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“Welcoming and Old World Charm”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Emerson House

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Emerson House
Ranked #29 of 61 Cork B&B and Inns
Ireland
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24 reviews
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“Welcoming and Old World Charm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

I've stayed at Emerson on a few occasions and find it consistently good.

The previous review by ALAN C seems overly critical as the vast majority of other reviewers, including myself, find Cyril a very welcoming and an informative host. "Overfiriendly and quite intrusive" are not at all how most people would describe Cyril at all.

Emerson House is an Edward-style house which is well-kept (no musty smells at all), very spacious rooms though admittedly small shower rooms. This is a feature of these older buildings. While the guesthouse could benefit from a major overhaul, this would require hugh investment mindful of planning restrictions imposed on such period homes. For now, its perfectly fine, great value for money and a personal service that you won't find in hotels downtown. It's also a good way to meet other travellers, whether travelling on your own or with others.

Most rooms have a harbour view; in the guest room, there are binoculars for you to view at habour closely and watch ship movements to/from Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic. The guest room also has an extensive library and some "coffee table" books that re enjoyable to browse through.

Bedrooms are very spacious and all are en-siute with the exception of one room. While all rooms are TVs, the reception can be variable. If you planning to stay in one evening to watch TV, then, ask for a room with good TV reception.

Nearby, there are two establishments worth checking out:

O'Keefe's - an artisan food/deli shop with great coffee and snacks;

Henchy's - a wonderful pub where you can enjoy a pint in the bar or lounge, or have a little more privacy in one of the more privare areas at the back.

In summary, a welcoming place to stay and great value. Recommended!

Room Tip: Ask for a harbour view room
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Sligo, Ireland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

My friend and I had the misfortune to stay..Where do I start?.Hairs in the sink, the shower..Grim dank musty odor almost everywhere..Mankey looking carpets..Over furnished dirty room in serious need of a good cleanout and sterilisation.

The 15 minute walk down the hill to town was ok, but it's quite a hill to climb on the way back.
The so called view out the window was mainly the back of a large building.

Breakfast was good but the host Cyril, would not leave us alone..He was, shall we say, overfriendly and quite intrusive.

We will return to staying in Jury's on our next visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

Spent an evening in this atmospheric little house. Eccentric decor and a warm host made for a joy of a stay. I will definitely return if I revisit the city of Cork. The breakfast was astonishing good!! Centrally located and just above the main train station, this is a great spot to stay at.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

Cyril is the BEST host that I've ever met.
He is SO kind and nice; he gave us a lot of advice about new places to visit in Cork and generally around Ireland. Thanks to him we went to wonderful places that neither in our huge guide we could find.
The rooms were very clean and cosy, the bed was just perfect (and I always have problems with mattresses because of some problems at my back) and even if it's only 5 minutes walking from the city centre, it is very quiet and peaceful.
The breakfast was fantastic! We had a full Irish breakfast but also a lot of soda bread with butter and amazing jams, milk and a huge variety of cereals, a jar of orange juice, yogurts and a bowl full of super fresh fruit! Also Cyril and another guest were sitting at table with us and it was so nice to have breakfast all together, to chat and share opinions.
If you're looking for the best B&B in Cork HERE IT IS!!

Gaia and Angelo

Room Tip: You absolutely have to have breakfast there! The best Irish breakfast that we ever had! Best soda...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

we spent a few days in Cork without a car but it wasn't a problem as we were within walking distance of all the best places to eat and visit in Cork.Cyril was a charming host and made us feel very welcome .

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Cyril is perhaps the greatest B&B host of all time! He seems to know everything about the area and anything he doesn't know he'll find out for you. the B&B is amazing and wonderfully decorated in antiques with a Greco-Roman motif. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. My friend and I stayed with Cyril for 4 days and had an incredible time. Breakfasts were epic to say the least and Cyril was a most hospitable host!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

A comfortable house, full of interesting books and antiques. We had a lovely large room with views of the river. Breakfast was excellent. Cyril was a wonderful host. It is a short walk to town but not far. A lovely place to stay if you find yourself in Cork.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Emerson House
Address: 2 Clarence Terrece | Summer Hill North, Cork, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Montenotte
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Ranked #29 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Cork
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Number of rooms: 16

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