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Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa

Killarney Road Leebrook, Tralee V92 W279 Ireland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 11/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 11/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 15 in Tralee
2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Ballygarry Estate is owned and operated by the McGillicuddy family and have been an integral part of the Tralee community for over 60 years. It has established itself as a leading Irish hotel and is ranked in the to 1% of hotels worldwide on TripAdvisor. The hotel's warm interior offers plenty of corners to hide away with a good book to indulge in afternoon tea, and Restaurant 58 serves modern Irish cuisine using the best of local Kerry produce. The Brasserie at Ballygarry offers casual dining daily from 12.30. This Kerry Hotel provides visitors with the perfect base to explore Kerry and The Wild Atlantic Way with plenty of attractions and activities nearby. No visit to Ballygarry Estate in Tralee, is complete without a visit to Nádúr Spa which offers traditional Irish Seaweed Soaks as well as an outdoor hot tub, thermal garden & rejuvenating mud wraps.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Personal trainer
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Books, DVDs, music for children
Highchairs available
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
Waxing services
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Lithuanian and 1 more
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sam g wrote a review 25 Jun
L.A., CA7 contributions5 helpful votes
Stayed here as part of a golf trip with guys. Steam room, sauna, and jacuzzi after golf was perfect. Hospitality by Noel Ryan was “best in class” from my experience at five star hotels globally. Highly recommend this place!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
trees55 wrote a review 24 Jun
San Francisco, California26 contributions10 helpful votes
My stay at Ballygarry is one of my best hotel experiences ever. Everything from the time I made my reservation until I departed the hotel was an A+ experience. I originally booked my stay for 12 during the early stages of the COVID pandemic which resulted in multiple changes to my original booking. In every instance the staff professional, responsive, and genuinely helpful in accommodating the changes to my booking. Even in the end, when one of the people in my party had to cancel at the last minute due to COVID, I was charged for only a single versus a double room although I cancelled only a few days before check-in. In every other way, my stay was a great experience from the time I checked until our departure. Although we were a large group, we were checked in quickly and efficiently. The manager on duty made us feel immediately welcome as did the front desk staff, We had dinner in the Brasserie, one of the in-house restaurants, where the service was efficient and the food was very good. There is a fairly intimate bar area if you want to grab a quick bite or have a drink or two. Breakfast in the elegant main dining room is a full Irish breakfast (or less if you prefer) where the staff was attentive and efficient without being hurried. The rooms were well appointed, spacious, and very comfortable. The grounds are well maintained and manicured. The public areas are very comfortable and spotless. It's a mid-size hotel, but has the feel of elegant B&B. On our last morning we had an early 7am departure and the manager on duty arranged for the dining room to open early for our group so that we could have a full hot breakfast before departing. Additionally, the staff happily stored our bags (we were on a golf trip with a lot of gear) so that we did not have to rush and load our luggage before our early morning round. They equally happily helped get it all loaded onto our bus after our round despite having to move all our gear for 11 to storage from the lobby where we had left it prior to our round and back from storage again. While everything was excellent, the best part of my stay was my interaction with the staff. Without exception every interaction was a positive experience. Need transportation - no problem. Need a restaurant reservation for 11 - of course we can help with that. Need a special room accommodation - consider it done. Need to store luggage for 11 - just drop your bags in the lobby and we will take care of the rest. - And always with a smile. I felt like the Ballygarry was happy to have me as a guest and fully committed to make my stay as pleasant as possible. I have stayed in a lot of hotels and Ballygarry certainly is a model others would do well to emulate. It's not often that you see this level of service from top to bottom and clearly it was not just a coincidence. Hats off to management team and the Ballygarry staff for creating a awesome experience. Special thanks to Chloe and Elaine for going above and beyond. I would not hesitate to stay at Ballygarry again and neither should you if you are staying in the Tralee area,.
