I organised and hosted a charity event in this hotel on Friday 14th February, titled Valentine's Night Ball - A Time to HUG. The preparation for this event started months ago and involved a lot of emails, phone-calls and visits. The staff have always been warm, welcoming, prepared to listen and give great advice, based on their extensive experience. Shane (General Manager) and Amy (Events Team) were always on hand to answer any questions or requests that I had (even emails sent to Shane at 2.00am). No request was too much trouble and Amy and her team went out of their way to try an accommodate my requests or suggest an alternative. Shane was invaluable in suggestions for the event and his experience and high standards were more than obvious in the preparation of this event. I had some décor sponsored for the night and the hotel kindly stored this for me, no questions asked. On the day of the event, I arrived at the hotel early, my bedroom was extremely clean and comfortable (as always) and everything you would need was at a hand. The ballroom had been had already been set up on the previous day. It was just beautifully decorated, creating a warm and romantic atmosphere to the room. The Operations Team outdid themselves, sourcing new chair covers and sash, to colour co-ordinate with my theme, even the lighting in the room blended in. The drinks reception was held in Ditchley House and Shane, Pierre (and his son) and his team decorated the room with rose petals, hanging hearts, lanterns and candles (which I was not aware they were doing), it was just magical. Niall and his colleagues in the Jazz band (who kindly entertained us free of charge). The meal was outstanding.....the compliments from my guests were flowing, even during the courses. How the chef managed to create such a luxurious menu on the budget I had, I do not know. He truly is a master-chef (James...I am open to correction on that). James and his team deserve recognition for all their hard work and talents, absolutely top class food. People are still talking about the food. All the waiting staff were extremely helpful, in fact ever staff member I came in contact with was without fault. The small touches are what made this experience magical. There are so many to chose from, the lovely lady who knocked on my bedroom door with a "welcome back" card and two delicious cupcakes, a beautiful gift from the Spa & Retreat in my room, to Joe helping me with the "trees", Pierre tentatively looking after my every need, Bart (apologies if it I spelt your name incorrectly), James (preparing a special main course for me), Izabella, Agnes, Elaine, Dawn and many more. I don't want to leave anyone out for recognition, as everyone was a pleasure to work with, so apologies if I have. Padraig (Duty Manager), was extremely helpful and friendly and has an amazing personal touch which is memorable. I couldn't be happier with the event and the manner in which it was handled from start to finish. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and their outstanding staff for any occasion, big or small. All occasions be treated with the same personal, professional and caring touch. You WILL return for more. Feeling very proud and lucky to have this hotel and their staff in Cork. Gina xxx
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel is located 15 minutes from Cork City centre. The hotel is ideally situated near Fota Island, Cobh and just 15 minutes from Cork International Airport. The Hotel has 126 bedrooms, a fitness centre, a hydrotherapy swimming pool, retreat spa along with The Island Grillroom Restaurant and Banks Bar. The hotel is perfect for both business and pleasure as we offer a wide variety of services from relaxing spa treatments to complimentary high speed internet. ... more less
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