palace is the perfect solution if you are looking for cheap and basic accommodation in Killarney. Ideal for students or tourists who aren’t looking for luxury but simply a place to lay their head after a busy day. The bedrooms are very basic with no television and no kettle for tea and coffee, however it is clean, the beds are quite comfortable and the shower is very hot and powerful. One of the best things about this hostel is its location, as it is only a very short walk from the centre of the town.
Another great option for longer term accommodation are caravan parks. Some notable caravan parks in Killarney that are ideal for family or friends are: Fleming’s White Bridge Caravan & Camping Killarney Holiday Park, Killarney Flesk Caravan & Camping Park and Fossa Caravan & Camping Park. These are the perfect spots if you are doing a road trip and are looking for a place to park up your campervan. All caravan parks are located close to Killarney’s town centre and National Park.
How to book Accommodation in Killarney
Booking.com is a great website to use to book accommodation such as hostel and hotels in Killarney. Simple put in the date that you want to visit, the number of people who are staying and booking.com will give at least of available accommodation on those dates. Booking.com is great for booking accommodation far in advance of a date because many hotels and hostels on the site allow you to reserve a room without paying. This means you cancel close to the date without being charged.
Airbnb is also another great option as many people rent houses and apartment in close proximity to Killarney. For groups of people this is a really good option. If you simple google the desired hotel or hostel that you want to stay in into the google search bar special prices from the hotels websites or from other booking agencies will come up first you. Sometimes booking directly with the hotel or even ringing them up in advance can get you a better deal than by going through an agency.
Killarney is a scenic town surrounded by natural beauties that create an uplifting atmosphere. With so many accommodation options to choose from to suit your budget and needs, the only thing you have to worry about during your stay is how you are going to spend your time.
Let us know in the comments if you have stayed in any of the above hostels or hotels in Killarney before. and what you thought of them.