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“Fine Stay” 3 of 5 bubbles
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The River Lee
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Cork
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“Fine Stay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

This hotel does have a great location and parking was free. It is a fairly nice but basic hotel. The major negative is the noise. We could not sleep because we heard people constantly all night and the doors kept slamming. Also, the hours for the gym on the weekends weren't the best. It is still a nice hotel. The rooms were clean, and the internet worked well.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,
Many thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts of your recent stay on Tripadvisor.
I am glad to see you enjoyed your stay however I am disappointed to read of your discomfort from the noise in your room. We do out utmost when walking the floors to ensure that noise levels are kept to a minimum at all times of the day and night to ensure that our guests experience an enjoyable stay with us. I will be sure to pass on your comments to ensure that our floor walks are increased to ensure that the noise is kept down wherever possible.
I do hope I have the pleasure of welcoming you back to The River Lee Hotel again in the near future.
Kindest Regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

Loved this hotel from the hot towels at check in to the free water bottles at check out. Rooms were spacious , great view of the river, loved the heated floors in the bathroom, friendly helpful service , only wish we could've stayed longer! We got a great deal through their website ( cheaper than booking.com) . Breakfast was delicious and the bar was laid back . Stay here you won't regret it.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful comments on your recent stay at The River Lee Hotel Cork on Tripadvisor.
I am delighted to see that you had such a lovely stay with us on your break to Cork. I am delighted that you noted some of our little extras such as the hot towel on arrival and also complimentary bottles of water on check out. I am thrilled you found all of our staff to be so friendly. Our staff are very Proud of the service we provide to our guests. We are a short stroll into the centre of Cork city where you will find some fabulous shops, bars & restaurants.
I do hope I have the pleasure of welcoming you and your family back to the hotel again in the near future.
We love to hear from guests when they are due to stay with us again, so why not keep in touch with us on Facebook!!
Kindest Regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Sligo, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

My friends and I enjoyed a stayed in The River Lee Hotel in early April 2013. From the moment of booking our stay the hotel's staff excelled themselves in terms of customer care and professionalism. I was accommodated in changing our booking, at short notice, and no difficulty was beyond the ever-helpful reservation staff. Booking in was friendly, smooth and swift. The overall standards of the hotel and of the rooms that we stayed in during our 'too short stay' were extremely high. The restaurant staff were extremely well-trained, courteous, friendly and efficient. The quality of the food was excellent. The restaurant's aspect was beautiful, with the lovely Lee flowing by and a heron on the lookout for a fish-breakfast! The range and quality of the fare available for breakfast were beyond belief. I conclusion I would have to say that The River Lee Hotel succeeded in ensuring that the stay was top quality, satisfying and great value for money. Thar barr, top marks. As Arnold would say, 'I'll be back'!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Brian,
Many thanks for taking the time to share such wonderful comments on Tripadvisor in regards to your recent stay here at the hotel.
I am delighted to see you had an excellent stay with us. I have passed on your wonderful comments about our staff to all of them and they were absolutely thrilled to receive them. Our staff are very Proud of the service they provide to our guests.
Our Breakfast is one of the best in the city. There is such an amazing array of dishes available for guests to choose from. Guests can help themselves to Fresh Fruit & Cereals or perhaps some muffins & croissants or perhaps the wonderful hot breakfast where our friendly chefs are available to make anything requested by guests such as pancakes or maybe an omelette!!
I do hope I have the pleasure in welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.
We love to hear from guests when they are due to stay with us again, so why not keep in touch with us on Facebook!!
Kindest Regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

We went travelling around Ireland In a camper van last Easter but booked a night in cork on the middle of the trip to treat ourself !! We booked the room on a third party website and paid £95 pounds for the room only !! I am not sure whether they upgraded us or something because the room we had was amazing and seemed to be more like a suite !! Massive big bed, huge full window the size of the wall overlooking the river, and the bathroom was huge and lovely!! Hotel was spotless and we made full use of the spa and the pool !! We had dinner in the hotel restaurant and drinks after In the bar, no complaints there either!! We loved this hotel and wish it was closer to home and we would come back!! An absolute bargain for the service which we received !!!

