An imposing redbrick and cut-limestone Victorian-era nursing home is now a comfortable hotel, which maybe not be the fanciest or hippest in Cork, but it has the most character and the best view, encompassing the City and surrounding hills. In an area made famous by Frank O'Connor's short stories, (now favored by style-conscious academics and bohos), it has massive guest rooms with large bathrooms and small sitting areas, patterned wallpaper and floral drapes. The higher you go, the better the view, and some rooms even have a splendid balcony. The Embassy Bar is all dark-wood paneling, with a large bay window overlooking the city, while the book-filled cocktail lounge, with chesterfields by an open fire, is quieter. The formal Seasons Bistro has a sedate, old-fashioned air.