Lancaster Lodge

Address: Western Road, Cork, County Cork, Ireland | 4 star hotel
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This 4 star hotel, located in the Mardyke area of Cork, is near Cork City Gaol, Old City Gaol, St Fin Barre's Cathedral, and Cork Public Museum.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsLancaster Lodge Cork

      Reviewed by ayrtraveller

      Overnight stay

      Reviewed Jan 3, 2014
      by (1 review) , Australia Flag of Australia

      One piece of soap for basin and shower
      Terrible shower taps
      No towel rails whatsoever
      No fridge in room

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      Historical Traveler Reviews Lancaster Lodge Cork

      A nice hotel with lovely service


      I suspect that this hotel offers pretty standard 'business-class' rooms, i.e. nice accommodation with a television, en-suite bathroom, and all the little extras such as bottled water, etc. What does set it apart from other hotels in this price-range and market, however, is the lovely service offered by the reception staff. They simply can't do enough for their guests. They made telephone calls, reservations, called restaurants, made enquiries, provided me with all extra amenities I asked for - always with a smile. This is perhaps due to the fact that the owners themselves work on reception and they're obviously keen that you come back and stay with them next time you're visiting Cork! The night porter is also an absolute angel - a true Irish gentleman who will assist you in any way he can. The breakfast - including home-made fruit salad, home-made bread and croissants, and such delicious extras as smoked salmon - is wonderful, and a marvellous way to start the day. I highly recommend this hotel. It's worth the extra money to book a suite as the room is much larger than the double.

      Not on a cold nite..


      Stayed in the Lancaster Guesthouse for 1 night while on business in Cork. I decided to stay on the recommendations I read on this site, However, I was very disappointed. It was a very cold night.I got a room on the ground floor. My room was freezing, had to get extra blankets. There was heating, but it made no difference. Hallway and rooms carpets were very shabby.

      Great Choice!


      Just returned from a three night pre-Christmas city break in Cork. The hotel is absolutely great! It is spotlessly clean throughout, public areas are modern yet comfortable,the staff are friendly and helpful, the breakfast is superb and the bedrooms are spacious with quality furnishings. The hotel is about a 10 minute stroll from the main shopping area of the city, but it's an easy, flat walk. The city is great for shopping, lovely christmas decorations and atmosphere. Recommend Scotts for a good meal, The Vault opposite hotel for a traditional Irish hospitality and Ruby Tuesdays for live music. Bus from airport into centre is about 3 euros, then catch another bus which stops outside hotel if you are struggling with luggage! A taxi is about 16 euros. Recommend catching the bus down to Kinsale on the coast. It rained while we were there, but on a sunny day I am sure it's lovely!

      Best Accomodation in Cork City


      I have stayed in and I have used the Lancaster Lodge in Cork as a base for visiting clients, esp from Germany. This is a new concept in overnighting in Cork and long may it continue. This is a very clean, efficient and reasonably priced place. As a native of Cork city (but living in Dublin) I would have no difficulty in recommending Lancaster Lodge. When I have guests visiting I am comfortable in the knowledge that their stay in Cork will be a good experience. For far too long Cork has been serviced by the 'tired' face of so-called hotels. This is a market leader in overnight accomodation in Cork. Long may it continue.

      Excellent Breakfast


      Modern hotel, ideally located within 5 minutes walk of Cork's main shopping area. The walk from the bus station takes about 10-15 minutes, and about 20 minutes from the train station (which is difficult to find).

      We initially requested a room at the rear of the hotel, away from the road. But at the time of our visit, the old Jury's Hotel (which was next door) was being demolished, and during hours of 8 till 5, workmen were digging away to the rear and side of the property. Hotel staff were happy to accomodate our move to a front facing room.

      The hotel fronts on to a river, and then a road. Across the road on a side street is a Nightclub, but this didn't disturb us, even at the weekend.

      Staff very friendly and helpful, with good knowledge of the local area (including offering some bus and train timetables).

      Rooms large, clean and nicely furnished, with good daily maid service. Although the weather wasn't sunny when we stayed, it was humid and the temperature in the rooms got very warm. Windows could be opened wide, to get some fresh air in.

      The breakfast was outstanding, and plentiful. A good buffet selection and cooked breakfast, including options of smoked salmon or pancakes.

      Overall excelllent breakfast, good clean, well appointed accommodation and good service. I would certainly go back.

      Wonderful Irish Hospitality!


      Just arrived back from a fantastic 3 night stay at the Lancaster. Large Room over looking front of hotel and river. Nice luxury toiletries in bathroom and all Spotlessly clean. The bed was so comfortable it was a joy to go to sleep at night! Staff welcoming and nothing too much trouble. Location of hotel perfect. 5 min stroll to the city centre (you need it after the fantastic buffet/cooked breakfast each morning). All streets and bars within a 10 walk of each other and wonderful boutiques and shops en-route!

