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Should You Stay In The Dingle Skellig Hotel? Well, Here’s Our Honest Review

Food, rooms, spa and more reviewed

I first came across the Dingle Skellig Hotel in Kerry when I was doing a bit of research for a guide to the best places to stay in Ireland if you fancy an out of this world view (have a read here).

The view caught my eye at the time and the Dingle Skellig was filed away neatly in the little cabinet in my mind titled ‘to-spend-a-night-there-sharpish’.

In April of this year I had the chance to visit, so here we are.

The review in a nutshell

  • 4/5 (point dropped as sections of the hotel feel dated – read more about the 32 swanky new rooms that are en route below)
  • The views throughout the hotel are spectacular and I’d nearly drop by for coffee to admire them the next time that I’m passing through Dingle
  • The food was great for the most part
  • The bar is solid – the Guinness was some of the best that I’ve drank in months
  • It’s going to appeal massively to those with kids in search of a few nights away

The Dingle Skellig Hotel in Kerry

from the outside

I’ve stayed in Dingle many times over the years, but I’ve always opted for B&Bs.

Any time I’m in the area I’m generally in search of a cheap place to stay where I can chuck my bags and grab a bit of sleep, with every other minute of the day spent out wandering around the area or sat in one of the towns many lovely pubs.

The Dingle Skellig was a refreshing change of pace.

It’s a large, homely hotel that’s a short distance from the town and many of Dingle’s best loved attractions.

Here’s everything you need to know if you’re considering staying here.

The rooms

Our room at the Dingle Skellig was spacious, spotless, comfy and came with a glorious view out over Dingle Bay.

As you can see in the photo below, it was lashing down on the evening that we arrived, so we had to wait until the following morning to really appreciate what lay beyond our window.

dingle skellig rooms review

And, to be fair, it was well worth the wait – we had an uninterrupted 180 degree view of Dingle Bay.

The perfect companion for the first coffee of the day.

coffee at dingle skellig

The hotel facilities

The only two facilities that I really used were the gym and the spa area.

The Gym

The gym and the equipment is reasonably dated, but it’s absolutely perfect if you’re a fan of any form of weightlifting, as there’s a decent squat rack and plenty of free weights.

There’s also lots of weight machines and cardio equipment, if you’re into that kinda thing.

dingle skellig hotel gym

The Spa

One of the highlights of our stay here was being able to flake out in the spa area (we didn’t have a treatment or anything like that, we just chilled).

The view as you kicked back on one of the lounge chairs inside was incredible.

dingle skellig spa

The view from the outdoor hot tub was even better.

There’s something pretty damn special about chilling in hot, bubbly water while a cold Atlantic breeze washes over you as you admire a view like the one below.

hot tub dingle skellig

The food… and Guinness

Breakfast at the Dingle Skellig was cracking.

There was a solid choice of a hot and cold buffet along with all of the usual juices and fruits.

I opted for the scrambled eggs (which were actual scrambled eggs and not that creamy mass produced shite that you get in some hotels), rashers, a couple of sausages and a thick slice of brown bread.

dingle skellig breakfast

While the food was delicious, it was all about the view from the table.

It was refreshing to see that many of those eating in the breakfast room with us had left their phones down, opting to admire the lush green landscape that lay before them while they chewed away.

Obviously I wasn’t one of those people as I was fluting around and taking a photo…

breakfast view at the dingle skellig

Dinner

That evening we headed down to the hotels Binn Bán Brasserie for a bite to eat.

The Guinness here was arguably the best that I’ve had in the past 4 months. Velvety perfection.

guinness at the dingle Skellig hotel

I went for the fillet steak for the main which was a little disappointing. Although it was overcooked and a little tough, it was still tasty.

In reality I should have sent it back, but I didn’t want the fuss, which is very unlike me as I’m normally a contrary f****r.

fillet steak dingle skellig

For desert I went for a very basic trio of ice cream plonked on top of a crumbly shortbread biscuit.

This was 10/10 and demolished in about 80 seconds.

ice cream dingle skellig

In the interest of complete transparency

Transparency: The folks at the Dingle Skellig gave me a complimentary nights bed and breakfast along with an evening meal.

Our integrity: If the Dingle Skellig was crap, I’d tell you. I’d never do anything in exchange for a positive review. If I like something, I’ll say so. If I love it, I’ll do the same. If I think something’s muck and not worth you spending your hard earned cash on it, I’ll shout it from the rooftop. Read more about our review policy here.

A great spot for kids

This hotel is set up well for families looking to get away for a couple of nights.

Watch the video (note that it’s from 2014 so some things may have changed) below to get a sense of what you can expect if you bring the bambinos here.

New rooms en route

new rooms dingle skellig

There has been a multimillion development taking place at the Dingle Skellig Hotel, which will see 32 additional guest rooms and suites added (available for bookings for May of this year).

The new bedrooms include

  • 16 Deluxe King Suites
  • 6 Deluxe Executive Suites
  • 5 Deluxe Family Suites
  • 5 roof top interior designed guest rooms which will also feature private balconies that make the most of the hotels panoramic views across Dingle Bay.

Weddings at the Dingle Skellig

If you’re in search of a wedding venue, the Dingle Skellig could be a good shout.

They’re licensed for civil and humanist ceremonies and can cater for weddings of up to 250 guests

Celebrations take place in the Skellig Suite, which offers panoramic views of Dingle Bay

Wedding Celebration Package for dates in October to April from €70.00 per guest.

Final verdict

chill out area

At 240.00 for a Saturday night (based on May 11th 2019), the Dingle Skellig is by no means a cheap night away.

Personally, when visiting Dingle or places like it that boast endless adventure opportunities, I tend to choose pocket-friendly places to stay, as I spend little or no time in the hotel apart from when I’m sleeping.

If I was visiting Dingle with a packed itinerary, I’d stay elsewhere.

If I was in the area and looking for a great hotel, with comfortable rooms, amazing views, and a top-notch leisure suite, I’d stay here.

I’ve no trouble recommending the Dingle Skellig Hotel to anyone reading this article.

Have you stayed here? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!

Keith
Howaya!The purpose of this site is to inspire and guide you on an Irish adventure that’ll give birth to a lifetime of memories.No spam. Clickbait. Or boll*x. Ever.Keith

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