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As the second most popular tourist destination in all Ireland, it naturally follows that the small, friendly lakeside town of Killarney, at the gateway to the breathtaking beauty of the Iveragh Peninsula, should have on offer a greater number of hotels than anywhere other than Dublin. And, perhaps needless to say, this remarkable array of accommodation offers the greatest choice imaginable in terms of hotel types, prices, facilities and styles.
Do you have your heart set on a lakeside view from your hotel room? Need a jaccuzzi in your en suite? Are you seeking out a unique boutique hotel experience? Looking for a cheap hotel for a weekend of shopping and relaxation in Killarney’s renowned restaurants and bars? No problem!
The majority of Killarney’s hotels are clustered around the centre of town, which is all walkable, or accessible by horse-drawn ‘jaunting car’ should you so wish. This means you’ll have ready access for an enjoyable stroll around the many independent retailers scattered around the flower-laden streets, and no distance to cover to return to your hotel after sampling the legendary bars, restaurants and nightlife.
A little way out of town to the south along the N71, the green Irish countryside soon engulfs the snaking road, and here it is possible to stay in splendid isolation from the hustle and bustle of Killarney – which remains only minutes away – in a grand country house hotel within the boundaries of the National Park. There is even an option to stay right at the lakeside, with unparalleled views over Lough Leane.
If a little luxury appears on your agenda there are a number of hotels available with facilities to make your stay extra special. Look out for the hotels with swimming pools, full-service spas, tennis courts, health clubs and saunas to ensure you don’t return home unpampered.
In a serendipitous collision of the best of all possible worlds, it is even possible to stay in spa hotels with spectacular views over the Lough Leane and its stunning backdrop of mountains. Go ahead - spoil yourself!
It may be worth considering the many events and festivals staged in Killarney each year, either to book early and ensure you get the hotel room of your choice, or to avoid these busy peaks with the same happy result!
The Rally of the Lakes is held annually at the beginning of May, and the Ireland Bike Fest covers three days at the end of the month, Folkfest is late July, the Run Killarney marathon and Adventure Race are in July and October, respectively, but the real biggie is the Killarney Festival of Music & Food in late June!