      Highly Recommend Clancy's restaurant for a wonderful meal. Great service. Whether lunch time or dinner, relaxed, intimate friendly atmosphere. Excellent value for money. Sun Deck on roof if you are a smoker or just want to lap up the irish sunshie. The steaks/irish Stew were gorgeous. Great Live Band's ever night.

      Scotts Bar : great if you want to sit outside and watch the world go by, nice choice of lunches too.

      Being a non-smoker it was a joy for me to sit/stand in a bar. Hope the Uk follow suit.

      You must visit Blarney Castle, wonderful gardens and village location.- Sunday a good day too choose (bit quietier). Catch the 224 bus from South Quay (oppostie Bus Depot) at 9.15 - you can be kissing the Blarney Stone by 10am. Be prepared for a walk to the top of the castle!! Woollen Mill a must for some shopping. If its a sunny day like ours walk along the river. Pure bliss and so quiet.

      The Cork people are welcoming, friendly and great fun, we look forward to coming back.

      Jeanette & John Romford Essex

      To be recommended


      I must admit i find this negative report about Lancaster Lodge quite puzzling. I am occupied in the tourism industry and i have stayed in hotels of all standards and i could not find fault Lancaster Lodge. Staff, service and overall impression were excellent.

      Top Class Accomodation


      I from Germany travel quite a lot and i am quite often in Cork on business and up until i stayed at Lancaster Lodge i changed hotels on every visit.

      Now i would not dream of changing again and Lancaster Lodge has become my home away from home here in Germany when i am in Cork. I find the service, the staff to be excellent and can be measured with the best i have seen on my travels.

      Thank you and i look forward to my next visit.

      Thomas Hagen


      I hated Lancaster Lodge


      I stayed in Lancaster Lodge for a couple of weeks and I found that the staff

      were extremely poor and very unhelpful.When I complained to the manager

      Mr.Robert White he refused to deal with my complaints and started to avoid me.This made my stay there quite uncomfortable.I could not possibly recommend staying there and suggest that the AA and RAC reconsider their

      star rating on this awful place.I believe that it was a complete waste of my money.If your a tourist in Cork try and find somewhere else to stay.

      I may be contacted - The General Manager - Susan Leahy.

      TripAdvisor Reviews Lancaster Lodge Cork

      4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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      DINGLE/CORK - Blarney Castle.

      A travel blog entry by jukes on Oct 05, 2014

      19 photos

      ... access to every inch of it - at your own risk. It is HIGH, and yes we DID kiss the stone! I must confess I did NOT like the experience, Kevin is chuckling, it was quite scary he said, and it was. He says to tell you that he was still recovering from his kissing while I did my act, and he was still so shaken that, when he went to take my pic with the iPad he pressed the wrong button and turned it off!!! I got him tho. We are ...

      Day 19: Dublin to Cork

      A travel blog entry by gerard42 on Sep 09, 2014

      1 comment, 10 photos

      ... it was just a 15-minute stop to stretch our legs and maybe get a quick bite to eat. I finally had some fruit for the first time in weeks! After about 10 minutes, when everybody else was starting to congregate back around the bus, we saw the ODWs stroll off towards McDonald's. Five minutes later, the bus rolled off, destined for our next destination. It was now that probably the worst call in history was made, and one which we all forever regret, because somebody decided ...


      A travel blog entry by kata.geoff on Aug 07, 2014

      11 photos

      ... And we had fish and chips and a beer. After dinner we drove out to an old fort on the ocean front, it was closed but we walked around it anyways it was beautiful, and so quiet! We then drove back and spent the night in cork. Waking up early the next morning to go to Jamison's whiskey tour, Geoff and Allie got chosen to do the whiskey tasting and we all got a free drink, don't worry moms by the end of the tour it was 5 o'clock somewhere. After the tour we set off for the ...

      The "Gift of Gab"

      A travel blog entry by efrohoff on Aug 05, 2014

      14 photos

      ... up and thus head straight for the city center.

      We're a bit early when we arrive at half past six. The musicians are still setting up and they don't begin until 7:15pm. Dinner is great, as always here and the music and dancing is such fun. Julian grabs a reluctant Jada and drags her onto the dance floor. They dance, with such joy, it's infectious. The patrons all clap as they leave the floor. Jada then runs back to our table, while Julian tries ...

      Blarney Castle & Cobh

      A travel blog entry by heidif on Jul 13, 2014

      1 comment, 58 photos

      ... village of Blarney is small and cute. We walk from the Blarney Woolen Mills parking lot to the Blarney Castle entrance. After buying our tickets, we head straight to the castle to queue up for the Blarney Stone. The line begins at the staircase inside the castle so the climb is leisurely as we go up about 2 steps at a time. It takes about 30 minutes for us to get to the top and the Blarney Stone. When we leave the Blarney Castle the line is at least three times ...