We are looking for someone to join our front office and reception team!

We have an opportunity to join our front office and reception team.

Candidates should have the following qualifications;

  • Excellent administration skills
  • Applicant must be computer literate (ECDL or similar qualification preferable)
  • Front office training or experience on Fidelio or a similar hotel system advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills required
  • Local knowledge and native Irish speaker a distinct advantage
  • Ability to work on own initiative and under pressure essential
  • Excellent presentation & customer care skills paramount
  • Competitive package offered depending on experience

Candidates should apply in writing for the attention of
Cormac O’Sullivan, General Manager, Dingle Benners Hotel, Main St., Dingle, Co. Kerry or by email to manager@dinglebenners.com

A harbour walk on a still evening

Every week we choose to highlight one of the many things that our guests can enjoy in Dingle as our staff pick of the week. Last week’s was to take advantage of the stunning weather with a walk out along the banks of the harbour. Hussey's Folly

This is a really beautiful (and easy stroll) from the hotel to an almost hidden little beach called Slaudeen.

The general thoughts among the us here at the hotel is that the very best time to take this walk is either with early in the morning or just at the end of the day as dusk falls and when the water is completely still. It’s just a few minutes from the town centre but so quiet it feels like you have the whole harbour just for you.

When walking out along the banks you will see Husseys Folly ahead of you. Hussey’s Folly(right) dates from 1845 and was built during the Great Famine (1845–’49) as a means of providing employment for the poor. It is named after the local land agent, R.M. Hussey.

Just after this point you will see the land rise a little in front of you and a narrSlaudeenow path cut down through the grass, this leads to one of the smallest, quietest and most peaceful little beaches on the Dingle Peninsula. Perfect to just sit and watch the boats go by!

 

Feile na Bealtaine – Dingle Arts Festival

“5 Days – 100 Events – Thinkers & Makers – Politics – Dance – Poetry” Feile na Bealtaine This is the tagline from one of the Feile na Bealtaine posters for this year and we are excited! Feile na Bealtaine is Dingle’s annual Arts festival which takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend. This year’s programme is as jam packed as ever and from the 30th of April to the 4th of May Dingle will be coming alive with music, poetry, literature, art, drama, dance & film! Music The musical line up has caused great excitement in particular among the team here in the hotel and like the RTE Guide at Christmas we have been marking in our diaries the ones we don’t want to miss! Delorentos & The Lost Brothers, both acts making a return visit after last year’s Other Voices are high on the list as is the Battle of the Vinyl, a showdown on old gramophones of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. There is of course some great traditional music including Ré, Liam O’Maonlai’s band in St James Church and classical performances including an evening concert from Fiachra Garvey whose recital will include Brahms, Beethoven & Bartok. Poetry, Literature, Film & Art There are poetry and literature events throughout the weekend, including a Pudding & Poetry event at Dingle Cookery School. if you fancy something sweet! An impressive line-up of film, shorts, documentaries and features includes a Secret Cine Club, with mystery venue, while if it is art you are interested in you can find a full list of the exhibitions on www.feilenabealtaine.ie or even get involved with workshops including trying your hand at printing. Children’s Events For a few of us here at the hotel we remember taking part in the festival parade and there are many happy childhood memories of painting massive backdrops or making papier mache masks and costumes for what is always a bright, colourful and fun parade. Even as the festival has grown this remains one of the very best events and whether taking part or just watching it is really such a highlight. There are a whole host of children’s events for little kids (and even very big ones!) to have fun, dance, play, hear stories and join in the general merriment! Find out more about the festivals children’s events Find more details on www.feilenabealtaine.ie Check out some of the stunning images from festivals over the past few years on http://www.flickr.com/photos/feilenabealtaine/sets/ Thinking of staying in Dingle for the festival? We have some special festival rates and availability

Saturday morning sunshine

Happiness is….Comments from guest reviews of Dingle Benners

We really appreciate getting feedback from our guests after their stay and to hear that someone has enjoyed their stay with us really does make us smile.

Whether it is on our comment cards, on TripAdvisor or other online review sites, in email or even better yet in person or on the phone! We are always happy to share the positive and always share the feedback with our colleagues throughout the hotel in our staff canteen.

This year we have been proud to win Best 3* Hotel in Ireland  at the CIE awards of Excellence and win a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. It is not the first time that we have won either of these awards,  something which means a lot to us and what is most important about these is that they are based on guest reviews.

