My Wife and I, and my parents, decided to have 4 nights in Cork this year as a short family holiday. We arrived earlier than check in on the Monday but this was no problem and we were shown straight to our apartment (number 7). First impressions were that it was a bit tired in the decor but it's just a place to sleep so we weren't that bothered and headed out to explore the City Centre. It's about a 5 minute walk to the main streets of Cork, just over the bridge on St Patrick's Street, and what a lovely place it is. The architecture is really nice and there's a good mix of independent and chain retailers smattered about between the pubs and bars.
The first problem we had was when we got back and there was no hot water. One of the girls came up from reception and after a play with the boiler that was back on track. We all showered and headed out for a bit to eat. We decided to head back early as it had been a really early start and when we got back we discovered that the toilet cistern wasn't refilling. We were able to McGiver the shower head into the cistern but that wasn't good enough so I went down to complain and we were immediately offered the only spare apartment (number 2) which we took.
This apartment is better decorated and although the bedrooms were a bit smaller we preferred it to the earlier one. The kitchen didn't have a dishwasher but the cleaners took care of any dirty dishes while we were out each day.
A quick conversation with one of the waiters at the hotel, James, and we were pointed in the direction of the best pint of Beamish in Cork County at the Sin-e pub just down the road. We weren't disappointed and Hilary behind the bar was an absolute gem.
There were problems with hot water for the rest of the stay but this wasn't major and the 4 of us managed to shower as long as we had a bit of time in between each visit to the bathroom. We didn't see any lifts in the apartments which could be an issue for some, we were only on the first floor with both apartments so it was OK for us.
We did avail ourselves of the hotel's parking facilities which, at 5 Euro per day, are the cheapest we found in the area. They're a short walk to a gated area around a local church. Having a car is great as we were able to get out to Kellarney, Cobh, Blarney and Fota Wildlife Park which are all excellent places to visit.
All in all I'd recommend the hotel, we had our rate discounted for the problems we encountered and although it's a bit tired it's not messy, plus the staff are outstanding.
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- Welcome to Hotel Isaacs Cork, a unique gem of a hotel in Cork city centre with an enviable city centre location - only a short walk from the train and bus stations and the main shopping and financial centre of Cork.Hotel Isaacs is the perfect choice as a base when visiting Cork city, West Cork and the South West of Ireland.We have some fantastic special offers for you when you book our hotel bedrooms and our wonderful two bedroom and three bedroom apartments. ... more less
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