A legacy of Ireland's boom years, this gleaming, modern, waterfront hotel recalls times when building budgets were lavish, and it's a super-stylish addition to the town, with leisure facilities that make it a good all-weather touring base. Book a suite (with kitchen) if you're traveling in company. Most rooms have breathtaking views of Bantry Bay and its spectacular sunsets, some have balconies, and all are spacious with huge, pillow-strewn beds, padded headboards, shimmeringly
chic fabrics, floor-to-ceiling windows, and bigger-than-average bathrooms. The large pool, sauna, and steam room are state-of-the-art, and a boon in bad weather. All public salons are spacious and strikingly designed, and, understandably, this place is very popular with the locals.