Great Southern Killarney

Great Southern Killarney

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4.5
#14 of 42 hotels in Killarney
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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Killarney's Premier Historic hotel, Great Southern Killarney has been welcoming visitors since 1854. Great Southern is a Deluxe Victorian hotel located in Killarney town centre yet on its own private gardens of 6 acres. Guest accommodation includes 177 bedrooms; choose from a variety of suites, deluxe and classic rooms. Our restaurants include The Garden Room & Killarney Wine Rooms, unique dining experiences with delicious food & friendly service. Brownes Bar, is a cosy and relaxing bar to enjoy a light snack, drinks or taste some Whiskey. Car Parking is available complimentary on-site. The hotel's leisure facilities include 15 metre swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, gymnasium and two outdoor tennis courts. Complimentary WI-FI is provided throughout the hotel.
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Property amenities
Electric vehicle charging station
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Hiking
Babysitting
Parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Heated pool
Shallow end in pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Fishing
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Kids club
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Bathrobes
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Safe
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
Room types
Mountain view
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
City View
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Polish

Location

East Avenue Road Town Centre, Killarney V93 R866 Ireland
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,836 reviews
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Nestled close to the heart of town, Great Southern Killarney captivates guests with its warm and festive ambiance, complete with elegant decorations and welcoming fireplaces. While the hotel's location earns high marks for convenience, views on value are mixed—praises for the hotel's cleanliness and amenities such as the spa are tempered by concerns regarding room issues and service lapses during peak periods. Although rooms are cherished for their charm and comfort, some guests point out that they fall short in readiness and size.
Location
Central
Atmosphere
Elegant
Rooms
Comfortable
Value
Expensive
Cleanliness
Spotless
Service
Inconsistent
Amenities
Lavish

