Hotels in Cork, Ireland
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Where to stay in Cork: Your Questions Answered
Cork - Ireland’s second biggest city – may be on the smaller side, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in spirit. With nicknames like ‘the real capital of Ireland’, ‘the Rebel County’ and ‘The People’s Republic of Cork’, the city is full of attitude, not to mention nightlife, shopping, culture and a great local foodie scene.
Whether you’re thinking of a short-but-sweet weekend city break or have some more time on your hands, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels in Cork city.
If it’s just a night or two, then you’re better off staying in the heart of Cork city centre, whereas a longer holiday means you could visit the smaller towns like Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Kinsale or Cobh; Cork’s position on the coast means although you’ve got all the hustle and bustle of a city, the sea is never far away.
Where to stay with a family in Cork?
If you’re travelling with the whole family in tow, you should consider checking out your options for hotels in Cork near Fota Wildlife Park. Easily reachable by car or train, the 100-acre animal park attracts over 440,000 visitors a year and is the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster, and is sure to please big and little kids alike.
Looking at cheap hotels in Cork is one way to stick to your budget, or self-catering hotels are also a good way of keeping the cost down. While the weather in Ireland isn’t always reliable, keeping the kids entertained is easy if you plan on staying in a family or child friendly hotel with a swimming pool.
Where to stay if I’m in Cork on business?
For business travellers, of course it’s worthwhile staying in one of the hotels near Cork airport; but thanks to Cork’s compact size, the airport is located less than five miles from the lively city centre and is well serviced by bus and taxis, so you do have plenty of affordable and convenient choices when it comes to your accommodation.
Where to stay in Cork for a romantic break?
If you’re staying in Cork city as a couple on a romantic break, then you should check into one of the hotels that come with a Jacuzzi in the room – it’s worth the splurge! Looking for luxury? Then you should check out the city’s array of 4-star hotels, or if you really want to treat yourselves then consider the small but beautiful collection of 5-star hotels in Cork.
Hotels in Cork with a spa?
Fancy a girls’ weekend or romantic getaway? Take it to the next level with a night or two in one of Cork’s luxury spa hotels.
Enjoy a dip in the Jacuzzi after a day of retail therapy on Patrick’s Street, Cork’s main shopping street (known as ‘Pana’ to locals) or unwind in the sauna after seeing the sights, like Cork City Gaol, St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, The English Market or the Shandon Bells.
When is the best time to visit Cork?
Cork is a great destination for a city break any time of the year – so luckily you can always be sure of grabbing last minute hotel deals for a spur-of-the-moment trip - but July is the most popular time to visit the Rebel County.
Alternatively, jazz fans (and those of you who don’t know their ragtime from their swing) should schedule a trip to the city in late October for the Cork Jazz Festival, the annual jazz fest which has seen the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Herbie Hancock, and Gregory Porter.
Planning on visiting during the summer? Then it’s a good idea to look into hotels near the Marquee, Cork. An annual music festival that takes place over several days in June and July, Live at the Marque is one of the highlights of the summer for Corkonians and has been headlined by major acts like Elton John, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Ray, and Bob Dylan.
If you’re just planning on staying for a quick weekend trip, then you’re better off checking into one of the plethora of hotels in Cork city centre, although if you’re thinking of a longer holiday, then why not visit Kinsale in West Cork? You can be guaranteed a peaceful and indulgent stay in one of West Cork’s beautiful 4-star hotels in this pretty seaside town.
Price rangefrom €15to €229
- Hotel Fota Island Resortfrom €117
- Hotel Cork City Centre Self Catering Apartmentfrom €65
- Hotel Game Bridge Housefrom €5
- Hotel Kinlay House Corkfrom €19
- Hotel The Blarney Stonefrom €109
- Hotel Hotel The Kingsleyfrom €82
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