The best available hotels & places to stay near Ireland’s Ancient East

February 26, 2023 Leida Jutras

Discover the best hotels in Ireland’s Ancient East including Cork International Hotel, The Imperial Hotel, The Metropole Hotel, The Montenotte Hotel, The River Lee, Newpark Hotel, Absolute Hotel, Limerick Strand Hotel, Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone Springs Hotel.
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1. Cork International Hotel

Cork Airport Business Park, Cork T12 H516 Ireland
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3939 reviews

Cork International Hotel

We are one of the top 4-star hotels Cork has to offer. LOCATION: We are the perfect base from which you can explore all Cork city and county has to offer. Conveniently located only 10 minutes from Cork City centre, with a bus stop just outside our hotel. Our hotel is also at the start of the Wild Atlantic Way and is the nearest Cork City hotel to Kinsale making us an ideal hotel base if you want to spend your holidays in Cork exploring the best that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. With our hotel located just off the motorway with easy and fast access to Blarney, West Cork, Fota, Cobh, Midleton and more. We are also located 7 minutes from Irish Independent Park and Turners Cross Stadium. UCC (10 minutes) and University Hospital Cork (8 mins) are also near the hotel. FOOD We offer exceptional and great-value dining experiences in our New Yorker Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy the comfort of our cosy surroundings and an extensive and delicious menu using seasonal and locally sourced produce. Enjoy our Family Date Night offer - just €50 for two courses for 2 adults and 2 children. Our breakfast is award-winning and not to be missed. FAMILIES Cork International Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Cork as our family-friendly hotel offers everything a family needs for an enjoyable hotel break in Cork. We have spacious and interconnecting family rooms, a kids playroom, cinema room, and onsite hair, nail and beauty salon. We offer a teepee, milk and cookies experience for kids, we have a games library in our lobby, and guests can avail of a complimentary virtual in-room yoga session with Mary Kelly Yoga when they stay with us. Our Family Concierge is available to you throughout your stay to help you plan itineraries, make reservations, recommendations and bookings. We are also an ASD-friendly hotel with trained team members and a variety of supports including sensory boxes, sunflower lanyards and pre-stay visual stories you can download. STAY WITH US We are highly recommended by our guests with lots of returning loyal customers. So whether it be an overnight stay, Cork hotel break, family break, weekend hotel break, mid-week break, business stay, event or wedding, Cork International looks forward to welcoming you!

Family trip

Reviewed By gdavey218947

Hotel was amazing, staff extremely friendly, hotel was spotless, loads to do in the hotel like cinema room, kids play room, a few other activities, loads of parking spaces, will definitely be going to Cork international hotel again

2. The Imperial Hotel

76 South Mall, Cork T12 A2YT Ireland
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3468 reviews

The Imperial Hotel

Located in the very heart of the city the Imperial Hotel is the most central hotel in Cork. It is in the heart of Cork’s new pedestrianised area and in the main shopping district, restaurants and nightlife. The "Grande Dame" of Cork ambience exudes a historical elegance with contemporary touches and boasts luxurious air conditioned rooms and the tranquil Escape Spa, an oasis of calm in the city centre. The bedrooms styles are elegant featuring state of the art smart TVs, free WiFi, Business Safe, Espresso machines and the Irish brand "Field Day" toiletries. In the Thyme at Seventy Six Restaurant, a high standard of Irish cuisine is created each evening using fresh fish, meat and vegetables from the local English Market. Guests can enjoy a coffee or light lunch in Lafayette's Cafe. Quirky, smart, Rus in Urbe, serving contemporary local food for breakfast and lunch, Sketch transforms into a vibrant cocktail bar serving sharing platters every evening. 'The lunch is served in Sketch daily with a contemporary food . At the award winning Escape spa, guests can indulge in treatments including an aqua body polish, signature facials and Aveda or Voya massages. Car parking is available for an additional fee in a private car park located a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

Walking into a another century....lots of old world charm.

