We stayed here in June 2010, and found the location inconvenient, the rooms shabby (found a dead bug on the floor), and the sleep quality poor (due to the train station right outside the place). None of this would normally cause me to complain, as the price was reasonable, and we were able to get out and enjoy the city regardless.
However, when my mother tried closing the window blind, it immediately fell on her head. When we informed proprietor Jerry Spillane of this, he seemed to understand and sent us off warmly. Then when we got home we found he had charged us $75 for for repairs! It's now Sept, and when my husband disputed the charge to his credit card, he just charged mine. He's been completely unapologetic about the broken blind and persistent in trying to charge us for something that was already broken when we arrived. Awful!!
We had to be back in Dublin for the hubby's flight home Sunday morning and thought Cork was just a bit too far of a drive so we found a hotel that was a bit more than 1/2 way between Cork and Dublin, I think the whole drive took us about 2 1/2 hours and Port Laoise was about 1 1/2 hours from Cork, via Michelin say 3 hours 11 minutes in total.
I couldn't find anything akin to our Motel 6, Red Roof Inn or Comfort Inn, Ireland specializes in unique lodging. But I was able to finally find the Maldron Portlaoise which was conveniently located off the highway at the junction of M8(N8) and M7.
I booked the room through booking.com, the rate was 65€ but was non refundable. Breakfast was not included and was an extra 10.50€ so we passed, parking is free.
Room-comfortable, clean, modern, we had a queen bed and a twin bed. There was tea/coffee service in the room, a trouser press, ironing board and a hair dryer.
Bathroom-shower and tub, toiletries were shampoo/soap in a wall dispenser
We were just there to sleep but there was a fitness club and pool, jacuzzi and sauna
This place is cheap by local standards and very well located. That’s it for the better points. Most of the Cork city centre is flat and a short walk. Interestingly it is actually very quiet on the main road out front on the weekends. The not so good points: dingy (but clean), breakfast could be better, mattresses are poor and it could do with a remodel. Oh well, you do get plenty of hot water and it is cheap. It is just opposite the Skylink bus stop where you can ride the bus to the airport.
Jane and Paddy will welcome you in their traditionnal house for a lovely stay.
My single bedroom was small and cosy, clean and well furnished. The bed was very confortable and very tempting to sleep in longer in the morning. The bathroom with an efficient shower is just next door and a washbasin is available in the room. For breakfast, Paddy will provide you a full Irish breakfast with local sausages, bacon, fried or scrambled eggs, toasts, homemade bread, jam and butter for a more continental breakfast. The host will give you tips if needed and some helpful local guides are available in your room.
All this package costs me EUR 40 per night (2008 rate).
Friendly host - Quiet area - Confortable bed - Wholesome breakfast - Great quality/price ratio
A nice family run bed and breakfast place,nice and clean and very friendly.
Lots of antique bits and pieces all around.
I'm frequently asked for accommodation tips in Cork but because I live here and obviously don't use any local accommodation other than chez moi, I've never listed any. There are several hotels in Cork that I do visit regularly to eat in the restaurants or attend functions at and these I feel I could safely recommend. The clients at the Language School I work with use the same hotels all the time and these I have heard endless endorsements of.
The following are the hotels that I visit regularly and frequently hear recommended:
Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. www.clarionhotelcork. Expensive.
Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Cork. www.gresham-metropole.com. Expensive.
Jury's Hotel, Western Road, Cork. www.jurysdoyle.com. Expensive
All these hotels have good facilities, central locations and leisure centres including swimming pools.
They are not cheap but check the websites for special offers.
This is probably the best hostel in Cork. The staff was very helpful, even offered us a cot in the lounge when they were full and busy when we were having trouble finding a place. We stayed the next night in a 4 person female that had an attached shower and toilet. Everything looked very new and clean. There was free internet and a nice lounge. Crowd seemed to be ages 25-30 but it was the off season. Breakfast was cereal and toast. Security was video surveillance and card swipes. For all this only 21 EUR pppn! Best part- location, cost and cleanliness. Would go back again, highly recommended.
If you're in the Cork area and would like a B&B outside the city try Glenally House in Youghal, pronounced "Yawl". Granted this might be the place for everyone, but it was right up our alley. Our hosts were gracious and interesting people. The house was filled with flowers and a warming fire in the reception room. The environment was warm and eclectic. Everywhere you turned there was something interesting to look at or read. Our room was the French room with a large antique bed more than cosy, with fresh white sheets.
Breakfast included a wonderful selection of Herta & Fred's homemade breads. You could also have a more than filling Irish breakfast.
We look forward to staying with them again. And can't wait to see their winter garden.
Parkview is located on Wellington Road, close to Cork's train and bus stations. However, there seemed to be nothing rough or seedy about Wellington Road, in fact it was quite pleasant and green, if a bit steep.
Marion and Fin, with the help of their dog Ellie, run Parkview with good humour and great Irish hospitality. I arrived at a ridiculous early hour to drop off my bags and was fed coffee and toast till my room became vacant. Parkview is packed wherever you look with interesting and witty items, plates on the walls, models over the doors, plaques, thimble collections, photos of celebrities etc. I liked the plaque that said "If you want breakfast in bed, then sleep in the kitchen" :-)
The price of the room was very reasonable, though when I booked the only room available did not have en-suite facilities - no problems for me, it was 20 Euros less!!
There is more choice of B&B's on Western Road, the other side of the city, but if you don't need carparking and want to be close to the city centre, you can't go wrong here. There are also fabulous panoramic views of Cork from the front of the house.
Probably the nicest B&B I have ever stayed in!!
Accomodation is rarely a problem in Cork, as its well stocked with hotels, B+Bs and hostels but if youre in any difficulty the staff in the tourist office on the grand parade are very friendly and helpful.
I recommend private Bed & Breakfast or Guesthouse accomodation. B&B price per person per night from 20 to 40 Euro.
It is not the cheapest way of living, but there are various advantages which make your holiday unforgettable:
You get in contact with the locals and get a feeling for their way of life.
You get in contact with other tourists.
The cooked irish breakfast is excellent and keeps you full until the afternoon.
For a good choice of B&Bs (bed and breakfast) in a relatively central location Western Road is a good bet - it's about a fifteen minute walk to the city centre and runs along the side of the University.
There are quite a number of hostels in and around Cork City.
Sheila's Hostel This is very popular with tourists and is fairly centrally located on Wellington Road near the bus and train station. Further information available at www.sheilashostel.ie
On Shandon Street this is central but further from the bus and train stations than Sheila's. further info @ www.kinlayhouse.ie
International Youth Hostel
Located on the Western Road next to the University Campus. Part of the IYHF organisation. Further info @ www.yhabooking.com
13-20Euro per night
Smart new bed & breakfast - nice welcoming hosts - large clean bedrooms - good choice of breakfast - try the kippers!
13-20euro, depending on room size and season
This was my most enjoyable hostel stay while in Ireland. The room wasn't great (6 people per room), but it was clean and most definately livable, with a private bathroom. They also have 4 person rooms and doubles, so you may get luckier with the room. The staff was extremely helpful, the location is great (5 min. walk from the train station, and just across the river from the bus station), and the atmosphere around the hostel was incredible. There was always someone in the lounge, to hang out with and meet, or if you wanted to just relax they even have a small honor-system 'library' in the lounge. Oh, did I mention they'll also do your laundry for about 5 quid and even make you breakfast?
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