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Arbutus Hotel

Visiting Killarney's fairs as a youth, Tim Buckley dreamt of owning the Killarney hotel that overlooked the bustling Kerry traders. But it was more than a dream - he set off for America to make the necessary money. He returned to Kerry in 1926, married Julia, bought the Killarney hotel and renamed it "The Arbutus". He then set out to redefine Killarney hospitality. The Buckley Family has faithfully maintained the high standards of warmth, friendliness and professionalism that Tim put in action all those years ago. There has been a hotel on the site for over 200 years but the most significant architectural aspects of The Arbutus Hotel in Killarney are the numerous examples of celtic deco furniture and design commissioned by Tim in the 1920s. The Arbutus Hotel really is one of Killarney's best loved hotels.  Not only did Tim Buckley (grandfather of Sean) achieve his lifelong goal, he and the hotel’s presence continue to play a very important role in the development of tourism in Killarney.

Rooms & Amenities

Each room at The Arbutus Hotel Killarney has its own distinctive décor. Some rooms are finished in the original Celtic Deco style commissioned by Tim Buckley in the 1920s. Rooms are designed as a haven as well as a place to sleep, somewhere to read, think or chat. While staying at The Arbutus Luxury Hotel in Killarney, Sean and Norrie Buckley want you to make yourself at home – home with a little magic added. In all, the hotel accommodation is the perfect combination of style and comfort.

All Guestrooms Feature:

  • Clock Radio
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
  • Luxurious BeeKind toiletries by Gilchrist & Soames
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Work Desk
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and Ironing Board


Breakfast at the Arbutus is everything but disappointing. Norris Buckley never fails to deliver a great breakfast including the freshest of local and seasonal produce. She bakes brown bread and amazing scones. As Breakfast is one of the three most important meals of the day (probably even the most important), the Arbutus wants to emphasize that their guests are to most important persons by creating a superb selection to choose from. They want to make sure to fulfill any special dietary needs or wishes, so don't worry about asking.

Breakfast is served daily from 7.30 to 11.00 am.


Buckley's Bar:

Tim Buckley, who established The Arbutus Killarney Hotel in 1926, was a great lover of traditional music and was often heard singing in Buckley's Bar. Buckley's is still at the heart of Killarney's traditional music scene.  Some of the country's best musicians will often drop in for a random and unplanned session – try your luck and maybe you will hear a great traditional music session. If there's no music, Buckley's is still a beautiful place to sit and talk about old and new stories, life and the world. A mesmerizing turf fire and oak paneled walls make this Irish pub not just good, but great. 


The Drawing Room:

As its name suggests, The Drawing Room at The Arbutus hotel is much more than a mere 'lounge'. It's a place to relax over good conversation, a discrete business meeting or spent a while reading the newspapers with a cup of tea. If you look outside the window, you will see streets filled with life. While locals and visitor rush from place to  place, you can enjoy the peaceful, fireside atmosphere around you.