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Imperial Hotel

At a Glance

    Pros

  • great central location
  • genuine Cork experience

    Cons

  • some standard bedrooms are very small
  • quiet rooms have no view
  • popular venue for wedding receptions

Imperial Hotel Review

Though she cannot compete in size with the grande-dame hotels of bigger cities, the Imperial, which dates to 1813, plays this role with conviction in Cork society (that said, it's worth paying extra for one of the newer rooms, which are larger and quieter than the older ones). All rooms are restful, with mahogany fittings, plain walls, and large flat-screen TVs. An elaborately tiled coffee shop at the front of the lobby is constantly humming, while the sight of a senior concierge behind his mahogany desk at the marble-tile reception bodes well for the guest. The Pembroke Seafood Bar and Grill is spacious and contemporary, while Souths bar has kept its dignified character in spite of a modern makeover. It's a lively spot at lunchtime and on Friday nights, when there is live jazz. The penthouse suite is named for Michael Collins, who spent his last night here before being shot in an ambush: history doesn't come more authentic than this.

    Hotel Details

  • 126 rooms, 1 suite.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 02-20-2013

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