Reviewed By Christie Langev... O

I really liked this hotel for the ambience, it is a an old world hotel in top notch condition. The beds were comfortable and all the amenities were great. The food was good for breakfast, very fast and very nice staff. The front desk staff was the best and went the extra mile for guest, if you needed anything they would help. Plus they overheard us talking about our 28th wedding anniversary and sent us a bottle of wine and a card! That was a very special touch and ensured that when in Cork we will always stay here. Location is great close to restaurants and pubs!

3. The Metropole Hotel

MacCurtain Street, Cork T23 EEC3 Ireland
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1447 reviews

The Metropole Hotel

One of the finest of Cork City Centre Hotels, The Metropole Hotel in Cork is just a short stroll from the many excellent shops, boutiques, theatres, galleries and of course the business district of Cork, making it an ideal location for Cork City Hotel breaks and business travellers alike. During your stay in this superb Cork city hotel, you will be accommodated in one of 98 tastefully decorated bedrooms, equipped with all necessities to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. The Metropole Hotel is a Cork City Centre Hotel designed to cater for the every need of the business professional requiring a hotel in Cork City, from our business rooms, event facilites and suite of twelve conference rooms through to the complimentary Wi-Fi internet access offered throughout the hotel, you will find plenty to make your stay as thought provoking as you would like. All guests staying at The Metropole Hotel, can also enjoy complimentary access to the Leisure Centre. Leeside Leisure is a White Flag Awarded Leisure Centre with superb facilities, which include a 20m Swimming Pool, with three pool areas, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room and a fully equiped gym with cardiovascular and weights area. External memberships are also available.

Lovely hotel great hospitality

Reviewed By michellef334

Arrived at hotel at 8 am after early flight from London A room was made available immediately which was a bonus Staff couldn’t do enough for you Room basic but clean I had view at front of hotel on road which wasn’t ideal But for location of hotel all transport links a short walk away Bus to blarney castle cork goal and kinsale from across road Breakfast amazing restaurant staff amazing Would come back in a heartbeat

4. The Montenotte Hotel

Middle Glanmire Rd, Cork T23 E9DX Ireland 011 353 21 204 0160
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1503 reviews

The Montenotte Hotel

One of Cork city's most popular hotels, The Montenotte Hotel is a vibrant, design-led 4-star destination hotel in Cork that offers an eclectic vibe and a strong sense of fun. From the elevated position, the hotel sports unrivaled views across Cork City. Close to central business districts, shopping, and theatres the hotel is ideal for business and leisure visitors to the city. The hotel’s unique facilities include luxury in-house private Cameo Cinema showing nightly movies, an award-winning Bellevue Spa, Motion Health Club with 20m indoor swimming pool and Gym, the picturesque Victorian Gardens and unrivaled views of Cork City and harbor. Hotel’s unique facilities include luxury in-house private Cameo Cinema showing nightly movies, an award-winning Bellevue Spa, Health Club with 20m swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room, Cameo Cinema showing nightly movies complimentary to the hotel guests, free car parking and 300MB Wi-Fi. Panorama Bistro & Terrace offering all-day dining menus is ideally set up for social distancing with built-in booths and extends onto heated botanical Panorama Terrace for outdoor dining, drinks, and spectacular views of Cork. Coming in late summer 2021 is a spectacular Rooftop Bar where the residents of the hotel will be able to enjoy stylish cocktails and our very own botanical gin while watching the sun setting over Cork. In addition, our guests enjoy access to Press Reader to catch up on favorite daily papers and magazine guests, strolls through the Victorian Gardens, woodlands, and wildflower meadow with many unique photo opportunities.

Beautiful grounds and good staff

Reviewed By Shaun S

It’s an absolutely beautiful hotel with amazing grounds and views. Easy to park and everything was quite nice. Standout stars were Victor and Danielle. If you get to interact with them, you’ll have a wonderful experience.