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Date of stay: June 2022
Byron K wrote a review 24 Jun
4 contributions1 helpful vote
This is an absolute gem that turned out to be the highlight of our trip to Ireland. Because of a busy schedule, we had only planned to stay a single night but loved the place so much we shifted things around to do a second night. The staff are fabulous and the concierge super helpful and friendly. We used the complimentary bikes to do a ride through Ballyseedy Wood and can highly recommend the outing. Breakfasts are great and rooms have everything you need. Beds are very comfy and bathrooms are spacious. The hotel is exquisitely looked after and on a magnificent and substantial estate. Will definely be back the next time we are in Tralee.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
helliedoc wrote a review 23 Jun
antrim242 contributions49 helpful votes
It’s been a few years since our last stay here and this great hotel has managed to improve significantly. The walks in the expanded estate were fantastic and suitable for all ages, bikes ,prams or wheelchairs. I enjoyed the walk most in the early morning where I heard the dawn chorus, saw lots of rabbits and the beautiful wildflower meadows and beehives. Padraig has planted 29000 trees as part of his substantial ecological drive The Ballygarry suite was beautiful and we loved the small but perfect spa The new wedding chapel was a lovely surprise, so fresh and romantic Staff remain outstanding, everyone chatty and great ambassadors for Kerry My husband arrived with a migraine but thanks to the kindness of the staff and the extremely comfortable bed ,made a rapid recovery and really enjoyed the hotel and the food Bacon and egg brioche at breakfast was the food highlight but also loved the prawn tacos ar dinner We will be back!,
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Amy-Jane W wrote a review 19 Jun
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Ballygarry is probably the best hotel I've ever stayed in. From the minute yoy arrive to the minute you leave, you are treated with the highest respect and care. Noel is a fantastic member of the Ballygarry team. He treated us like old friends and made us feel so welcome. Matthew and Jake are two other members of staff that stood out to us. Two lovely young men that were so diligent in their work and a pleasure to talk to throughout our evening. The food is incredible at breakfast, lunch and dinner. The grounds are stunning, you could walk around them all day and not get bored! I would highly recommend this hotel!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
Amy wrote a review 15 Jun
Cork, Ireland8 contributions
My husband and I stayed at Ballygarry House Hotel on 08/06/22. I cannot say how amazing our stay really was. It is an absolutely fabulous hotel, spotlessly clean, friendly staff, super comfy rooms and the food is out of this world. Great veggie options, the curry is beautiful (would love a chickpea option as well as just veg. but still top notch) and great creative veggie breakfast options. I had the chickpea scramble which was lovely! We both booked spa packages, it was so relaxing and well worth it. My spa therapist Shauna was so friendly and professional. It was the perfect most relaxing day! The thermal area is lovely with a nice hot tub outside. The grounds at Ballygarry are great for walking and we were also able to borrow bikes to cycle in the woods at no extra cost. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, especially couples. I loved how quiet it was at night and had such a comfortable room. I really hope we can go back again maybe next year.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
Trish wrote a review 13 Jun
Cincinnati, Ohio11 contributions15 helpful votes
Just can't say enough good things about Ballygarry Hotel & Spa ! If you're looking for comfortable, elegant room accommodations, superb service, warm & charming staff, family run, gorgeous grounds & views, authentic Irish experience, fabulous food - this is the place. From the moment we arrived, we were so well taken of. My husband, daughter & I stayed for several nights to visit with family in Castleisland & Tralee, and to lay to rest my mother's cremated remains. Pádraig McGilicuddy, the owner, met with us & personally arranged for a seamlessly planned & executed funeral luncheon for a couple of dozen family members. Likewise, throughout our stay we had very comfortable space for family in the bar or reception area. Grounds are just gorgeous - perfect location for a wedding. Rooms have all the modern conveniences & comforts without sacrificing charm. Easy access to Tralee, and good location if you're doing day trips to surrounding countryside such as Dingle, Inch, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Gap of Dunloe. It's quite clear that from the general manager to reception to wait staff to housekeeping & kitchen staff - everyone is very well trained & takes pride in doing the very best job with a pleasant demeanor. How refreshing !! Attention to detail is unparalleled. There's something about a family owned establishment that clearly is loyal to its staff which makes a difference. Keep up the excellent work! Looking forward to returning next year!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Peg T wrote a review 10 Jun
