The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Killarney, Ireland

Enjoy the surroundings of Castlerosse Park Resort in Killarney
Enjoy the surroundings of Castlerosse Park Resort in Killarney | Courtesy of The Heights Hotel Killarney /

Once you’ve ticked off Killarney National Park or driven the Wild Atlantic Way, make these budget-friendly bases in Ireland your temporary home – and book your stay with Culture Trip.

Visitors have been flocking to the County Kerry town of Killarney for years, with its lakes, waterways and rugged peaks nearby as well as its on-the-doorstep national park, the first one in Ireland. So, it’s no surprise the hotels in town swell with tourists over the summer months, which inflates the prices, too. But never fear, we’ve picked out the best budget-friendly places to stay that will go easy on your green while you visit the Emerald Isle.

1. Failte Hotel


A bed, bedside table and chair in a hotel room at Failte Hotel in Killarney
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Featuring a traditional Irish bar full of lively locals and regular live music, the Failte Hotel certainly puts the cheerful into cheap and cheerful. It’s been run by the same family since the Sixties and is located close to everything in the throbbing heart of Killarney. The restaurant serves up local produce, including lobster and oysters from its own tank. After a good craic, premium pillows and quality mattresses await in your room for a sound night’s sleep.

2. Castlerosse Park Resort


A bed, desk, chair, TV and window with countryside views at Castlerosse Park Resort around Killarney
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While the Castlerosse estate has passed through various earls and viscounts, the hotel that stands there today is, thankfully, a little less exclusive. The setting, surrounded by fairways and parkland with views over the lake, however, is priceless. Accommodation ranges from rooms to self-catering cottages, perfect for holidaying families. A big leisure centre and spa add even more bang-for-your-buck.

3. Parkavon Hotel


A couch, armchairs, table with champagne and a bed in a hotel room at Parkavon Hotel in Killarney
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Although opened in 1998, a combination of traditional styling and an emphasis on service lends the Parkavon Hotel an air of old-school charm. It’s located within walking distance of Killarney town, so within a short hop of the neighbouring national park, too. There’s also plenty to enjoy without leaving the hotel, from splashing about in the pool at the leisure centre to settling into the cosy bar with foot-tapping tunes and quality Irish pub grub.

4. Brook Lodge Hotel


An aerial view of Brook Lodge Hotel, surrounded by a golf course and trees on land jutting out into an expanse of water, with mountains in the background
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Backed by large landscaped gardens and within a short stroll of the high street, the Brook Lodge Hotel balances peaceful greenery with a town-centre location. Start the day with a full Irish breakfast, or a lighter continental option, to set you up for a day of exploring – Killarney House and Gardens is just 10 minutes away on foot. Return for drinks in the garden before heading to your traditionally styled room.

5. Killarney View House


Couces and seating around a stone fireplace at Killarney View House
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Set right on the banks of the River Flesk, there’s little doubt the highlight here are the wonderful views over the water – complete with swans, ducks and the occasional passing kayaker. Watch from the cosy fire-warmed lounge, or head outside to the balcony on warmer days. The B&B was built by Mary Guerin in 1979, who still operates it to this day and is more than happy to share her encyclopedic knowledge of the area with go-getting guests.

6. Innisfallen Hotel


A bed with lamps on the bedside tables in a hotel room at Innisfallen Hotel in Killarney
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Set on the Ring of Kerry – a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula – the Innisfallen Hotel is a particularly convenient stop for those road-tripping along the stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way in County Kerry. But, with fabulous views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range and the Lakes of Killarney, it provides a great base for exploring the area, too. Most of the rooms also feature those eye-pleasing vistas, while suites add simple self-catering facilities. All include the bonus of round-the-clock room service – perfect for late-night snacks or breakfast in bed.

7. Kingfisher Lodge


A bed with lamps on the bedside tables in a hotel room at Kingfisher Lodge in Killarney
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If you’re looking for a great-value home-style stay, the Kingfisher Lodge is a family-run B&B with warm Irish welcomes guaranteed. A varied cooked-to-order breakfast can be enjoyed in the bright dining room or on the garden terrace on warmer days. What’s more, your host is a qualified tour guide, so can offer unrivalled insight into the area to help you make the most of your stay.

8. The Heights Hotel Killarney


The light conservatory atrium, with chandeliers, plants, tables and chairs, at the Heights Hotel Killarney
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Despite its swish, country lodge-style character, the Heights Hotel Killarney can be surprisingly easy on the pocket. Its just-out-of-town location puts it within easy road access of both Killarney centre and a swathe of nature beyond; rooms are best described as smart-meets-snug. Together with hearty breakfasts and a brasserie serving international dishes, the hotel boasts one of the finest carvery experiences in Ireland, and the views to go with your food aren’t bad either.

Looking for more wallet-friendly stays around the Emerald Isle? Read our guide to the best budget-friendly hotels in Ireland, bookable on Culture Trip. Or if you’re looking for pet-friendly places to stay in Ireland, check out our guide to the best pet-friendly places to stay in Ireland, bookable on Culture Trip.

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