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Market Street, Knightstown, Valentia Island V23 XR88 Ireland
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2022 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
The Royal Hotel Valentia has been welcoming guests for over two hundred years. Tucked away in one of Co. Kerry's most beautiful settings, the peaceful village of Knightstown on Valentia Island, this charming, family-run hotel is perched on the quayside, overlooking Valentia Harbour. The historic, eye-catching Royal Hotel Valentia comprises 30 recently refurbished rooms and suites. Each room boasts five-star amenities including contemporary bathrooms, flat screen TVs and free WiFi. Enjoy the stunning views of Valentia Harbour, Portmagee channel and the Iveragh Peninsula from one of our Deluxe Four Poster rooms. The hotel is also home to a the Royal Bar and Restaurant, popular amongst guests and locals alike. Local amenities including The Valentia Heritage Museum, Cracow Playground and tennis courts are just a short 5 minute stroll away. Local cafes and bars operate throughout the summer season and the Valentia Island Car Ferry runs from just outside our door. We can cater for weddings, civil ceremonies, anniversaries, family parties or corporate functions. With the Wild Atlantic Way, Skellig Michael and the Ring of Kerry on our doorstep, the Royal Hotel Valentia is the ideal setting for your weekend break in the south west. Your next trip to Valentia is just a click away!
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Jack M wrote a review Apr 2022
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Stayed here a few times. Hospitality was amazing, staff are extremely friendly, and food is absolutely gorgeous. Would greatly recommend anyone done near Cahersiveen to stay here. You will not be disappointed
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
TJ200609 wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom61 contributions37 helpful votes
We attended a wedding on Valentia Island & the reception was held at The Royal Hotel. As friends & family were staying in The Royal we also called in for meals & drinks. The function room, staff & especially the food at the reception was excellent really out of this world quality! The food in the restaurant bar was also very good (we had a breakfast, a lunch & a dinner) & again most of the staff were friendly & polite. The only thing I couldn't recommend is the annexe (Market House?) that belongs to The Royal. It is quite tired looking & certainly not value for money compared against other more modern & better equipped holiday rental houses in Knights Town.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
SineadIndublin wrote a review Feb 2022
Dublin, Ireland8 contributions7 helpful votes
Just returned from a 2 night stay as a family of 5. Absolutely charming welcome by reception personnel. The room was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. The bathroom, although small had a wonderfully powerful shower which was heaven after a very long drive ! Great bar/restaurant area. Cosy, inviting with fantastic staff. The service was impeccable throughout our stay. Breakfast was lovely and we had dinner one night which was fantastic and my 3 kids were really loved after. Portions are huge so order wisely!!! It's a simple hotel but faultless and even though we usually stay with family when we visit the area we are already planning another stay at the Royal Valentia.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
Imjokama wrote a review Dec 2021
Galway, Ireland12 contributions4 helpful votes
A beautifully situated hotel. We had a lovely spacious room with sea view on ground floor. Staff were welcoming and friendly. Dinner and breakfast were excellent in a lovely spacious dining room area, and the restaurant staff were attentive and very friendly.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Emily X wrote a review Dec 2021
13 contributions2 helpful votes
Staying here was a spectacular experience. We got the seaview room, and so every morning we're greeted by morning lights gently shimmering on the water. The staff here are excellent. They are very friendly and provide great recommendations for tours and activities. Particularly, we got a whole day tour with Ted Kennedy and he is the best. The experience was 10/10.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Eamonn Hourigan - ChaperoneVIP wrote a review Dec 2021
Dublin, Ireland280 contributions104 helpful votes
Stayed at the Royal for a one night stop over on a Wednesday night in December. Very few people on the island but scenery was beautiful. The hotel was very clean and had a traditional historical feel to it. The dining room is quite spacious and the bar area has a bit of character. I had a nice steak sandwich for 16.95 and the Guinness was decent. The room was a grand size given it was priced at less than 70 euro which is as low as you’d ever see in Ireland if you lived to be 100 years old! Altogether a good experience and happy with everything. Recommended
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Ronnie Moore wrote a review Nov 2021
killarney7 contributions
I visited the Royal, Valentia last weekend with a group of friends. What a fab place. 'couldnt be better. The location is spectacular, right on the harbour and within a short distance of so many interesting places. But most of all, the hotel itself is lovely - comfortable, spotlessly clean with an old world atmosphere (very unlike the predictable, corporate, featureless hotels of today). The food was so good that we didn't consider venturing further afield on our second night. It was top class and well priced. The staff were welcoming, very pleasant and obliging and had no objection to our playing our musical instruments and having 'the craic' in the main bar. We will be back!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
Sean wrote a review Nov 2021
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed here From the 17th Of July 2021 to the 23rd. Hotel was immaculate and beautiful, staff were super friendly. Breakfast and Dinner was lovely. Fiona was so helpful and very very nice. Island itself was gorg and we got the weather alright
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled
TravelbugP5 wrote a review Nov 2021
Ireland48 contributions21 helpful votes
We visited the Royal Valentia Hotel for the Dark Skies Package, we stayed 3 nights and had a lovely stay. The hotel was very nice and clean and the staff were very friendly, the location itself is very beautiful, even though we didn't have a seaview room the hotel is right on the harbour and surrounded by beauty. The food is gorgeous so big compliments to the chef, large portions and cooked fresh. The dark skies package itself was a great deal and included alot of extras - which everyone loves :) . It included 3 nights with fab breakfast every morning, a trip to a local attraction - we went to the Skellig six18 tour and really enjoyed it - great to see the community supporting each other ! We were served a beautiful 2 course lunch back at the hotel afterwards which was so tasty and we felt quite spoilt with the choice of food - sooo good ! The highlight was the dark skies presentation which was better than we expected, we had a lovely presentation in the hotel by a knowledgeable gentleman and then went outside to view what we had just learned - it was such a highlight and there were lovely people in attendance. I would highly recommend this trip with one recommendation - if the presentation was on the friday or saturday it would give people time to tour the Island and appreciate the skies and what the tour was about - our presentation was on a Sunday and we were leaving the following morning which didn't give us the chance to appreciate what the dark skies was about just a little bit more. I think we attended the first weekend of this so it was new for the hotel, not a negative but a little bit more info made available in the hotel on the dark skies would have been a plus. We have already recommended to a few friends who have already booked :)
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Date of stay: October 2021
kenneth c wrote a review Nov 2021
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We stayed in salthill hotel, falls hotel & spa, royal valencia hotel & scotts hotel last week, 4 hotels 6 nights, but by far the VALENCIA has the best steaks,, the other 3 didnt even come close. And the staff were extemely polite & helpful. We'd go back in a heartbeat, next timefor longer.. Ken&Maggs.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
US$108 - US$193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty KerryValentia IslandKnightstown
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Frequently Asked Questions about Royal Valentia Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Royal Valentia Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs (4.2 km), Cahergall Fort (3.9 km), and Skelligs Rock (6.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Royal Valentia Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Royal Valentia Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Royal Valentia Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Royal Valentia Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Fertha Bar & Restaurant, O'Neill's The Point Seafood Bar, and The Oratory Gourmet Pizza and Wine Bar.
Does Royal Valentia Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Royal Valentia Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Cahergall Fort (3.9 km), Leacanabuaile Fort (4.0 km), and Old Slate Quarry (3.7 km).
Does Royal Valentia Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Royal Valentia Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.