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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Imperial Hotel With Escape Salon
- Imperial Hotel Cork