In the past decade, most Ballybunion hotels have had to raise their game to compete with the chain hotels on service & accommodation. The following three independent hotels in Ballybunion are great examples that combine great rooms, views and dining.
Entering the grounds at Glin Castle is like traveling back to another time as you make your way along tree lined lawns towards the stark white castle. The castles interior is just as carefully furnished with a traditional feel, without seeming old or worn.
The popular restaurant has a large menu of modern Irish cuisine which combines old recipes with contemporary preparations and great local produce. An after-dinner walk in the castles walled gardens is also a necessary treat of any stay here. The nearby Shannon estuary is a popular fishing spot while golfers will wish to play a round at the nearby Ballybunion Golf Club.
For some extra pampering on your vacation, a stay at the Ballygarry House Hotel has the added benefit of enjoying the co-located spa with traditional seaweed baths, thermal treatment suites and the ubiquitous mud wraps.
These treatments are complemented nicely by the selection of comfortable guest rooms with views across the manor gardens. The award winning restaurant is also worth special mention for its menu of classic dishes, lovingly prepared using the best seafood, meat and produce from within Kerry.
Finally, the 12-room Ballyseede Castle is a unique experience due to its divine architecture and luxurious bathrooms. Given its small size it can make for a very personable stay. Each individually designed guest room has a classic elegance and the common and dining rooms sport extravagant plasterwork and ornate fireplaces.
The tourist trail around Kerry is rightly popular for its great scenery and selection of romantic villages. Any of the above hotels in Ballybunion would make a truly memorable location to base oneself while exploring this most beautiful county in Ireland.