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“Good city base”
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Imperial Hotel
Ranked #11 of 23 Hotels in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 22, 2013

This was our second stay at the Imperial and we took advantage of their 'Christmas Tree' offer - stay two nights and get the third free (for those of a comic inclination try saying ' Christmas three' with an Irish accent :) ) which suited us as the first two nights stay came with breakfast while the third didn't and, as we were getting the 7.35 a.m. flight the day we left, it didn't matter..

The Imperial is perfectly located on South Mall, a short walk (literally a block) from Oliver Plunkett and St. Patrick's Streets which are the main shopping areas and isn't far from anywhere else in the city you might want to visit. It has history in that Michael Collins stayed there the night before he died! It is a grand old building with a porticoed front and marbled entrance, with the bar and coffee shop on either side as you enter the lobby. The rooms are what you would call 'traditional' but ours had a double and a single in and enough room for a desk and armchair as well as the wardrobe and TV stand. The bathroom is fine, with all the usual extras and the towels scored well in the towel test though could be a touch bigger! Our room faced South Mall which made it a little noisy and the TV wasn't perfectly tuned to all the stations but that didn't matter as we weren't there to watch the telly!

Breakfast is buffet style though anything other than scrambled eggs need to be ordered and this is best done with your tea/coffee order. The buffet offers plenty of choice - bacon, sausages, hash browns, tomatoes, mushrooms as well as juice, cereals, toast and pastries. We also had dinner one night as part of our deal and this was equally good - a good choice of dishes taken from the a la carte menu.

All in all a lovely stay and certainly somewhere we would go again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Magrithea,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Imperial Hotel in Cork again.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and took the time to write a very detailed review on trip advisor.

We will take your comments on board and hope that you will return to us for a third visit in the near future.

Kind regards,
Anne

Anne O'Leary
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Just back from a night here celebrating my birthday with some friends. Positives: hotel lobby and bar very cosy and festive, excellently located, within easy walking distance of bars and restaurants, beds very comfortable giving a great nights sleep. Negatives: stayed in room 245, which is in desperate need of some attention, very poky for 3 people and bathroom not up to 4 star standard. All in all would probably stay again for the location if a good deal came up!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Dolly1912,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Imperial Hotel in Cork recently and for taking the time to write a review on trip advisor.
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We will take your comments on board about bedroom 245 as it is only through customer feedback that we can improve our standards here at the Imperial Hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Kind regards,
Anne

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Great location to do Christmas shopping. Excellent hotel and staff are super friendly and helpful. Winter rate of €55 for B&B is excellent value for money. Great ambience in the lobby. Arrived to hear harp being played and lovely Christmas tree. Definitely will be back again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the South Mall side are quieter.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2013

Dear johndervan,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Imperial Hotel in Cork recently for your Christmas shopping.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,
Anne

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

My daughter arrived from Germany and I had book a few days away in the Imperial Hotel. I found the price very reasonable for us both. Check in very friendly, helpful and went off very professional. Had a brilliant stay except for the room, we were on the first floor and the lights were on outside the room, but the curtains were not attached properly but both of us slept in very comfortable beds, single covers need to be changed to double as bed clothes kept slipping off. The food was brilliant except as I was on a diet and found little for me to eat both for dinner and breakfast. Asked about this and they kindly offered me a beautiful ommlete. Would definately return to this hotel again and have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

Room Tip: Please try not get a room with on the first flood unless the curtains are fixed.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2013

Dear margaretomeara,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Imperial Hotel in Cork recently with your daughter .

We are please that you enjoyed your stay with us and we will take your comments on board regarding the issues in the bedroom.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Imperial Hotel in the near future.

Kind regards,
Anne

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Reviewed December 20, 2013

An impromptu trip to Cork for a night and needed a place to stay in the middle of town. Outstanding experience for a business traveler. Elegant old hotel, nicely refurbished, very nicely appointed with cafe, restaurant, spa, large rooms, comfortable beds, good lighting, famous Irish hospitality everywhere. Best of all is the proximity to entertainment district, though my room was dead quiet. Wonderful meal at the Market Lane restaurant a few blocks away. Spectacular farm to table w craft beers. Across the street is a quiet small restaurant well recommended, Opus? Oman? something like that.

Room Tip: Superior room!
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Thank gnarlyb0ne
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Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2013

Dear gnarlybOne,

We are delighted that the Imperial Hotel in Cork was a "Wonderful surprise in Cork", and thank you for writing a review on trip advisor.

We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back on some future occasion.

Kind regards,
Anne

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Reviewed December 18, 2013

This was a great place to stay in Cork. The location, staff and rooms were excellent. We had a great stay and would return. We were here for two nights in November. While the weather was cool and rainy, we truly enjoyed the stay. Cork was a nice stop in our travels in Ireland.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2013

Dear rjander,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Imperial Hotel while in Cork recently and for taking the time to write a review on trip advisor.

we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcome you back to the Imperial Hotel the next time you are in Ireland.

Best wishes,
Anne

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

I stayed at this magnificent hotel recently for 1 night during a night away with work and I have to say I would not look past this hotel on my next visit to Cork. From the friendly and professional staff, to the comfortable rooms and lobby and bar areas, my stay was more than exceptional. As soon as you walk in to the lobby it makes you feel like you have stepped back in time with high ceilings and beautifully ornate decor. The Escape Spa was amazing and would put any five star resort spa's to shame. I enjoyed being pampered with a facial from a very professional and friendly staff member named Elizabeth. She went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and to enjoy my time at this wonderful spa. I would recommend her to carry out any treatments you require. I ate in South's Bar and the meal was beautiful, the menu in the Pembroke restaurant also looked very inviting. I look forward to returning to the Imperial both for work and on a weekend away with the girls!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
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Thank 2014Travellover
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Anne o, Manager at Imperial Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded December 21, 2013

Dear Deirdre M,

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Imperial Hotel in Cork recently.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will pass on your excellent comments to the team.

We look forward to welcoming you back on some future occasion.

Best regards,
Anne

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Additional Information about Imperial Hotel

Address: 76 South Mall, Cork, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Cork
#7 Family Hotel in Cork
#9 Luxury Hotel in Cork
#9 Romantic Hotel in Cork
#13 Business Hotel in Cork
Price Range: $137 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Imperial Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Imperial and Escape Spa and Hair Salon is a magical hotel that blends the warmth and intimacy of times past with the style and luxury of a contemporary hotel. Its design merges the traditional and the contemporary to create an environment with a unique warm and welcoming personality. Recently refurbished, the Imperial Hotel has 130 beautifully appointed rooms, new executive suites and rooftop penthouse suite. Escape Salon and Spa offers the perfect fusion of natural and holistic treatments in the most luxurious of settings. Irelands 1st Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa. ... more   less 
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Imperial Hotel Cork

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