We were staying in Hayfield Manor before heading to West Cork for the weekend and arrived there directly from Cork Airport looking forward to some 5* luxury for the night. When we arrived it was clearly very busy in the foyer with lots of guests milling around. We were invited to sit at a desk for check in which was not particularly relaxed as the receptionist kept breaking off from checking us in to call out instructions to various members of staff whenever they passed by. There was a tray on the desk with a bottle of liquor and some glasses which was obviously just for show as we were not at any point offered a welcome drink of any sort. The room was really very basic, it was a twin room with two large single beds, decor was bland and impersonal, with generic prints adorning the walls and unimpressive furniture, with non detachable hangers in the wardrobe, always a bugbear! The bathroom was pretty basic, nothing to write home about, some nice toiletries were provided but the shower was located in the bath and the shower head was just a basic model with average pressure. I couldn't locate a charger for my electric toothbrush and when I enquired as to where this might be I was told that not all the bathrooms had chargers! Really, in a 5* hotel? It was nice to have proper cafetiere coffee in the room but the milk was UHT cartons and there was no fridge. As we relaxed in our room at one point we became aware of a strong smell of cooking/frying, obviously one of the kitchen vents passes by this particular room. The beds and the bedding were a very high quality and we had a good night's sleep. The next morning when we went to breakfast we were shown into a dining room which could be mistaken as having been dressed up for a wedding or disco party, faux columns swathed in grey silk, crystal chandeliers and curtains of crystal beads hanging from the ceiling, truly bizarre decor. The breakfast however was superb, a wonderful buffet and menu experience, we agreed that it ranks up there as one of the best breakfast experiences we have had, the staff were all charming and helpful. We visited the swimming pool, which, helpfully, one can access directly from the residents area without having to go through the foyer. The pool is charming but the steam room was quite ineffective which was a shame. We were checked out by a pretty disinterested receptionist, had she been a little more interested I would have informed her of the cooking odours in the room! Overall, this is definitely not a 5* hotel, in my opinion the standard of the accomodation is really only 3* but the standard of the breakfast hikes the overall hotel standard up to maximum 4*. As we walked out to our car we both agreed that we most likely wouldn't be staying here again!
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, getaroom.com, Ebookers, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly, 5viajes2012 S.L. and Cancelon so you can book your Hayfield Manor 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:
- Hayfield Manor Cork
- Hotel Hayfield Manor