The Gresham Metropole Cork

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

MacCurtain Street, Cork, County Cork, Ireland

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The Gresham Metropole Cork
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    Wonderful place.. except during the jazz festival


    We stayed at the Gresham Metropole during the jazz festival thinking it would be a great way to enjoy the festival. We didn't know that Dixieland bands and pub bands that play "Tequila" and "Route 66" play the late evening gigs. The hotel staff was wonderful, and the hotel itself is great. If you're more of a West Coast jazz fan or Latin, then you're out of luck. We went to bed one evening to an awful cover of Tequila that never seemed to end as the clarinet of a dixieland band seems to take endless solos. Mix these bands together, and you get a difficult night's sleep. I went to bed with my Ipod playing soothing music. Again, I can't say enough about the staff of the metropole, but it's not the place for a soothing night during the festival. Stay at the Hotel Isaac across the street since I saw most of the musicians staying there.

    Unique Quality: The dining room for breakfast is great because you look out on the North Channel of the River Lee. Very relaxing.

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    Hotel in Cork


    Nice hotel. The rooms were older as far as the design of the hotel and building. Everything was very nice, plenty of amenities in the room. There is a great bar down in the lobby that was quite lively in the evening. We had a great dinner in the hotel restaurant. All in all I really enjoyed this hotel.
    However, Cork is a confusing city to find a hotel in at night and we drove around that darn river a gazillion times!
    We stayed here in May 2001 on a road trip through Ireland. Actually we had to get the heck out of my husband's dad's house in Dublin for a couple days...I think he needed a break from all of us.

    Unique Quality: People were very friendly, staff friendly.
    Watch out for the parking nazi in the garage! Jerk.

    Directions: Over the bridge by the river! No, it's on the other side, over the OTHER bridge, which end? Dammit, where are we? It's dark out! IWhat the f**k? Oh my god, I almost hit that car! Watch out for the person crossing the road! We are going to die.

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The Gresham Metropole, Cork

by TripAdvisor Member claireylw

29 June 06 just returned from Cork after a 3 night stay hotel nice and clean beds very comfortable make sure if you dont smoke to request a non smoking room as we didnt and our room stunk of smoke but after a phone call to reception we were moved to a better room with a view of the river Lee. Reception staff were helpfull and friendly.
Breakfast was ok had better had worse. The cooked to order items (kippers, poached eggs) were obviously fresher that the hot plate buffet. All in all enjoyed our small break.
The guided walk (1.5 hrs) by the Tourst Board - 8pm nightly was very good value (7 euros and a free pint at the end of the walk!)

Excellent choice in city centre

by TripAdvisor Member Strathallan

The Gresham Metropole is an excellent choice for accommodation in the city centre - close to Kent Station (Irish Rail), principal shopping areas, entertainment, restaurants, and Bus Eireann station (regular service to/from Cork Airport). Staff are friendly, welcoming, and helpful, and The Met Bar serves an excellent choice of food throughout the day.

Superb hotel

by TripAdvisor Member michelle1986

Fantastic hotel, lovely views of the river.

Friendly staff, good bar and great location to centre.

Would reconmmend a trip to the nearby Blarney Stone (10 euro taxi)

Goregous food in the hotel again with lovely views to accompany your huge breakfast!

Relaxed vibe everywhere, very irish!

Would visit and reconmmend sister hotels and this one again!

Worth the money!!!

okay stay

by TripAdvisor Member 2ontour

Hotel is right in the centre of the city. very close to main shopping street. On arrival, reception staff were very friendly and helpful. However they do tend to leave you standing there for a while before they deal with you. Most staff were good but there was always one person in the chain who let the service drop. I dont know if it was just my bad luck but my room was awful. the hotel is over 100 years old and my room felt it. some furniture was recently been replaced and room had been repainted. However there was cracks all over the place. obviously the ceiling had even fallen in at one stage and a bad repair job carried out. room was small and double bed was only a 4' bed. i had never come across a bathroom like it before-it was a split level bathroom which had not been modernised since 1980s. tiles cracked, bad repair job and smelly carpet.

