On a 10-day trip across Ireland, my mom and I stayed at the Imperial Hotel in Cork for one night. It was just so-so; the room was very tiny and kind of dingy. The bathroom was clean, but very cramped and a bit dark.
Our room faced a side street where there was a convenience store, and I guess people congregated outside of it because we smelled smoke coming up through the window all night long. We would have closed the window, but it was really hot and stuffy in the room and there wasn't any air conditioning (not unusual in Ireland). I didn't mind the street noise, but the smoke was pretty unpleasant to smell and made it kind of difficult to sleep.
The hotel was in a great location, though—we walked to the English market and up and down some streets for a bit of shopping. There's also a really good restaurant down the street a bit called Electric—they have excellent seafood there.
Anyway, this hotel was fine for one night, but if I were to return to Cork for a longer period of time I'd likely look for another hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Imperial and Escape Spa and Hair Salon is a magical hotel that blends the warmth and intimacy of times past with the style and luxury of a contemporary hotel. Its design merges the traditional and the contemporary to create an environment with a unique warm and welcoming personality. Recently refurbished, the Imperial Hotel has 130 beautifully appointed rooms, new executive suites and rooftop penthouse suite. Escape Salon and Spa offers the perfect fusion of natural and holistic treatments in the most luxurious of settings. Irelands 1st Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel With Escape Salon
- Imperial Hotel Cork