5. The River Lee

Western Road, Cork T12X2AH Ireland
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4688 reviews

The River Lee

The River Lee hotel is one of Cork’s leading business and social destinations. All aspects of Cork local life are played out here, from business events and family celebrations, to glamorous get-togethers in the hotel’s highly popular The River Club Bar, Terrace & The Grill Room, the perfect place to eat, drink and be social. Resident guests also have complimentary access to the hotel’s in-house health and fitness club with a 20m swimming pool.

Impressive hotel

Reviewed By jblain99

Excellent hotel on the doorstep of Cork city centre. We were very well taken care of during our stay. The staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The food in the bar and restaurant was fantastic. We ate well and slept well. Absolutely no complaints. There is a good sized gym and swimming pool at the hotel. The hotel is also within easy walking distance of the city centre. We parked the car on arrival in the underground carpark and then forgot about it for the rest of our stay. I highly recommend this hotel.

6. Newpark Hotel

Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny R95 KP63 Ireland
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3479 reviews

Newpark Hotel

Located only a short stroll from the historic city of Kilkenny with its rambling streets and beautiful castle. Our hotel boasts 132 luxuriously appointed guestrooms and suites, many rooms offer views over the luscious green gardens which extend onto the urban Fen walk, Newpark adventure trail, and wildlife farm all positioned within our 40 acres of peaceful parkland. Scrumptious dining facilities await you in our fine dining Gulliver’s restaurant or choose from our casual dining options in the popular Scott’s Bar & Brasserie or our newly opened Terrace bar & outdoor restaurant. Step inside our Escape Health club and Aveda spa to unwind, take time out in the hands of our therapists or recharge your batteries in our 17m swimming pool, outdoor infinity pool or our relaxation and thermal suites. A warm welcome awaits you.

Fantastic

Reviewed By amyryan1990

We had a fantastic trip from start to finish. The reception staff gave us a list of garda vetted babysitters for us and oh what a lovely lady we had in Deirdre id highly recommend her. We stayed for our brothers wedding and our baby sitter couldnt make it last minute. The banqueting staff was fantastic especially Christian as he was waiting on the table with the most amount of kids (which can be tricky) he made each and every child feel grown up as he was so attentive to there every need as my niece said “i need only look at him and he was filling my water glass” spoken by a 10year old. He made sure to keep all the hot food away from the babies. Clearly a lot of training had been given to the waiting staff to serve from the right. The facilities were great too having the petfarm on site was a huge bonus when the heads were a bit fuzzy and in need of fresh air and the pool to unwind. We will definitely be back again on a family trip and all ready looking forward to our stay next year for yet again another wedding

7. Absolute Hotel

Sir Harry's Mall, Limerick V94 WP52 Ireland
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2561 reviews

Absolute Hotel

Great rooms, gre­at food and friendly service in a really stunning hotel situated on a bend on the Abbey River in Limerick City.­ Here in the Medieval Quarter of Limerick we are only minutes walk away from King Johns Castle and the Hunt Museum, not to mention the amazing Milk Market with its artisan producers. The Absolute Hotel Limerick is the perfect base from which to get the best out of the city­ be it business or pleasure.

Nice Hotel in Good Location

Reviewed By gregar213

We stayed here in May 2022 in room 214. Front desk was very friendly and recommended an excellent restaurant for dinner (The SpitJack). Parking is free and there is a parking garage which would have required 3 left turns to loop back into from the drop off zone, so I opted to park in their free outdoor lot across the street. The view from room 214 is a street and traffic, plus a streetlight which allows light into the room at night through the closed drapes. The bathroom has a frosted glass door which also lights up the sleeping area every time someone used the bathroom at night. The room is big and has a queen-sized bed which was lower height than I am used to. Breakfast was very good with hot items plus a buffet.

