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Military Hill, St. Luke's, Cork City, Co. Cork, Ireland Fodor's Choice

An imposing redbrick and cut-limestone Victorian-era nursing home is now a comfortable hotel, which might 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 furnished with antiques, and color-coordinated wallpaper and drapes. The higher you go, the better the view, and some rooms even have a splendid balcony. The gastropub-style restaurant, McGettigan's, is a cheerful spot with an all-day menu, and daily specials on the blackboard, and large bay windows overlooking the city. There is a quieter, book-filled corner away from the windows, and a separate lounge bar.

PROS

  • patronized by lively clientele
  • amazing views from its hilltop perch over the river and docks
  • generous-size bedrooms

CONS

  • steep hike up from city
  • in a residential area with few other pubs or cafés
  • decor fusty and unadventurous

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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 021-453–9000

HOTEL DETAILS

70 rooms

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