5 Best Hotels in Kerry – Where To Stay In Kerry Ireland


Boasting stunning natural landscapes, incredible sights, and traditional Irish welcomes, County Kerry, Ireland is justifiably famed around the globe. When it comes to the best hotels in Kerry the competition is equally impressive. If you’re unsure where to even start, this is the guide for you.

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Where To Stay In Kerry

County Kerry occupies much of Ireland’s southwest coast and contains some of the country’s top attractions. Those seeking to explore the Emerald Isle’s great outdoors certainly won’t be disappointed with a trip to “the Kingdom”.

Kerry plays host to the dramatic coastline of the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland’s westernmost point. Inland from the coast, you’ll find the pristine waters of the Lakes of Killarney. Another of Ireland’s top tourist destinations. Then there’s Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak, which rises to just over an admittedly modest 3300 feet (1000 meters) above sea level.

Dotted among the rolling hills and mountains are a staggering array of ancient structures. Travelers to Kerry will find abandoned monasteries dating to the Dark Ages alongside grand castles.

Best Hotels In Kerry
Best Hotels In Kerry

But don’t forget about County Kerry’s charming towns and villages. Oozing with authentic Irish character, there’s no shortage of friendly bars to grab a taste of traditional Irish food or a proper pint of Guinness.

There are a few things to consider when looking for accommodations in Kerry. One of the most you’ll want to decide is whether to be in the countryside or in one of the county’s quaint towns. Both have their attractions. The countryside offers tranquil escapes amid beautiful surroundings. While the region’s towns have a wealth of historic attractions and easier access to Irish pubs and restaurants.

If you can’t decide between the two, then having your own transportation will allow you to discover both. Distances around Co. Kerry are such that it’s possible to travel from hotels in Dingle to the airport in Kerry in around an hour.

County Kerry Ireland

Best Hotels In Kerry

The diversity of Co. Kerry is not only in what you can see or do. It also extends to the types of accommodations in Kerry. Below you’ll find a few of our favorite hotels in Kerry. We’ve included a variety of hotels from the Dingle coast to towns like Tralee.

Dingle Skellig Hotel

Positioned just south of Dingle town on the harbor front, the 4-star Dingle Skellig Hotel has fantastic panoramic views across the region. Only a couple of minutes’ walk from beaches in Kerry, it’s the ideal spot for those who love a sunset stroll.

This luxurious mid-century property stands out amongst other Dingle hotels. Rooms are comfortably furnished, with either harbor or countryside views. With classic rooms and suites, including a luxurious Presidental suite, there’s something for everyone.

But what really makes Dingle Skellig a cut above the rest compared to other accommodations in Dingle is its expansive spa. Open 7 days a week, the Pennisula spa features a sauna, steam room, and hot tub. A variety of treatments for him and her are available. The spa also features a 17-meter indoor swimming pool for those looking to get in a few laps.

After a little spa time, it’s time to eat. There’s nowhere better to relax and enjoy a bite to eat than the Dingle Skellig’s range of restaurants. With stunning views of the Dingle Pennisula, Coastguard Restaurant serves up locally caught Irish seafood. Over at Blaskets Bar enjoy more causal dining or perhaps an evening cocktail featuring a locally made Irish whiskey or Irish gin.

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Kenmare Bay Hotel

Kenmare Bay Hotel Tralee

Situated amongst a cluster of Kenmare hotels, the Kenmare Bay Hotel is a great place to spend a night or two in southern Co. Kerry. Located a short distance from its namesake tidal bay, Kenmare Bay is also within a stone’s throw, pun intended, of the Kenmare Stone Circle.

Part of the Ring of Kerry visitors route, the stone is one of the largest in western Ireland. It’s thought to be up to 4000 years old.

While modern in construction, this 3-star hotel in Kenmare still manages to create an elegant setting for any stay. Its rooms are brought to life with an excellent selection of classically-styled wooden furnishings.

Contemporary takes on classic Irish dishes, such as Kenmare smoked salmon, can be enjoyed at the Bay Restaurant. Additional facilities include a health club containing an 18.5 m indoor pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and well-equipped gym.

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Benners Hotel Tralee

Benners Hotel Tralee is a centrally located 3-star property nestles among Tralee’s thriving shopping streets. Walking distance from both the railway and bus stations, its heritage as one of the best Tralee hotels spans three centuries.

Still a family-run business, Benners has been fully modernized after a major refit in the 1990s and continues to strive to meet modern guest expectations. The spacious rooms provide a comfortable place to lay your head, while a small garden terrace and courtyard café complete with ancient walls extend the welcome outside, Irish weather permitting of course! For well-sized plates of authentic ‘pub grub,’ there’s probably nowhere better.

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Rose Hotel Tralee

Rose Hotel Tralee

The Rose Hotel Tralee is named after the town’s August Rose Festival and can be found in the southern outskirts about a mile from the historic center. It lies between the River Lee and Tralee Town Park.

This 4-star stay has rooms that are more than a match for other hotels in Tralee, while the Serenity Spa certainly lives up to its name. Its treatment rooms each have their own bespoke design and mood lighting, and guests are also able to take advantage of a sauna, steam room, and residents-only fitness center.

Dining options include the Rose Restaurant, whose chefs are always on the lookout for the very best in local produce to serve up modern plates full of the freshest flavors around.

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The Ashe Hotel Tralee

Ashe Hotel Tralee

Tralee’s Ashe Hotel is another hotel in Kerry worth spending a few nights. Nestled on one of the town’s tranquil side streets, it is one of Tralee’s most contemporary places to stay. A tastefully eclectic décor ranges between polished brass door handles, plush velvet seating, and ageless parquet flooring.

The Irish Hotel Award’s Boutique Hotel of the Year, it’s not hard to see why The Ashe has been given a 4-star rating. Alfie’s Lounge restaurant is a truly lovely place to unwind after a busy day, whether you opt to stay inside, venture out onto the exterior covered terrace, or grab a stool beside the sumptuously stocked bar.

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