8. Limerick Strand Hotel

Limerick Strand Hotel Ennis Road, Limerick V94 03F2 Ireland
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3638 reviews

Limerick Strand Hotel

An award winning 4*hotel ideally located in the heart of Limerick City Centre. With stunning vistas of The River Shannon and a birds-eye view of every landmark in the historical city the Limerick Strand Hotel is the ideal venue for both business and pleasure trips. The hotel offers a friendly, inviting atmosphere where guests feel comfortable and well taken care of. Executive Head Chef and his culinary team pride themselves in serving the finest quality of Irish and international cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal produce with all the food traceable and where possible with an emphasis on using locally produced products. The Limerick Strand is the preferred venue for weddings, events and meetings in the city. Energize Health Club is complimentary to guests and boasts a 20 metre swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi. The Limerick Strand Hotel is the ideal base for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way

Good

Reviewed By Rhonda M

It was good. Bed was comfortable. We walked to nearby pubs/restaurants. The bar in the hotel was nice. The executive lounge was a nice perk;you could get a soda, water or coffee. The coffee was delicious. We didn’t have breakfast or dinner so I can’t comment on the food.

9. Hodson Bay Hotel

Roscommon Road, Athlone N37 XR82 Ireland 011 353 90 644 2052
Excellent
55%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 3301 reviews

Hodson Bay Hotel

Located on the gorgeous shores of Lough Ree and with 176 bedrooms, the 4-Star Hodson Bay Hotel is the premier choice for a relaxing getaway. With scenic lakeshore walks, championship golf courses and lake cruises on our doorstep, you’ll have a rich choice of enjoyable activities. For families, we have our fully supervised Kids Camp with fun and games to keep all our little VIPs entertained. Enjoy quality family time in our leisure centre complete with kiddies pool. Discover 'The Retreat at Hodson Bay’ an area of the hotel which is exclusively for adults ensuring a restful stay and guaranteed peace and quiet to unwind in the beautifully-designed rooms. To revive and rejuvenate yourself, take advantage of our award-winning 'Spa at Hodson Bay'. Our restaurants offer mouth-watering meals made from local produce. The centre of Ireland's Hidden Heartlands is a magical place, so treat yourself to a break in this picturesque setting and let our dedicated staff make your stay one to remember.

Excellent restaurant experience accommodated by Martin and his fab team

Reviewed By Lauragal84

We had booked in for 3 night stay with dinner and booked dinner for 8 but approached Martin to see could he fit us in earlier he litterly got us in straight away and cudnt be more helpful even though it was so busy he made us feel More than welcome and changed our booking for the next night. The service was amazing his team really went above and beyond and made us really looking forward to coming back definitely the best experience with great customer service thank you Martin and team Will definitely be back !!

10. Athlone Springs Hotel

Tuam Road Monksland, Athlone Ireland
Excellent
53%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1595 reviews

Athlone Springs Hotel

Sleep, relax and refresh yourself at the Athlone Springs Hotel. Modern and elegant with 68 spacious bedrooms, this 4 star hotel is among the best in Athlone. All bedrooms have the option of a bath with overhead shower with additional extras such as work desk, TV and free Wi-Fi. If you are feeling extra tired, the lazy checkout is an option, subject to availability of course. Push the boat out with breakfast in bed and room service. Family rooms are available, some with interconnecting rooms. Additional camp beds and cots are available on request. For the ultimate experience in luxury accommodation, the Manhattan suite comes with two widescreen LCD TVs, a separate sitting room, "his and hers" bathroom, jacuzzi bath, walk-in shower, bathrobe and slippers. Fresh flowers and champagne can be organized ahead of your arrival to surprise that special someone. Zen fitness and leisure centre has a 20m swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and steam room as well.

Rosemount 15

Reviewed By 282endac

Just returned from second visit to Athlone Springs Hotel. We enjoyed it so much. The staff were very nice and helpful. A special mention for Fiona in the dining room a true professional guest focused a credit to the hotel. The only negative thing was we had no hot water for our showers we didnt complain we mentioned it on departure. We will return again soon all positives. Thanking you Rosemount 15

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