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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.
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.