We visited the Oriel house hotel for an extended weekend getaway, having considered the location to be fairly ideal. Close enough to Cork City to allow us to go in and shop on one day, close enough to the beautiful scenery of west cork.
On arrival we were greeted amicably by the reception staff who wasted no time in ensuring we were checked in and aware of the facilities in the hotel.
The room itself was comfortable and spacious enough. all the facilites worked, which is a pleasant change from some of the other hotels i have stayed in. There wasnt much passing noise, apart from the usual levels around closing times and the ends of functions etc, but it was all well mannered and brief.
the fitness centre and swimming pool are well equipped ( professional opinion), with the pool facilities being exceptionally good. as with all leisure facilities some times will be busier than others but then if you are on a relaxing break you can easily move your visits to the pool around quieter times.
The restaurant was utilised by us for breakfasts each morning. the selection was good and the waiting staff were polite and thankfully seemed to know when to approach and when to allow people to get on with their meal. we ate dinner in the restaurant on one occasion and would have returned there if we had been staying a bit longer. the service was good, the recommendations, when asked for proved spot on. portion size was good, not too large but sufficient to fulfill an appetite.
On another occasion we dined in the bar just after watching a rugby match on the tvs (of which there are plenty in the bar). the food was very good and the steak sandwich went down a treat.
To me the level of local knowledge of the staff with regards things to do and places to see is an invaluable asset to the hotel. If you ask you will be given the information you want. and in the event that the staff dont have the answer readily available then they seemed more than happy to oblige by finding out the information at the earliest opportunity.
I would heartily recommend Oriel House to friends and family and have recommended it to work colleagues. keep up the good work is my message to the staff. My message to anyone considering this hotel is that you wont go far wrong here.
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