Hotels in Tralee

Kerry Hotels

by Georgina Campbell


If the story of global tourism is ever written, Kerry will deserve a chapter all to itself. In the 18th century Killarney was right there with the famous European beauty spots and cultural centres as a “must see” destination on the Grand Tour - from which, of course, we inherited our everyday word for visiting holidaymakers, or ‘tourists’.

Once the traditional Kerry response to visitors praising their rugged landscape had been: “You can’t eat scenery”. But the Kenmare family – the Brownes – showed that, indirectly, you could.  Their projects prospered, with the building of roads, hotels and inns, and the provision of amenities on the lakes. Then, in 1861, Queen Victoria’s visit put the royal seal of approval on Killarney and indeed Kerry – and the rest is history.

Today Kerry remains the jewel in the crown of Irish tourism and underlying it all is the Kerry instinct for hospitality. In Kerry they make you feel welcome. They have been doing it for at least three hundred years and they have a real talent for it.

Not surprisingly, many of Ireland’s finest hoteliers are in Kerry, hospitality is in their blood and having had generations of experience they’re at the forefront of the drive towards highlighting the best accommodation of all types.

Whether you seek a five star hotel (there are plenty to choose from!), a family hotel with a path running down to the shore, a timeless country house set in lush gardens, a smart town guesthouse, a farmhouse or a traditional B&B, Kerry has the best of every kind of place to stay – I should know, as I have been privileged to stay in so many of them.

No matter what part of Kerry I think of, it brings back happy memories - of visits with family and friends, or for the annual revisits which we are lucky enough to call work when checking things out for the Guide.

Highlights are so many that they scramble for a place at the top of my personal ‘most memorable’ list, but vivid pictures come to mind: of the sheer contentment on the faces of guests at family-friendly hotels in locations as diverse as Dingle and Derrynane; of the warm welcome in the real fire that greets guests in so many Kerry hotels, from Listowel to Tralee, Dingle, Killarney, Kenmare…it’s a reassuringly constant source of comfort and relaxation, throughout the county; of enjoying seafood straight from the very bit of sea that this hotel dining room overlooks; of admiring lush gardens set dramatically against water and mountains at a gloriously hospitable country house and restaurant on Caragh Lake; of enjoying (in equal measure) a magnificent sea view and delicious Irish breakfast with home baking warm from the oven in a North Kerry guesthouse; of seeing hardworking people transform their delightful B&Bs or restaurants with rooms into top destinations at places like Ballybunion and Caherciveen; and of experiencing the very best (and I do mean the very best) of everything, in the finest hotels anywhere in Ireland – in Kenmare and Killarney, especially, it seems that their generations of experience have matured into something so special that the stature of their hotels matches the magnificent land- and seascapes – and they ‘grow’ the best hoteliers for the next generation (and, perhaps, for export up to Dublin!)     

All this, and so much more. Go there, and find out for yourself.



Manor West Hotel & Leisure Club
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Manor West Hotel & Leisure Club4 Stars

Manor West , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 66 7194500

We are a family run hotel, offering the very best in a true warm Kerry welcome located in the heart of the Kingdom. Located just a minutes walk away from the award winning...

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The Ashe Hotel
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The Ashe Hotel3 Stars

Main Street , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 066 7106300

The Ashe Hotel places you within a 5-minute walk of Wellspring Gallery and Bin Ban Gallery. This 3-star hotel has 85 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room...

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Castlerosse  Hotel and  Holiday Homes
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Castlerosse Hotel and Holiday Homes3 Stars

Killorglin Road , Killarney. Tel.: +353 (0) 64 6631144

The Castlerosse Hotel and Holiday Homes is in one of Ireland's beauty spots. We offer our guests a warm, efficient, personal service. The team are committed to...

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Ballyroe Heights Hotel
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Ballyroe Heights Hotel3 Stars

Ballyroe , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 00353 667126796

Ballyroe Heights Hotel is located on the coastal route of The Wild Atlantic Way and only minutes from Kerry's finest Blue Flag beaches with stunning views of traditional...

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Ballyseede Castle Hotel
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Ballyseede Castle Hotel4 Stars

Ballyseede, , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 066 7125799

Ballyseede Castle in Co. Kerry is one of the top 4-star luxury castle hotels in Ireland and Kerry’s only Castle Hotel. Close to Tralee on the famous ring of Kerry,...

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Victoria House Hotel
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Victoria House Hotel4 Stars

Muckross Rd , Killarney. Tel.: +353 (0) 64 6635430

This beautiful Family Run  Boutique Killarney hotel is located on the scenic Muckross Road next door to the INEC in Killarney, Ireland's most thriving and popular all...

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Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
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Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa4 Stars

Leebrook , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 66 7123322

The 4 star Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa has been in the same family for over 50 years & owner Padraig McGillicuddy knows how to make you feel at home. The hotels warm...

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The Rose Hotel, formerly Fels Point Hotel
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The Rose Hotel, formerly Fels Point Hotel4 Stars

Dan Spring Road , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 066 7199100

The Rose Hotel is a four star hotel with 165 guest rooms near the Tralee town centre with the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains. You can explore Kerry’s Wild...

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Grand Hotel
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Grand Hotel3 Stars

Denny Street , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 66 7121499

Tralee and renowned among Kerry hotels. It is a Tralee town centre hotel and has been beautifully restored to its original architectural beauty, while incorporating the...

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Meadowlands Hotel
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Meadowlands Hotel4 Stars

Oakpark , Tralee. Tel.: +353 (0) 66 7180444

Situated on beautiful private gardens, the Meadowlands Hotel is a peaceful hideaway on the Wild Atlantic Way.  The hotel is idyllically located 1 km from Tralee Town...

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