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The River Lee
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
Guildford, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“5 star all round, business and leisure!”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

2 days here for a business meeting, then stayed on for 2 nights over the weekend of the jazz festival with my wife. I cannot fault a single aspect of this hotel, and I would put it instantly into my top ten! As a business hotel, it's got everything you need of course, but in addition managed to produce the best large-scale dinner (we were about 60 people) I've ever had at a hotel. So good in fact that we chose to dine in the restaurant over the weekend too, and it was equally good. For the jazz festival, I can't imagine anywhere better: it has its own superb live jazz all weekend in the bar, and is perfectly placed for a 5-10 minute walk into town for all the other venues. The feel of the hotel is cool, contemporary and edgy, but at the same time comfortable and welcoming. The staff in the bar / restaurant are SUPERB: friendly, smiley and knowledgeable. Breakfast buffet is a dream. Can't recommend it highly enough! Thanks to all the staff.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Campoviejo,

Thank you so much for your very thoughtful review! I am trilled to hear you and your wife had such a fantastic time with us. I can certainly understand your comments regarding your time here during the Jazz Festival - the hotel and indeed the city bursts into a musical wonderland.
It is also great to read that you enjoyed what we offer to our business guests and also what we offer to our leisure guests and I'm delighted to read you had a smooth transition.
Again, we greatly appreciate the lovely review and your kind words, and look forward to welcoming you and your wife back for another wonderful stay
kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

The hotel was just great from start to finish. The children aged 3 and 5 loved it and it catered exactly to their needs. It is a short walk from Cork city which is a huge plus. Its very spacious and easy. We got the Fota Wildlife park package which included an evening meal. The meal was fantastic and when the children got tired it was organised the dessert came to the room. It was a real bargain with free children's movie one of the nights. Thanks for a great trip will be back soon.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Mundy 0708,

Its wonderful to hear of your recent family weekend with us. We're so glad that you and your young family enjoyed the sights of Cork City and especially the Fota Wildlife Park which really is a must for families.
We are really hope that you and your family have the opportunity to visit us here again in the near future
kind regards
Ruairi O'Connor
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Really enjoyed our stay here. Ate in the restaurant great food and service. Breakfast was as good as dinner and all the staff were so pleasant. Room very spacious and bathrooms delightful. Very close to the city and local amenities. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Raonaid,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us here on Tripadvisor. We are trilled to hear that you enjoyed the Hotel's offerings, such as the wide selection at breakfast and the wonderful locally sourced delights our menu offers in the Weir Restaurant.
Its truly a pleasure to read you found our facilities and guest rooms 'spacious and delightful'.
Thank you again for your review and I do hope to welcome you back again to the River Lee Hotel.
kind regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

This was our second time staying in the hotel, 31st October, we were in Cork for our daughter's graduation from UCC. We chose the hotel for its convenience to the university,and were delighted we did so. We only stayed one night, and enjoyed it immensely. We were three adults, we had a family room on the fourth floor at the front of the hotel, overlooking the river - great view. The room was spacious, clean, very comfortable and we enjoyed a great night's sleep. The bathroom was roomy, with a seperate bath and shower, plenty of supplies therein, and very clean. We had breakfast in the hotel and it was great. Plenty of everything, with friendly service, good quality food. The guy we dealt with on check in was very friendly, and helpful, and we were not rushed at all. We used the hotel carpark, and left our car there while we attended the graduation ceremony, even after we had checked out and this was no trouble at all. Very helpful. It saved us having to find somewhere else to park. We felt we had good value for our stay, and will most definitely be back. I have reviewed this hotel before, after our first stay, and the food let it down that time. I am happy to say that the food was great this time around. I am already looking forward to my next trip to Cork - even though our daughter has now moved out of the country.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank REG1963
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear REG1963,

What can we say, but Thank You! We are delighted you enjoyed another stay with us, our return guests are the proof of our quality and high standards and we are delighted to say we have many.
It gave me great pleasure to read you found our new menu to be to your satisfaction we really are receiving fantastic reviews about our culinary delights. All our food is locally sourced and prepared with the utmost care and expertise.
We do hope that you return to us again in the near future and perhaps your daughter will visit us with you when she returns from her travels. I wish her all the success after graduating from UCC this year.
kind regards
Ruairi O'Connor
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

In Cork to visit our daughter studying at the University College Cork for the semester. Double bonus - Cork Guinness Jazz Festival and the River Lee. I chose this hotel because of the convenient location between the City Centre and the University. We walked everywhere that weekend and felt like we had arrived home in our hotel every evening. The staff was fabulous, the rooms were fantastic (quiet, clean and comfortable) and the real bonus were the musicians playing right in our Hotel. We had a fabulous time!

Room Tip: The Executive floor is worth it - with access to a lounge, coffee, tea and refreshments.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear JoanK,

Its always a pleasure to have the parents of UCC students here at the River Lee Hotel. Its almost feels like we too take part in their journey through college.
We are touched by your words and to hear you say that staying here feels like 'arriving home each evening' means the world to us.
We will be sure to share your review with the staff at the Hotel, as we know everyone will be moved by your message.
Again we are so pleased to here from you, and look forward to welcoming you home again soon.
kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Portadown, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

3rd hotel in 2 days for 3 lads on a stag. Booted out of Sheila's wrongly and then got our 2 days cut short in the Commons Hotel due to overbooking. Went for River Lee just to get a good sleep after getting messed about. Was not disappointed. I would come back here in a heart beat.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Pestilence182,

We are delighted to hear you had a relaxing stay here at the River Lee Hotel. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us here on Tripadvisor.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
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Billings, Montana
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

The River Lee Hotel in Cork, Ireland was very nice and our coach tour stayed there one night. The bed was better than what we had in Dublin but was still pretty soft for my wife and me. If the bed had not been so soft I would have easily given this hotel a 5 rating. The room was modern, clean, and nice. As in much of Europe, there were no wash cloths as preferred by Americans. However, we were prepared for that by having read such information online before leaving on our trip. We opted to "go European" and leave our personal wash cloths at home.

Our room faced the street and river. There was no traffic noise and the view was nice but not spectacular.

Dinner was good and very nicely presented. The tables were nicely dressed and the seating comfortable. Breakfast was the best we had during our two weeks in Ireland. It was the most varied and very good, just about anything one could want from a full buffet including fresh fruit, cereals, meats, eggs, pastries, and much more.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank klkks
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear kllks,

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are delighted to read you enjoyed the very high standards and the quality and comfort of our interior furnishings and we appreciated your feedback regarding the beds.
Its very flattering to hear that our breakfast was the best you have had during your time in Ireland. We are really very proud of the wide variety of food available to our guests.
Again thank you for your kind words and we do hope to welcome you back to The River Lee Hotel again.
Kind regards,
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Property: The River Lee
Address: Western Road, Cork, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Cork
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cork
#2 Family Hotel in Cork
#2 Spa Hotel in Cork
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The River Lee 4*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River Lee is the perfect vantage point in the historic quarter and from which to savour all that the city has to offer. The hotel is a superb four-star hotel with a range of facilities and amenities that are second to none. From our superb NRG fitness centre and magnificent Vanilla Browns Spa to the culinary delights of our Weir Bistro and the conviviality of our friendly, local bar, you'll find it all at The River Lee. Truly, The River Lee is the ultimate choice for all that is Cork. ... more   less 
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