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The Imperial Hotel

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#6 of 32 hotels in Cork
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2023 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
Located in the very heart of the city the Imperial Hotel is the most central hotel in Cork. It is in the heart of Cork’s new pedestrianised area and in the main shopping district, restaurants and nightlife. The "Grande Dame" of Cork ambience exudes a historical elegance with contemporary touches and boasts luxurious air conditioned rooms and the tranquil Escape Spa, an oasis of calm in the city centre. The bedrooms styles are elegant featuring state of the art smart TVs, free WiFi, Business Safe, Espresso machines and the Irish brand "Field Day" toiletries. In the Thyme at Seventy Six Restaurant, a high standard of Irish cuisine is created each evening using fresh fish, meat and vegetables from the local English Market. Guests can enjoy a coffee or light lunch in Lafayette's Cafe. Quirky, smart, Rus in Urbe, serving contemporary local food for breakfast and lunch, Sketch transforms into a vibrant cocktail bar serving sharing platters every evening. 'The lunch is served in Sketch daily with a contemporary food . At the award winning Escape spa, guests can indulge in treatments including an aqua body polish, signature facials and Aveda massages. There is no onsite car parking but a it is available for an additional fee in a private car park located a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Evening entertainment
Babysitting
Children's television networks
Taxi service
Wifi
Sauna
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Highchairs available
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
Salon
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Currency exchange
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Interconnected rooms available
Room service
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Classic
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Polish
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peg wrote a review 19 Apr
Berlin, Connecticut41 contributions41 helpful votes
Great location, clean and comfortable rooms and beds. Staff friendly and helpful. Great bar and restaurant. The only drawback in the bar is they had very limited spirits. The in room, coffee machine was awesome. Bottles of springwater offered daily.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Emma Bubbles wrote a review 17 Apr
Kilkenny, Ireland5 contributions
Omg what a fabulous hotel - we loved the decor. The staff were very friendly and helpful from the moment we arrived. Breakfast was delicious as was the food in the restaurant. Room was fab too. Very handy base for exploring the city. Would love to return
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Delighted that you find our team to be friendly and helpful - we consider our staff members to be our greatest asset and it is always heart-warmng when we receive positive comments such as yours. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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Flyer16775348514 wrote a review 17 Apr
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This is a very comfortable and historic hotel. Great service, and staff are very friendly and very helpful. The bed and pillows are very comfortable. It is a very central location for exploring Cork. We stayed for a weekend. There is a very comfortable resident's lounge with lots of interesting books.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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tinseltoes wrote a review 16 Apr
Dublin, Ireland376 contributions231 helpful votes
Having heard very positive reviews about The imperial, I was very much looking forward to staying with my family. We were not disappointed, from our check-in, concierge for carparking and all of the staff, they were most courteous during our stay. We had wonderful, spacious and clean rooms - all very elegant and luxurious feel. It is so central and excellent for retail therapy. However, It was difficult to get an early evening drink post retail therapy in the cafe and in between the bar opening. We had to opt for the guest lounge and coffee which was very comfortable. All areas of the hotel were very busy. Breakfast was delicious and ample portions of everything. Staff were most courteous and accommodating, as we were chatting long after other guests left the dining area. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and hopefully it won't be too long before we return.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Room Tip: Over looking the South Mall can be noisy with taxis and other vehicles.
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Delighted that you find our team to be courteous and accommodating - we consider our staff members to be our greatest asset and it is always heart-warmng when we receive positive comments such as yours. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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Leah Eve T wrote a review 16 Apr
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5 stars all round! Beautiful hotel, the staff are very nice and helpful and it is in a fantastic location. We had our wedding day here and also stayed for the night. Everyone in attendance said it was a gorgeous venue and had a great time. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Delighted that you find our team to be helpful - we consider our staff members to be our greatest asset and it is always heart-warmng when we receive positive comments such as yours. Ultimately we are so pleased that you enjoyed your special day and that everyone who attended had a great time. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. And many congratulations! Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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Steve B wrote a review 15 Apr
Woodbridge, United Kingdom155 contributions54 helpful votes
This is an elegant, sophisticated and stylish establishment that truly lives up to its reputation as a classic hotel. From the moment you pull up outside to the moment you leave the staff are attentive, polite and kind. Nothing is too much for any of them. The building is spectacular, particularly the cathedral like main foyer, and the place is spotless. The rooms are large and the beds huge. with 24/7 front desk service you will want for nothing during your stay here. If there was a down side, it was the view from the bedroom window. However, given this is a hotel in the heart of the vibrant city of Cork, why on earth would you be sat in your room looking out the window?
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Delighted that you find our team to be attentive, polite and kind - we consider our staff members to be our greatest asset and it is always heart-warmng when we receive positive comments such as yours. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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Neil H wrote a review 15 Apr
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Fantastic stay at the Imperial Hotel. Staff were excellent, room was spotless and well maintained and the service in the restaurant and bar was great. We picked this Hotel due to it's location to the centre and would definitely recommend. Will come back again!
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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Mike H wrote a review 14 Apr
13 contributions2 helpful votes
The Imperial is the best hotel in Ireland and probably the whole of Europe. The wonderful staff give fantastic service and treat you like family. We visit as often as possible. The food is first class and have never had a better breakfast sausage.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Delighted that you find our team provide great service - we consider our staff members to be our greatest asset and it is always heart-warmng when we receive positive comments such as yours. And happy to hear that you also enjoyed our food and beverage offerings. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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Susan wrote a review 14 Apr
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We were made to feel so special from the momentwe arrived. A truly relaxing comfortable stay with delicious food! We'll be back for sure. Nothing was a bother at all. We appreciated the late checkout and the ease of leaving our baggage in great care while we were in the city.
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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noel C wrote a review 13 Apr
Dublin, Ireland26 contributions22 helpful votes
i love this hotel. Truly one of the great Cork/Irish Hotels. The Grand Dame of Cork Hospitality. Service Food Cleanliness and attention to detail abound. What makes it stand out is the personal touch. A welcome from the wonderful Heah Concierge Christy to Breda in the delightful Cafe / Bistro ... in fact all the Team is amazing. Like all the staff these two great Team Members epitomise total devotion to guest care. Bravo and Thank you Team Imperial !
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Room Tip: Just enjoy it all !
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Thank you for choosing to stay at The Imperial Hotel once again and for taking the time to share your review. We greatly appreciate your feedback and are so pleased to learn that you enjoyed all aspects of your stay. Delighted that you find our team offer a personal touch - we consider our staff members to be our greatest asset and it is always heart-warmng when we receive positive comments such as yours in this regard. And I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to Christy and Breda; they will be chuffed to bits. Thank you for your kind words and in the meantime, we hope we might have the pleasure of welcoming you back in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Jonathan Wallace Deputy General Manager
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PRICE RANGE
£149 - £225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
imperial hotel with escape salon, imperial hotel cork
LOCATION
IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty CorkCorkCentre
NUMBER OF ROOMS
60
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Imperial Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Imperial Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Céili by the Lee (0.1 miles), Hysterical Histories Cork (0.2 miles), and Nano Nagle Place (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Imperial Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Imperial Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Imperial Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Imperial Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Imperial Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Elbow Lane Brew and Smokehouse, Strasbourg Goose Restaurant, and Market Lane.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Imperial Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Is The Imperial Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Cork.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Imperial Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Imperial Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Imperial Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Polish.