I recently spent three nights at the Windsor Inn and must admit that I cannot add much more to what has already been posted. However, I will share some oddities I encountered. I book through a reputable on-line booking site, but was told when I arrived that the hotel was under new management and lot was being changed. There was to be no breakfast included. I was discount 50 euros for this, so my room was now averaging 33 euros/night. Ok, I thought. But then James told me the card machine was down and that I would have to pay in cash--which I grudgingly did, making certain to get a receipt. "You're at the top, and, I am sorry, there's no lift." So, I hiked it.
The room was spacious and relatively bright, but the window didn't open all the way. There was a TV and an en suite bathroom. The towels and bed linen were clean, but were never changed the three nights I was there. The carpet was a bit iffy, but I brought a pair of "hotel" socks along. There was only one workable electric socket, so to charge the cell phone or laptop, I had to unplug the TV. And, later, in the bar, I had to ask James for a glass for the room. And, only a half roll to toilet paper was available. There was central heating (but probably no AC in summer).
I travel solo and can put up with most situations. I have been in worse places and I have been in much better. What the Windsor does have going for it, which others have written about, is it's proximity to Cork's bustling city center. Across O'Connell Bridge is the Parnell Square Bus Station, where busses to Kinsale and Cobh can easily be had for day-trips (I went to lovely Kinsale for a day with time to see a play back in Cork that evening).
I hope James was correct about the new management as this place could be quite good if certain fundamental amenities were seen to. And if the credit card machine worked. Cork was a great city, a lot less touristy than Dublin, with a lot of music, historical sites, shopping, and energy. I will definitely be revisiting the city in the future; just maybe not the Windsor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City Break or concert date? Whatever your reason for visiting Cork make Windsor Inn your accommodation destination. Located on a vibrant street in the city center and only three minutes walk from the city bus station, our hotel is a unique old building that is well cared for and retains plenty of its period features. We are a small hotel with 20 guest bedrooms, all newly decorated and en-suite. We offer an excellent choice of breakfasts with vegetarian and gluten free options available. Hospitality and Value in the Heart of our City. ... more less
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