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Corklady1 wrote a review Oct 2020
Cork
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here with a few friends we were celebrating our birthdays. Arrived early so our bags were taken from us & we were rang when our rooms were ready, our bags had been put to the rooms for us. The rooms & bathrooms were immaculate clean & very spacious. Guidelines for Covid were definitely followed in the hotel, hand sanitizer in each room & the tv remotes were in a pouch.. we were well impressed with this. We had our mouthwatering dinner in the restaurant which was served by top class waiters & waitresses. Had a few drinks in the table which was table service which again we were served by great barmen. Breakfast was also fantastic & a buffet service for cereals, bread, juices etc was provided by friendly & obliging waitresses. Overall we had a fantastic stay here. Ideal location within walking distance to Killarney town centre just 5 mins away. We are already looking forward to our next stay here..
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Aoibheann O'Leary, Marketing at Great Southern Killarney
Responded Oct 15, 2020
Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Great Southern Killarney. It was our pleasure to welcome you and your friends to celebrate your birthday. We are delighted to hear that you were so impressed with the covid control measures we have in place throughout the hotel. We are also thrilled to hear that you were so impressed by the meal you enjoyed in the restaurant and the drinks in Brownes Bar. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again soon and until then please take care. Warm Regards Kamile Lyne Hotel Manager
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Caroline H wrote a review Jul 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I my 3 sons & daughter in law went to stay in the great southern hotel Killarney for 4 nights on the 24th of July 2020 . This hotel is amazing just stunning the whole experience was fantastic. As you enter the hotel it is so grand the attention to detail is perfect it is like walking back in time to the Edwardian era .
The staff were so helpful nothing was any bother to them we had 3 garden rooms they were so clean spotless and had a beautiful balcony overlooking the gardens and water feature outside in the garden was so calming . The bathroom was so spacious with a beautiful rooltop bath and white fluffy towels toiletries were beautiful and it was spotless we ate in the restaurant the garden room fine dining at its finest. The waiter was very well trained to the highest standard and done his job to perfection food was fantastic I booked a massage in the spa and celia the therapist was fantastic I felt fantastic. I would give this hotel 5 stars 🌟 and I will definitely be back to enjoy it all again and I would highly recommend this hotel best I have ever stayed in . Thankyou
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Mick O Brien wrote a review Aug 2020
Cork, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked the Grace suite for our stay, the room is massive, with a bathroom bigger than some hotel rooms, it wasn't the cleanest when we got there, but it was rectified, after I informed them. Very comfortable peaceful and classy. Any fears we had during the C19 issues vanished upon arrival, hand sanitiser stations were everywhere, including the room. Face masks were available at reception. Breakfast was so well organised and more importantly, thought through. Lots of space between tables, all the staff wore full face shields or masks as well as gloves. Dinner in the Garden room, was superb, the food was excellent as was the choice of wines. We had some small issues with the room, but overall the hotel comes highly recommended, for couples or families. Great to see so many Irish people in the hotel too. May I say a BIG thank you to Sasha a manager in the hotel, for being so friendly and professional. We will be back.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Silverfield wrote a review Aug 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hotel is lovely and decor is very nice but it’s not without its flaws and is far from perfect. Food was excellent both nights we ate in the main restaurant. Breakfast layout and execution was fantastic also and they are doing a great job adhering to Covid 19 hygiene rules. We were given a lemon of a room the first night, over looked the garbage compactor, sewage smell from the toilet and the music from the lobby toilet which was just below our room could be clearly heard through in to our room. It was like having a radio on all night. Rang reception at 2am as I couldn’t sleep with it and they turned it off immediately however it came on again at 6:30am. Changed room later that day without issue and the next room was perfect up on the third floor, quiet and overlooking the garden. We stayed as a large family and had a lovely time. Would have given 5 stars except for the room on the first night.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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travel smart wrote a review Jul 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 2 nights while in Killarney and only wished it could have been for longer. The hotel is beautifully decorated with the period of the hotel in mind.
We stayed in a stunning suite with a xlarge bed, two wingback chairs, table and large tv. We also had an adjoining tvroom with comfy chairs, table and there was also a fridge in this room.. The ensuite had a double vanity, large shower and a beautiful roll top bath in the centre of the room.
There was plenty of storage in the room and also a walk in wardrobe .
The room was tastfully decorated with period furniture and antiques.

With restrictions in place for Covid-19 we couldnt drink in the bar, however we did have drinks in the reception/foyer with its many soft comfy sofas.

We didnt get to eat dinner here, however breakfast was delicious with a great selection of everything you could possibly want. It was very well organised, you prebooked a time and there was never a queue. Breakfast in now served in the function room so tables were all well spaced apart.

The Staff were extremly helpful allowing us to book-in early (around 11am) so we could park our car in the carpark free of charge. They called when our room was ready which was an hour before the usual 4pm checkin that hotels are now insisting on.

The Spa was fully booked both of the days we stayed so I would advise to book before you travel.

