From its distinctive architecture to its effortless service and genuine hospitality, The Great Southern Hotel (formerly The Malton Hotel), has been a favourite retreat for over 150 years. Where else are you going to find 6 acres of gardens in the centre of a bustling town? The Great Southern is located in the very heart of Killarney town centre. Complimentary car parking is provided for all guests and for added convenience, the hotel is located right beside the railway station. For this central location, enjoy a day in nearby Killarney National Park, with its stunning woodlands, lakes, and mountains. Visit the Killarney Outlet Centre, where you can shop to your heart’s content, or ramble through the quaint town centre, full of boutiques, cafés, and art galleries.
Your room at The Great Southern is about total relaxation. Luxuriate with Damana body washes and crèmes before stretching out on crisp white bed linen. Every room offers luxury, whether in the Main House, with its high Victorian ceilings and impossibly tall windows, or the newer Garden Wing, for contemporary comfort and style. Each room at The Great Southern has something special – some with smooth leather headboards, others with silky curtains, or stylish wallpaper.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Complimentary Bottled Water
- Tea/ Coffee Making Facilities
- Multi-Channel TV
- Iron (on request)
- Trouser Press
- Stationary & Work Desk
The Garden Room Restaurant:
The Great Southern’s classic Garden Room Restaurant showcases the best tastes of the Kerry countryside, all under the great gilded dome of the hotels original stunning Victorian dining room. Enjoy warm baked bread from The Great Southern Bakery while the hotels’ sommelier presents you the perfect bottle from the wine cellar. The menu features an exciting mix of traditional recipes, artfully prepared with a modern twist. Head chef John O’Leary can often be seen on pilgrimage to local markets and farms, buying the very freshest of seasonal fruit and vegetables. These local specialties are highlighted on the menu. The Garden Room Restaurant overlooks The Great Southern’s landscaped gardens, where you can enjoy the famous breakfast or an absolutely elegant evening out.
Peppers A La Carte Restaurant:
Peppers Steak & Seafood Grill is The Great Southern’s à la carte restaurant. Chef John O’Leary has this to say about the new menu: “All our steaks are locally sourced, dry aged for mature flavour and texture and cooked to perfection on our charcoal grill. Our finest cuts are available in different weights and served with a selection of delicious house sauces – simple, delicious and the real deal. Join us and let us prove it!” The stylishly furnished dining room seems to glow with soft lighting, rich colours, and intelligent service. Always present is the easy, friendly manner of John Fitzgerald, Maitre d’ Hotel, who has spent the last 40 years welcoming guests and ensuring a perfect evening.
The Punchbowl Bar:
Here in The Great Southern’s signature bar, the food continues the hotel’s ethos of serving only imaginative, fresh, local food. Surrounded by soft colours, it’s easy to relax in the classic, traditional rooms. Two blazing fires, soft, velvety sofas, and friendly service tops the experience. It’s easy to pass a whole afternoon in front of the fire – without once looking at your watch – sipping a pint and reading the paper. Food is served from noon until late. At the end of the evening, unwind or mingle in these stately rooms, where drinks have been served in style for more than a century.
The Grand Foyer & Coffee Rooms:
After warming yourself by the open fire in the entrance hall, ease into a soft velvet sofa and enjoy afternoon tea. Light streams through tall windows and leaded glass in this grand, spacious pillared foyer, making it one of the most beautiful rooms in Ireland. Choose from the main foyer, or any of the distinctive coffee rooms and lounges surrounding. High Tea has been served in these rooms since Victorian times, where now you can enjoy sandwiches, soup, and tea any day of the week. The effortless service and soothing atmosphere of these rooms create a calm oasis in the bustle of Killarney town.
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.