The Europe Hotel & Resort

Lakeside luxury in Killarney

Perched in a verdant green valley overlooking Killarney’s spectacular landscape, The Europe Hotel & Resort serves up the best of Ireland’s countryside, an area called “The Kingdom.” Its lakeside location on the shores of Loch Léin provides enviable uninterrupted vistas of the fog-clad MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range that can easily be enjoyed from almost anywhere within the luxury hotel.

That’s not to say that the interiors aren’t a sight to behold. Plush armchairs and roaring fires invite you to unwind in the spacious marble-filled lobby, while walls of windows keep those stunning views within arm’s reach. The chic ESPA at The Europe spa pairs scenic vistas with star-inspired chandeliers that twinkle overhead while you swim in the indoor-outdoor pool. And aptly named signature restaurant Panorama keeps its design simple, letting the food — and the scenery — speak for itself.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Europe Hotel & Resort takes full advantage of its picturesque panoramas with wall-to-wall windows in nearly every gathering space and patios in all 180 rooms and suites from which to soak up the views.
  • Contemporary accommodations blend Irish charm with modern creature comforts. Think standalone wooden desks paired with plush leather chairs and aesthetically pleasing ornamental libraries.
  • Catch a spot of sunshine in the Killarney hotel’s immaculately manicured garden. Take in misty mountains and lake views from the perfectly trimmed hedges.
  • While away a day in the two-story ESPA at The Europe. Pop in for a quick facial or indulge in a three-plus-hour Body Detox ritual, and then stay for the alluring indoor-outdoor pool.
  • The luxury hotel is home to a herd of adorable Haflinger ponies that can often be seen grazing the verdant grounds. Ask the concierge for a tour of the grounds via horseback, a gratis perk of a stay at The Europe Hotel & Resort.

The Restaurants

  • Irish produce gets an upscale makeover at The Panorama Restaurant, The Europe Hotel & Resort’s fine-dining venue. Seasonal menu offerings often feature local bounty, including beef and lamb from the hotel’s own farm. It also provides a thoughtful selection of vegan dishes like smoked cauliflower with whipped vegan feta and pine nut gremolata, as well as an onion and thyme tarte tatin enriched with a red wine and balsamic reduction.
  • Enjoy more casual — but no less delicious — Irish fare at The Brasserie. If the weather is agreeable, be sure to snag a seat on the terrace. Burgers just seem to taste better with mountain vistas.
  • For flavorful Mediterranean fare overlooking the lake, head for Riva. In addition to classic dinner selections, the restaurant also offers a dedicated pizza menu after 6 p.m. featuring artisanal pies like Calabrian spicy nduja sausage and a meat-free option packed with roasted vegetables and goat cheese.
  • Visit the wood-paneled Bar to sink into a leather chair with a pour from the lengthy whiskey or gin menus.
  • Under The Lounge’s 24-karat gold-leaf ceiling, nosh a Caesar salad or The Europe open seafood sandwich — Atlantic prawns and smoked salmon on brown bread.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
Fossa, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland, V93 KHN6
KIR (21 min)   ORK (1 hr 22 min)   SNN (1 hr 53 min)  
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