Why Stay Here?
- Exceptionally good food choices.
- Serenity Spa an oasis of professional pampering.
- Great location in Tralee town.
With plenty of convenient parking around the hotel building, The Rose Hotel enjoys a prime location in a town made famous by the internationally renowned annual event from which it takes its name - The Rose of Tralee Festival. While it is certainly at the centre of the hugely popular festival, my recent visit to The Rose Hotel convinced me that this hotel hit the right note all year round. It has been beautifully refurbished, with every area - lobby, restaurant and rooms all offering style and comfort in abundance, Serenity Spa is top class and the food is exceptional. The hotel combines a timeless elegance with contemporary style and service and of course offers free and fast WIFI to all guests. Yes, I was well impressed with the lovely Rose Hotel and would certainly make it my go-to hotel when in the Tralee area.
DINING AT THE ROSE HOTEL
The food here is certainly exceptional. The night of my visit I dropped into Dott's Bar to check out their cocktail list - I was well impressed with that, there were two pages of a Gin Menu including internationally renowned and Irish craft gins as well as two further pages of cocktails and a separate whiskey menu. The bar was full of happy diners and the menu was certainly tempting with many contemporary and vegetarian options along with dishes for all tastes. Couples, friends and families were all enjoying their meals and what I saw on the tables around me certainly looked very good.
However I was heading for The Rose Room for a taste of Gourmet Dining where I enjoyed a real five star gourmet experience. White Glove waiter service, Amuse Bouche, Palate Cleansing Sorbet - this was Executive Chef Odran Lucey showcasing what creative talent can do with top class ingredients. The room itself is classically appointed with the Rose theme carried through from the decor to the table settings, and the wine glasses were a somellier's delight. I was in the mood for fish, and with Dover Sole Meuniere on the bone on the menu, I could not resist. I started with Panko Crumbed Crab Cakes which were tastefully paired with mango and vanilla. Other tempting options included Oysters or Scallops, so seafood lovers were well catered for. My sole with capers and shrimps was perfection on a plate, and I could have chosen Monkfish Tail or Salmon. Incidentally while I delight with the fish choices, there are of course other options including Kerry lamb, Beef Fillet, Skeaghanore Duck and Wild Mushroom Risotto. While I declined dessert, having begun with some warm breads and Tapanade and Pesto, they did include chocolate, Creme Brulee, Baked Alaska and a cheeseboard. Wine by the glass choice included an lovely un-oaked Chardonnay from Australia which was the perfect foil to my fish feast.
Breakfast the next morning in The Park Restaurant was perfect. Again white linen table settings, hot food cooked to order, and an impressive array of fruits, yoghurts,cheeses, meats and cereals on the buffet. Menu choices extended to pancakes, waffles, bagels, fish of the day, along with the usual fare, and also included a special table dedicated to gluten-free options.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE ROSE HOTEL
I stayed in a new deluxe bedroom which was super-comfortable with two double beds, fluffy robes and towels, lots of pillows and cushions, large flat screen television, plenty of storage and mirrors and my favourite when it comes to tea/coffee facilities - a Nespresso machine! It was a very comfortable room, with large windows offering plenty of natural light, which also opened to allow fresh air to compliment air conditioning and heating controls. The bathroom also offered a good power-shower, quality toiletries and good lighting and mirrors. My room could access two elevators, one bringing direct to the reception area lobby, and the other at the back of the hotel which was perfect for accessing the Gym and the Spa in your gym gear or robe.
SERENITY SPA AND SPIRIT GYM
Serenity Spa is well named, as it really is an oasis of calm and quiet pampering within the hotel. I enjoyed a signature treatment of Serenity Nurturing Escape which was seventy minutes of pure bliss, followed by a chill-out in the relaxation room with fruit, herb tea and magazines. I opted for the anti-ageing BIOTEC facial which produces exceptional results, on the advice of my therapist Leslie, who put me totally at ease as I felt the years float away in a sea of total relaxation. I also visited Spirit Gym during my stay, and enjoyed working out on the machines in a delightfully chilled gym environment. With the food I consumed during my stay, it was just as well that I spent time on the cross-trainer and rowing machine earlier that day!
The Rose Hotel ticks all the boxes - it has style and substance, great for weddings (there was one on the day I visited, and it did not intrude on my stay at all), it is lovely for families, business, couples and friends. Food is outstanding, service is both friendly and professional and it comes very highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland for 2018