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The Europe Hotel and Resort

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There are five star hotels and, then, there’s The Europe in Killarney. While the gargantuan building gives little away as you arrive, the interior is truly spectacular - from the double height reception area with glass walls overlooking the McGillycuddy Reeks, to the delightfully kitsch mirrored bar, to the numerous lounges and comfortable spaces you can disappear away to – this hotel really is like no other. Completely refurbished over a two year period from 2006 to 2008, The Europe looks as fresh now as it did nine years ago - the marble looks like it might only have been laid yesterday and we didn’t spot so much as a scuffed piece of paintwork. Then there’s the activity centre and pool -  as glamorous as a ballroom and complete with chandeliers, it is the most glorious indoor swimming pool in the country. And then it gets better: pull a cord and a sliding glass door allows you exit the indoor pool to an outdoor heated infinity pool. Leaning on the edge of that pool, looking across Lough Léin to the mountains is a truly zen place to be. Oh, did we mention there’s a salt water jacuzzi, and an ice fountain? Staff are friendly and helpful, and always ready with that bit of chat that transforms service from being merely competent to being personal.

Michael Brennan
Fossa, Killarney, County Kerry
+ 353 64 667 1300

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