Great Southern Killarney
When Irish eyes are smiling, you will know you are at Great Southern Killarney, a breathtaking four-star landmark hotel in the heart of Killarney's town center on six acres of gorgeous gardens. Built in 1854, this premier historic hotel retains many original Victorian features with thoroughly modern amenities. Enjoy the beauty rooms, fitness center, tennis courts, heated pool, and sauna. The grand foyer is as impressive as the superb service and prime locale adjacent to the train station — a two-minute walk to the town center. No wonder the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Jackie Kennedy have stayed here.
- Choose from 177 elegant and chic guestrooms, one- and two- bedroom suites, and apartments with kitchens; some feature antique furniture
- Dine at the ornate Garden Room Restaurant and meet friends at Brownes Bar or The Killarney Wine Room for wine tasting
- Experience a traditional afternoon tea service in The Grand Foyer
- Stroll the gardens and then walk to Killarney town's pubs, shops, and eateries
- Walk or use the hotels bikes to explore Killarney National Park and have a picnic
- Golf at nearby Kerry golf courses and then rejuvenate with a Yon-Ka Paris treatment
- This premier events location is known for unforgettable events, especially weddings
The award-winning Great Southern Killarney also has several fully self-contained Holiday Homes that are ideal for families and groups seeking all the conveniences of home with the added luxury of extensive hotel facilities. Kids will love the Kerry Cubs Kids Club and the on-site playground. If you're a history buff, you will love that the hotel was used as a prison during The Great War from 1919 until 1922,and the original prison bars are still on the windows in the basement of the hotel.
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Great Southern Killarney has a variety of accommodation options, including luxurious guestrooms, one- and two-bedroom suites with dressing rooms and/or lounges, self-catering holiday homes, and two Victorian cottage apartments. Each of the 173 guestrooms and suites offer sumptuous luxury, whether within the hotel's original Victorian building, with its high ceilings and tall windows, or in the Garden Wing, where chic rooms offer contemporary accents and style. No matter where you stay, enjoy 24/7 room service when you prefer ultimate privacy.
Each guestroom includes premium White Company amenities, tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, and televisions. The spacious Self-Catering Holiday Homes are modern, with living and dining areas, ultra-comfortable bedrooms and bathrooms, and a patio area ideal for relaxation. Each fully equipped house sleeps up to eight people. The two Railway Cottage luxury apartments are in a standalone Victorian residence. Each elegantly decorated apartment has two bedrooms as well as a kitchenette and dining area. The Railway Cottage can be used as a four-bedroom accommodation or as two separate two-bedroom apartments.
Dining and drinking at Great Southern Killarney is a real treat, with beautiful décor, delicious cuisine using fresh local ingredients, excellent service, and a mix of casual and fine fare that Executive Chef Rory Gabriel describes as "creative cuisine, classically influenced." The hotel grows vegetables and herbs in its own gardens and the menus include fresh pastries and breads from its in-house bakery. Whether you seek fine dining on a grand scale, a wine tasting experience, afternoon tea with friends, or an intimate dinner for two, you will find it here.
Garden Room Restaurant – As the culinary pinnacle at the Great Southern, this iconic Victorian restaurant is famed for its its magnificent gilt domed ceiling and gourmet cuisine. Enjoy warm baked bread while the sommelier presents the perfect bottle from the extensive wine cellar and choose from a menu of traditional recipes, artfully prepared with a modern twist. Local specialties fully traceable to Kerry farmers are highlighted on the menu.
Brownes – The Bar – Step right up to the hotel's signature bar and locally renowned meeting point. You will want to stay a while in this welcoming place with two blazing fires, comfortable sofas, and expert, friendly service. Sip a local brew, meet new people, and choose from a menu of traditional and contemporary food plus a wide variety of beverages, cocktails, and local specialties. Brownes' Whiskey Corner has collection of over 190 of the world's finest whiskies.
Afternoon Tea – Take part in the time-honored experience of afternoon tea in the luxurious atmosphere of the Grand Foyer or in the plush privacy of The Reading Room Residents' Lounge each afternoon. Savor dainty finger and open sandwiches, warm scones with preserves and cream, and an assortment of pastries and cakes, all served with freshly brewed tea and coffee. Choose Champagne Afternoon Tea for an occasion with additional sparkle!
Private Dining – Private Dining is available for groups of all sizes from 12 to 650 people in a variety of Victorian dining spaces and the Event Centre. You can reserve The Lake Room for private vents and room service/in-room dining is available 24 hours a day.
From whiskey tasting at Brownes and afternoon tea in the Grand Foyer to swimming in the pool and playing a game of tennis, you can be as busy or schedule-free as you want to be at Great Southern Killarney. Kids will love the Kerry Cubs Kids Club and on-site playground while you partake in Yon-Ka Paris treatments in the Great Southern Health Club & Beauty Rooms. Be sure to relax in the Jacuzzi and steam room and take one of the hotel's bicycles for a spin. For summer picnics and romantic evening walks, six acres of gardens beckon your attention.
The hotel's location in the heart of Killarney Town center is ideal for exploring beyond its doors. Walk to Killarney National Park with its spectacular mountains, lakes, and woodlands. Browse Killarney's quaint cafés, boutiques, and art galleries. Nearby, tee off at championship golf courses and visit the Demesne Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, and Mangerton Mountain. You can even order picnic baskets to take on your adventures. The famous Ring of Kerry is just a short drive away, as is Dingle Peninsula, Wild Atlantic Way, Skeelig Island, and iconic golf courses such as Waterville, Ballybunion, and Dooks.
Great Southern Killarney
Great Southern Killarney is located in Killarney, Ireland, directly adjacent to Killarney Train Station. Killarney Bus station is a two-minute walk from the hotel, and Killarney National Park is just a five-minute walk away. Though its prime location is in the heart of the town center, the hotel is set amid six-acres of gardens to give it the private feel of a country estate.
Kerry Airport is 10.5 mi / 17 km from the hotel.
Cork International Airport is 56 mi / 90 km away.
Shannon International Airport is 84 mi / 134 km away from the hotel.
Dublin Airport is 196 mi / 315 km away.
The Great Southern Killarney is conveniently located directly adjacent to Killarney Train Station. Killarney Bus Station is also within a two-minute walk.