15 Best Hotels In Killarney (From Luxury To Pocket-Friendly)

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There’s an almost endless number of hotels in Killarney. In the guide below, you’ll discover the best of the bunch.

If you fancy a short weekend break in the southwest of Ireland (or even a longer break), Killarney in County Kerry makes a great base for exploring this scenic corner of Ireland.

Killarney is bursting with lively bars (there are plenty of great pubs in Killarney), shops and amenities to enhance your stay. 

There’s also a plethora of different things to do in Killarney (there are even more to do on its doorstep!). You’ll find plenty of hotels in Killarney to suit all budgets in our guide below.

The best hotels in Killarney, Ireland

We’ve broken this guide up into a few different sections: the first tackles the best value central hotels in Killarney town.

The second looks at the top hotels in Killarney for those of you in search of a bit of luxury. The final section will show you the best pocket-friendly places to stay in Killarney,

The Best Value Central Hotels in Killarney

These handpicked hotels are all within 700m of Killarney town centre (a reasonable 5 to 10-minute walk) so no need to worry about designated drivers or paying for taxis.

They all come in at under €100 for a Friday night in October, although prices naturally vary according to seasonal demand.

1. Scott’s Hotel 

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Photo via Scotts Hotel Killarney

Situated right in Killarney town centre, Scott’s Hotel is a family-run hotel with a good reputation for its friendly atmosphere and top customer service.

There’s free parking in the underground garage (a big plus!) and 126 spacious bedrooms and apartments.

Comfortably furnished, the rooms include the usual tea/coffee making facilities, room service, 24-hour reception, TV and Wi-Fi.

After a busy day exploring this scenic area, return to enjoy the residents’ lounge, bar and courtyard restaurant serving great food in a comfortable atmosphere.

2. Killarney Towers Hotel 

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Photo via the Killarney Towers Hotel

Four-star luxury AND great value can be found at the Killarney Towers Hotel, part of the reputable O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group.

Along with a restaurant and bar for live evening entertainment, guests can enjoy the superb leisure facilities onsite (see above).

The rooms in this Killarney hotel are spacious and tastefully furnished with everything from air-conditioning to bathrobes and a room safe.

The onsite leisure centre has a sauna, steam room, fully-equipped fitness centre and indoor heated pool while the spa is the ultimate place for pampering as part of your stay in Killarney.

3. The Dromhall Hotel

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Photos via the Killarney Dromhall Hotel

Enjoy memorable dining and a comfortable stay at the Dromhall Hotel in Killarney. Managed by the Randles family since 1964, this gorgeous hotel includes 72 plush guest rooms, a bar and brasserie with an outdoor terrace.

The upscale Abbey Restaurant serves high quality contemporary and traditional fare (there are loads more excellent restaurants in Killarney if you’d rather explore the town).

The hotel also has a Spa and Leisure Centre onsite including a sauna, steam room and 20-metre swimming pool for those morning laps. Located in Muckross Road, this hotel is right in the heart of Killarney town.

4. Randles Hotel

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Photo via Randles Hotel

A handy 5-minute stroll from the town centre, the Killarney Randles Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1906.

Rooms are elegantly furnished and all have ensuite marble bathrooms for soaking away the day’s aches and pains in a bubbly bath or power shower.

You’ll be sure of a warm Irish welcome and unrivalled hospitality in this classic hotel which includes a drawing room, conservatory, terraced garden and restaurant along with a leisure centre, pool and Zen Spa.

Whether you’re visiting for a family wedding or simply want to explore the area, there’s no excuse not to look your best!

The best 5-star hotels in Killarney

There’s a number of very fancy 5-star hotels in Killarney that’ll appeal to those of you in search of a bit of luxury.

Now, as you can probably imagine, these hotels are only going to suit people looking for places to stay in Killarney that are happy to part with a decent chunk of cash.

1. Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

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The luxury Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa offers stunning views of Lough Lein and the Macgillycuddy Reeks from its enviable location just outside Killarney.

This glamorous property boasts luxuriously appointed rooms and suites complemented by a 10,000 sq.ft. Aveda Spa with treatment rooms, relaxation rooms and a thermal suite all making use of natural products derived from Irish organic seaweed.

Drive the Ring of Kerry by day and then spend the evening relaxing in the indoor pool and then dining on delicious cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant. 

2. The Lake Hotel

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Photo via the Lake Hotel

You’ll receive a warm welcome at the four-star Lake Hotel Killarney which has a magnificent waterfront setting and views of the islands and 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins.

This period property dates back to 1820 and offers luxury accommodation including satellite TV, bathrobes and Wi-Fi. 

Wake up to lake or woodland views and treat yourself to a mouthwatering breakfast with award-winning cuisine in the elegant dining room.

You might be tempted to indulge in a decadent afternoon tea in the Piano Lounge after a walk in the nearby Killarney National Park.

Related read: Looking for a unique place to stay? Hop into our Killarney accommodation guide to discover quirky hotels and Airbnbs for every budget.

