Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- Top destination for foodies, spa lovers, golfers and outdoorsy types
- Romantic guestrooms have an ornate Victorian style and all the mod cons
- Choice of restaurants, including the fine dining Yew Tree restaurant and Molly Darcy’s traditional pub
- Award-winning spa that resembles a Roman villa
What To Know
- Staying in a revamped 18th-century pile in the heart of Killarney National Park
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In the heart of Killarney National Park, but less than three miles from Killarney town, Muckross Park Hotel occupies an 18th-century country pile turned romantic spa escape. The interiors retain an elegant Victorian style, with oak-paneled walls, intricately carved fireplaces and equine antiques, plus added glitz in the form of ornate gilded columns and red velvet chaises. Deluxe King Rooms are on the small side (269 to 323 square feet), but all echo the rich style of the public spaces, with canopy beds, woven carpets and heavy curtains. Revamped bathrooms have modern porcelain vanities, and some have built-in TVs and corner Jacuzzi tubs. On the dining front, guests can choose from the award-winning fine dining restaurant, Yew Tree, or the less formal Monk’s Lounge. Don’t miss having a pint or two in Molly Darcy’s pub, the hotel’s traditional Irish bar, which occasionally hosts live music nights. For sybarites, the destination spa offers massages, facials and exfoliation treatments, and has a unique private spa garden.
In the Area
Muckross Park’s magical setting in the heart of Killarney National Park makes it a haven for outdoors lovers. Adventure specialists Outdoors Ireland organize tours directly from the hotel, whether you want to climb Carrauntoohil, in MacGillycuddy’s Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountains), abseil the Burren or kayak the lakes of Killarney. For urban distractions, explore the nearby towns of Tralee, Dingle, Castleisland, Sneem and more, or get green-fingered on tours of the Rock Garden, Stream Garden and Sunken Garden, within the hotel grounds. For golfers, there are a handful of championship courses nearby, including the scenic Dooks Golf Course near Killorglin, and Ballybunion, a challenging course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
How to Get There
I'm sure there are nice suites at this hotel, like the one I booked online. Although I did not receive one of these suites, what I paid for and what was advertised to me. I paid over $600 for the best suite which included air conditioning and a balcony. We were excited. What we received was this terrifying, old "suite" up some secret stairway around the corner from where everybody else's rooms were with no elevator. No air conditioning, no balcony. This room was apparently the original house (which felt like we were in the twilight zone). I'm extremely understanding, but when we went and asked to be in the room we booked, there was nothing they could do. The hotel was at capacity, apparently we were "upgraded" to this creepy room without being told. In addition to receiving a room we clearly overpaid for, the blonde short-haired woman who was speaking with us couldn't have cared less. We're Canadian and as soon as she heard our accent it was a different story. Long story short we were sent up a free bottle of wine for the inconvenience, but it did not go a long way with us. It was appreciated, but doesn't resolve the issue we had. Please if you book here make sure you specify which room you're getting and don't stay in suite 210. You'll be hot (although they offer to send up a bunch of loud fans), and it's nothing like the rest of the suites I'm sure.
My wife and i just love staying in the Muckross Hotel & Spa, and with much thanks to Shane Barron we were given an upgrade to the Presidential suite on our last visit. It was just outstanding, the room is just beautiful, with a balcony from our bedroom we just couldn't fault it. The spa is just so relaxing, with lovely fluffy dressing gowns and lots of complimentary products in the bathrooms they really know how to spoil there guests. We will certainly be returning. Thanks again Shane, a pleasure to deal with.
Love this hotel. It is always so relaxing coming here. Staff are friendly, professional and helpful at all times. This time around I booked a three night stay to start of my annual summer trip to Ireland and get the stress from the previous months out of my system. I received an unexpected room upgrade to a lovely, spacious room with a balcony overlooking the back garden. As it was my birthday the upgrade made my stay extra special (Thank you!). I pre-booked dinner in the fabulous Yew Tree restaurant for two nights (lovely food). Also pre-booked a spa treatment per day so I did not have to do any organising while at the hotel. Therapists are amazing. Treatments and products used are 100% natural and left me feeling rejuvenated. Pure relaxation. The Spa is beautiful with a number of Jaccuzzis, one outside, steam rooms, sauna, blessedly children-free. As the hotel is close to the National Park it is so easy to embark on lovely long walks returning to a lovely hot cup of tea.
The hotel was beautiful but know this is not a true castle hotel but a modern hotel attempting to appear like a castle. Children are NOT allowed in the pool which was very disappointing for my children. The associated pub had terrible food and service. Breakfast buffet was very good.
It is a modern clean hotel. Location is convenient for exploring Killarney. Staff is very mixed which made for a very uneven stay. Check in staff was useless. There was no one to greet us or help with luggage-we arrived at a normal hour, not crazy. We asked questions about meals, and we were told that because of the day we were there, not much was open, so we’d miss out on all the hotel has to offer. That sort of attitude is not what I’d expect - she could have phrased it differently. She was just not very hospitable. The concierge was more helpful at least, and helped us with a jaunting car booking. But we pretty much handled things on our own. The bar was nice, and breakfast was good. This hotel could be so much more, especially at their prices. We really should have stayed closer to town and for something less expensive.