There’s lots to love about Cork, the second-largest city in Ireland. History lovers can explore the 16th-century Camden Fort Meagher; shoppers can peruse the stalls at the ancient English Market; while outdoor enthusiasts can tackle the nearby Ballycotton Cliff Walk. The hotels here are pretty nifty too, ranging from Irish institutions to grand country estates. Here’s our selection of the top places to stay in Cork – all bookable on Culture Trip.
If you’ve had your fair share of grand manor houses and are looking for something a little more modern, look no further than the Montenotte Hotel. This eclectic enclave is one of the most popular places to stay in the city and features a cinema that screens free nightly movies; a heated terrace, for al fresco dining; and a health club with a gym, jacuzzi and 20m (65ft) pool. The best views of Cork harbour can be enjoyed from the rooftop terrace, martini in hand.
Owned and run by the same family for more than 50 years, the Garryvoe Hotel is characterised by exquisite service and attention to detail. Wellness also plays a big part of the offerings here: there’s a 25m (80ft) pool with designated lane swimming, a hot tub and exercise classes. There’s also a mixed pebble-sand beach right by the hotel. Food consists of adventurous menus that rotate with the seasons to ensure the locally sourced produce is fresh.
A five-star escape ideal for families and bigger get-togethers, Fota Island Resort has tennis courts, a golf course, a spa and gym, plus nature walks nearby. While impressive in size, the hotel maintains an exclusive atmosphere, with homely two-, three- and four-bedroom self-catering lodges alongside standard rooms and suites. It’s ideally located, too, just 15 minutes from Cork city centre.
What once was an Edwardian tobacco warehouse is now a stylish boutique hotel, bang in the middle of Cork’s theatre district. Book a room on the ground floor for access to an enclosed courtyard with tables and chairs. The award-winning Greenes Restaurant draws visitors time after time – the focus is on local, organic ingredients including seared scallops and Skeaghanore duck breast. It’s also a classy setting, with white-linen tablecloths, a heated terrace and a natural waterfall coming down the cliff-face outside.
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