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Travel Blogs from Cork
We took advantage of the fine day to go round the Ring of Kerry though didn't get quite the early start we’d planned. Pete was happy with breakfast, there was a huge pile of smoked salmon and that always excites him. Filled up the car for the first time – it’s diesel but that’s only a few cents cheaper than petrol which is …
The restaurant was crammed this morning and I discovered later that the hotel was running a 90 Euro pp for two nights B&B so that put my posh deal in the shade, they got a bargain because the hotel is a really good one. Never mind. There was a mix of people, lots of couples and a few girly groups, and we laughed about two girls together – …
- Don't ever attempt to drive anywhere in Ireland unless you have a GPS (even the Irish get confused by the road signs – or lack of).
- Estimate the time you will take to get somewhere, double it, and if you make it within that time you will be pleasantly surprised.
· If you see signs for 'ramps' and arrows pointing …
... do with it and headed toward the cafe. Erin and I entered the castle on the ground floor (the cattle barn) and slowly made our way up the narrow, windy stair case that lead up four floors to the top. My claustrophobia kicked in as the 16th century stairway began to narrow. There was no railing, just a thick rope running down the center. We would move up a couple steps then wait a few minutes. Move then wait. Whew. I heard people above and ...
... breath-taking. We drove slowly along a glorious road along the coast to Cork. We took the longest way around and it was worth every mile. We took lots of photos and will share them with you.
We stayed at a hostel called Shelia’s. Absolutely revolting!!!! Dirty! Smelly! Expensive! We were so glad to get out of there. My Nanny Gerty’s great grandfather came from ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Imperial Hotel Cork
Nice hotel in the heart of the city
The imperial hotel in Cork is a nice, clean hotel in the center of town. It has a pub, a coffee shop and a restaurant which are very convenient. We had a great stay and would recommend it to anyone going to Cork.
We were on a driving trip through Ireland without hotel reservations. It was getting late and we decided to stay in Cork. We parked the car in the City Center and walked around looking for a hotel. Within a few minutes we came across the Imperial Hotel. From the outside the hotel looked like a five star hotel, with a door man and a beautiful lobby. Our first thoughts were this hotel is probably out of our budget, but we should at least ask what is a price of a double room. To our surprise the room was medium priced and it included a full breakfast. The Imperial Hotel is an older hotel, but our room was quite comfortable. After checking into our room we decided to walk around the streets within a few blocks from our hotel. To our second surprise the hotel was in a shopping, restaurants, and pub area. If you find yourself in Cork, you will enjoy staying at the Imperial Hotel.
Having compared this hotel with the Gresham Metropole and Izaac's I'd say it's the best of the three - convenient for the town centre tourist attractions and in a good neighbourhood (the others are in a run down area). Refurbishment is ongoing and my wife and I had a lovely 'new' room, clean and smart with a beautiful bathroom and lots of character. The main drawback can be noise at pub emptying time - the early hours in this part of the world. Ask for a quiet room and forego the view - avoid overlooking the front or sides of the building. The staff were all helpful and considerate. Scoozi's Italian restaurant/cafe nearby has great atmosphere and good food at a reasonable price. The hotel breakfast is excellent. We paid a room rate of Euro 120 for B&B, which was better than the other two hotels I've mentioned could offer. Phone the Imperial and ask for their best rate - if you don't ask you don't get! If in Cork I'd stay here again - can't say fairer than that.
An old hotel, which I liked (creaky floors, strange stairs, etc.). A friendly staff, good restaurant, fine sized rooms in a great location. Unfortunately, the furniture showed its wear, the chairs were dirty, and the bedspread was absolutely filthy. I've stayed in some pretty nasty places but this was almost too much for me.
We stayed at Imperial Hotel at beginning of May. This hotel was actually very convenient to explore Cork city on foot. But that's all.
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Stayed in a lovely room for three in April. Marvellous location - most things within walking distance. Stunning lobby and very friendly staff. Everything clean and plenty of toiletries. Would definitely stay here again - the rate was good too.
Stayed at Imperial entire month of July, 2004.
I just got back from a one night stay at the Imperial Hotel which was a very pleasant experience. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the rooms were a nice size and very clean. We were out late so we missed breakfast but my sister went down to the front coffee shop to buy scones and the staff there set her up with some wonderful scones and danish with plates and silverware to take back to the room.
Right in the center of town.
Spent 3 nights and really liked hotel and its location in the flat part of the city. Could easily walk everywhere. Food was very good. Breakfast cooked to order. Loved Cork and would stay at the Imperial again.