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About Killarney

A charming town perched on the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney is full of character and heritage. Situated on the stunning Ring of Kerry, the town benefits from a beautiful natural setting as well as being home to a whole host of fascinating monuments. Initially settled by monks in the 7th century, the town has grown into a popular tourist destination. With more hotel beds than any other Irish town or city other than Dublin, there's plenty of choice, but our pick of the best places to stay in Killarney all have something that makes them stand out from the crowd.

What not to miss:

  • There's plenty to explore in the town. With a strong religious history, it would be hard to visit Killarney without going to St. Mary's Cathedral. Muckross House and Abbey is also well worth having a look at.
  • The ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan, the 15th century Ross Castle is certainly worth visiting.
  • The surrounding countryside is full of stunning scenery, not least the well known Ring of Kerry. Explore the Lakes of Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe.
  • If you're after some good walking, venture into MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Purple Mountain and Mangerton Mountain.

Full of charm and character Killarney is popular for good reason. The best places to stay in Killarney tend to get booked up in the summer months, so get organised and plan well ahead.

The best places to stay in Killarney

For stunning views

  • Overlooking the Lough Leane, Aghadoe Heights is a superb, modern hotel. With luxurious rooms and divine spa, this a great spot for people looking for a relaxing, indulgent break in Killarney.

For an historic stay

  • Set in a beautiful country house just outside Killarney, Cahernane House Hotel is a great choice for people who like to stay in heritage properties. On the edge of Killarney National Park, the hotel offers luxurious rooms, a charming garden and a superb restaurant.

For town centre location

  • Killarney Park Hotel is an impressive establishment in the heart of the town. Boasting comfortable, tastefully furnished rooms, a deluxe spa and a good restaurant, it's a great base from which to unlock the charms of Killarney.

For an apartment or holiday cottage

  • Browse the options at our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The nearest airport to Killarney is Kerry (10 miles).
  • For car hire, visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Ireland is not famous for its good weather but for the best chance of sun and warm days, visit from May to September.

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Best Hotels in Killarney

  • Victoria House Hotel Killarney 33 rooms from €84

    Foodies  -  With an acclaimed restaurant onsite serving the best in locally sourced ingredients, foodies are well looked-after at this hotel
    Families  -  Family suites at this hotel are perfect for parents travelling with children, and there is a kids' menu in the restaurant, too
    Local exploring  -  With Killarney town centre and a national park close by, there is lots to explore local to this hotel
    Great walks  -  Go walking in the Killarney National Park, a beautiful area of natural beauty and the first national park in Ireland
    RestaurantParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This smart, family-run hotel is tucked away in Killarney, Ireland. The individually dressed guestrooms are comfortable and stylish with contemporary interior design; opt for a luxury suite for an indulgent hot tub bath. Dine at the hotel's award-winning restaurant after a day sightseeing in Kerry. See More

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  • Randles Hotel Killarney 75 rooms from €122

    Country Escape  -  With fine-dining, an indulgent spa and easy access to the national park this is a luxury country break
    Great walks  -  Explore the numerous hiking trails through the mountains of the national park
    Spa  -  Zen Day Spa offers a wide range of holistic treatments and massages.
    Kayaking  -  Admire the coastline on a kayak from the sea
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    A luxurious hotel set in the town of Killarney which borders Killarney National park. Traditionally dressed rooms feature a choice selection of antiques set with chintz fabrics. A spoiling spa will soothe any aching muscles from an activity-filled day and the fine-dining restaurant is a real treat. See More

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  • Killarney Royal Hotel Killarney (County Kerry) 32 rooms from €179

    Local exploring  -  Set in the charming town of Killarney, this hotel is a great base for local exploring in and around County Kerry
    Active Holiday  -  There are great outdoors activities on this stretch of Ireland's west coast, from hiking to climbing and golf
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the classic interiors at this boutique bolt-hole; book a luxury suite for added indulgence
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Muckross House and Gardens, a Victorian manor house which now houses a museum
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    This stately boutique hotel boasts a privileged location in the centre of the vibrant town of Killarney in Ireland. Opulent guestrooms are dressed in a regal palette and are peppered with antiques; book a suite for a luxurious living room. Dine in the elegant Candle Room Restaurant; a stylish hotel. See More

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  • Cahernane House Hotel Killarney 40 rooms from €180

    Foodies  -  Award winning restaurant.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    Exceedingly grand and luxurious country house hotel on the edge of a national park with a most special atmosphere and ambience for business, weddings, and fine dining. See More

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  • Aghadoe Heights Killarney 74 rooms from €232

    Spa breaks  -  A contemporary award-winning spa featuring a couples room, relaxation room and extensive thermal suite.
    Country Escape  -  A 5 star country escape with an impressive placing overlooking the Atlantic coast.
    Private Hot Tub  -  Book the Penthouse Suite for a private terrace with outdoor hot tub and wonderful views!
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive 15th Century Ross Castle.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParkingNo pets

    A contemporary five star luxury hotel with a stunning position overlooking the Lough Leane. Gorgeous rooms, with plenty of glass, are simple in design with focus drawn to the impressive views. A spoiling modern spa is worthy of a visit in itself. Excellent cuisine and a trendy bar. A rural treat. See More

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  • Killarney Park Hotel Killarney 67 rooms from €220

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located to enjoy the quintessentially Irish town of Killarney as well as the surrounding countryside.
    Total relaxation  -  Complete with fabulous spa, exemplary restaurant and five star service, wish for nothing at this property.
    Great walks  -  Explore the Killarney National Park just minutes from the property.
    Kayaking  -  Paddle across one of the scenic Lakes of Killarney.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessParkingNo pets

    A luxurious 5 star property in the quaint town of Killarney. Traditionally styled rooms are light and airy with large sash windows, antique furniture and contemporary bathrooms. A spoiling spa and indoor pool are the perfect place to unwind after a day in the great outdoors. Fabulous. See More

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  • The Europe Killarney (County Kerry) 180 rooms from €380

    Great walks  -  Uncover the secret tranquility of Lough Léin's shores, a serene escape for soulful lakeside meanderings and gentle reflections
    Riding  -  Embrace the opulence of a golden-hour horseback ride, with Killarney's majestic peaks silhouetted against a blazing Irish sky
    Back to Nature  -  Escape to serenity by the lake, where nature's beauty meets luxurious comfort for the ultimate relaxation
    Spa breaks  -  Dive into indulgence at a spa where serene views and luxurious treatments rejuvenate your soul
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

    A luxurious 5* oasis on Lough Léin, a gem in Kerry's majestic landscape. Modern-Alpine decor mingles with serene lake views for a vibe that's both chic & comforting. Feast at three restaurants, unwind in stylish bars, or indulge at the award-winning ESPA. Opulence in the rugged Southwest of Ireland. See More

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