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
Parking on site
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Romantic stay in Killarney National Park, with a top spa, three restaurants and outdoor activities galore
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.