I have stayed in many hotels in Killarney but without doubt will stay here again next time I visit.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Response from Aoibheann O'Leary, Marketing at Great Southern Killarney
Responded Jul 29, 2020
Dear Maeve, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Great Southern and for such lovely positive words on your experience. We are thrilled to hear that you were so impressed with your bedrooms and the amenities included. We are also very pleased to hear that you enjoyed our new temporary breakfast offering and that you found your stay to be safe yet welcoming. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again very soon and until then please take care. Warm Regards, Kamile Lyne Hotel Manager
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Jason Dee wrote a review Apr 2020
Sacramento, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Used to be called The Malton Hotel. My partner Robin and I had a superb weekend here. Room was spotless, comfortable and breakfasts, although different from what West Coast Americans are used to, was delicious. Thank you!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from GreatSouthernSales, Manager at Great Southern Killarney
Responded Apr 6, 2020
Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Great Southern (formerly The Malton). We are delighted to hear that you had such a wonderful weekend with us and that you were so impressed with the bedroom and breakfast. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again soon and until then please take care. Warm Regards Kamile Lyne Hotel Manager
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E6834KOjamesm wrote a review Aug 2020
County Dublin, Ireland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed on Hotel re-opening week during Covid 19. Have stayed numerous times before , Both Hotel and all staff were appropriately prepared and trained with all Covid precautions . Dined in Bar and also Garden Room Restaurant with social distancing and all signage professionally and tastefully provided . All staff service provided with minimum of fuss and total care applied to all hygiene requirements , Option provided also to have bedroom serviced daily or not as preferred . Very professional attention to detail provided by all staff . Free car-parking provided at Hotel in town-centre location .
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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aussiegirlireland wrote a review Jul 2021
Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I visited this really lovely Hotel this week with my family and to say we were all very happy with our way to short break is an understatement.This Hotel
offers way more than you could even ever expect from the time you drive up to it’s very old style beautiful grand building with stunning grounds you can feel the history here the gardens are so well maintained and stunning.You are greeted by the extremely charming and knowledgeable concierge gentleman Sean who cannot do enough for you while we stayed here he has so much knowledge of the area and delivers all of this in pure Irish charm. Upon checking in to the Hotel it is so beautiful with fresh flowers everywhere and an open fire burning. The receptionist we had the absolute pleasure of looking after us was Shauna she is an absolute gem and made our stay so special with her professionalism and lovely manner each morning it was just so lovely to see. Our room we booked for the 3 nights was the garden deluxe room with a lovely balcony it over looked the gardens I’d highly recommend to book this room so spacious and spotlessly cleaned each day the biggest and most comfortable bed I’ve slept in. Bathrobes and slippers provided lovely linens with a claw freestanding bath and rain shower . My older boys had a twin classic room which was lovely and they were very happy. The food and drinks are beyond any 5 star Hotel I’ve stayed in the service 5 star breakfast and dinner WOW and the terrace and cocktail bar with delicious pizzzas and mezz boards fabulous the and staff are really what makes this Hotel so very special you feel so at home they cannot do enough for you!!!!
we had the very elegant and charming lady Martina take care such good care of us and it’s really how hospitality is done at its best old school Leona in the lobby was so friendly and attentive to us during our stay as were all of the staff . All in all we cannot wait to return again it’s just such a pity we didn’t have longer thank you to all at this truly classy gem of a Hotel.
Suzanne O’Reilly
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Hotel Manager, General Manager at Great Southern Killarney
Responded Jul 20, 2021
Dear Suzanne Thank you for taking the time to leave such a complimentary review of your recent stay at Great Southern. We are thrilled to hear that you were so impressed with all aspects of your stay especially the hotel, history and gardens, the staff especially Sean, Martina, Leona and Shauna, your Garden Deluxe bedroom and the food at our newest dining outlet Terrace 26. It would be our absolute pleasure to welcome you back again soon and until then please take care. Warm Regards Kamile Lyne Hotel Manager
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Jane G wrote a review Aug 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel is one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in.
It feels so luxurious, the finishes in the rooms and ensuites were amazing!
I felt very comfortable here, and had an amazing nights sleep.
The staff are so friendly and helpful, the COVID precautions in place are superb!
We were provided with personal hand sanitizer and sanitising wipes in the room.
I cannot wait to return to this hotel sometime in the future.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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TKHAZZ wrote a review Jan 2020
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have always been a big fan of this hotel, having visited the Spa and had Afternoon tea here on a number of times I was never disappointed and found the staff excellent. So when recently my partner was celebrating a milestone birthday, I booked a night away at The Great Southern. While it was quite expensive, I was certain that it was the ideal place to mark the special occasion and that the experience would be well worth it. I booked one of the "Classic" rooms which look very beautiful on their website. When we arrived we were disappointed with the room, it was very basic and quite dated looking,it did not contain some facilities you would expect from a 4 star hotel.I do understand that it is an old hotel and perhaps some of the rooms are awaiting refurbishment, but I do not believe that the standard of the room in anyway equates to the rate being charged, especially when it is nothing like the rooms advertised on the website.

