Listowel Arms Hotel

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Listowel Arms Hotel

3 star

Rooms: 42

The Square Listowel - Listowel - Ireland 068-21500
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8/10
A great value!
Submitted by: Brad in 29/06/08
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
I recently stayed at the Listowel Arms while attending a relative's wedding. I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone traveling in Ireland.

The staff was wonderful! They never once missed an opportunity to impress me with their dedication to customer service. Everyone we dealt with seemed eager to help us out in anyway they could. Everyone and I mean everyone was so friendly and polite I was actually shocked by their gracious demeanor.

The food served in both the pub and restaurant was in my opinion excellent and the wait staff was exceptional. One evening a group of about 12 of us showed up at the restaurant and even though we showed up without notice we were treated to an exceptional meal. I personally ordered the Confit of Duck which I truly enjoyed. While it was not a traditional Confit preparation, I highly recommend this selection from the menu. The meal consisted of a roasted duct leg/thigh with a puff pastry encased confit of duct, fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes. The duct leg was cooked perfectly. The meat was juicy without being greasy and the skin was crisp and delicious. The confit in the puff pastry was also very tasty with the perfect blend of spices. On they day we arrived after a long trip from the states I wasn't in the mood for a heavy meal so I opted for the seafood chowder from the pub menu. It was one of the best chowder's I've ever been served. The best part of the food service was the morning breakfast. Daily breakfast is included in the price of the hotel room and includes a buffet of cold cereals, juice, milk, yogurt and fruit. In addition to the buffet you can also, at no additional cost, order from the breakfast menu. I usually ordered the bacon, egg, sausage and tomato selection. The bacon was great. It bears very little resemblance to what you would be served in the states. I would describe it as more closely resembling southern ham than typical US style bacon. Also with each breakfast the restaurant included a basket of toast and brown bread for the table. Both were great but the brown bread was awesome.

I was very pleased with my room. While it lacked a few minor amenities I would expect in a typical hotel room, the overall appeal was great. The “complaints” I have with the room is there was no trash bin in the main room, although there was a trash bin in the bathroom. There was no phonebook and there was no pen or note paper on the desk. On the positive side the bed and pillows were very comfortable. The room as spotless and the maid service was outstanding. On each day of my stay the room was cleaned by the time I returned from morning breakfast. My room included two twin beds, desk, chair, closet, a TV and a large bathroom with a large shower. For only 85 Euro I was very impressed with the accommodations.

One of the greatest things about staying at the Listowel Arms is you don't need a car to get around. Everything is within a minimum walking distance. Just down the block from the front door is a bus stop which we used to take day trips into Killarney, Limerick, Trale and Ballybunion. In Killarney we were able to take bus tours of Dingle and the Ring of Kerry. Both tours were great, but I enjoyed the Dingle tour the best. On this tour you are exposed to spectacular scenery and ancient architecture you simply can't believe exists until seeing it for yourself.

There are about twenty pubs and restaurants which can be reached by foot in about five minutes. We spent a great deal of time at one pub in particular. The Shebeen is just around the corner and the atmosphere is exactly what you would expect in an Irish pub complete with friendly staff and locals who all sang Irish songs well into the night.

I would definitely stay at the Listowel Arms again and I highly recommend this hotel to anyone desiring to explore the Kerry County area of Ireland.
2/10
Over priced !
Submitted by: Catherine in 21/04/07
  • Age Group: 60 +
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Retired
Accommodation was fine but way over priced for what you received. No wonder we're known as 'rip off Ireland' !
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