Hayfield Manor Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHayfield Manor Hotel Cork
The Hayfield Manor Hotel was amazing. The room was large and luxurious. The bathroom was equally large with a huge claw foot tub and separate shower. Robes were provided. The staff was perfect and the service was exquisite. The old manor house (central part of the hotel) was beautiful and filled with antiques. A lovely experience.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hayfield Manor Hotel Cork
Wonderful hotel, difficult to get to
Cork is a difficult city for a tourist to navigate in - finding street names can be a challenge - I had to ask for directions 3 times. Fortunately, the staff at the hotel were experts at defusing a frustrated driver. Our room was very nice, especially the bathroom and there was wireless internet access so I could check email with my Palm.
Dinner in Perrotts was super, in particular, the duck appetizer. Breakfast was either a buffet or cooked to order in the Orchids restaurant. Inasmuch as being taken care of is a good thing in an unfamiliar country, we would stay there again. Louis, the doorman, is able to provide excellent driving directions for exiting Cork.
The reviews are not exagerated
I agree with all the previous reviews - this is a FABULOUS hotel.
We only stayed for one night (pity) and it was my birthday which I had mentioned this at time of booking. Many hotels would have maybe left a bottle of wine, or fruit, or a cake in the room; Hayfield upgraded us, which staggered me. The room was beautiful, really beautiful.
The hotel main rooms are all splendid and the staff are as good as everyone says.
I had a massage and it was exceptional (I like to have a massage if I'm at a hotel with spa/treatment facilities, so I've had a few in my time).
Dinner in the very chic main restaurant was lovely as was breakfast - at which they even provide champagne for a complementary Bucks Fizz.
If we go to Ireland again will definitely go back to Hayfield, its well worth the money.
This was one of the best hotels we have stayed in. The rooms were large and the facilities excellent but by far the best thing was the service from the staff. All were extremely helpful and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. They always knew who you were without you even having to say your name. On the Saturday we mentioned to the concierge that we would probably travel to the coast the following day, when we returned there were maps and articles pushed under our door for us to take with us.
We only ate in Orchids, food and service were excellent. Word of warning if you have a full cooked Irish breakfast, do not eat for at least 24 hours beforehand!
The only "criticism" is that they did not replenish the toiletries when they had been used (annoying when you have not brought any to save space on the flight!). Lovely roll top baths and large shower cubicles in the bathrooms.
Pool and spa were being refurbished during our stay, heated outdoor jacuzzi is nice weather permitting.
The hotel is a fair walk from the city centre but is only a 10-15 Euro taxi ride to the far side.
Best Customer Service ---ever!
I've stayed in top hotels all round the world but this had something special. All the staff and I mean all, made you feel extra specially welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The friendleness and relaxed manner was just right, great Irish hospitality. Food was superb both in the main dining room and bistro. I chose the wine for a large party and asked the maitre d for his recommendation. You would have expected him to start at the bottom, ie the most expensive on the wine list, not here. He recommended a stunning wine which was one of the cheapest. He apologised profussly when we reordered it the following night but they had run out -- because we had drunk so much the night before! He recommended another and charged us the cheaper price of the first wine -- how often do you get that!
Rooms and bathroom are spacious and 4*quality. A nice touch is a putter, electronic cup and retriever and golf balls for golf addicts, very relaxing after a demanding day followed by a deep bath in a very large roll top bath -- and then the wine.
Gentle walk into Cork and the pubs are very welcoming especially now that they are smoke free.
Would stay here anytime I'm back in Cork
Best hotel in Cork
Having stayed at many hotels in the Cork area during business trips, this is the best hotel in Cork. It lives up to its reputation for 5 star quality and service. It is an oasis within Cork. None of the other hotels live up to the Hayfield's standard.
Hayfield Manor is first class
We stayed at Hayfield Manor while on a luxury coach tour, so only had one night - we could have stayed for a week! Room, staff were first class, and the food in the Manor Room was superb. We will definitely be going back for a longer stay.
Even if I could find a single fault in this hotel, it is more than compensated by the best hotel staff I have ever encountered. They are extremely helpful, competent and accommodating while being warm, friendly and yet respectful. They are led by a fantastic General Manager, Aidan Fahy, who has an incredible can-do attitude second to none. No demand, no matter how great or small ever phases this hotel.
If I sound like an ad, so be it, but they hosted my wedding which was done with style and elan. I can't even count how many of my guests sought me out to specially praise something that the hotel did for them.
This is how all hotels should be.
Only five star hotel in Cork and deserves its rating. We stayed for the weekend (25-27 Feb 2005) as a birthday treat for my partner. How grateful we were when the Metropole had over booked and tranferred us free of charge. Incidently, after walking through the leisure facilities and trying to book into the the Metropole this was also a very well decorated hotel in a central location.
The Hayfield is a little further out from the centre but all the major shops can be reached on foot within 20 minutes passing the very impressive Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral. Parking is also limited in the city centre.
On entering the hotel you are greeted by soothing music from a pianist in the corner of the enrance hall. The reception desk on the left is unhurried and efficient. A grand central staircase led us to our accommodation. The bedroom had useful twin marble wash basins in the ensuite and was a good size. We also ventured to the gym, steamroom and swimming pool before braving the outdoor jacuzzi. The only negative is that there was no sauna.
Good choice of breakfast from contintal style buffet to full Irish cooked breakfast. Tried the bar one evening and enjoyed a pint of Guinness - coffee was also very nice apparently.
All the staff were polite and efficient which made us feel very comfortable throughout. If your pocket can stretch to it, try the luxurious Hayfield and you will not be dissapointed.
A lovely hotel
The Hayfield Manor Hotel is a wonderful find. The staff are so friendly and welcoming. We stayed in an excutive suite, which had it's own sitting room with a gas log effect fire. Both the bedroom and sitting room were enormous and beautifully decorated. We managed to look in a number of their "standard rooms" which were large but no sitting room and the Junior suites which were slightly larger with a nice comfy sofa. The hotel is very much like a large country house and the sitting room and library are delightful. We ate in Perrotts the "contemporary dining room" on our first night as the Manor room closes on Monday. We didn't ever find our way to the Manor room as the food and atmosphere in Perrotts captivated us! The special dishes of the day (one meat and one fish) plus the ordinary menu provided excellent fare and to be honest three courses plus coffee was as much as we could manage (the Manor room is a five course dinner). Breakfast was fabulous - a super buffet plus whatever you wanted cooked freshly from the kitchen. We didn't manage to try their full afternoon tea, but we saw other guests order this - it looked delicious but you would need to eat it early if you wanted to have dinner as well. We did try their selection of sandwiches for two and would thoroughly recommend these!
We stayed four nights from 28th February and were lucky to have crisp, dry, if a little cold weather. We saw lots of the surrounding area - venturing out on foot, by bus and train (very reliable and clean!) It was lovely to return to the welcoming haven of Hayfield Manor and it's open fireplace in the reception area.
The leisure facilities are again spotlessly clean, although we didn't find time for any of the treatments!
It was a lovely break and we came home feeling that we would definately return.
Having heard so much about this place before my arrival i was glad to see the reviews were spot on.
This place is indeed the best hotel i have been to in a long time. The service is superb, the rooms very large and the setting amazing.
If you are staying there you have to try the resturant for dinner as it was the best meal i have ever had...but be warned you need to leave plenty of room as the courses just keep coming.
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