Hotel Isaacs Cork
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Isaacs Cork
A very nice Hotel
I stayed in this Hotel with my partner in February 2004, the staff there were very friendly and helpful, the rooms were of a good standard and very clean, and the breakfasts were delicious with a good variety. Would definately recommend this Hotel to travellers to Cork, and the prices for the Hotel are very good value too. An enjoyable stay.
Clean but boring
It is noisey, but what do you expect in a city centre hotel?
That was not a problem. What annoyed me was that the receptionist kept answering the phone when I was checking in. I wanted to plug it out of the wall. Don't you think a flesh-and-blood customer standing at the desk, should have priority over a mere potential one on the wire? The decor is budget hotel decor, very like Jury's Inn. But it's a fine building on a lively street. I was very disapointed with the food in Greene's restaurant. Instead go the more atmospheric "Isaacs restaurant" (same name, same building, but confusingly, totally unrelated to the hotel!).
But the place is clean, comfortable enough, nice bathroom, powerful shower. Breakfast was good.
No lifts for the fat and lazy or infirm. For a drink and music go to the "Sin é pub" (pronounced "Shin-ay"), down the street, were they have a very international clientele.
I stayed in Isaacs for 3 nights and must say the staff on reception were marvelous, full of information down to what price the rugby tickets were for the game being held on the day I arrived. The food in Greenes was excellent and the room (newly refurbished apparently) was spotless, warm and had everything you would need. The waterfall is lovely at night and I agree that it can get noisy at night but it's a city centre hotel.
For insomniacs only
I have stayed at the Isaacs at least 8 times, as a visiting businessman. In style, it feels a little worn around the edges, clean, and perhaps in need of some modernization here and there. Reception can be cool, or friendly, depending on who you get.
The biggest problem is noise. You can get a room that overlooks an alley where there is a restaurant, and the noise of patrons yakking on into the night. Or the other alley, where there is an early morning delivery/garbage truck, and a lot of clattering as bottles are taken out. There is no quiet alley, to the best of my determination. The front rooms are a total disaster, overlooking a terribly busy street of non-stop traffic. This noise also seeps down into the alleys.
Since I stay at a hotel primarily as a means to SLEEP for the night, Isaacs ranks poorly in my estimation. Unless you are a heavy sleeper, not a good choice. The best thing they do is the breakfast, with hot croissants and fresh bread, all served promptly, and the way you want it, an excellent kitchen and service. This does not make up for a bad night's sleep, though.
I stayed at the Isaacs hotel for 5 nights in April. The hotel is great, the staff warm, friendly and professional. The food was very good indeed. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel to friends and family.
It's not actually bad, but...
We checked in for 4 nights but left after two. The initial impression was positive - eg really friendly staff - and the room, overlooking the waterfall, seemed nice. But the shower, although brand new, barely worked; the clanking of pipes in the night was so loud as to be comical, and closing our curtains was pointless because there was no blind over the skylight. The restaurant Greenes is perfectly adequate but definitely over-rated and the breakfasts disappointing - limited choice, warm orange juice etc.
The apartments were in a good location a few minutes walk from the City Centre. The staf in reception were very great and gave us lots of hints and tips on what to do over a wet weekend. The apartments were very clean and contained all you needed, apart from comfortable beds. I don't think I have ever slept on anything as hard in my life. I was very tempted to sleep on the beds in the lounge. The windows opened up into the alley, so the apartment was very dark and smelled of the food from the restaurant. I wouldn't stay there again. though Cork is graet, lots of usic, shops and pubs.
Ditto the review below
I was there in August 2003 and encountered the same thing as the below reviewer. The room we were given we had to go through an unsecured & desolate back alley filled with trash (I believe the alley of the restuarant); not very comforting for 5 girls travelling. After walking thru that, we then had to climb six flight of stairs with our luggage.
The apartment itself was OK; enough room for a large party travelling, but after the rudeness of the front desk, the incovenience of parking and unloading your car, and the actual having to get to the room, you already have a bad taste in your mouth.
I wouldn't if I were you....
Recently, four of us chose Isaac's Apartments for our stay in Cork. It started poorly with a very chilly receptionist treating us rudely.
Although it was 4:00 PM, we were advised that the parking facility wouldn't be available until 5:00 PM leaving us no choice but to drive around the block for an hour. Because of construction, this would continue for two addl. days (although it didn't). It was supposed to be a two night stay, but we left after one. They put us in a room that required you to walk through a trash laden alley that smelled terrible.
Once you entered the building, the smell changed but was equally pervasive. Although the rooms were clean, it was above the main drag in Cork and very loud. It was not a pleasant experience, but the town of Cork was wonderful.
Delightful Self Catering
Stayed in a three bedroom apartment at Isaac's and was quite satisfied. No elevators, so there were some steps, but these were clean and spacious accomodations after Dublin and a B&B. The kitchen was fully equipped with stove, microwave, and washer-dryer (no dishwasher) and this could be a nice base for a stay of several days or a week. Nice restaurant at the adjacent Isaac's hotel. Parking is three blocks away in a church's lot.
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... the same terrifying roads with the same terrified driver but I must say I now feel quite comfortable driving here. We are now staying at an impressive modern hotel called the River Lee which sits, believe or not, along the River Lee. Highlights of the evening included a long walk through the small streets of Cork city center and finding some outdoor seating across the street from a pub playing live authentic Irish music. ...
... store and grocery store. As it's before 10am, the store is practically empty. The liquor aisles are blocked off, as it's illegal to sell alcohol before 10:30am on weekdays and 12:30am on Sundays, just another little quirk.
We head home from the store, and the clouds are becoming more ominous and the trees are beginning to rustle in the wind. Thankfully we arrive home before the incoming rain. The boys get to work ...
... street performers world championships which were being held in Cork over two days and Kasey watch this crazy metal magician and I went to search for food as I do haha then off to the pub the Oliver Plunket to listen to live music and drink some Cider again, a lot of eating and drinking and bus traveling happening ...
... will a lot! We also got a visit from the Warden (basically an RA) who showed us how to work the water heaters and everything which was good because I DO NOT want to be taking a cold shower!! All in all, the room is nice and I've made myself as at home as I can be so far here!
**WE HAVE ROOMMATES NOW**
We have one roommate from Minnesota named Paige and another from France who's name is Ahnlo (I don't really know how to spell it.. but it's said "On-low")
... s pub, and everyone got ice cream afterwards. I love the picture we took of a bunch of us lined up with our ice cream cones--we look like a bunch of tourists having their first gelato in Italy. Our new bus driver, Freddie, was jealous :)
In the afternoon we started heading back to Dublin through Tipperary, where my Dwyer relatives come from. It's amazing how much Tipperary looks like central Illinois, even down to ...