28 November 2017

Visiting The Rose Hotel, Tralee & Serenity Spa

Thinking about a wee winter staycation? The Rose Hotel, formerly Fels Point Hotel, has been home to the Rose of Tralee festival since 2007. And if it’s good enough for the Roses...

In the heart of the Kingdom, this welcoming four-star hotel is just a stroll from Tralee’s town centre and has beautiful views of Kerry and the Slieve Mish mountains. The hotel has been under its current ownership since 2015, when it was refurbished and transformed into a plush, elegant and, above all, friendly, home from home.

The d├ęcor is very glam, all velvet armchairs and crystal chandeliers. The piano in the lobby is adorned with a Halloween pumpkin display, and the loos are incredibly fancy, with ornate mirrors and quilted satin doors. There are wee nods to the festival here and there with photos of Roses past and present, as well as the odd sighting of a previous participant passing through.

With its soft warm lighting and cheery bartenders, the bustling Dotts Bar is very inviting. Plenty of  little touches encourage you to stop and stay a while: the copper ceiling tiles, the dark wood furniture, the fact that the bar staff know their way around a fancy gin and tonic. The live music is lovely - the singer/guitar player has a fantastic voice and I am (loudly) amazed to find out his real name is John Boogie. We find out the next day that it’s Buggy, which is slightly less amazing and makes me wish I’d gone to bed a little earlier.

Rose Hotel Tralee Review

And an extraordinarily comfy bed it is too, in a huge room – probably required, Mr Fluff informs me, so that the Roses can practice their talents and conduct their many outfit changes. Who knew he was such an expert?! We have a great night’s sleep which is helped along by the lavender left on our pillows.

The next day our scheduled kayaking is off, thanks to Storm Brian, so we get a lesson in Irish dancing at the National Folk Theatre, Siamsa Tire. Turns out it’s not my sport, but we have a great laugh trying and promise we’ll be back for a show.

We return to the hotel and, if I’m honest, to my comfort zone – I might not be a natural dancer, but I can definitely spa with the best of them. I’m in my element in the Serenity Spa, with its tranquil water wall feature and tempting treatment menu. My massage is incredible (my calves are tight and I agree with the suggestion I’m a runner – ha! – but really, it’s the dancing lesson. Say nothing!).

Rose Hotel Tralee Review

It’s only the promise of dinner that makes me prise myself out of the big comfy recliners in the relaxation room – and it’s totally worth it. Served in the fancypants Rose Room, it’s an elegant, tasty affair and I’m still telling people how delish I found my asparagus soup. We end up back in Dott’s bar for a nightcap or three although this time, sadly, Mr Boogie doesn’t make an appearance.

We thoroughly enjoyed our break and there are lots of lovely seasonal offers to avail of right now. Spa Escapes include a two-night spa break with a bottle of Prosecco on arrival, dinner on one evening in the Rose Room restaurant, breakfast each morning and a choice of spa treatments at the Serenity Spa – all for €480 in total, for two sharing.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve family breaks start at €209 (total stay), including access to the kids club, a four course evening meal, family pass to the nearby Aquadome and breakfast. Or why not welcome 2018 in style with the hotel's New Year’s celebrations? These range from €229 per room for an overnight stay for two, six course New Year’s eve dinner and glass of champagne. Check out the latest offers on the hotel website.

Have you been here, or are you tempted?

Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel. 

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