We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“An enjoyable stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Imperial Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Imperial Hotel
Ranked #11 of 23 Hotels in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
Portstewart, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“An enjoyable stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014

I have just spent 4 nights in this hotel with my husband but part of an organised tour of 48 people.
I loved this hotel and can only recommend it highly, not only for the excellent food but the very friendly and helpful staff and the handy location in the centre of Cork itself. Yes we did have a room which overlooked several pubs which became noisy at night, but even with the windows open it was fine as I always pack ear-plugs and we were on the 4th floor! A fan was provided in the room as no air conditioning which was good, as it was warm weather. The WIFI system also worked fine for me. We were given a great welcome when we arrived and the manager even
came out and said farewell to our group just before our bus departed.

Room Tip: Check if the windows can be opened to a good width if weather is warm. The higher up the room the l...
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Jenny159
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Jenny 159,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Imperial Hotel during your recent trip to Cork.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay with us and thank you for taking the time to furnish us with your customer feedback.

We do hope to see you back in Cork soon.

kind regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
Operations Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

1,943 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    902
    600
    240
    131
    70
See reviews for
287
826
87
229
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (411)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

Stayed for 2 nights at the Imperial. The location could not be better to explore this lovely city. The cafe is delightful with original tiles around the walls and beautiful ceiling work. The staff were very efficient and helpful. We found Cork very compact and easily explored from this fantastic base. The only disappointment was the lack of view (other than a steel grille!) outside my window but that lead to a very peaceful night's sleep! No complaints at all.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • Location
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank CASharpe71
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear CASharpe71,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Imperial Hotel in Cork recently.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Imperial Hotel and enjoyed what Cork city has to offer .

We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
Operations Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Jonkoping, Sweden
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

Stayed here two nights when running the Cork Marathon during the Bank holiday weekend in June. 5 min walk to the start/finnishing area. Old, genuine atmosphere, boutique hotel fans better look somewhere else! Excellent location downtown.Very comfortable beds. Quiet room in the back of the hotel. The WiFi didn´t work very well, the network advised by the hotell didn´t work at all, but we found another that worked just fine. The breakfast not cheap but worth the money. Would stay here again.
15 min by taxi to the airport, aprox 15 EU.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank MatsK64
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear MatsK64,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Imperial Hotel in June last while you completed the Cork city marathon.

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2015 for the Cork city marathon.

Best regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
Operations Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

We had a single night in this hotel during our recent trip around Ireland. The room was comfortable and faced the side street adjoining the hotel. No noise issues, a well appointed room with free WiFi which worked well. Breakfast was good. Parking is 9 euros, at a parking station around the corner from the hotel, a few minutes walk.

Our main issue was that my wife unfortunately left her iPad in the room when we left Cork. The hotel staff found it, telephoned us and then forwarded it on us by courier (really safely packaged too, with lots of bubble wrap). We picked it up in Dublin at our hotel just prior to flying out of Ireland. This was our mistake, the hotel staff were really great and couldn't have been more helpful to us. Great service. We thought this was an excellent hotel on all levels.

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
1 Thank Trampers
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Trampers,

Thank you for choosing the Imperial Hotel in Cork during your recent trip to Ireland.

We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and it was our pleasure to ensure that you received your iPad safely before returning to Australia.

Best regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
Operations Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Cork, Ireland
Level Contributor
12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

My in laws celebrated their Wedding 50 years ago in the Imperial Hotel. We had the best night at their Golden Wedding celebrations. Lorna Collins organised everything in a calm methodical way. As I was the organiser I was a bit flappy coming up to the event but she was so cool that it put me at ease. We had around 100 guests , The manager on duty , Jim, was just fantastic ! The whole event was just like a wedding. The tables were beautifully dressed, the red carpet was rolled out, the drinks reception , the table plan, the attention to detail , the meal itself was wonderful, and plenty of it too! . We couldn't have asked for more! Thumbs up for the atmospheric Imperial Hotel.

Room Tip: We were a bit worried about the noise from the street but the windows were excellent at keeping out...
See more room tips
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank aliatmiliscakes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear aliatmillscakes,

Thank you for choosing the Imperial Hotel for your Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations.

As a long established Cork hotel we were honoured that the couple had the opportunity to celebrate again with us at the Imperial Hotel.

I will pass on your excellent comments to the team with a special mention to Lorna and Jim who both organised the event.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the happy couple many more years of health and happiness together.

Best regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
Operations Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Winchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Staff were really helpful and enjoyed our time in the lovely bar area. Rooms seemed OK to me, contrary to another review and we were very happy there. Charge for breakfast quite high at 15 euro so we declined (a discount for hotel guests would have swung it) and had a nice one in the nearby English Market.

Room Tip: Superior best choice and room at the back likely to be quieter
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ChelseaDave2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear ChelseaDave2014.

Thank you for choosing the Imperial Hotel during your recent trip to Cork.

We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are back in Cork city.

Kind regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
Operations Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Orlando, FL
Level Contributor
24 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

This review will be a bit of a mixed bag. Overall I enjoyed the hotel, but there are some items that hold it back.

First, let me say the common areas are really beautiful. Very nice and located right near all the downtown shopping (such as the English Market). Great location, and a good restaurant and attached bar. Staff were nice and eager to help.

The part where it starts to unravel a bit is the room itself. Was just a standard room, but very old/dated (and not in a good way). Carpet was very worn, and the room very basically appointed. In a way, it seems its 4 star rating is based on 5 star common areas, and 3 star rooms. I'm not sure if they're slated to redo the rooms so, but that's the item that is holding them back in my opinion. I will say though, that the rooms have a good amount of size, but the rooms themselves are a let down. Also, depending on what section of the hotel you're in, the rooms can get quite warm during the summer months as the windows only open a small amount and no air condition is in the room.

Again though, a really good staff, and very nice common areas do help to balance it out a bit. I hope they update the rooms soon, as the hotel could be a great one with that done.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank seminole_kev
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this review, 25 August 2014
Dear Seminole_Kev,

Thank you for choosing the Imperial Hotel during your recent trip to Cork.

Thank you for taking the time to furnish us with your customer feedback, we are pleased about the positive feedback regarding the public areas in the Hotel. I was disappointed to read your comments regarding the bedrooms but I will take your points on board and I do hope that you will consider staying with us the next time you are back in Ireland.

Kind regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
Operations Manager
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cork hotels
Centre
The River Lee
The River Lee
#2 of 23 in Cork
4.5 of 5 bubbles 3,318 reviews
Centre
Clayton Hotel Cork City
Jurys Inn Cork
#9 of 23 in Cork
4.0 of 5 bubbles 1,436 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Montenotte
The Montenotte Hotel
Lancaster Lodge
#8 of 23 in Cork
4.5 of 5 bubbles 710 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Imperial Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Imperial Hotel

Property: Imperial Hotel
Address: 76 South Mall, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number:
Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Spa Hotel in Cork
#7 Family Hotel in Cork
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cork
#10 Luxury Hotel in Cork
#13 Business Hotel in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Imperial Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 125
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Ebookers, Hotels.com, Travel Republic (UK), Odigeo, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Imperial Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Imperial Hotel With Escape Salon
Imperial Hotel Cork

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing