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Hotel History/Timeline

"The 19th Century Victorian building was constructed in 1897 by the Great Southern and Western Railway Company to accommodate passengers travelling to Parknasilla 17 miles away. The location was chosen for its stunning views, proximity to the town and park like setting. The gentry travelled from England in their private carriages by train which terminated at Kenmare. Guests would stay one night in Kenmare to relax in the idyllic setting before they embarked on their horse and carriage trip to Parknasilla. In the late 1950's the company added 36 bedrooms but in 1977 when due to successive bad tourist seasons the hotel was closed.


In 1980 the hotel was sold and refurbishment began under the direction of a Swiss consortium. The hotel re-opened in early 1980 and the ""Park Hotel Kenmare"" was born. Quickly gaining a reputation for providing the highest of international standards the Park Hotel Kenmare was firmly established as one of Ireland's premier hotels under the direction of the manager Mr. Francis Brennan and his young team. In 1986 Mr. Brennan purchased the Hotel from the Swiss consortium.


Since re-opening the Hotel has won many accolades for its professional and personalised service. Of the accolades the Egon Ronay ""Hotel of the Year"" for Great Britain and Ireland (the only Irish Hotel to have ever won this award) and the R.A.C. Hotel of the Year are amongst the most prestigious. John Brennan, Francis’s brother joined the hotel as General Manager in 1994.


In our quest for superior guest comfort we undertook a refurbishment programme in 1990 that saw 30 of the bedrooms built in the late 1950's double in size. This and subsequent developments like our recent addition of 160sqft verandas to 15 Garden rooms ensure guests enjoy the most modern facilities in period surroundings.


An abundance of outdoor activities are available locally including fishing - sea and lake, horse riding and scenic walks etc. In 1993 the adjoining Kenmare Golf Club developed an 18 hole golf course of excellent quality in association with the Park Hotel Kenmare. A fitness suite, tennis court and croquet lawn are available on site. The Hotel also has a Motor Cruiser on Kenmare Bay for exclusive guest use.


In 2003 the hotel unveiled SÁMAS, Ireland's first Deluxe Destination Spa, SÁMAS. Located adjoining the hotel on a wooded knoll the 10,000sqft design takes full advantage of the wonderful setting. Providing our guests with a true Spa environment over 40 Holistic treatments, 5 heat experiences and relaxation provide the basis of all guest programmes. In addition to separate Male and Female facilities SÁMAS provides two Deluxe Treatment Day Suites each with double treatment area, double relaxation level and private garden with Spa Pool. Tai-Chi, Beauty and Zen Garden are also provided to complete the facilities of SÁMAS.

In 2008 the hotel opened their new 25mt Lap Pool and The RETREATS, a luxurious residential development on the grounds of the Park Hotel Kenmare. "