Hollis, New Hampshire19 contributions8 helpful votes
Full service was provided to us upon our arrival (May 2022). Noel (concierge and all-around GREAT guy) met us at our car, carried our bags to our room, AND found us an adapter so I could use my U.S. blow dryer. They even contacted us quickly after we checked out to let us know we had left a coat in our room and held it for us at the front desk. Room was perfect with lots of space. Restaurant on site was superb! Manager of the restaurant AND Noel came to check on us again to make sure everything was great. Not a cheap hotel by any means but so worth the $$!!! The grounds are incredibly beautiful. We stayed here to attend an on-site wedding receptioni and it was superb!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Response from Marie Galvin, Revenue Management at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Peg It was a pleasure to read your wonderful review. I am delighted you enjoyed all aspects of your stay with us for the recent wedding you attended here. The team at Ballygarry truly deserve all of the praise, they are true hospitality professionals who take great pride in providing exceptional customer care to all of our guests. I will be sure to pass on your fabulous compliments to them and especially to Noel, he really is one in a million. I do hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Ballygarry very soon Warm regards Marie Galvin Reservations
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njamison082 wrote a review 8 Jun
Lisburn, United Kingdom56 contributions48 helpful votes
We have just left a wonderful few nights at The Ballygarry Hotel. The stay was once again faultless. The Ballygarry is a very very special place, and will always be to us. This time I proposed to my partner at the hotel and I am so great full to all the staff for making it so incredibly special, but in particular special thanks to Niall, Shauna, Liz, Chloe and Ellen. From the spa, to the rooms, to the food, the hotel is outstanding and you are welcomed to feel like part of the family. I am already planning our next return for my birthday in October
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Response from Marie Galvin, Revenue Management at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Guest It was a pleasure to read your wonderful review. Thank you for returning to us in Ballygarry and for trusting us to look after everything for you on this very special occasion. We have a truly exceptional team here and I will be sure to pass on your kind words in particular to Niall, Shauna, Liz, Chloe & Ellen. I am delighted you enjoyed all aspects of your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back in October Warm regards Marie Galvin Reservations
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Anthony wrote a review 2 Jun
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We spent a night here to celebrate my wife's birthday recently. We had 3 rooms in total and found the standered was very high in all 3. I use a wheelchair and had a wheelchair accessible room and found it very good and spacious. The bathroom in this room was the most accessible I've been in. All 6 of is found the staff most helpful and courteous. The concierge Noel was a character and extremely funny. He seemed to be everywhere in the hotel if you needed to speak to staff. We were so impressed by our expernce that we booked again for later in the year before we checked out.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
1 Helpful vote
Response from Marie Galvin, Revenue Management at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Anthony, Thank you for taking the time to post such a lovely review. Thank you for choosing Ballygarry for your wife's birthday celebration & I am delighted you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the comfort and luxury of your room. We have a truly exceptional team here in Ballygarry and I will be sure to pass on your compliments and especially to Noel, he really is one in a million. We look forward to welcoming you back to Ballygarry again on your return visit Warm regards Marie Galvin Reservations
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US$168 - US$257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre (3.4 km), Kerry County Museum (3.2 km), and Blennerville Windmill (5.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Conveniently located restaurants include Quinlans Seafood Bar, The Pikeman Bar - The Grand Hotel, and Cassidy's Restaurant Tralee.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa 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 Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Polish, and Lithuanian.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Annagh Church (5.8 km), Chute Hall Ogham Stones (2.6 km), and Bin Ban Gallery (3.5 km).