Cork Travel Guide
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
We feel instantly relaxed just looking at this view from the Kingsley Hotel in Cork, Ireland, next to the River Lee. Green and quaint, relaxed and quiet, and that's just what we need during this hectic season.
The Kingsley is a luxury hotel not too far from Cork International Airport, so it's easily accessed, and the goal of the staff is to offer "international graciousness combined with Irish hospitality". It's a 131-room hotel with a spa and health club attached, and more than just one room or two that sports this peaceful view.
· Hotels in Cork [HotelChatter]
· Ireland Travel Guide [Jaunted]
HotelChatter had an operative in Ireland last week who has so graciously forwarded us reviews of some hotels. This is the first in a three-part series.
Our Hotel Maven first visited the Jurys Doyle Hotel Cork in Cork County, a four-star hotel which just opened eight months ago. Here's the review:
We stayed in a king bedroom on the fifth floor (their highest floor). The room was rather large and had a modern decor. The bathrooms were especially nice with a tub separate from the shower stall.
We stayed in Cork County for 2 days and the hotel had a great location for walking around the city. The restaurant and bar inside the hotel were good too. You can sit out by the river and enjoy cocktails.
We highly recommend going to Cork and staying at this hotel. However, don't confuse this hotel with the Jury's Inn, another Cork hotel.
Just a quick note: Room rates at this property start at €139 for weekends. Another quick note: Jurys Doyle Hotel group has its own Flickr page. How tech-savvy! Anyways, so far so good on the Emerald Isle. Stay tuned this week for the rest of the reviews.
· Hotels in Ireland [HotelChatter]
With the dog days of summer soon to descend on the States, why not a jaunt across the pond for a stay in Ireland, where the temperature rarely tops 70?
Cork, Ireland's second largest city, is the home of the ninth Radisson hotel built on Irish soil, with the opening of the $45 million, 132-room Radisson SAS Hotel & Spa Cork, Ireland. Built on the site of the 19th century Ditchley House, the hotel boasts such 21st century amenities as 24-hour room service, satellite television (in case you don't want to watch soccer, er, football) and WiFi internet access. Furthermore, there are 3 golf courses nearby--it is Ireland, after all.
Sure, all those amenities are nice, but what seals the deal for the Radisson SAS is Cork City's only full-service spa, an enterprise seemingly designed to turn people into human puddles, as it features neck-spine massaging showerheads, body massage geysers, bubble seats and calf massage seats.
Also, if you leave the Radisson to hit up one of Cork's pubs, don't order Guinness; Cork's choice of stout is Murphy's. You can thank us later.
· Radisson Cork Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]
To all you hotel workers bemoaning the close of the Jurys Hotel in Cork, Ireland: Put a (get this) cork in it.
I'll let you stop laughing from the little play on words. Waiting ... still waiting.
OK, read on, the Ireland Online article is just as witty, if not more so (impossible, yes?).
"The 220 workers affected by Jurys' decision to demolish its hotel are due to meet today to discuss their futures. Earlier this week, the Jurys Doyle group announced plans to demolish the existing building and replace it with a 185-bedroom hotel and 300 apartments."
But the hotel plans on offering jobs to the lot of them when it reopens. So what's the prob? Feisty lads aren't they?