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WatersEdge Hotel Cobh 3.0

Cobh, County Cork, Ireland

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  • Located on the waterfront next to the Cobh Railway Station
  • Homey rooms with flat-screen TVs and coffee- and tea-making facilities
  • Some rooms have balconies with views of the ocean
  • Restaurant serving fresh seafood
  • Bar with small lunch menu and an outdoor patio
  • Breakfast included in room rates (if booked directly)
  • Free underground garage parking 
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout


  • No elevator, stairs only
  • Rooms lack air-conditioning
  • Complaints of minor cleanliness issues in rooms

Bottom Line

The three-pearl WatersEdge Hotel Cobh is a waterfront hotel with homey interiors, right next to the Cobh Train Station. Its 19 rooms are spacious and have comfortable beds, large sleek bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi. And rooms with ocean-facing balconies are worth the extra splurge. The restaurant and bar serves a fresh, locally sourced, seafood-heavy menu along with local brews and ciders. For a similar hotel with apartment-style units, travelers may want to check out the nearby Bella Vista Hotel & Self Catering Suites.

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Quaint hotel with a homey atmosphere that attracts couples

The quaint, seaside environment of the WatersEdge Hotel Cobh primarily attracts vacationing couples. The lobby features antique chairs near a fireplace and striped dated armchairs and couches across from the low blond-wood front desk. The decor feels a bit cluttered, with gold-and-white wallpaper on some walls and clusters of sea-themed photographs or artwork on others. But the restaurant and bar is more pleasant and inviting, with wooden floors, red walls, and ocean-themed art pieces on the walls. 


Waterfront location within walking distance of attractions and the train station

WatersEdge Hotel Cobh’s waterfront location results in lovely views of the open sea and the large cruise ships that port during the week. It’s right next door to the Cobh Heritage Centre, the Annie Moore Monument, and the Cobh Railway Station, allowing for a quick trip to nearby Cork, less than an hour’s train ride away. Cobh is famous for being the last port of call before the Titanic launched off to sea and the Titanic Experience Cobh -- which focuses on the story of the Titanic -- is a three-minute walk away. Dining options are less than a five-minute walk on foot. Fota Wildlife Park is a nine-minute drive away, and Cobh Golf Club is a 10-minute drive. Cork Airport takes 28 minutes by car to reach from the hotel. 


Spacious rooms -- some with balconies and ocean views -- but no air-conditioning

Rooms at the WatersEdge Hotel Cobh feature a mix of modern and antique furnishings, making for a homey atmosphere. They’re spacious and have a predominantly white color palette with white bedspreads, white desks, and white armoires. Touches of color come in the form of striped maroon couches and armchairs and golden printed curtains. Floral or sea-themed art pieces decorate the walls. All rooms have older flat-screen TVs and tea- and coffee-making facilities, but they lack air-conditioning. Family Rooms with separate bedrooms are available, as are rooms with large balconies with chairs and ocean views. Bathrooms are sleek, with white tiles, spacious black granite counters, hairdryers, toiletries, and large mirrors. Separate showers and deep tubs or shower/tub combos are also available. Note that a few complaints have been made concerning minor cleanliness issues.


Bar, restaurant with free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi and underground parking

WatersEdge has a handful of on-site features primarily focused on dining. The on-site Jacob’s Ladder Restaurant places a heavy emphasis on fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients and serves breakfast daily (free for guests who book directly through the hotel). The restaurant also has a bar with a small lunch menu and local brews and ciders. There's also an outdoor patio for warm-weather days. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and there's a limited amount of free underground parking.

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