Visiting Killarney’s fairs as a youth, Tim Buckley dreamt of owning the Killarney hotel that overlooked the bustling Kerry traders. But it was more than a dream – he set off for America to make the necessary money. He returned to Kerry in 1926, married Julia, bought the Killarney hotel & renamed it The Arbutus. He then set out to redefine Killarney hospitality. The Buckley Family has faithfully maintained the high standards of warmth, friendliness & professionalism that Tim put in action all those years ago. There has been a hotel on the site for over 200 years but the most significant architectural aspects of The Arbutus Hotel in Killarney are the numerous examples of celtic deco furniture & design commissioned by Tim in the 1920s. The Arbutus Hotel really is one of Killarney’s best loved hotels. Not only did Tim Buckley (grandfather of Sean) achieve his lifelong goal, he & the hotel’s presence continue to play a very important role in the development of tourism in Killarney.
Each room at The Arbutus Hotel Killarney has its own distinctive décor. Some rooms are finished in the original Celtic Deco style commissioned by Tim Buckley in the 1920s. Rooms are designed as a haven as well as a place to sleep, somewhere to read, think or chat. While staying at The Arbutus Luxury Hotel in Killarney, Sean & Norrie Buckley want you to make yourself at home – home with a little magic added. In all, the hotel accommodation is the perfect combination of style and comfort.
All Guestrooms Feature:
Tim Buckley, who established The Arbutus Killarney Hotel in 1926, was a great lover of traditional music and was often heard singing in Buckley’s Bar. Buckley’s is still at the heart of Killarney’s traditional music scene. Some of the country’s finest musicians will often drop in for an ‘unplanned, unprogrammed and unamplified’ session – much to the delight of visitors. With or without music, Buckley’s is a beautiful place to sit and discuss the world. Its oak paneled walls and turf fire reflect the timelessness of a good Irish pub, combining character, characters and good cráic.
The Drawing Room:
As its name suggests, The Drawing Room at The Arbutus hotel is much more than a mere ‘lounge’. It’s a place to relax over good conversation, a discrete business meeting or an indulgent hour spent reading the newspapers with a cuppa. Outside the window, the streets are alive with locals and visitors rushing from place to place, as if to emphasise the peaceful, fireside atmosphere around you.
On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).
Killarney lies on the edge of the astoundingly beautiful Killarney National Park, with its three magnificent lakes and the spectacular MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. The park is also home to Muckross House and Gardens. Killarney is a wonderful base for all manner of activities including angling and water sports, golf, riding, orienteering, hiking, cycling, and canoeing. The town itself is quite small but full of charm – this you will soon see as you walk down the brick footpaths and pass curious old-style shop fronts. Killarney is well known for its excellent shops, restaurants and cosmopolitan appeal. It is also renowned for its evening entertainment including many singing pubs, cabarets, dancing venues, and banquets. Traditional Irish music can also be heard in many of the local pubs on a nightly basis.