3. The Europe Hotel & Resort

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Photo via the Europe Hotel Killarney

The Europe Hotel and Resort is a world-leader when it comes to 5-star luxury accommodation and service.

Overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, the resort includes a conference centre, golf course, gym and premium ESPA with golf, horse riding, boating and fishing all on the doorstep.

Upscale rooms include an electronic minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, interactive TV, digital newspapers and twice-daily housekeeping.

Currently ranked one of the Top 5 Hotels in Ireland, your stay at The Europe is sure to be unforgettable.

4. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

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Photo via Muckross Park Hotel

The award-winning Muckross Park Hotel and Spa is less than 5km from Killarney town centre, in the heart of the 25,000-acre national park near Muckross Abbey.

One of the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in Killarney, the hotel blends 18th-century elegance with 21st-century luxury, from the upscale restaurant to the luxury spa.

Guests can look forward to bracing walks and bike rides in unrivalled scenery before sleeping dreamlessly in one of the beautifully appointed deluxe rooms and suites.

5. The Dunloe (one of the fanciest hotels in Killarney)

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Those lucky enough to spend a night at The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens are in for a very relaxing and luxurious treat.

Guests can admire the 12th-century castle ruins in manicured gardens onsite near the lovely River Laune while exploring the grounds.

This hotel opens seasonally from April through October to provide guests with a base for hiking, sightseeing, fishing and exploring.

Return to enjoy the leisure facilities of the techno-gym and fine dining while children enjoy their own fun in the Kid’s Clubs with movie nights. 

Related ready: Love funky accommodation? Check out our Airbnb Killarney guide – it’s packed with the most unique Airbnbs in the town.

The best cheap hotels Killarney has to offer

Our final set includes budget-friendly hotels in Killarney for those looking for quality hotel accommodation at a lower price point.

These pocket-friendly hotels typically charge less than €100 for a Friday night stay in October, but prices may vary according to demand.

1. Brook Lodge Boutique Hotel

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Photo via the Brook Lodge

Just off Killarney High Street, Brook Lodge Hotel offers four-star accommodation and beautiful rooms with all the ambience of a country retreat.

Private parking and Wi-Fi are standard and you won’t want to miss the fabulous breakfast to start your day in top form.

Spacious air-conditioned rooms and suites include bespoke furnishings and garden views. The onsite Linda’s Bistro and resident’s bar are just one of the reasons to stay at this superb town centre hotel. 

2. Killarney Court Hotel

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Photo via the Killarney Court Hotel

The Killarney Court Hotel is a modern hotel with 116 standard and superior rooms just a 10-minute stroll from Killarney’s bars, shops and attractions.

Enjoy comfortable well-appointed accommodation and dine heartily at the award-winning carvery in the Seasons Restaurant each evening.

The Beauty and Rejuvenation Treatment Centre offers a full range of holistic treatments while the Macgillycuddy Bar is the perfect place to relax.

3. Eviston House Hotel

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Brimming with character, Eviston House Hotel in Killarney town centre has affordable beautifully furnished standard and superior rooms.

It is centrally located just a stone’s throw from St Mary’s Cathedral and Killarney National Park.

From shopping to hiking and trekking, you’re within easy reach of everything from this well-located 3-star hotel.

4. Killarney Avenue Hotel

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Photo via the Killarney Avenue Hotel

Combining comfort with a budget-friendly price, Killarney Avenue Hotel is one of the best choices for those looking for cheap hotels close to Killarney town centre.

This elegant four-star hotel has 66 beautiful rooms with large windows, high-end furnishings and luxurious bedding close to Kenmare Place and the entrance to Killarney National Park.

Enjoy Druid’s Restaurant and Avenue Suite Bar or head out to paint the town red after dark. A fine base for a night or two.

5. Tatler Jack (one of the best-value hotels in Killarney)

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One of the most traditional hotels in the heart of Killarney is Tatler Jack, a family-run business with 10 ensuite guest rooms.

The cosy bar and restaurant are open to non-residents and are popular with locals, which is a recommendation in itself.

The friendly Irish bar is the place to learn the rules of Gaelic football from passionate supporters. It’s all part of the charm of staying in an authentic local hostelry with sports bar entertainment.

6. Abbey Lodge Killarney

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Photo via Abbey Lodge Killarney

With 15 luxurious rooms, Abbey Lodge Killarney offers intimate Bed and Breakfast close to Muckross Road and Killarney shops, bars and nightlife.

Rooms are filled with interesting antiques and knick-knacks and you’ll find friendly service always on hand.

Room prices include a buffet breakfast so fill up before heading out to explore the local sights and attractions nearby. 

Have any Killarney hotels to recommend?

If you’ve stayed in a hotel in Killarney recently that you’d like to shout from the rooftops about, let me know in the comments below.

Gillian Birch is a travel writer and published author. She has travelled the world and uses her personal journals and memories to write about her many travel experiences, particularly those that involved adventures in Ireland.

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