SComments from Guest Reviews of Dingle Bennerso…. to remind the whole team of a job well done and share a few smiles, we took just some of the online comments from the last few months and stuck them on post-its. This morning, when the staff arrived for their breakfast break into the canteen the found the walls covered in the comments which we have received just in the past few months.  Just a little burst of happiness for a Saturday morning.

 

 

 

3 Top Romantic Spots in Dingle

Ahead of Valentine’s Day this weekend we have been helping our guests plan some very special breaks in Dingle. To help get our thinking caps on we have been asking our colleagues where their most romantic spot in Dingle is. Who knew that we were such a romantic bunch!

Maria (Reception)  – ‘Strolling out along the banks of the harbour, just at the end of the day as dusk falls and when the water is completely still. It’s just a few minutes from the town centre but so quiet it feels like you have the whole harbour to yourselves’

Romantic Beach in Dingle

Kinard Beach – Image Courtesy of http://www.dingle-peninsula.ie photo competition

Cormac (General Manager) – “At this time of year when it is dark in the early evening for me there is nowhere better than a cosy snug in one of the local pubs sharing a really good whiskey”

Fallon (Reservations) – “It might not be the most romantic but one of the best dates I was ever on was kayaking in Dingle harbour…. a double kayak, laughs (and disputes over choice of direction) no one fell out of the boat and back into town for fresh fish and chips, eaten straight from the newspaper wrapping!”

Where is your most romantic place in Dingle?

 

Dingle Benners wins Gold at CIE Tours Excellence Awards – Press Release

 

Dingle Benners Hotel has once again been named the top 3 star hotel in Ireland when awarded The Gold award for Overall Excellence, Best 3* Hotel 2014 at the  awards ceremony held in Dublin Castle last night (27th January).  The winners are chosen from an independent evaluation of the feedback given directly by CIE Tours customers on their experiences in 2014.

“It is an absolute honour, to be awarded the highest excellence from our most important judges, our guests. We make every effort to offer the very best experience to every one of our guests and I am thrilled to be taking this award home to our whole team” says Cormac O’Sullivan, General Manager.

This is the second time that Benners Hotel has won this prestigious award, the results of which are based on the individual scores from each CIE visitor to Ireland in 2014. To win the hotel must reach the top of the ranks across each of the categories including accommodation, dinner, breakfast and most importantly service.

Dingle Benners Hotel is at the very heart of Dingle town centre and is open all year round welcoming guests from across Ireland and further afield. In the 2014 season there was significant investment made in a number of the bedrooms and public areas including in the original building where Four Poster beds and antique furnishings capture the grand elegance of this historic Dingle hotel.

“As Dingle’s oldest hotel we have a history and tradition of true hospitality dating back almost 350 years. We are at the very heart of Dingle, not just in location but in spirit too. It is a wonderful affirmation for the entire team when your customers honour you with an award like this”

Throughout the bedrooms and in the hotels dining, which includes the popular Mrs Benners Bar the team were recognised for their high standards of service and wide array of quality local producers which reflect the exacting standards expected in a world renowned destination such as the Dingle Peninsula.

 

Busy January!

Some say that January is the quietest month of the year in hotels and often this can be true but when you have an eventful year ahead to plan it can also be one of the busiest!Copy of Spring

The Dingle Peninsula has a wealth of festivals and events which happen right throughout the year and as soon as the new page on the calendar is turned people start thinking of the year ahead and getting dates in the diary. This makes it a busy month for us, exciting looking forward to the year ahead and fun chatting to guests as they call to get their dates booked in.

Here are just some of the events coming up soon….

Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh
February 18th – 22nd 
Irish traditional music, song, dance and sessions
www.scoilscheoil.com

Dingle Walking Festival / Féile Siúil Chorca Dhuibhne
February 13th – 15th
A fantastic series of walks for all abilities taking in the mountains and coast of the Dingle Peninsula. An excellent weekend to discover the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula www.dinglewalkingfestival.com

Paidi O’Se Comortas Peile (Gaelic Football Tournament) February 21st – 23rd
Tournament with teams coming from all over Ireland as well as from England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Germany and the USA. www.paidiose.com

Dingle International Film Festival March 12th – 15th
A really special time to visit, still in the quieter times of the year but with great atmosphere. Screenings, discussions & events throughout the town on that weekend. www.dinglefilmfestival.com

Féile na Bealtaine 30th April– 4th May
A annual tradition on the May weekend this culture and arts festival is lively, fun, surprising, thought provoking and laughter inducing! Fantastic live music, family events, exhibitions & performances www.feilenabealtaine.ie

These are just a few of the festivals, for more details just ask!
Tel: 066 9151638 – info@dinglebenners.com