I've taken time to reflect before writing about the Commodore ... nobody likes to hear a sad story, and I certainly don't like writing one!
The Commodore hotel is a beautiful old building, of the type I truly love - wide staircases, old pics on the walls, landings with old fashioned sofas, high ceilings, and large rooms/bathrooms. The staff are excellent and they work very hard. I like it that they all seem to speak English fluently, with perhaps very little exception. I am so fed up having to spend a holiday or working break making myself understood in Ireland, and indeed, the UK.
The food in the Commodore is bad. I had a sandwich the afternoon I checked in, in the bar/lounge, where many locals seemed to be eating also. The bar menu is the usual Cobh fare of caesar salad, and then all fried stuff, which I do not like, especially when there is nothing else. I enquired about an ordinary cheese salad, on a plate ... but the nearest I could get to that was a "special" cheese sandwich with salad on the side. It was a very, very tired and wilted few pieces of lettuce, mixed up with bits and bobs of onion and stuff, which I had to leave, as clearly it came from a huge container in the kitchen and frankly, it was not fresh ... I would not care to speculate how long it had been sitting ... and was it even in a refrigerator? The toasted sandwich was not nice either. At this point, I have to say that whoever, or whatever, does the washup, needs to improve. There is a smell from the cups and they don't look clean ... and it looks like they might have been washed in greasy water ... oh dear ...
I skipped dinner at the hotel, because of that, eating out and next morning, tried breakfast, It's a buffet affair, and you may also order scrambled or poached eggs and some other things from a menu. Plenty of cereals, fruit, yogurt etc. ... I cannot fault that, even though I don't eat cold food myself at breafast. But my point is, in fairness, it's there if you want it. I took a sausage and piece of tomato and bacon from the buffet, and ordered scrambled eggs from the pleasant waitresss. The "hot" food was on top of lots of grease in the bain marie, but the tomato was not even cooked. The bacon was cold. I ate a couple of mouthfuls of bacon and left the rest. The scrambled eggs arrived ... I do not know how they do it, or what they do with it. Words fail me. It was a sloppy, runny, very pale mess on a plate, and tasted of nothing resembling egg. I enjoy eggs whether they're runny scrambled, or hard/set scrambled ... this was simply a mess. And sickening. The toast was stale ... very stale ... now and then stale bread will make perfectly adequate toast, if not ideal ... but this was stale bread. I ordered some more, which was just as bad. I will be perfectly honest, and say that the waitress was so pleasant I did not complain, nor did I say anything to her. That ... plus it was early in the morning. Tea in the Commodore is a good brew ... and the only thing I would ever order, and I would hope that they might improve their washup system.
My room and bathroom was large with a fine view, and sufficient for my needs. Water in the bathroom was only warm the first day, and tepid the next day ... it managed to get a little hotter when I was leaving. Luckily, the weather was awesomely warm.
In summary, the Commodore will continue to do business because it's an excellent location, and the staff are wonderful. It is very popular with local people, and seems to host meetings and suchlike as well.
It is neglected though, to a great extent, and the smell of greasy food pervades the entire establishment. It's not a pleasant smell, it's a rancid oily smell, and it shouldn't be all around the stairs, corridoors and landings.
They need to 'up the anti' with their food, especially breakfast, because they are letting down their wonderful staff, who as I said, are pleasant, hardworking and friendly, and are one of the few good things about this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Harbour, Heritage and Home-grown Hospitality from the moment you arrive at the Commodore Hotel. An elegant Georgian residence, the Commodore Hotel is located directly on the main street of Cobh, overlooking Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Each of our 40 guestrooms is unique and many are decorated to highlight their Georgian features with high ceilings and large windows. There is a wide range of food on offer for you to choose from. Breakfast, Afternoon Teas, Bar Food and Restaurant specializing in home-cooked, locally sourced produce. Live entertainment is available and our friendly bar staff will update you with our schedule.The Commodore Hotel is the perfect location to experience everything East Cork has to offer such as: St Colemans Cathedral, Queenstown Heritage Centre, Titanic Experience, Cobh Museum, Fota House and Gardens, Jameson Whiskey Heritage Centre. The Titanic Trail Walking Tour leaves the hotel at 11am daily. Fota Wildlife Park which is a must see for families is on our doorstep - only 10 minutes train ride away. For the golf enthusiast there are many golf courses to choose from, Fota Island Golf Resort being the most renowned. Cobh Golf Club is a parkland style course which has an island green. For the angler, Cobh is an ideal location given its proximity to Cork Harbour and its famed quality of angling. Located 30 mins from Cork Airport, Ringaskiddy Ferry Port and with its close proximity to major roads and rail routes, the Commodore Hotel is easily accessible for all visitors. If driving, please note the town of Cobh is located on the Great Island in Cork Harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Commodore Hotel Cobh