Great Southern Killarney

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Great Southern Killarney has a superb location close to shops and galleries and the National Park and conveniently placed to explore the Ring of Kerry. The hotel is owned by the Scally family, longstanding hoteliers who know how to provide luxury accommodation and impeccable service, and the Great Southern Killarney equals luxury – in every sense. From the efficient concierge service you get when you arrive, to the warm farewell when it’s time to leave, your stay here is marked with golden moments of typical Irish hospitality married with professionalism throughout. Dining in the Great Southern Killarney Read More


When it comes to good food, the team at the Great Southern Killarney has it more than covered.

Fine dining with local produce is on offer in the Garden Restaurant and a casual bar menu is served in Brownes Bar. Afternoon Tea is taken in the Grand Foyer or one of the private lounges and for private dining and special occasions The Middle Lake Room makes a perfect venue.

Children get their own menu which features family favourite as well as some healthy options so both parents and kids will be pleased.

The Killarney Wine Rooms at the hotel have won multiple awards for the superb wine selection and casual dining menu and it is a terrific spot for wines enthusiasts and casual sippers alike.


The Garden Room Restaurant is the fine dining restaurant at the Great Southern Killarney and the space reflects the grandeur of the architectural period in which it was built. The Garden Room combines Victorian elegance with the elaborate cornicing on the high ceilings, which are gilded with dazzling real gold leaf. It is a very elegant space with an ambiance to match and lovely views over the gardens.

Here you will find classic Irish cooking with a twist, which focuses on the use of fresh Kerry produce. Expect to see local venison, Wild Atlantic Way seafood, Irish Hereford Beef and Irish cheeses on the menu.

Fine food deserves fine wine and the wine list is expertly complied with some terrific vintages and choice of old and new world bottles.

Breakfast is a leisurely affair in these grand surroundings and you can take your time and work your way through the wonderful spread of foods. Take your pick of fresh fruits, yogurt, house pastries and homemade breads, which you can munch on while you read the papers and wait for your cooked to order breakfast to be brought to the table. Dig into a satisfying full Kerry breakfast or lighter options like poached eggs. It is a wonderful way to start your day.

Rooms & Facilities

Upon check in, your bags will be taken to your room and you can decide to follow by taking the lift, or make an entrance up the palatial staircase to your private quarters.

Great Southern Killarney has a range of rooms, from Classic through to Family rooms, Deluxe and Junior Suites, plus two full suites. The Ambassador Suite and the Kennedy Suite go all out to the very top of the tree in accommodation terms.

When it comes to leisure facilities, the Great Southern Killarney has a beautifully bright and airy leisure centre which overlooks the gardens with a pool and there are outdoor tennis courts too.

The hotel, with its grand design and wonderful gardens is also an ideal venue for weddings and special occasions and there are plenty of modern business facilities making it a great choice for meetings and corporate events too.



Classic rooms are spacious with views out over the gardens while deluxe rooms have a desk area for those who have to do a bit of work during their stay. There is also an extra spacious wardrobe perfect for golf bags and equipment.

Junior Suites have large king beds, a separate dressing area, large sitting room area with sofa and soft chairs, a big bathtub and separate shower and bathrobes and slippers.

The Ambassador Suite is situated in a prime corner of this old building and has original Victorian windows letting in lots of light. You’ll enjoy a complete home from home package here with one luxury bedroom, bathroom and separate drawing room where you can relax with in-room refreshments or welcome guests to join you in your suite.

The Kennedy Suite comes with the option of one or two bedrooms and separate full sitting room. This suite has a real feel of complete self containment and is entered by double doors into a private exterior foyer. As the name would suggest, the Kennedy is linked to the American presidential family. Jackie Onassis visited the hotel with her children in the 1960s and a poem was penned for her visit by the hotel’s then head waiter. American Tragedy was written in memory of JFK and his brother Robert Kennedy, both assassinated and today, an original copy hangs on the wall outside the suite, together with a card from Mrs Kennedy and appreciation note from Edward Kennedy. So when you choose to stay in The Kennedy, you’re stepping right back in history on so many levels.


The team at the Great Southern Killarney embraces the principles of sustainable tourism and work to balance the development needs of the present without compromising the welfare of future generations. The hotel has adopted practices that reduces energy usage and waste in order to create a cleaner, safer place to live and work.

The hotel also invests in the local community and has an active charity program and regularly sponsors events and provides services to the region.

You’ll also find a polytunnel on site at the Great Southern Killarney, in which the kitchen team harvest a number of homegrown produce.

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