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely thoughts on Tripadvisor in regards to your recent stay in The River Lee Hotel Cork.
I am thrilled to see you had a wonderful stay with us. All of our rooms have floor to ceiling windows and looking out at different parts of the city such as St Finbarr's Cathedral, the Gates of UCC and also overlooking the North Side of the City & the River. Our Accommodation Manager Mary Guilford and her team pay particular attention when cleaning the rooms to ensure they are cleaned to the highest standard so that all of our guests experience a luxury stay with us.
I do hope I have the pleasure in welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.
Why not stay in touch with us on Facebook where you will find great offers and competitions for the hotel.
Kindest Regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Ennis, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for one night for a short city break, celebrating our daughter's birthday. The hotel staff are excellent and very welcoming. Food was excellent, both breakfast and dinner. The weakest point was the wine list in the dining room. Limited selection. This is only a small point in a visit that was otherwise a really lovely relaxing experience. Parking was easy and access to the hotel from the car park was sound. No noise from street, even though we overlooked the river. We will definitely be back- very happy with this visit. Didnt get time to use gym, or pool, but it looked great

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mary-b-clare
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share such lovely comments on you recent stay at The River Lee Hotel whilst visiting Cork.
I am delighted to see that you had a great stay with us. I have passed on your comprehensive comments to all of our team here at the hotel and they were thrilled to receive them. Our team at the hotel is very Proud of the service we provide to our guests.
I am glad to see you enjoyed your dining experiences in the hotel. Our breakfast is one of the best in the city as we have such a wide variety available to all of guests from fresh fruit and yoghurts to a full Irish breakfast or why not have a freshly made omelette or perhaps some homemade pancakes!!
I do hope I have the pleasure of welcoming you back to The River Lee Hotel again in the very near future.
Kindest Regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Baltimore, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Very well designed and built hotel, great double windows and noise insulation. A bit difficult to find, slightly down the river from the center of town, but a decent 5 minute walk (it often rains.) The athletic center is great but....it is a local athletic club as well and packed during the after business hours. The sauna and steam room were smaller, coed and off the pool area. The locker rooms are decent with nice locks but relatively small for the large volume. Ate dinner in the restaurant, delicious meals, a bit pricey but well done. The room is great, nice size with a bay window, bathroom is modern and excellent with heated floors.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank stubonedoc
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, April 19, 2013
Dear Guest,
Many thanks for sharing your lovely comments of your recent stay at The River Lee Hotel Cork.
I am thrilled to see that you enjoyed your stay here with us. I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your time at NRG Health & Fitness Centre. We have a 22 metre Swimming Pool, Steam Room, Sauna, Jacuzzi and of course the wonderful Gym which has top of the art fitness equipment. They also do a wonderful array of fitness classes ranging from Spinning & Zumba Classes. I am delighted to see that you enjoyed your meal in The Weir Bistro. Our Head Chef Shane O'Sullivan and his team have devised a wonderful menu consisting of locally sourced and the freshest ingredients to ensure rich flavours in all of our dishes.
I do hope I have the pleasure in welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future.
Why not stay in touch with us on Facebook where you will find great offers and competitions for the hotel.
Kindest Regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

We had a very enjoyable stay here in March. Two friends down for spa night away, when we arrived reception was busy but staff friendly and helpful and informed us we would stay on the 5th floor which had an executive lounge providing tea, coffee, pastries, drinks and snacks free of charge. Room was very spacious and bathroom nice and big.
Had treatments in the lovely spa downstairs. Dinner was a set menu in the restaurant that night, menu wasn't huge but ordered and had a really enjoyable meal.
Breakfast the next morning was great- so much to choose from, pastries, scones, full fry, yogurts, cereals, meats and cheeses and many varieties of each.
Staff were very helpful and attentive throughout our stay.
Will definitely be heading back to this hotel and recommending it to others!

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Reggiedaly
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Ruairi O, General Manager at The River Lee, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely thoughts on Tripadvisor in regards to your recent stay in The River Lee Hotel Cork.
I am delighted to read that you had a fabulous stay with us and you had the opportunity to avail of one of our Executive Rooms on our 5th Floor. All of these rooms have king size beds with bathrobes and slippers and also Nespresso machine in each room. Guests also have access to the Executive Lounge where there are complimentary tea/coffee, juices and pastries served throughout the day.
I was delighted to read your comments on our staff. We here at the hotel strive top ensure that each guest has a very comfortable and memorable stay with us.
Our breakfast is one of the best in the city as we have such a wide variety available to all of guests from fresh fruit and yoghurts to a full Irish breakfast or why not have a freshly made omelette or perhaps some homemade pancakes!!
I do hope I have the pleasure of welcoming you back to The River Lee Hotel again in the very near future.
Kindest Regards
Ruairi O'Connor
General Manager
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Property: The River Lee
Address: Western Road, Cork, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Cork > Centre
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Cork
#2 Spa Hotel in Cork
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cork
#2 Family Hotel in Cork
#2 Romantic Hotel in Cork
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The River Lee 4*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River Lee is the perfect vantage point in the historic quarter and from which to savour all that the city has to offer. The hotel is a superb four-star hotel with a range of facilities and amenities that are second to none. From our superb NRG fitness centre and magnificent Vanilla Browns Spa to the culinary delights of our Weir Bistro and the conviviality of our friendly, local bar, you'll find it all at The River Lee. Truly, The River Lee is the ultimate choice for all that is Cork. ... more   less 
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