Ireland’s second city is first in every important respect, at least according to the locals, who cheerfully refer to it as the ‘real capital of Ireland’. The compact city centre is surrounded by interesting waterways and is chock full of great restaurants fed by arguably the best foodie scene in the country.
The River Lee flows around the centre, an island packed with grand Georgian parades, 17th-century alleys and modern masterpieces such as Cork Opera House. North and south of Patrick St lie the city’s most entertaining quarters: webs of narrow streets crammed with pubs, cafes, restaurants, and shops.
Cork’s dynamism is reflected in contemporary buildings, bars, and arts centres. The best of the city is still happily traditional, though – snug pubs with live-music sessions most of the week, excellent local produce and a genuinely proud welcome from the locals.
Whether you’re traveling from New York or New Ross, Cork is serviced by planes, trains and busses which will drop you right to the Guinness Cork Jazz action.
Your International Gateway to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival If you’re travelling from overseas, Cork Airport is the international gateway to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Located just 8km (5 miles) outside Cork city, Cork Airport provides easy, convenient access to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival with regular flights from the UK and Continental Europe. The journey time from Cork Airport to the city centre is 15 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes by bus.
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From B&Bs to luxury hotels, Cork is teeming with beautiful accommodation options in the heart of the city centre. See below to browse Cork’s finest accommodation.
The Metropole Hotel is one of the best-known hotels in Cork and is renowned for the finest hospitality. Located just a short stroll from the many excellent shops, boutiques, theatres, galleries and of course the business district of Cork, making it the ideal location for Cork City Hotel breaks and business travellers alike.
The Clayton Hotel is superbly located in Cork City Centre, overlooking the boardwalk of the River Lee. A four-star property, it offers luxury accommodation and wonderful service just steps from shops, entertainment, and the city’s business district.
The Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, one of the finest four star hotels in Cork, combines contemporary design with classic elegance. This Cork hotel is renowned as one of Ireland’s largest conference and banqueting venues.
The Commodore Hotel is situated overlooking the harbour in the charming, historic town of Cobh, County Cork. It offers great hospitality in an elegant Georgian residence. This hotel is sure to impress.
The White Lady Hotel boasts an ideal location within walking distance of Kinsale’s shops, restaurants and pubs. It offers accommodation, dining options, a nightclub and live music venue. Please see link to hotel website below.
Situated just steps from the passenger terminal at Cork Airport, the Park Inn is an ideal choice for anyone with an early morning departure or late evening arrival. The hotel provides dining options, leisure facilities, and accommodation.
Located at the airport and 10-minutes from the city centre, the Cork International Hotel is an ideal choice for both business and leisure stays in Cork. The four-star property offers luxurious facilities and friendly service
East Village is a vibrant bar, restaurant and hotel, with 10 fully en suite bedrooms in the heart of Douglas Village. It is the perfect location for people to enjoy everything on their door step. Visit the hotel website at the link below.
Family-owned and operated, Fitzgerald’s Vienna Woods Hotel is located just outside Cork City in Glanmire. In recent years, it has been transformed into a luxurious 50-bedroomed hotel.
Fota Island Hotel and Spa is part of a five-star, luxury resort set on a private island. The hotel offers a range of facilities and everything needed for a relaxing stay in East Cork.
Hotel Isaacs is a wonderful, three-star accommodation located in the heart of Cork City. It offers comfortable bedrooms, conference facilities and a renowned restaurant.
For a luxurious break in Cork City, travellers can choose the Imperial Hotel, a four-star property of Flynn Hotels. It is conveniently situated in the city’s business district and offers 130 beautiful rooms.
Jurys Inn Cork is a three-star hotel ideally situated in the city centre. It offers spacious, comfortable bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and meeting room, making it an ideal accommodation for anyone visiting Cork, whether on business or pleasure.
The Maldron Hotel is comprised of modern superior accommodation in the heart of Cork City’s historic cultural quarter. Whether you are a corporate or leisure guest, their well appointed guest rooms will cater for your every need.
Maryborough House Hotel & Spa is an 18th century Manor House, only 5km from Cork City. This idyllic hideaway, set in its own 18 acres of natural parkland, boasts an award winning restaurant, leisure centre, ESPA Spa and exquisite accommodation.
The luxurious Best Western Montenotte Hotel boasts a wonderful location overlooking Cork City Centre. It has a selection of guest rooms, spa and leisure facilities, function venues and much more, making it an ideal choice for diverse travellers.
Oriel House Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa is a luxury business and leisure hotel located in Ballincollig, on the west side of Cork City. The hotel boasts four stars and focuses on providing guests with luxury and relaxation.
Rochestown Park Hotel is an exquisite four-star hotel that underwent an extensive refurbishment and redevelopment in 2008. A great location, excellent service and luxury accommodation.
The Blue Haven Hotel is located in the beautiful coastal town of Kinsale, County Cork. With friendly personal service and attention to detail, the hotel offers a unique experience for all guests.
Offering convenience at affordable prices, the Commons Inn is an ideal place to spend your relaxing vacation, or makes as a home away from home during business trips.
This four star hotel is situated on the South Bank of the River Lee, just 15 minutes walk from the city centre. The hotel has 2 unique restaurants, stylish bar and a spa. Click the link below to visit the hotel website.
The River Lee is an ideal accommodation for anyone wishing to savour the city of Cork and all it has to offer. Recently refurbished, it is a superb four-star hotel with a range of facilities and amenities.
The three-star Travelodge Cork Airport is ideally located for anyone in need of a comfortable base for exploring Cork. Just 1.5km from the airport, it’s also a great choice for travellers catching an early flight or arriving in late.
A four star hotel, spectacularly perched on the water’s edge overlooking Kinsale Harbour. The hotel has 75 bedrooms including an executive wing comprising 30 rooms and a penthouse floor of 9 luxury suites, all with beautiful sea views.
The WatersEdge Hotel is nestled in the harbour town of Cobh and situated on the waterfront. The hotel provides breathtaking views, comfortable accommodation and wonderful bistro-style food, making it a great choice for both business and leisure.
The many shops, cafés, and restaurants of this cosmopolitan city are all within easy reach of our award-winning Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Cork. You’ll be close to both the town centre and the airport, making our hotel a perfect base for exploring the city and beyond.