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Courtyard Lodges
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Make yourself at home in our two bedroom/two bathroom lodges,
a pleasant three minute walk from the hotel.

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Each unique in style and design and affording you stunning views of the Kenmare Bay or the Kerry Mountains.

Woodland Villas
self-catering

Spacious three bedroom houses located within the estate and a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

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A warm welcome. Let us introduce you our most valued staff members.

"Parknasilla Hotel & Resort has a rich history spanning over the past 100 years. Many of the staff have been with us for their entire working lives and add to the wonderfully personal experience our guests enjoy."

General Manager

Ruth O'Sullivan studied Hotel Management at Cathal Brugha in Dublin. After gaining experience in renowned world class hotels such as Jurys Hotel Group in Ireland & the UK, Maryborough House Hotel in Cork, Killarney Plaza Hotel and Choice Hotels   Ruth decided to make the move and joined the team at Parknasilla Resort & Spa in 2009. A desire to provide guests with service that exceeds their expectations is what drives Ruth as General Manager, and she is constantly searching for new ideas and methods to ensure that guest satisfaction is maximised.

For Ruth, Parknasilla is not simply a hotel, but a home away from home. She delights in meeting with guests personally, and in doing her utmost to make their stay memorable. Ruth credits the level of service amongst the team as the reason why guests return year after year.

“The team at Parknasilla is highly motivated and dedicated to delivering unbelievable levels of guests service, I feel truly lucky.  Every guest is important to us all and I enjoy taking a personal interest in every stage of your guest experience, from marketing the hotel, through reservations to arrival, throughout your stay and not forgetting seeing you off, hopefully to return another day!  A wonderful job, working with some great people and lucky enough to have fabulous guests.  What more could anyone ask for?”

Operations Manager

As you can imagine, running an Operations team is no easy feat.

Padraic Hanrahan joined Parknasilla in 2010, a graduate of GMIT, He started his career in Parknasilla as a duty manager and through sheer diligence and determination has recently been appointed Operations Manager.

His Favourite thing about Parknasilla is his work colleagues and their wiliness to help one another helps him focus 100% on his job.

Padraic has such a positive attitude and strives to prove the best service to the guests of Parknasilla, thus ensuring that he has the pleasure of welcoming them again & again.

The Porters

PJ Walsh, Denis O’Sullivan & Ger Hallissey combined have been working at Parknasilla for over 60 years.  Carrying on the legacy of a ‘Warm Welcome Home’ is something that has been instilled in them from their training days with the three wise men.

‘Parknasilla has changed over the years’ says PJ – ‘it still remains the essence of good service and luxury but gone are the days of tuxedos for dinner!’.

Their favourite part of the job – It has to be welcoming back generations of families that have been coming every year seeing the children grow up and in turn bringing their children is really special

All three agree - Parknasilla has a magical quality which has endured over the years.

Former Staff Members

The 'Three Wise Men' Jackie Moriarty, Former Head Waiter. Tom Doyle, Former Head Porter & Sonny Looney, Former Head Barman.

The Hall Porter and former head barman Sonny Looney started working at the Parknasilla in 1959.

This was the same year the Kenmare branch railway closed – so ended Parknasilla’s association with railways. In 1961 Prince Rainer and Princess Grace of Monaco and their children stayed in the hotel.

‘They didn’t drink in the bar’ recalls Looney, who was still only a raw recruit at the time, ‘but I did get to meet her and I did get to serve her. I served her drinks in their room.’

The royal guests used to frequent the hotel’s restaurant for dinner in the evening.

The hotel was awash with security.

There had been a threat of kidnapping elsewhere in Europe.

Head Hall Porter

The former Head Hall Porter, Tom Doyle, started in Parknasilla in 1951.

He remembers that Parknasilla was “the” hotel in Ireland and almost eighty percent of the guests were English.

Throughout the 50s and 60s, the highlight of his day was to stand behind the porters desk in the evening and watch the couples coming down the stairs for dinner in evening wear.

‘If you saw somebody coming down that time in his Sunday suit you’d say ‘Christ, where did he come from?’, Doyle recalls ‘it was always full evening wear.’