Imperial Hotel

Address: South Mall, Cork, County Cork, Ireland | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located in the Turners Cross area of Cork, is near Charles Fort, St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Half Moon, and Trinity Bridge.
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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.

      Great Location


      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.

      Convenient, but can be noisy at night


      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.

      OK but could use a cleaning


      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.


      I found it very disturbing that you would take this view of the Imperial Hotel. I also ask why you did not bring this to the attention of the management team at the time, who would of dealt with the situation with a swift response.

      The Imperial Hotel is one of Corks oldest hotels and our guests comfort is our number one priorty. I hope that you would consider another stay with us so we may prove otherwise.

      Kind Regards,

      Maritta Buwalda

      Sales & Marketing Executive.

      Not so bad but not so good.


      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.

      We paid 150 euros a night and it turned out expensive given that no breakfast was included and that the hotel has no car park. Although it has exclusive parking spaces at a private car park, it cost me additional 6 euros.

      According to its WEB page, the hotel should have had a door man but it didn't in reality. The family room we booked should have had a capacity of 2 adults and 3 children according to the same, but it was rather small and had only a double bed and a single bed. Although it was enough for my family (my wife, my son and me), I was really disappointed with its size and two ladies at the reception were not helpful enough to offer me an alternative room.

      The only thing I got impressed with was the concierge. He is kind and generous and even gave us a brief explanation about Irish football in which players can use both hands and feet.

      Why go elsewhere?


      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.

      Magnificent hotel in magnificent city


      Stayed at Imperial entire month of July, 2004.

      Great location, walking distance to everything of any importance in this great city of Cork - that is pubs, mostly :)

      I stayed half of month in room on the back side of the hotel - very quiet, but not much of view. Then I moved to the street side - very noisy! And that is true till late night - pubs close at 2:00AM and this is a one busy street.

      Great and extremely helpfull staff, good dinner, good breakfast - good room service. Can't say anything negative about the hotel service and cleanliness at all, very nice, very friendly - this is city of Cork after all. The hotel fits the overall magnificent atmosphere of this old city, seemingly uspoiled by modern insanity like Dublin seems to be. This hotel trully was home away from home to me.

      Some room doors have problem closing, a bit "out of whack", but this is old, historical hotel - Mr. Collins stayed here the night before he was assasinated , there is his portrait in the main hall.

      Oh - beware of laundry - lost pair of jeans and one shirt.

      Highly recommended!!

      Loved the Imperial


      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.

      This hotel is in a wonderful location walking distance to everything. We had lunch at a wonderful place called Scotty's great homemade soup and sandwiches made to order and only a five minute walk from the hotel. We had dinner at Gambini's near Paul Street which is a wonderful Italian resturaunt.

      I highly recomend this hotel it is well priced and convenient to everything Cork has to offer.

      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.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Imperial Hotel Cork

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

      Travel Blogs from Cork

      Day 2 - driving day

      A travel blog entry by the-kents on Sep 14, 2014

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      A travel blog entry by efrohoff on Jul 14, 2014

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      ... and presents. As Genny remarked, it's going to be like Christmas when they get home.

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      The bus again

      A travel blog entry by hannah_louise on Jul 20, 2013

      Early morning bus for 4.5 hours to get to Cork this morning. Our hostel is really close to the bus station so was very easy to find, we are staying in our first ever dorm tonight we have been snobs up until now and had our own private room we were in a dorm with two Swedish girls who were really nice. We walked down ...

      Time to tour!

      A travel blog entry by katherine_quinn on Jan 03, 2013

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      ... to the apartments. Then we ate lunch at a little place called La Chateau (I think..).. It was a little restaraunt/pub and I got a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, which was very good! Then we toured the city a little, walked around and familiarized ourselves with the streets and everything else :) When we came back to the dorms we ate pasta and got to know one of my roommates Paige from Minnesota. We went to bed EARLY. Orientation tomorrow :)!

      Happy birthday Dad!!

      A travel blog entry by amy.harrison on Mar 30, 2012

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      ... learned a Lot from them. Georgie and Aiofe met us at the train station with Georgie's mom Rioghnach and they held up a banner for us :) we felt so welcomed into their home. We got hot showers and hot dinner and George, Georgies dad, drove us around to sight-see a bit after a cup of tea. We even got to see the Atlantic Ocean! We are SO happy to be here. Tomorrow is jam-packed with lots of fun things to do and ...