The River Lee Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Cork, County Cork, Province of Munster

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Pros

  • Contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs
  • Bathrooms have walk-in showers, separate tubs, and heated floors
  • Deluxe Rooms have Nespresso machines, bathrobes, slippers, and turndown service
  • Executive lounge with free snacks and coffee for Deluxe Room guests
  • Great views of the River Lee from upper floor lounge areas and some rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking in underground garage
  • Weir Bistro serves gourmet cuisine using local ingredients
  • Cocktails and light dishes and Weir Bar
  • Small, trendy spa
  • Big fitness center and indoor pool attached (run by outside company)
  • Fantastic breakfast buffet with hot items

Cons

  • Not in the heart of the city center, but attractions are within walking distance
  • Pool and fitness center run by outside company; used by non-guests as well as guests
  • Fee for swimming cap to use the pool
  • Some rooms have poor views

Bottom Line

The 182-room River Lee is one of the top luxury hotels in Cork, and is part of the upscale Doyle Collection mini-chain. Contemporary, understated decor, a restaurant and bar that are among the city's best, a small trendy spa, and an impressive fitness center and indoor pool (run by an outside company) define the experience. Though some may find the style of the hotel a bit generic, extras such as warm towels at check-in and heated floors in the bathrooms put this a cut above a typical four-pearl property. The location is just outside the city center, but within walking distance of both the English Market and the shopping hub of St. Patrick's Street.

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 Location

Not in the heart of the city center, but within walking distance of attractions

The River Lee Hotel is, as the name suggests, right on the River Lee (some rooms have lovely views). It's a bit outside the city center, but attractions such as the English Market and shopping on St. Patrick's Street are within walking distance.

  • 10-minute walk to the English Market
  • 10-minute walk to St. Fin Barre's Cathedral
  • 11-minute walk to St. Patrick's Street
  • 5-minute drive to Cork City Gaol
  • 5-minute drive to the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Ann
  • 6-minute drive to Parnell Place, where Bus Eireann departs
  • 8-minute drive to St. Patrick's Quay, where Aircoach buses depart
  • 12-minute drive to the Blarney Castle Hotel (it's cheaper to take a cab directly than to take a cab to the bus station and also pay for bus fare)

 Bottom Line

The 182-room River Lee is one of the top luxury hotels in Cork, and is part of the upscale Doyle Collection mini-chain. Contemporary, understated decor, a restaurant and bar that are among the city's best, a small trendy spa, and an impressive fitness center and indoor pool (run by an outside company) define the experience. Though some may find the style of the hotel a bit generic, extras such as warm towels at check-in and heated floors in the bathrooms put this a cut above a typical four-pearl property. The location is just outside the city center, but within walking distance of both the English Market and the shopping hub of St. Patrick's Street.

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Address

  • Western Road, Cork, Ireland

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Superior Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 182
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Cork, County Cork
Address: Western Road, Cork, Ireland
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