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Shandon Bells

44 Western Road, Cork Ireland
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#53 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Cork
Shandon Bells is an exceptional Bed & Breakfast situated on a river bank within Cork City offering a sophisticated urban retreat in almost rural surroundings. 10 beautiful furnished bedrooms supplement the wonderful feeling of the peaceful River Lee.
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Property amenities
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Kid-friendly buffet
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Shared lounge / TV area
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Bulgarian, Italian and 2 more
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Paddy1961Tipp wrote a review Oct 6
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I stayed here the night before a procedure at the Bons so that I could get an early night and begin the morning calmly. Good location, basic but clean room, and friendly staff at check-in. Unfortunately, at 10pm shouting and argumentative noises began from above my room. This got progressively worse when the very disturbing argument was now outside my door (at the bottom of the stairs and on the way to the exit). The fact that my room door did not look very secure (lots of light down the opening side with a fairly basic lock) Concerned for my own safety, I attempted to contact the B&B via their mobile phone number but got an automated out of hours message. The argument became physical and I could see 2 males going at it outside my downstairs window, and between the resident cars. No staff were visible. Eventually, the police arrived (one of the other residents must have been concerned also) and the scene quietened. Even though no-one called to my room to reassure me, I eventually managed to calm down and get to sleep somewhere after 3am. Apologies from the staff the next morning did little to restore my confidence in a management that leaves unwary travellers to their own fate once they leave for the night. I waited to see if they would refund some of the charge, but no, they obviously felt they deserved the full amount. I would never stay here again and most definitely not recommend it. PS. I'm a male with extensive travel experience and have never before felt threatened in my accommodation.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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curiouspigion wrote a review Jul 2021
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions7 helpful votes
Not as much parking as expected even though I called a week before to ensure we would have a space. Check in was strange, there is no desk or area acting as reception, I ended up in the kitchen looking for someone to help us. Room was clean but carpet was filthy. Very strange to go down to the "common" area and the owner is sitting having dinner and relaxing felt very awkward as if I had interrupted him in his living room. Outside area at the river much smaller than the picture looks, so if different customers came down at the same time we had to take turns, but it was lovely. Breakfast was fab and staff looking after us were lovely. Lady with the glasses (the manager?) Could be heard shouting at the staff (Asians) which I was horrified about as they had been so good to us throughout our stay.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Parking not guaranteed, a lot of stairs. Looks nothing like pictures
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Pat P wrote a review Jul 2021
Carlisle, United Kingdom75 contributions52 helpful votes
My brother and I had a 4-night stay here. We were in room 4 in the refurbished part of the building. There were tea and coffee making facilities (with biscuits) and a lovely little shower room with an excellent shower. Downstairs was a room where you could sit if you wanted to with a large TV, fridge and microwave available for use. The breakfasts were amazing with all you could wish for (these were included in the price when we booked, but people who hadn’t booked breakfast were free to add it later). We were usually served by Karen who was an absolutely delightful young lady from Manila. She was so happy and cheerful all the time and we looked forward to seeing her every morning at breakfast. There was some renovation work taking place outside that looks as if it will be a pleasant outdoor area for guests when finished. This didn’t detract from our stay in the least. We didn’t need the car park but it did seem rather small for the number of guests. We were able to walk into the centre within 10 - 15 minutes, so the location is very convenient. Also Fitzgerald Park is only a few minutes' walk away. I would not hesitate to come back here and would highly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Room Tip: We liked room 4 in the refurbished part of the building.
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hotjohn01 wrote a review Jul 2021
11 contributions1 helpful vote
Booked a place here at short notice as I had a sudden hospital appointment and we couldn't have been happier. We stayed in room no.2 and we're surprised to find that it had recently been done up. It was clean and beautiful. Everything worked perfectly and the jacuzzi style bath was a lovely treat. It looked as though there is further work being done to incorporate a patio style area to the rear of the premises, which will overlook the river. It'll be interesting to see how that develops. The breakfast the next morning was delicious and there was plenty on offer. We had a lovely view of the river as we ate. The staff were polite and helpful. A great place to spend a short stay, and close to everything. Great value for money. Thanks for a lovely night.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: The parking at the premises is indeed off the main road but if someone parks badly, it might make...
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Jozi H wrote a review Sep 2020
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I stayed here for two nights with breakfast included. I am a vegetarian so I came prepared to be happy with just eggs on toast or porridge... But I was blown away by the breakfasts that were made for me here. This is the kind of breakfast I search for on regular café menus and can never find. Fresh veggies and flavour! Not in the images - you are also served a little Yoghurt to start you off with and get drinks straight away too. The hosts were incredible too, so lovely and welcoming. Always wanting to offer you more and checking in to see if you are happy. Customer care is very important to me, so this was an excellent choice of accommodation. I would highly recommend this place.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
$78 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IrelandProvince of MunsterCounty CorkCorkMardyke
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shandon Bells
Which popular attractions are close to Shandon Bells?
Nearby attractions include Cork Public Museum (0.2 miles), Records and Relics (0.3 miles), and Lewis Glucksman Gallery (0.09 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Shandon Bells?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and baggage storage.
Is parking available at Shandon Bells?
Yes, secured parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Shandon Bells?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paradiso, The River Club, and Cafe Depeche.
Is Shandon Bells located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Cork.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Shandon Bells?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, and Lithuanian.
Are there any historical sites close to Shandon Bells?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Blarney Castle & Gardens (4.2 miles), Cork City Gaol (0.5 miles), and Old Cork Waterworks Experience (0.9 miles).