I recently spent six nights in Killarney, in County Kerry, Ireland to attend a travel blogger conference, known as TBEX.
The host hotel and location of the conference itself was the Gleneagle Hotel about a mile from the main part of Killarney town.
I originally booked a room for the week at the Holiday Inn, about a half mile down the road, but ultimately canceled (the reviews of the Holiday Inn were mediocre, at best). Although the Gleneagle was more expensive than the Holiday Inn (I paid about 100 EU per night), I chose the Gleneagle for convenience because the conference was held there.
The original room I was given was clean but outdated and dark. I saw that there were renovated rooms and I requested a room change. The new room I was given was like night and day! It was clean, bright and had plenty of space. The wifi worked and the view was amazing. Unfortunately, there was no refrigerator in the room. Nor was there a room safe. You could, instead, rent a safe at the front desk for 2.75 EU, which is what I did. Breakfast was included in the rate.
The bathroom was new and spotless.
Did I mention the view???
The hotel is quite large and has a few restaurants and bars as well as convention center space mentioned above.
The hotel has a pool and leisure center (i.e., fitness center). The pool looked very nice. The fitness center had plenty of rooms and machines. Some of the equipment was modern and some looked quite old. I didn’t have time to use the gym as the conference took most of my time, and when I did find time, I ran outdoors instead.
The hotel was a good choice given the proximity to the events of the conference.