At breakfast the next morning, we queued for about 15/20 minutes for a table. When we were seated we we told that someone would come by to take our order, we waited 15 minutes and in the end we had to go up on two occasions to ask if coffee could be brought to our table. Again I understand that it was extremely busy and the staff were clearly rushed off their feet, but there didn't appear to be anywhere near enough staff on to cater for the crowd.

We both left the hotel that morning feeling disappointed and pretty underwhelmed by the whole experience. I feel particularly annoyed as I had booked the stay believing that it would have been a standout experience to mark the special occasion.

I had just planned on giving this feedback when leaving, but we were not asked how our stay was when checking out and paying.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Melissa B asked a question Sep 2019
Drumcondra, Ireland1 contribution
Does the standard room have a bath?
Answer from Eileen R
Philadelphia27 contributions24 helpful votes
Our room had a bath but we required a walk-in shower as well due to mobility issues. The “shower” in our bathroom was literally a 2X2 foot box hardly big enough to turn around in, forget about picking up dropped soap ! The bathroom itself was really large, so they had plenty of space to make the shower a normal size. Very disappointing. This hotel was our least favorite on a 10-day trip.
Eimes30 asked a question Feb 2019
Dublin, Ireland86 contributions58 helpful votes
Do the Victorian Junior Suites have a sitting area separate from the bedroom?
Eimes30 asked a question Feb 2019
Dublin, Ireland86 contributions58 helpful votes
Do the Victorian Junior Suites have a sitting area separate from the bedroom?
Answer from Dave K
Newton, North Carolina, United States39 contributions28 helpful votes
I would suggest you contact the Hotel to secure this information.
DerIreland asked a question Oct 2018
Ireland1 contribution1 helpful vote
Can we bring our dog?
Answer from Dave K
Newton, North Carolina, United States39 contributions28 helpful votes
I doubt it but you can ask the Hotel.
Starshine69 asked a question Aug 2018
1 contribution
Any problems with bedbugs?
Answer from Dave K
Newton, North Carolina, United States39 contributions28 helpful votes
We did not encounter this problem. Very doubtful they have a problem with any bugs in this Hotel.
MooseFleming wrote a tip May 2024
Castleisland, Ireland42 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Swimming Pool is excellent for Kids. Hotel is full of quaint character. Killarney Town is a hop & skip away !! Enjoy! "
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lorraine6225 wrote a tip May 2024
137 contributions137 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure you ask if your room has A/C."
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Sally H wrote a tip May 2024
Doylestown, Pennsylvania3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your own adapters and USB cords"
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RubyRoxyMolly wrote a tip May 2024
Cork, Ireland13 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Keep doing the excellent job you are doing 👏 "
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Patricia L wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you want to hire a car don't wait until Sunday"
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PRICE RANGE
₱18,237 - ₱27,238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
malton hotel killarney
LOCATION
IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty KerryKillarney
NUMBER OF ROOMS
177
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Frequently Asked Questions about Great Southern Killarney
Which popular attractions are close to Great Southern Killarney?
Nearby attractions include Escape Killarney - Kerry's 1st Live Escape Room Game (0.3 km), Killarney National Park (6.9 km), and Gaelic Roots The Show (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Great Southern Killarney?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Great Southern Killarney?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Great Southern Killarney?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Great Southern Killarney?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Tan Yard, Kitty O'Se's Seafood and Grill, and Murphy Brownes Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Great Southern Killarney?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Great Southern Killarney have airport transportation?
Yes, Great Southern Killarney offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Great Southern Killarney located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Killarney.
Are any cleaning services offered at Great Southern Killarney?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Great Southern Killarney offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Great Southern Killarney?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Polish.
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