This was our first visit to Ireland and we decided to make it an extended 4/5 day trip whilst also attending a big wedding. We had read fairly good reviews of the Belvedere and wanted to base ourselves in Cork. We were not disappointed. I'm not sure why there are complaints that the B&B is too far out. It's just at the end of one of the main big roads in the city. Yes, it takes about 10 minutes in the car to the centre, but that's not really as isolated as some have mentioned. Having got a bit lost and some troubles with our hire car we turned up quite late on the Thursday, but we had a really lovely warm welcome and shown to our rooms after a quick explanation of where everything was etc. Whilst the rooms are just a wee bit dated decor wise, they are still a darn sight better than I have seen at other B&B's. Everything was super clean and shampoo, shower gel, moisturiser and hand wash are all topped up every day. The main road is a tad noisy but that's what happens in any city accommodation and we just closed our window at night! Spare pillows were available as well as other bedding in the room itself and we had excellent tea and coffee making facilities. I always judge a B&B on whether it can be bothered to provide hot chocolate as well as the usual and they did! Excellent. The Belvedere was full while we were there; I think every night, and this meant that breakfast was a bit chaotic in the mornings. Space in the dining area is limited but staff worked extremely hard to accommodate everyone and apart from a bit of waiting and tight sharing on occasions, this was all fine. The food was lovely and the waiting staff were really efficient, friendly and hard working. They might benefit from opening up the spacious garden area with some seating to help alleviate this problem. If given the choice I will always prefer to sit outside to eat. Everyone we encountered from the owners to the cleaning ladies were helpful and cheerful. And I have to recommend the restaurant just a 2 minute walk up the road from the Belvedere - the Watermarq which is situated in a hotel. If this restaurant is closed or full the bar above serves food until 10pm every night. This is good to know when you arrive late or don't fancy getting in the car to drive out for food in the evening. The Belvedere is a little oasis of old fashioned loveliness, combined with excellent facilities and super staff. You get a good night's sleep and a proper breakfast with all the extra toast, juice, fruit and cereal you can eat on top of the 'full Irish'. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, good B&B in Cork, I wouldn't look any further.
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