We had a two night stay over New Year to attend the Gala / black tie event, this was our third visit to Hayfield. It is such a warm, friendly & welcoming hotel where everyone puts their job description aside and all work together to make it a wonderful experience. We were checked in by Ethienne (GM) we saw him later clearing tables in the bar, Bart (Concierge) welcomes guests and helps with their luggage but he was also the toast master at the black tie event. We saw him next day cleaning windows and offering advice on the local area..Not forgetting all the staff working so hard behind the scenes to achieve the overall effect, housekeeping doing an excellent job, the chef & kitchen staff preparing the wonderful breakfasts to name but a few but they give this hotel its special ambience.
The Gala/black tie event was not the very elegant evening we had expected it to be, it started off really well with a musician playing in the background, canapés and champagne. Sadly it ended when we went to Orchids for dinner, we were sat at a table for two, there was no background music or anything to differentiate it from an ordinary night.
It really deteriorated when we went to the (quite small) foyer where everyone in the hotel had congregated. There was a group of musicians in the foyer who were unsuited the venue and the occasion. We were decidedly overdressed and no match for the melee that ensued so we left and retired to the safety of our room!
We also tried Perrots Bistro on this occasion but prefer the style of dining in Orchids where the Chef is also more receptive to guests wishes also the overall ambience is much calmer.
The pool & hot tub is very relaxing at night when the younger guests have gone to bed.
The bar staff are very friendly & welcoming and the lighter meals available there are excellent.
A lovely hotel with exceptional staff which is the reason why ourselves and many others will continue to return there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located alongside the historic University College Cork, Hayfield Manor is set on a backdrop of two-acre of beautiful mature gardens and is just a pleasant stroll to the heart of Cork city. The charming coastal towns of Kinsale and Cobh and the world famous Blarney Castle are a short and scenic journey from the hotel. Residents of Hayfield Manor experience true Irish hospitality with staff dedicated to providing individual & memorable service along with every modern comfort. Spacious bedrooms have been individually designed with elegant marble bathrooms and relaxation space. Residents enjoy exclusive access to The Beautique Spa. The hotel offers two award-winning and distinctive restaurants: Orchids Restaurant specializes in fine Irish cuisine served with great sophistication and the vibrant Perrotts Bistro features Mediterranean and worldwide specialties. No stay in Cork would be complete without sampling the cuisine and levels of service that have earned Hayfield Manor a raft of accolades and titles including the Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, Hotel & Catering 5 Star Hotel of the Year, Georgina Campbell's Ireland Hotel of the Year, Irish Golf Hotel of the Year, AA Irish Hotel of the Year as well as an RAC Gold Ribbon Award for Excellence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hayfield Manor Cork
- Hotel Hayfield Manor