Top hotels in Cork
Combining grand Victorian architecture with contemporary style, the 4-star Ambassador Hotel Cork City overlooks the city centre from the top of Military Hill, found in the historic area of St. Luke’s. McGettigan’s cookhouse and bar uses the finest quality, locally sourced ingredients, while the outdoor decking area is a great place for a BBQ. The Ambassdor Hotel Cork City’s contemporary rooms offer free wi-fi, tea and coffee facilities, 32” flat-screen TVs and private bathrooms.
With an elevated loactaion, The Montenotte Hotel enjoys a unique setting, offering panoramic views over Cork City. The rooms have been exquisitely refurbished and the brand new Panorama Bistro & Terrace is the envy of Cork, with its uninterrupted views out over the river Lee and city beyond. The hotel also has free Wi-Fi; free parking; a leisure centre boasting a 20 metre swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gymnasium.
The 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Cork is situated in a Victorian-style building with 9-acre grounds, in Little Island, just a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Its facilities include a fitness centre, a spa with sauna and steam room, the Island Grillroom serving gourmet dishes made from fresh, local ingredients, and Banks Bar. Rooms are decorated in warm, rich tones and feature free wifi, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Cheap Hotels in Cork
The boutique Hotel Isaacs Cork is just a 5-minute walk from Cork city centre which features the English Market and Shandon Steeple to name but two of the attractions available. We provide spacious comfortable bedrooms, Greene's Restaurant, Cask Bar and a courtyard with a floodlit waterfall. We’re just a 10 minute walk from Kent Train Station and Cork Bus station making public transport and ideal means of getting to the hotel. Our 61 bedrooms offer cable TV, laptop safes and Wi-Fi access as well as tea and coffee making facilities and iron and ironing boards in each room.
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Hotels in Cork
Nicknamed the rebel city, Cork is dynamic, fast-paced and steeped in culture and history. The city is built on the banks of the River Lee, with part of the city centre actually an island, and has one of the world's largest natural harbours.
Book one of our Cork hotels and discover why the locals refer to the city as the real capital of Ireland.
Shandon Steeple, officially St Anne's Church, is one of Cork's most famous landmarks. It is known as the Four-Faced Liar due to the propensity of its four clocks to all tell slightly different times. You can ring the church bells, see how the clocks work, and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the tower balcony.
St Fin Barre's Cathedral stands on the spot where Cork's patron saint Finbarr founded his monastery in the 7th century. There's plenty to admire here too, including marble floor mosaics, a stunning ceiling, stained glass windows and more than 1, 260 sculptures.
Museums and galleries
Cork Public Museum's varied collection includes ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts, medieval objects found near the city walls, 18th-century silverware and collections relating to sport and costume. There's also an exhibition on Cork's role in the Irish War of Independence.
Crawford Art Gallery's historic and contemporary collection of more than 2, 500 works includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and video, with 19th and 20th-century Irish art a particular strong point. Admission is free.
At Cork City Gaol, you'll get an insight into life in an Irish prison in the 19th century, and through that, the social history of the period. The jail was operational from 1824 to 1923 and is a listed building notable for its architecture. The top floor of the Governor's house was used for broadcasting by Radio Eirann from the 1920s to the 1950s, and there is also a radio museum here.
Cork is a big shopping destination. You'll find lots of high street shops in Opera Lane and St Patrick's Street, including department stores Debenhams and Dunnes in the Merchant's Quay shopping centre. The Mahon Point Shopping Centre has more than 60 shops, plus food outlets and a 13-screen cinema. It also hosts a farmers' market every Thursday. Cork's English Market, in Grand Parade, has been officially trading since 1788, but is thought to date back in reality to 1610. Here you can buy produce from Cork and further afield, including cheeses, herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables and baked goods.
Eating and drinking
For Irish steaks, freshly-caught fish, cocktails and more than 25 beers, head to Electric, an Art Deco former bank with excellent views of St Fin Barre's Cathedral. Fine and inventive vegetarian dining can be found at CafÃ© Paradiso, a TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2014 winner, whose chef, Denis Cotter, has written four cookbooks. The Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse has both its own smokehouse and a microbrewery, where it produces the Elbow Lane craft beer from just four ingredients. Or head to the Franciscan Well Brewery, built on the site of an old monastery and well, the water from which was supposed to have curative properties. Come on a Thursday for pizza cooked in the wood-fired oven, or book a beer tasting or a brewery tour.
Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Cork
What are the most booked hotels in Cork?Ambassador Hotel Cork City, The Montenotte Hotel and Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Cork are some of the popular hotels in Cork.
What is the lowest price for a double room in Cork?The cheapest price for a double room in Cork is £58, offered by Great National Commons Inn Hotel.
If I want to stay in the center of Cork, which hotels shall I consider?The best hotels near the center of Cork are The River Lee Hotel a member of The Doyle Collection, Hayfield Manor and Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork.
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