Got an internet deal which included breakfast and evening meal. both were for a good standard. Lift is tiny and really slow! In general the hotel shows its years. Some memebers of staff were fantastic but were let down by others.

Avoid the Gresham Metropole Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member onesmileygirl

We arrived late in the day and had the tourist office book us the nicest available hotel in Cork. The friendly Cork tourist office informed us that the Gresham Metropole Hotel was one of the nicest hotels in the city. The lonely planet guide book we had confirmed her assertion rating it in the highest class.

The hotel told the tourist office that we would be able to check in immeadiately. However, in the half hour it took us to complete paying the tourist office their fees and arrive at the hotel - the situation had changed. Our room would not be ready for two hours. This was the first in a string of frustrations.

A set of the rooms border on a noisy road - we got one of these roads. The hotel refused to move us to a quieter location. (If you book this hotel, be sure to request a room that is not facing the road). The hairdryer would only work for one minute at a time.
A call to the front desk was met with the basic attitude of if it turns on, it works and we can't be bothered to do anything about it. The housekeepers were pleasant, but the housekeeping supervisor entered the room inconviently without knocking to "check" the housekeepers work.

Unknown to us, Cork had a taxi strike ongoing. As we routinely do when traveling, we asked the front desk about the process for getting a taxi to go the airport the next morning and whether there was a better method to the airport. The front desk clerk said that taxi would be the easiest and are simple to get. She NEVER MENTIONED the strike. The next morning we appeared at the front desk and asked for a taxi when checking out. They told us we just had to walk down the street to the taxi stand. We did the two minute walk down the street, only to be told about the strike. This was followed by a frantic rush to the bus station in an attempt to make our flight. Terribly frustrating for no reason - there is a air port shuttle service, it just needs to be scheduled in advance.

I would not advise ever staying at this hotel, save your money and stay at cheaper hotel, which would possibly be quieter and have friendly service.

Bland but acceptable

by TripAdvisor Member Lottiemagee

This hotel is rated in the guidebooks as one of the best in Cork, but we were disappointed.

It is a big, bland, corporate-style hotel on a noisy street. Our room was clean and adequate, and breakfast was passable, but we really wished we'd been more adventurous and stayed at a smaller, more personable place.

If you're after an anonymous, run of the mill hotel, this will be the one for you. But we'll be opting for a more homely and welcoming B&B next time.

huge disappointment

by TripAdvisor Member leensull

my boyfriend and i decided to go to cork for the day and decided to stay in the gresham metropole for one night. my boyfriend and i work in the hotel industry and had heard great things about this hotel. when we checked in the receptionist couldnt have been nicer to us and greeted with a smile but that is where our welcome ended, our room although spacious over looked the centre of the hotel and across into other bedrooms we were not too happy with it but we decided to let it go , we then went to the bar where the two bar men were very abrupt and not welcoming in the slightest we were made to feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome.

Breakfast: the first thing said to us in the morning was what is your room number and when given we were told to sit by the window and help ourselves to breakfast that would have been fine if it was said politely but it was almost shouted at us plus the breakfast was cold and horrible. there is really nothing nice to say about this hotel we will not stay there again and will not be recommending it to anyone

Fantastic Hotel staff and food

by TripAdvisor Member Thomashenryarse

We stayed here in October (Family Trip) we received the warmest of welcomes from the reception staff, they were so friendly and although our room was not ready they offered to store our cases and showed us into the hotel bar-lounge, where yet again the staff could not of been more helpful.

The rooms were beautiful and clean, warm, cozy and well decorated, furnishings were to a high standard, fantastic.

I would reccomend any one visiting Cork to stay in the Gresham Metropole where you will be made to feel like royality.


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Address: MacCurtain Street, Cork, County Cork, Ireland