When we arrived at Garnish House we were ushered in to the lounge room and promptly presented with 'afternoon tea'. This consisted of a range of cakes, breads, and preserves and a large pot of tea- delicious! However, even this didn't prepare us for the breakfast! Basically you can order whatever you want- and they will cook it for you! Our room was disapointing, we had the smallest room in the b&b and barely had room to open our cases. We asked to be moved but were told it was fully booked. When we checked out we were given a significant discount due to having this room. Overall a great b&b and we would dfinately stay again- we were simply unlucky with the room, the others looked great! The home cooking is outstanding
I cannot add much more than other reviews of Garnish house, other than to endorse what people have already said! Stupendous breakfasts, afternoon tea on arrival, genuine irish hospitality. I would reccomend Garnish house to anyone, dont be put off if you have children, the family room was great, my kids loved stopping there, particularly the pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast!!
Great guest house but very noisy
We stayed in this guest house for 3 nights in july 2005. The reception was extremely kind with coffee, tea and different kinds of bread. We even had the choice of a room in the main building (which was a little bit noisy as the lady manager told us) or one in the annex, about 50 meters from the main building. We even could have a look in both rooms. We were very impressed by the first room (large, very fine beds, a Jacuzzi bath, double glazing and rather cosy), although the second room was not bad too (a living-room, bedroom and shower). We decided to take the first room (which has number 2), in the supposition that double glazing was sufficient to rule out most of the noise.
The Garnish house is very famous for its breakfast, which is indeed extremely well and abundant, but which is partly prepared at night. As our room was on the first floor, you could hear various noises from the kitchen, even people sitting and talking outside. Closing the window was not sufficient, moreover it was too hot (we had during the day 4 days of about 28°C). So we had bad nights. As a full Irish breakfast was served there is in the morning a smell of salmon, pancakes, eggs, etc., which we, as continental people, are not used to. But the room was our choice, so we cannot reproach someone of our choice.
Nevertheless this is a great guest house, 5 minutes from city centre and a bus stop near the door. We really recommend it, but ask for a room in the annex and you have all the profits of this fine quest house.
Service excellent, breakfast amazing, the only place to stay
From arriving and being given a pot of tea and an amazing selection of homemade pastries, we were offered the choice of three really nice rooms. the room we chose was at the back of the building which was spacious and had a jacuzzi bath. Morning breakfasts are something else. You wont need anything to eat again until evening. Porridge with baileys and the vegetarian breakfast was great and to top everything off you get offered a pancake to finish. The staff are wonderful, helpful, and friendly, nothing seems too much trouble.
the only thing that could have been better was because the room was at the back of the building you could hear the noise of people in the kitchen first thing in the morning. Also the shower pressure wasn't great. The rest easily made up for that and then some. Highly recommend Garnish House to everyone as the ONLY place to stay in Cork.
a true home from home
it was my and my familys first visit to eire and i think i struck gold in booking garnish hse the room the staff were faultless not to mention the breakfast god willing i will be back in october if its not fully booked
Poor service - Poor choice
Room had no working heat - only got an apology but no offer to fix or transfer to another room or get a discount - temps in the 30-40s!
Bathroom so small 1 person had difficulty moving around.
Food way over the top. By the time you've spent 3 days in Ireland you're looking for a reasonably sized breakfast, not one that will add 2 inches to your girth. Point here is that you're paying for much you just won't eat.
Do not go there to get fat or for the service.
There are a multitude of B&Bs in Cork right down the street which may be better.
Terrific little hotel
A great little hotel, with a very homely feel and genuinely nice people - the tea and cakes on arrival is a terrific touch - big, clean room, comfy bed and shower. No bath, but shower was good, didn't have a problem at all with heating.
As for the breakfasts - great value for the price of the hotel, and, yes, the food is over the top - but if you don't want to pile your plate, then don't!
Easy to walk into town, a good base to enjoy a Guinness or three!
Mrs. Lacey was more than generous to my friend and I. We really lucked out staying here. We were greeted with tea and pasteries, given a room across the way in a beautiful house with cozy beds, a fireplace and a lovely view. The breakfast alone was worth it! We feel we got a huge bargain here and it was much better than other places we've stayed in Ireland. Also, it is located directly next to Cork University. An all around great place to stay! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality Mrs. Lacey!!!