When it comes to Killarney, accommodation (of the unique variety) can often be tricky to come by.
Tricky, but not impossible, as you’ll discover in the guide below.
They’re good at the old tourism game down in Kerry. With soaring mountains, vast lakes, shimmering waterfalls and deep woodland, it’s an outdoor wonderland that’ll keep you coming back for more.
It’s why there are more hotel beds in Killarney than anywhere else in Ireland, outside of Dublin (there are heaps of things to do in Killarney, after all).
Killarney Accommodation: 11 unique places to rest your head
If you’re wondering where to stay in Killarney when you make the trip down to this gorgeous corner of the country, we’ve got you covered.
From 5-star hotels in Killarney that’ll set you back an arm and a leg to cheaper spots that are friendly on the pocket, here’s our guide to 11 of the best Killarney accommodation if you fancy a unique night away.
1. Great Southern Killarney Hotel
Accommodation in Killarney doesn’t come much grander than a few nights at the Great Southern.
Built in 1854, this exquisite Victorian mansion is situated on the eastern edge of Killarney town centre amid six acres of lush gardens.
Choose from a range of rooms, running from standard classic rooms all the way up to ornate deluxe suites.
Sourcing the finest produce of the Kerry countryside and serving it under an elegant gilded dome in a beautiful dining room, the Great Southern’s Garden Room Restaurant is one of the towns best places to eat too.
Traveller tip: If you don’t fancy eating in the hotel, nip into our guide to the best restaurants in Killarney for loads more dining inspiration.
2. Victoria House Hotel
Looking out towards the stunning peaks of Killarney National Park, Victoria House Hotel is a chic boutique hotel located just outside of town on the scenic Muckross Road.
A superb base for heading off for outdoor activities (and why wouldn’t you?) but also less than 10 minutes’ drive from Killarney town centre, you’ve got the best of both worlds here.
With 33 rooms to choose from, as well as the superb Sika Restaurant and the cosy Ivy Room bar, you’ll be well taken care of after a day in the mountains.
3. Teachin Siog (the best-value accommodation in Killarney in our guide)
This rustic, budget-friendly little cottage in the Killarney countryside offers a cosy taste of Irish country life but is close enough to Killarney town that you won’t miss out on its vibrancy either.
The eclectic interior is good for hanging out when the weather’s playing up, and when the sun’s out you’ll be in a perfect spot for exploring the landscape.
Love unique Airbnbs? In our guide to the best Airbnbs in Killarney, you’ll discover 8 very quirky places to sleep.
4. Arbutus Hotel
Run by the Buckley family for almost 100 years, the Arbutus is the place to come for genuine Irish warmth and hospitality.
This homely and affordable accommodation is situated right in the heart of the Killarney on College Street so everything you need is just moments away.
Comfy rooms are waiting upstairs while downstairs the handsome dining room will kickstart your day with a full Irish breakfast.
And don’t forget to grab a pint in Buckley’s Bar (one of the best pubs in Killarney!), a cracking spot for hearty food and great trad music.
5. Fuchsia House
When you think of bed and breakfasts, accommodation as plush as Fuchsia House probably doesn’t spring to mind.
So, if you’re in the market for a friendly B&B that’s exquisitely furnished with mighty views and sumptuous beds, then this could be the gaff for you.
Located on Muckross Road just outside of Killarney, this is in the perfect spot to set you up for exploring the sights and sounds of Kerry.
6. Nine and 3/4 Apartment
Does a stylish studio apartment within stumbling distance of Killarney’s finest pubs, bars, craic and characters sound up your street?
Then look no further than this luxurious loft on the Main Street. It’s beautifully furnished with exposed brick, hanging lights and comfy sofas.
It’s in an ace location, also, for those of you that want to explore all the haunts and hideouts that Killarney town has to offer without worrying about finding a taxi home.
If you’re looking to get away from it all and stay in friendly accommodation that’s totally at one with nature, then you could do a lot worse than a few nights here.
Those that spend a night in this very cosy Killarney accommodation with wake up to some seriously epic views at this country house just north of Killarney.
While Killarney town is only 8 minutes away by car, it’s not the worst idea in the world to kick back with a glass of wine on the balcony here and soak in all the picturesque scenery of southwest Ireland.
8. Muckross Park Hotel (some very fancy Killarney Accommodation)
An institution for over 200 years in this part of the world, the lavish Muckross Park Hotel was extensively refurbished in 2007 and awarded a 5-star accreditation not long after.
Offering quality access to Kerry’s myriad outdoor pursuits, you’re also only a short drive from Killarney town.
Surprisingly for such swish accommodation with fabulous dining options, they also offer self-catering apartments if that’s what you’d prefer.
Traveller tip: Travelling with a pooch? Muckross Hotel is one of a handful of brilliant dog friendly hotels in Ireland.
9. The Dunloe
Ready to push the boat out? This luxurious 5-star retreat overlooking the picturesque Gap of Dunloe is of the finest stays in Kerry and, frankly, all of Ireland.
Situated in its own 64-acre estate yet only a 15-minute drive from Killarney, this is some spot to stay at if you’ve got the budget.
From tennis to horse riding to boating, there’s an absurd amount of things to do at The Dunloe and you can top them all off with a meal at their fine dining Grill Restaurant.
The spectacular view from the floor to ceiling windows in the dining room is worth the price alone.
10. Killarney Glamping at the Grove
Glamping isn’t just for posh people who don’t fancy a bit of mud at Glastonbury you know! Over at Grove Lane Glamping, you can sit under the stars and enjoy a unique experience that most of your fellow travellers won’t be getting.
These stylish tents also come with double beds, gas stoves, en suite toilets and electricity as well as a BBQ and a seating area for those alfresco evenings.
Killarney Glamping is a nice, alternative way to spend a night or two away with that special someone. It’s also at the heart of some of the county’s top scenery.
11. The Europe Hotel (the best hotel for swanky Killarney accommodation)
Overlooking the gleaming Lakes of Killarney, this decadent 5-star hotel and spa resort could be the place to book if your wallet’s in fine fettle.
With some of the finest views in the entire country, the Europe Hotel & Resort is one of Killarney’s premier spots.
Boasting penthouse suites, a presidential suite and cavalcade of bars, brasseries and restaurants, you’d be well within your rights to never leave the premises (although if you actually want to see Kerry then that’s not the wisest of plans).
Have you any hotels in Killarney or Airbnbs that you’d recommend?
I’m sure there are plenty of unique Killarney accommodation options that we’ve missed in the guide above.
If you know of any places to stay in Killarney that you’d recommend, let me know in the comments section below and I’ll check it out.