The 10 best family hotels in Killarney

Kerry is one of the most beautiful areas in Ireland and well worth a vacation – or staycation. If you are travelling with kids in tow, have a look at the ten best family hotels in Killarney here.

Nestled between hills and lakes, within easy reach of both Killarney National Park, which is one of the stunning national parks in Ireland, and the Ring of Kerry, Killarney makes an excellent base for exploring the south-west of Ireland.

Combine this with Killarney town itself, a picturesque and easily walkable spot with lots of Irish charm, and you have found the perfect destination for your next family holiday. 

We’ve done the groundwork for you and found the best family hotels in Killarney.

10. Park Place Apartments – a self-catering holiday home with cots and babysitters

Park Place Apartments is a great self-catering option.
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If you are looking for self-catering facilities rather than an all-inclusive property, Park Place Apartments is a great option for family hotel breaks in Killarney.

Just a five-minute walk from the famous Killarney National Park, guests can choose between two-bedroom apartments with extra fold-away beds for kids or luxurious penthouse flats.

All of the rooms are finished with Italian marble and come with fully stocked kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. Cots, high chairs, and babysitters are available on requests.

To keep the little ones occupied, guests also get discounted rates at nearby leisure and swimming facilities.

Price: from €138 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

9. Killarney Heights Hotel – your home away from home in Kerry

Killarney Heights Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Killarney.
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Overlooking the Flesk Valley and Torc and Managerton mountains, this stunning place is just a 20-minute walk from the town centre, making it a great option for families looking for a central, yet quiet place.

Their cosy family rooms can be upgraded with cots and fold-away beds, and come with tea and coffee making facilities and Sky TV channels as standard – perfect for relaxing after a fun-filled day of exploring the Ring of Kerry.

If you are staying for two nights, check out their family package, which includes a room, breakfast, and a free stay for one child.

Prices: from €109 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: Cork Road, Ballyspillane, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 XKR4, Ireland

8. Killarney Lodge – an intimate family retreat with home-cooked Irish breakfast

Killarney Lodge is perfect for an intimate family retreat.
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A charming holiday home just minutes from both the town centre and the entrance to Killarney National Park, this lodge has been one of the best family hotels in the area since it opened in 1996.

The guest house only has 16 rooms, meaning you will get a more personal service than at the average hotel.

We especially love the elegant ambience of the place – think open fires, fine antiques, and beautiful paintings filling the halls. There’s also complimentary home-cooked Irish breakfast.

The owners are experts on the area and are happy to plan out all sorts of family-friendly activities and day trips for you on arrival.

Price: Contact directly for current rates

Address: Countess Rd, Dromhale, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland


7. The Lake Hotel – a relaxing oasis on the waterfront for the whole family

Next up on our list of the best family hotels in Killarney is The Lake Hotel.
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Located on the shore of Killarney’s lower lake Lough Lein, this beautiful place with magnificent views over the mountains, islands, woodlands, and castle ruins has been run by the Huggard Family for over 100 years.

When looking for places to stay or things to do in Killarney, this is the golden ticket, with tons of outdoor activities from walking to swimming, watersports, and horse riding right at your doorstep. More so, this is one of the most family-friendly hotels in Killarney and a great place to relax for the whole party.

Their in-house Castlelough Restaurant overlooking the gardens serves all the best traditional Irish foods, as well as kids favourites.

Prices: from €208 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: Lake Shore, Muckross Rd, Castlelough, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

6. The Parkavon Hotel – for budget-friendly family suites in a tranquil setting

The Parkavon Hotel is a great budget option.
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Recently refurbished Parkavon Hotel, just a few minutes outside the city centre, boasts a stylish mix of modern and traditional design. Fitted with 23 designated family suites, it is one of the best family hotels in Killarney.

The rooms have two double beds as well as a pull-out sofa bed, a lounge, and complimentary access to the leisure pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and gym. 

Their wholesome bar offers family-friendly options including burgers, fish and chips, and roasts, as well as live music on most evenings.

Prices: from €79 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: Muckross Rd, Woodlawn, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

5. Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa – for a luxury vacation with a spa and picnic basket

Killarney Plaza Hotel is definitely one of the best family hotels in Killarney.
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This gorgeous luxury hotel surrounded by Killarney’s attractions features classic rooms as well as family suites, an on-site spa with a 15-metre-indoor pool and gym, as well as two cafes and a restaurant.

We especially love their family-friendly picnic in the park option, which includes an overnight stay, access to the leisure centre, cycle hire, and a freshly prepared picnic basket with loaves of bread, spreads, sweets, and fruits.

Day trips in the region can be booked at the reception.

Prices: from €170 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: Kenmare Pl, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

4. Killarney Royal Hotel – a family-run boutique hotel in the heart of town

Killarney Royal Hotel is a great central hotel.
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Located in the heart of Killarney, this four-star boutique hotel makes a great base to explore everything Killarney has to offer.

The hotel has been passed down through three generations of The Scally Family, so you’ll know you’re in safe hands as they know the area and the needs of vacationers inside out.

They also offer designated spacious family rooms as well as family-friendly activities including a playground, tennis courts, and a kids club at their sister hotel Great Southern Killarney just a stone’s throw away.

Price: from €175 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: College St, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 XC90, Ireland

3. The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens – a top-notch family retreat just outside Killarney

Next up on our list of the best family hotels in Killarney is the Dunloe Hotel.
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This gorgeous five-star retreat is not only one of the most luxurious, but also one of the most family-friendly, hotels in Killarney.

Overlooking the famous Gap of Dunloe and set on a 64-acre estate leading to the ruins of the 12th-century castle and River Laune, book this hotel if you want to spoil yourself and your offspring!

The hotel has an extensive range of kid-friendly activities on site such as an outdoor adventure playground, indoor tennis, horse riding, and fishing. There’s also a spa and a kids club, which offers movie nights throughout summer.

Prices: Contact the hotel directly for most up-to-date rates

Address: Dunloe Lower, Beaufort, Co. Kerry, V93 E029, Ireland


2. Castlerosse Park Resort – for an outdoorsy family vacation inside the national park

Number two is Castlerosse Park Resort.
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While we love Killarney town, staying inside the beautiful Killarney National Park itself takes the holiday experience to a whole new level.

Castlerosse Park Resort is situated in stunning parklands with a lakeside setting, offering picture-perfect views of lakes and mountains, as well as endless options for outdoor activities.

There is a kids club and a playground on-site as well as a tennis court, spa, and fitness centre. They also offer bicycle rental and the option to book kayaking, canoeing, and fishing trips.

Staying longer? Have a look at their family packages for three, four, or five days for the best deals.

Prices: from €144 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: Lower Lakes, Fossa, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

1. Great Southern Killarney – a luxury-place with tennis courts and kids club

Great Southern tops our list of the best family hotels in Killarney.
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A luxury place in the heart of town, Great Southern Killarney has a great variety of facilities for families with kids, making it one of the best family hotels in Killarney and the whole of Ireland.

Their family rooms sleep two adults and two children while their interconnecting rooms accommodate up to five people. There is also a playground, a kids club open during school vacations, and babysitters on request.

We also highly recommend dining at their on-site restaurant at least once during your stay. Chef Rory Gabriel has gone out of his way to create a healthy kids menu featuring all his personal childhood favourites.

Prices: from €209 per night – CHECK AVAILABILITY NOW

Address: Town Centre, Avenue, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 R866, Ireland

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