I have to start by saying that this hotel was a huge disappointment. We left Cork and drove to it full of expectations. It looked good on-line and my fellow Trip Advisor reviewers, seemed to report favourably on it.
Our lingering memories of this hotel will be the vivid blue hoardings across the road which partly obscured our view of the bay, the main road beneath our window and the dark depressing colours which abound.
We stayed for 2 days and were unlucky to be there when the outside temperatures were around 30'C. Our room was stiflingly hot. No A/C! So we opened the windows to be met with traffic noise, especially the lorries that pass by in abundance. Then there were the bright blue hoardings obscuring building work across the road from the hotel through which there was the narrow access to the underground car park. So much for "the fantastic views."
Our arrival and check-in was not a happy experience. There was a wedding that day and reception was full of wedding guests just hanging about, getting in the way. There were insufficient staff at reception to deal with what was going on. After a 20 min wait we were dealt with in a somewhat perfunctory manner. Not rudely may I say, but not with the smile and friendliness I've come to expect in Ireland. The girl at reception tried to explain the somewhat complicated route from the main building to the "annexe", where we were to be housed, and the underground car park, and rushed through it all in a jiffy, as a result getting around was, initially, tricky.
Getting from the underground car park to our room, with luggage, was not easy, the lift was like an oven. The lights in the ceiling made being in the lift like being on a kitchen "pass".
The in room WiFi, was hopeless. A member of staff brought a signal booster, told us it would take 10 mins to boot up, and left. It still didn't work! So another member of staff came up to tell us that the first one hadn't connected it up properly. Even when "connected" properly the WiFi connection wasn't good!
Sleeping was not easy a hot & noisy room! We had to have the windows open to let air in. The staff did provide a fan which helped, a little. The decor in our allocated room wasn't pleasing to our eyes. The room was clean. The towels were of good quality on day 1, but day 2 .... oh dear! They were frayed, thin and small, I think a charity shop would have put them in a skip as unfit for resale.
In the corridor outside our room, a long corridor, there was a faint unpleasant smell, which I put down to cleaning products. Dark carpet with the numbers of the rooms woven into it, outside each dark door, a neat little trick!
The whole hotel was dark, purple, blue, orange and dark wood. A bit depressing really.
The food at breakfast was standard fare, and very average, the service was good. The dinning room was different to the rest of the hotel and quite attractively designed.
We didn't visit the bar, it was packed with wedding guests, we walked into town to go to a proper Irish pub.
We didn't dine here either we'd booked O'Connors, & Tom Crean in Kenmare. But the menu wouldn't have tempted me anyway.
I'm sorry to report that The Maritime Hotel fell short of our expectations. I would never ever consider staying there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sitting alongside the quay below Bantry House, The Maritime Hotel and Suites is built to four star specifications while the interior is finished in a modern nautical style. The hotel consists of 110 luxury bedrooms including a mix of 1 and 2 Bedroom Family Suites, the majority of which overlook Bantry Bay. A large function room provides excellent conference, wedding and banqueting facilities with a capacity for up to 270 guests as well as a range of conference rooms of varying capacity. The hotel also has a state of the art leisure centre, You Time Spa and an underground car park. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritime Hotel Bantry
- The Maritime Hotel