The Gresham Metropole Cork
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All-round good hotel!
The Gresham Metropole was a excellent inner city hotel.The room i stayed in was comfortable and a good size and the bathroom was lovely especially the shower. The inner decor of the hotel was nice and the whole hotel was very clean. The view from my room was brilliant. It was of the river and overlooked the city which was fab at night! The location is brilliant as there is a bus station just across the road and you can easily catch buses to attractions out of town. The staff were more than happy to give us bus timetables.The city centre was only a 5 minute walk away if that. The swimming pool was small but wasn't busy. The breakfast was ok it wasn't awful or wonderful. I would recommend this hotel to tourists who want a pleasant and relaxed weekend break in cork.
We did have a very bad stay there. A couple with us found stains on their sheet, although they did change their room. The rooms had a fantastic view on the opposite wall and were pretty small. The breakfast was average. The staff was definitely unfriendly and uninterested. We had problem with our keycard and the staff seemed annoyed to our help request. Some of us have been presented with a bill showing 3 times the real price. As the group mostly couldn't speak English, I asked an explanation and they just came back to the agreed price after changing it twice. Still not giving us any explanation about why they charged us 3 times the price in the first place.
I never bother of writing bad reviews but I felt that I should warn people off that Hotel.
This has to be the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. The room was tiny and dingy. Food awful. The car park is close by but you still have to walk in the open and drag bags in the pouring rain in my case. Pool looked good but was packed. Staff did could not recommend a sea food restaurant and did not really know the restaurants in the city. Manager told me if I had a complaint to write to their head office as he would love tp provide more service but was told to cut costs.
Cheap but not very cheerful
First up the Metropole does have some advantages: it is within walking distance to the train station and city centre and it is relatively inexpensive (or at least it should be). The lobby staff were not the most enthousiastic I have ever come across but polite. Once directed to the miniscule elevator (if you are claustrophobic or fear rattling shaky elevators book another hotel) I went to the room (double for €100/night). You could not swing the proverbial cat in it. While the hotel had a lick of paint recently it did not bother to replace the windows so I was left with a room facing the main street with single glazing and rattling sash windows. The breakfast next morning was buffet style and lukewarm. All in all if you just want a bed for the night the Metropole will do, but if you are after a relaxing stay in style in Cork look elsewhere.
You just cannot fault this hotel in any way. It is central, the car parking is easy and close by and the staff are wonderful. Our stay at the Gresham Metropole was excellent. Would definately recommend having an evening meal or three in the restaurant as the food was marvelous. Breakfast was a filler too. If you use the leisure facilities during your stay, take a swimming hat as it is needed for the pool.
I too got the inside room with the view of the rooftop and the air conditioners. While the room was clean, it was very simple. The bedspread is obviously old, the pillows are hard, and there are not enough hangers for a person staying for three days.
The bathroom is obviously updated recently, but I never could get the shower warm enough. The towels are nice though.
The power in the room was sketchy. The tv cut out twice a night and the outlet on the wall where under the window worked only sporadically.
While the website indicates that it is a business friendly hotel, it's not. There's no high speed internet, only dial up access, and you have to call to the desk to get your line "unblocked" to make an outside call. And, even if you're calling to a toll free number, there's still a hefty charge for using the phone.
The only meals I ate were breakfast which was good flavored and the staff is very friendly and attentive.
The leisure center is pretty good, lots of fairly current equipment and weights.
Overall, I was disappointed and changed hotels after my second day.
Trouble with the room
I stayed at the Metropole hotel for 6 nights. I was very please at the outside and interior decor. What I didnt like was the room. There are 2 sets of rooms. I stayed in the interior room. Upon entering your room you notice how simple it looks. Nothing great, just simple. When you look outside your window, you get a great view of the rooftop air conditioning ducts. There were no view of the city. I had problems with the air conditioning. You had to open your window for fresh air. They had a old time heating unit inside the room. In order to turn it on or turn it off you had to turn the knob. It didnt have one. The night staff had to come up to the room with the wrench to turn it off. The restaurnat was great. You eating area overlook the river Lee. Great food. I enjoyed my stay, but, i just hope they inprove the room.
Old City, Old Building, Decent Hotel
We stayed 2 nights mid-week here. Got a good rate, so the value for the price was right. Weekend rates might not be worth it.Room was smallish - view of wall across the way. Not very memorable, but we didn't spend much time there. You would not want it as your honeymoon suite.Walls a bit thin to the hallway - could hear other doors slamming when people came and went.Didn't make use of leisure facilities - seemed okay, but a bit crowded as it is part of club that anyone can join, not just hotel facilities.Breakfast was decent. Like the buffet after eating many "Irish Breakfasts" at B&B's. It was nice to just take what you wanted. Eggs tasted better than they looked.Staff was friendly, although the front desk often appeared to be under-staffed for the number of people seeking help.No major complaints or praises. Close to train and bus stations which is good for the non-car renter.
I found staff to be wonderful and friendly. Superb location in the heart of Cork. Newly refurbished rooms were yum! Overall excellent value for money.
The only bedding that we saw was either a double or 3 twins (the middle twin was too dirty to consider sleeping on and it had cigerett burns). There was no way to contron the heat at all. For what it was, it was way over priced. The parking garage was scary.
The location is good.
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