Superb location within a short stroll of all Cork has to offer. We arrived by bus from the airport and it is a 5 minute walk from the bus station (although the bus passes the hotel and some drivers will drop you off at a stop almost outside the entrance).
Big enough to be bustling, but small enough to retain a personal touch. Staff are superb - friendly happy, helpful and efficient - particularly reception and concierge.
We had a first floor front room overlooking the entrance canopy, which I thought at first might be noisy, but it was fine (perhaps the Beamish stout helped!). Fairly spacious, comfortable and clean, although the decor is a little dated and heavy.
We were on a 2 night B&B package including dinner one night and this was good value. Breakfasts are ample buffet style with good selection. Dinner fixed price menu was fine, nothing too exciting but well prepared and generous portions. I had to send back my trio of pork as it had been standing under the heat lamp too long and dried out. It was quickly and discreetly replaced as soon as I complained and 3 tiers of restaurant management came to apologise and ensure all was ok.
There is a beautiful coffee shop at the front of the hotel and a nice bar, serving food all day on the other side of the foyer, both with pavement seating.
We did not use the Spa.
When we found ourselves unexpectedly needing to stay a further day the staff worked hard to find us a room even though the hotel was on paper, fully booked. The room was a smaller back room with poor outlook, but the standard of furnishing and cleanliness were the same. We were very grateful for the effort put in to find this room for us at such short notice and were given a good price.
We certainly would not hesitate to rebook.
- 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