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 Dingle Skellig Hotel in Kerry
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.
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.
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.
The hotel facilities
The only two facilities that I really used were the gym and the spa area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
In the interest of complete transparency
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
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.
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!