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 Old City Gaol, Cork 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

          4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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          A travel blog entry by travelezeuk on Aug 04, 2015

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