The Europe Hotel & Resort re-opens for the 2021 season and celebrates Six Decades of Hospitality
The Europe Hotel & Resort has an extra special reason to celebrate re-opening its doors today as it also proudly celebrates its 60 year anniversary – an incredible six decades of hospitality. With an established reputation for not just meeting standards but by setting them, this iconic 5* hotel on the lakes of Killarney truly has reason to celebrate.
Celebratory flags fly high to commemorate the re-opening of the hotel and 60 wonderful years of hospitality. Team members wear a 60th commemorative pin in recognition of their excellence and committed dedication over the past six decades, which have helped in no small way to ensure that The Europe Hotel & Resort has always been and remains firmly established as a leader in Irish & International hospitality.
Founder, Dr Hans Liebherr’s vision when he arrived in Ireland in 1958, was realised by passion, ingenuity and remarkable investment. The company’s core values for innovation, quality and high standards along with the Liebherr family’s continued trust in and commitment to Killarney, all ensure that the hotel’s legacy will continue and develop still further in the decades to come.
Over the next six days, to mark this momentous occasion, the hotel will be showcasing various initiatives and innovations that it has introduced to ensure that it continues as one of Ireland’s leading 5* hotels.
Michael Brennan, Managing Director of Killarney Hotels Ltd said: “celebrating 60 years as a hotel at The Europe Hotel & Resort this year. We are forever grateful for the ongoing support shown by guests that return each year and to those who visit us for the first time. The Europe Hotel & Resort has been established as a leader in Irish & international hospitality and our reputation is a true testament to the hard work and excellence of every employee over the past 60 years”.
2021 Hotel Overview
187 Bedrooms and Suites, most with Private Balconies
o ESPA at The Europe-Award Winning 50,000sq.ft. Resort Spa
o State of the Art Conferencing & Event facilities with 9 meeting rooms
o 5 Dining Outlets & 2 Bars
o Own 400 acre Farm producing beef & lamb for menus
o PerfectLocation–Explore Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula and Wild Atlantic Way, World Class Links Golf Courses and bustling Killarney Town only 5 minutes’ drive away.
o Proud affiliate of Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Where Our Story Began
‘Like all good stories, this one begins with adventure and ingenuity’.
In the 1950’s, The Liebherr family’s love of Killarney was ignited. Industrial Engineer, Dr. Hans Liebherr wanted to expand the company’s already flourishing domestic crane productivity into the US and Commonwealth markets. Ireland was considered an optimal location for the expansion of the business, and his original sights were focused on a plot of land in Co. Cork, until a local businessman from Killarney, Mr. Michael D. (Mackey) O’Shea, brought him to the small town for dinner and showed him the wonderful scenery of the Killarney Lakes. This was in 1958, and what happened next was a long lasting love affair with Ireland and the creation of a new business area – Liebherr Hotels.
It is reported that he fell in love with the region at first sight, when gazing across the lakes. Although Killarney’s location may not necessarily have been considered the most practical (with the closest port 30 miles away), the decision was instantly made that this would be the new home of Liebherr’s first factory outside of Germany. When Dr. Liebherr decided something, he would do everything possible to make it a success and proceeded to open the Liebherr Crane factory in Fossa, which today employs in excess of 800 people.
Realizing that there was a shortage of accommodation in the region, Dr. Liebherr commissioned the construction of bungalows and a guesthouse on a plot of land beside the lower lake of Killarney, which was the originally intended site for the crane factory. Built initially out of necessity, as a means to cater for the many partners, employees and visitors to the factory, it soon became clear that a remarkable opportunity was present to create a standard setting hotel of the highest quality, in the most spectacular location in Ireland’s southwest. On March 26th 1961, Dr. Liebherr opened the doors of his first hotel – “Hotel Europe”.
Within the next few years, Dr. Liebherr then opened sister hotels, “Hotel Ard na Sidhe” (1961) and “Hotel Dunloe Castle” (1965), both in exquisite rural locations in the Kerry countryside, offering guests a particularly high level of comfort and hospitality.
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